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Roast beef with gravy

The perfect roast beef and gravy is much easier to make than you think. This 7-step recipe is so straightforward even beginners can master it.

15 minutes
2-3 hours
4-6 people
What you'll need
  • Joint of beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
Method
Step 1

Place the joint in a roasting tin and rub the beef with the salt, pepper and garlic

Step 2

If your joint of beef is 1-1.5 kg, cook it in the oven at 240°C/gas 9 220°C/fan for 15 minutes.

 

After 15 minutes, turn the temperature down to 180°C/gas 4 160/fan and cook for a further 1 hour 15 minutes if you prefer your beef medium rare in the middle.

 

If the joint is 1.5 – 2.5kg, add another 15 – 30 minutes to the cooking time at the lower temperature.

Step 3

Remove the joint from the oven and cover with foil. Leave it to settle for 15-30 minutes.

Step 4

Pour the roasting juices into a pan and skim off the fat. Add four tbsps of juices into a separate pan.

Step 5

Add the flour to the juices and cook over a medium-low heat until the flour is browned

Step 6

Slowly add the rest of the juices until the sauce is thickened

Step 7

Pour the gravy over the sliced roast and serve up with roast potatoes and veg for a full roast dinner!

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