Easter deserves something extra special. We’ve given our rib of beef a wholegrain mustard and pink peppercorn crust.
Beef rib is one of the tastiest cuts of meat. It’s quite high in fat but this gives a wonderful flavour, succulent texture and a beautiful marbled appearance. If you’re familiar with rib-eye steak, then this cut of meat is where that steak is taken from. It’s often called the chef’s favourite steak cut. Easter weekend is the perfect time to get family or friends round and catch-up over a feast. This beef rib recipe is the perfect centrepiece. Serve it with some seasonal vegetables such as Jersey royals, spring greens and green peas. There won’t be a disappointed guest in sight.
- 1.5-2kg rib of beef, trussed (ask your butcher to do this)
- 3tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 2tbsp pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
- 16 shallots, peeled and left whole
- a few sprigs each rosemary and thyme
- Olive oil
Bring the beef to room temperature; rub the mustard all over the beef (but not the rib bones) and then scatter over the crushed peppercorns ensuring the beef is evenly covered. Wrap the bones in aluminium foil to prevent them from burning.
Heat the oven to 220C/Gas 8. Place the shallots close together on the bottom of a roasting, put the rosemary and thyme sprigs on the shallots and then top with the rib of beef. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
Roast the beef for 20 minutes, then reduce oven to 160C/Gas 2 and roast for a further 40mins – 1hr. This will give you a rare to medium-rare joint. If you have a meat thermometer, it should read 50-54C. Remove the beef from the oven, cover with foil and leave to rest for at least 20 mins. Serve with a good beef gravy.
Top Tip for making Mustard and pink peppercorn rib of beef
The mustard and pink peppercorn crust works equally well with other beef roasting joints