Number of Servings: 12


  • One 2 1/2-pound top round beef roast
  • 1 t cracked black pepper


Allowing the meat to rest for 10 minutes after cooking will give the juices time to redistribute. If you cut into the meat as soon as it comes out of the oven, all the juices will run out, and your meat will be dry.
Use the leftover roast to make a Beef and Blue SandwichBeef and Sweet Potato Supper, or Vegetable Beef Soup.


1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Remove meat
from the refrigerator; allow to stand at room
temperature for 20 minutes.
2. Pat meat dry with paper towels to remove
any moisture. Sprinkle and then rub the pepper
over the meat.
3. Place a cast-iron skillet or heavy ovenproof
sauté pan over moderate heat. Do not add cooking
spray or any oil to the pan. Sear the meat on
all sides, then move the pan to the oven.
4. Immediately reduce the oven temperature to
350° F and roast until the internal temperature
reaches 125° F, about 50 minutes. Remove the
meat from the oven, cover loosely with foil, and
let stand for 10 minutes before carving into thin

**Another alternative on the spice rub: "When we make a roast beef, we make a rub using black peppercorns, mustard powder, juniper berries, and sea salt. This is crushed together in the mortar and pestle then rubbed over the top of the roast before it is covered and put into the oven." - Nan