Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rare Roast Beef with Basil Oil

So it's the new year right?  And with that comes all of those pesky resolutions and vows to shed our bodies of those gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pies we were chowing down on throughout the end of 2012.  Everywhere we look there are adverts for diets, gyms slashing their fees, and people who just look hungry walking around.  This time of year is never fun- and something that I've never been able to jump fully on board with either.  However this year, I have been introduced to a diet that does seem to make sense.  Jason is a believer in the Paleo diet- one that was first introduced to me by fellow Boston bloggers Carrots N Cake, the Kitchen Misfit, and On Tap for Today. Now I know these ladies all to be Cross Fitting power houses, women who are putting health and fitness above it all, so I was already pretty on board with the basic principles of Paleo.  Now I'm still acquainting myself with it, but it's general strong points are to eat as though you were a part of the Paleolithic era- a caveman.  Let's boil that down - eat real foods- foods that have been around many many many years, foods that contain good, natural, nutritious things- and limit, or eliminate, sugars and things that are overtly starchy.  This doesn't sound so bad to me- proteins and veggies? That sounds like a pretty good style of eating.  Of course - I am awful at diets so I am not actually jumping fully into this Paleo thing- but I am trying my hand at cooking some Paleo meals.
The first one I jumped on board with was an easy win.  I have been wanting to try my hand at making Roast Beef for ever.  Something about those thin slices of rare, well seasoned beef just screams delicious- as well as satisfying- to me.  As I haven't previously tried my hand at making Roast Beef, I searched my favorite guides for recipes, finally settling on one from Food and Wine.  I, of course, changed up my herbs of choice- using a mix of fresh Rosemary, Thyme and Parsley instead of their mix, though I did keep to the Basil Oil.  The result was perfectly rare roast beef, well seasoned and full of flavor.  I paired it with some mashed cauliflower and a kale salad bursting with bright vegetables and left the table full and happy.     

  • 1 1/2-pound beef eye of round roast
  • 1/2 cup mix of finely chopped rosemary, mint and tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat the oven to 475°. Generously coat the roast with half of the chopped herb mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the roast and lightly brown it on all sides, about 3 minutes. Wipe out the skillet, return the meat to it and roast in the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 110°, about 25 minutes. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and season again with salt and pepper. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Blanch the basil in the saucepan for 15 seconds. Transfer the basil to the ice water; drain well and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer the basil to a blender. Add the remaining 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and blend thoroughly.
  4. Thinly slice the roast and drizzle each portion with 1/2 tablespoon basil oil. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped herbs and serve.
Notes One serving 200 cal, 36 gm carb, 10.4 gm fat, 2.1 gm sat fat, 26 gm protein.


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I don't think I can do Paleo because it'll be really tough to give up dairy (and sweets!) but I'm all for creating Paleo-inspired dishes too! This sounds delicious.

In and Around Town said...

Paleo - love the idea of it, but sometimes a girl just needs those bad carbs! ;) This roast looks amazing! Job well done!

Shannon Grande said...

that looks awesome! i'm not full on any "diet", but i like some of the concepts--this is definitely a great meal


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