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Devilled Roast Beef

George Payne Butchers in Brunton Park, Gosforth, will be ‘beefing up’ its Autumn offerings with lots of delicious roast beef from Pedigree Dexter cattle from a long-time local farmer supplier in Northumberland. Whatever your preferences when it comes to beef here’s a recipe to suit plenty of tastes, once more reproduced courtesy of the national Butchers Q Guild, of which George Payne is a founder member.

The simple addition of a home-made devilled marinade turns this roast topside, rib or sirloin joint into something special


  • 1.3kg/3lb lean topside, sirloin or rib joint

For the marinade:

  • 30ml/2tbsp English mustard powder
  • 5ml/1tsp ground allspice powder
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 90ml/6tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 10ml/2tsp paprika
  • 10ml/2tsp cayenne pepper, optional

For the gravy:

  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 600ml/1pint good, hot beef stock

Serves 8 Prep Time 5 mins. Total Time: 35 mins



In a small bowl mix together the marinade ingredients until smooth.

Place the joint on a chopping board, score the skin, pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper, season with salt and pepper and rub the mixture over the surface of the joint. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, if time allows.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

Place the joint on a metal rack in a large roasting tin, and open roast in a pre-heated oven for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any rich juices. After 30 minutes, lightly cover the joint with foil to prevent burning. When the beef is cooked transfer to a platter, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the gravy; spoon off any excess oil from the tin, leaving about 30ml/2tbsp of any rich juices. Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any sediment.

Add the remaining stock, and any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced to a well-flavoured gravy. Strain before serving.

Serve the beef with Yorkshire puddings and gravy.


Images courtesy of AHDB.


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