Roast Beef with Oven-Roasted Tomato Salsa

An eye round of roast is a perfect weekend special meal, as they don't roast as long as a prime rib, and are much leaner. The roasted tomato salsa is a perfect accompaniment, when you are planning a fancy dinner.

Tender roast beef with tomato salsa.
Photo by Meredith M.
Tender roast beef with tomato salsa.
Tender roast beef with tomato salsa.

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

165

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

165

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • SALSA:

  • 3

    pounds plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2

    teaspoons whole thyme leaves, plus 2 teaspoons chopped

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped parsley

  • 2

    tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

  • ROAST BEEF:

  • 1/2

    tablespoon yellow mustard seeds

  • 1/2

    tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 1/4

    teaspoon allspice berries

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons sugar

  • Kosher salt

  • One

    2 3/4-pound beef eye of round roast, trimmed of all visible fat

  • 1

    tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Watercress, for garnish

Directions

PREPARE THE SALSA: Preheat the oven to 250°F. On 2 large rimmed baking sheets, toss the tomato slices with the oil. Arrange in a single layer, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are very firm and partially dried; rotate the sheets halfway through baking. Let the tomatoes cool slightly, then coarsely chop them. In a bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, chopped thyme, parsley and the balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. PREPARE THE BEEF: In a small skillet, toast the mustard and coriander seeds with the allspice berries over moderate heat until fragrant and lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool completely; grind to a powder. Stir in the sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Rub the mixture all over the roast and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In an ovenproof skillet just large enough to hold the roast, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the beef; cook over moderate heat until browned all over, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook the roast, turning a few times, for about 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 120°F for rare. Transfer the roast to a carving board to rest for 15 minutes. Thinly carve the roast beef across the grain and arrange on a platter. Garnish with the watercress and serve with the tomato salsa.

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