Herbed Roast Beef

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Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 2-1/2 hours plus standing

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8 servings


•1 bone-in beef rib roast (4 to 6 pounds)
•1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
•1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
•1 teaspoon each dried basil, marjoram, savory and thyme
•1 teaspoon rubbed sage
•1 medium onion, sliced
•3 fresh rosemary sprigs


•3/4 cup sour cream
•2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
•1 tablespoon minced chives
•4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice


•Trim and tie roast if desired. In a small bowl, combine the fennel seed, crushed rosemary, basil, marjoram, savory, thyme and sage; rub over roast. Place fat side up in a roasting pan. Top with onion and rosemary sprigs.
• Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2 to 3 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
• Discard onion and rosemary. Let roast stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with beef. Yield: 8 servings.


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