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Ultimate Roast Beef and Gravy: A Quintessential British Holiday Dinner

Give your family and guests a taste of British elegance with this classic roast beef dish. Paired with a savory gravy, this beef roast is sure to become a staple in your special dinners.

Serves: 8

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: Between 1 hour to 2 hours 45 minutes (including resting time)



  • 2 kg bone-in prime rib roast
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth



  1. Preparation:
  • Place the rib roast, bone-side down, on a rack in a large roasting pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard and fresh thyme.
  • Rub the roast all over with the kosher salt and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Coat the roast with the mustard-thyme mixture, avoiding the bottom.
  • Allow the roast to stand uncovered until it reaches room temperature. This should take about 2 hours.

2. Roasting:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Position the roast in the center of the oven and let it roast uncovered. If you’re aiming for medium rare, roast until a meat thermometer reads 120°F (49°C), which will take around 1 hour to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

3. Resting:

  • Once cooked to your liking, transfer the roast beef to a carving board.
  • Loosely cover it with foil and let it rest for 45 minutes. This will help the juices redistribute throughout the meat, making it juicier when carved.

4. Preparing the Gravy:

  • Discard any excess fat from the roasting pan, but keep 3 tablespoons of fat along with the pan juices.
  • Place the roasting pan over two burners on medium-high heat. Alternatively, transfer the liquid to a large, wide saucepan.
  • Once the liquid starts simmering, sprinkle in the flour while stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  • Slowly whisk in the beef broth.
  • Keep stirring until the gravy comes to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until the gravy has thickened, which should take about 5 minutes.

5. Serving:

  • Carve the rested roast beef and serve it hot with the freshly made gravy.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 493
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fat: 33 g
  • Sodium: 852 mg

Enjoy your ultimate roast beef and gravy with some roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes for a complete meal!

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