Roast Beef with Tarragon Cream
Fine meats require little adornment, so this simple tarragon cream with its taste of summer adds a refreshing tang to this delicious roast beef.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
1 whole Quality Mark beef sirloin
6 Tbsp mild prepared mustard
1½ Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or 2 tsp dried
¼ cup caster sugar
6 Tbsp tarragon or cider vinegar
½ cup cream, whipped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or 3 tsp dried
Remove the meat from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a large shallow baking tray with foil or baking paper.
Using a sharp pointed knife, cut about 8 - 10 deep slashes through the fat layer to just penetrate to the meat beneath. Mix the mustard and tarragon together with a good seasoning of black pepper and spread over the beef.
Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until the meat is cooked to your liking - this will cook the meat to medium/medium-rare depending on the thickness of the sirloin. To ascertain the degree of cooking, pierce the meat with a cook’s fork or skewer. If the juices are pink, the meat is cooked. If they are red, return to the oven for a few more minutes. Once cooked, allow to stand for 15 minutes
to ensure the juices are absorbed into the meat, ensuring it’s tender to carve and eat. Serve thinly sliced with the tarragon cream and your favourite vegetetables.
From the Tarragon Cream:
Beat eggs, sugar and vinegar in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and stir constantly until the mixture is thick. Remove and cool. Fold in the whipped cream and tarragon.