Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 4 mins
This recipe is one of Melissa d'Arabian's holiday recipes. I made it for my Christmas dinner and it was excellent. I do think that I will use another kind of roast next time, as the bottom of the round roast was rather tough. (A rump roast might be nice.) I added 1 lb. button mushrooms to the sauce, and doubled the wine. I also made my gravy with flour and water and thickened it with much more flour than what it called for (more like 1/2 cup. flour and 1/2-3/4 cup water... I just eyeballed it and didn't measure). It was very much enjoyed!
- 1 (3 lb) boneless beef roast, such as bottom round or 1 (3 lb) rump roast
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, cut into thick slivers
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 cup beef broth
- 3⁄4 cup marsala cooking wine, dry
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Place the roast in a shallow baking dish and rub with the salt and pepper.
- Place in the refrigerator uncovered 8 hours or overnight.
- Before cooking, let the roast sit at room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Using a thin sharp knife, poke slits all over the top and sides of the roast and stuff each slit with a garlic sliver.
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- In a medium roasting pan fitted with a rack, place the beef on the rack and pour 1 cup water, 1/4 cup broth, and 1/2 cup wine into the bottom of the pan.
- Roast the beef for 15 minutes and turn down the heat to 325.
- Cook for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the internal temperature of the beef is 120 degrees F, adding the remaining 1/4 cup water to the pan, if necessary.
- Remove the roast from the oven, transfer the roast to a warmed platter and tent with foil to rest.
- Meanwhile, place the roasting pan over high heat and deglaze with the remaining wine.
- Add a large sprig of fresh rosemary to the sauce. Reduce by 1/3.
- Stir the flour into the remaining 3/4 cup broth, and then whisk into the sauce. Simmer until thickened.
- Remove the rosemary sprig, stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve the sauce with the sliced roast beef.