Citizen Reporter
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2 Jan 2022
10:00 am

Recipe of the day: Jamie Oliver’s Sunday roast

Citizen Reporter

Call your family and loved ones over for the first Sunday of the 2022 year to enjoy this delicious and juicy Sunday roast recipe.

Jamie Oliver's Sunday roast. Picture: iStock

Jamie Oliver’s Sunday roast recipe is the perfect dish to prepare for a special occasion or celebration but is also a simple way to transform any ordinary day into an occasion to remember.

Call your family and loved ones over for the first Sunday of 2022 to enjoy this delicious and juicy Sunday roast recipe.

Jamie Oliver’s Sunday roast

Sunday roast
Jamie Oliver’s Sunday roast. Picture: Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain


  • One rib roast of beef, bone-in
  • 5 springs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of white or black peppercorns
  • Olive oil
  • 1.5kg of russet potatoes
  • 500g of turnips (or substitute more potatoes)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of runny honey
  • 1 whole head of garlic, separated into cloves but not peeled
  • 20 bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • Prepared horseradish
  • English mustard

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  1. Take the beef out of the fridge approximately 30 minutes before you intend to cook it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 246°C and put your largest, sturdiest roasting pan in it to heat.
  3. Bash the leaves from 2 sprigs rosemary into a paste with a heaped teaspoon each of salt and peppercorns. Add a drizzle of olive oil and rub this paste all over the beef.
  4. Place the beef straight in the hot roasting pan fatty side up, and roast it uncovered for 50 minutes if you want your roast rare to medium-rare, and a little longer for medium. The temperature of the roast will continue to rise after you take it out of the oven and let it rest.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to boil. Peel the potatoes and turnips, then halve or quarter them and cut them into chunks.
  6. Add the veggies to the boiling water, return to a boil, and then cook until tender, approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Drain the root vegetables in a colander and toss them a few times to expel any excess moisture, and let it dry. (It can sit for as long as needed.)
  8. Carefully transfer the roast to a plate and set the roasting pan aside. Leave the oven on. Dot half the butter (let’s just say 2 tablespoons although there’s no need to be that precise) on top of the meat, then use the remaining rosemary sprigs to brush the honey all over the meat. Cover with a double layer of aluminum and a kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes. Set the rosemary sprigs aside but don’t discard them.
  9. While the meat rests, bash the unpeeled cloves of garlic, then add to the fat in the hot roasting pan along with the rest of the butter and the 20 bay leaves. Pour in the vinegar and place the pan over 1 or 2 burners turned to medium-high heat.
  10. Add the potatoes and turnips. Keep moving everything around and season well with salt and pepper. When everything is sizzling, put the roasting pan with the vegetables back into the hot oven for 30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
  11. When the vegetables are nearly done, carve the beef. If the meat was tied by your butcher, discard any string. Pour any juices that collected on the plate into a small heatproof dish and place it in the oven to keep warm. Grab a carving knife and first detach the roast from the bones in a single swoop by sliding the knife between the rib bones and the roast.
  12. Trim the upper cap, or fatty fat fat portion, of the roast and then trim and discard the visibly fatty portion of the cap (see bottom right portion of the photo). Thinly slice the remaining meaty section (see upper left portion of the photo).
  13. Slice the roast into chops by slicing between where the rib bones were (see center of the photo). Chop the meaty ends of the ribs (see upper right portion of the photo) from the rib bones (see bottom right).
  14. Use the rosemary sprig brushes from earlier to paint the various cuts of meat with the flavorful juices left on the cutting board. Serve the meat with the hot, crisp vegetables, the dish of hot juices, and a good schmear of horseradish and mustard.

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