Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Rib of Beef with Rosemary, Garlic Roast Potatoes and Baked Carrots

My friend Hardian always asks for the same dish every time he comes around for dinner: rib of beef with rosemary, garlic roast potatoes and the best whole baked carrots.  I first cooked these during my Cook with Jamie project and I enjoy this kinds of rustic cooking; comforting and warming somehow. I love the sight of a big piece of steak, served with potatoes, veg and a big glass of red wine.

The on-the-bone rib of beef was marinated with lemon zest, fresh rosemary, crushed garlic and olive oil and then grilled quickly on the stove to get the nice charred colour and then roasted in the oven to medium-rare which in my opinion is the best way to enjoy beef like this. Let the beef rest for 10 minutes so that the juices go back to the center and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

The potatoes are cubed and then parboil before tossing them with olive oil, rosemary, garlic and then roasted in the oven until the skin become crisp.  I sprinkled them with chili sea salt before serving.  The combination of the two: rosemary-lemony-garlicky infused steak with again, rosemary-garlicky potatoes are so delicious.

Also accompanying the meal, the best whole baked carrots. When I first had this I wasn't sure about this whole baked carrots business thing because I normally like my carrots crunchy, but you've got to try this, it's surprisingly delicious.
The Best Whole Baked Carrots
Recipe by Jamie Oliver

750 g carrots, washed and scrubbed
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
3 cloves of garlic, crushed

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Toss the carrots with olive oil, a splash of vinegar, salt and pepper, the thyme sprigs and garlic. Place in a roasting tray and cover tightly with tinfoil and cook for 30-40 minutes until just tender. Remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes until the carrots have browned and caramelized nicely.


  1. Oh YES!!! This is my kind of meal. We need to get together for a cook off Michael. Although I have a feeling we'd come away about a stone heavier! X

  2. Heavenly, a meal my husband would run me over for. Nice cooking here, just perfect for a nice candlelit dinner.

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  4. Hi Michael, apa kabar?
    You are actually a serious fan of Jamie ay? Hahaha, he would be my nemesis. Anyways, your cooking skills are pretty impressive, probably better than Jamie. Just ditch him. Hahaha.

  5. I'm with Hardian...I'd ask for that every time I was invited over too!! I do love the flavor of's one of my favorite herbs to use!

  6. What a gorgeous meal. The recipe for the carrots is most welcomed and will be tried soon. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Michael., this is the type of meal that I adore. We're in the midst of a long, long heatwave here, temperatures up around 38C day after day so we're all a bit sick of eating salads & light quick food..., I think I'm going to turn the air conditioner down to freezing & turn the oven on tonight and cook this meal...., it sounds wonderful, so good. Thanks for sharing this one. I've not tried the carrots like this..., so what the hell., I'll do them too. :)

  8. You had me at beef with rosemary!

  9. I love rustic and comforting dishes. Your beef dish is perfect for the American dinner table-love it!!!

    I really enjoy your recipes. Awesome.


  10. A fantastic hearty meal! You had me at rosemary flavoured dishes!

  11. That looks like exactly what I need right now! :)

  12. What a lovely meal Michael...those carrots do sound delicious :)