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Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
We don't recommend cooking this roast past medium. Open the oven door as little as possible and remove the roast from the oven while taking its temperature. If the roast has not reached the desired temperature in the time specified in step 3, heat the oven to 225 degrees for 5 minutes, shut it off, and continue to cook the roast to the desired temperature. For a smaller (2 1/2- to 3 1/2-pound) roast, reduce the amount of kosher salt to 3 teaspoons (1 1/2 teaspoons table salt) and black pepper to 1 1/2 teaspoons. For a 4 1/2- to 6-pound roast, cut in half crosswise before cooking to create 2 smaller roasts. Slice the roast as thinly as possible and serve with Horseradish Cream Sauce (see related recipe), if desired.
- Season all sides of roast evenly with salt. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 18 to 24 hours.
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 225 degrees.
- Pat roast dry with paper towels; rub with 2 teaspoons oil and season all sides evenly with pepper.
- Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Sear roast until browned on all sides, about 12 minutes.
- Transfer roast to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Roast until meat registers 115 degrees (for medium-rare), 1¼ to 1¾ hours, or 125 degrees (for medium), 1¾ to 2¼ hours.
- Turn oven off; leave roast in oven, without opening door, until meat registers 130 degrees (for medium-rare) or 140 degrees (for medium), 30 to 50 minutes longer.
- Transfer roast to carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice meat as thin as possible and serve.
Definitely an easy technique. I am not sure I like eye of round - it did not seem to get quite tender enough - I did use a smaller roast, just under 2 1/2 lb and perhaps it did not maintain the ideal temperature qute long enough. The leftovers are reheating quite nicely, without drying out, and that is a boon.