Take a break from your regular Christmas turkey and wow your guests with this hearty rib of beef instead. A meat lover’s dream, this tender, juicy cut is surrounded by sweet, roasted root vegetables and perfect for an alternative Christmas dinner.
- Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put the beef in a large roasting tin and rub with the salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Add the potatoes, shallots, carrots and turnips to the tin, arranging them around the beef. Drizzle the veg with the olive oil, add the rosemary, then roast for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the chipotle paste, maple syrup and mustard powder. Set aside, until needed.
- Remove the roasting tin from the oven and reduce the temperature to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Spread the chipotle mixture all over the beef fat, then return the tin to the oven and continue cooking for 10 minutes per 450g (14 1/2oz) for rare meat or 12 minutes for medium-rare meat. Remove, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes.
- When ready to serve, toss the veg with the poppy seeds and lemon zest. Slice the beef and serve with the veg and wilted greens, if you like.
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