Posted by: mikeydude | January 3, 2010

Christmas Dinner 2009: Roast Rib of Beef with Roasted Potatoes, Mushrooms, Sprouts fried with Bacon, and Gravy

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

The modern NHS always drums into our heads from medical school that caring for a patient requires a ‘multidisciplinary team approach’. In other words; teamwork. Which leads on to our Christmas feast in 2009. I must confess that my work here was rather minimal; with dad working on the roast beef, mum was on the mushrooms and gravy, I assisted with the roast potatoes, and the wife sorted the potatoes and the sprouts. My sister and brother-in-law were the tasters πŸ˜€

Anyway…. here’s a report of how that went!

Roast Rib of Beef

This was purchased from Waitrose and cooked by dad. Ok ok I acknowledge that it’s not the best premium beef, but hey I didn’t buy it πŸ™‚ Besides I don’t think anything we could have bought can match up to the US prime beef I had only a couple of weeks earlier anyway.

This was seasoned with salt and black pepper, sealed in a hot pan, and oven roasted at about 190C for about 90 mins. I forget the weight. Anyhow the beef tasted nice, with the meat nicely pink in the middle and succulent. Obviously the natural taste of the beef was not the best but then we weren’t fussed at all.

Oh there were 4 actual ribs pieces which were delicious and succulent. They were quickly devoured even before they got to the dinner table, but I managed to capture a quick shot of one almost gone…

Roast potatoes

I wanted King Edward potatoes but my parents bought Waitrose Essential by accident. I think that compromised things a bit but we still managed to make a decent roastie thanks to the goosefat we had stored in the freezer. The potatoes were cut into small chunks and parboiled in salt water for about 10 mins until soft. They were drained and then placed on a baking tray in which approx 1cm of goose fat was heated up to 200C. After the initial loud sizzle the potatoes were basted in this oil and then cooked in the oven for 1hr. They were absolutely delicious when they came out. Recipe taken from Delia Smith (gasp!).

Fried sprouts with bacon and green beans

The wife made this one. Adapted from a Gordon recipe, the sprouts were blanched in boiling salted water first. The bacon was then fried till crisp and then in went the vegetables until cooked. It was good although much fattier bacon or pancetta would have made it nicer!


My mum was in charge of this one. Button mushrooms sliced and simply sauteed in a pan. Delicious.

And so the end result was this:

We had a fantastic hearty home cooked Christmas dinner and a great time. The potatoes stole the show, but then I would say that wouldn’t I? πŸ˜€

We’ll see what we can conjure up next year!


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