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Roast Fennel And Rosemary Beef With Horseradish Mayonnaise

The classic Sunday Roast gets an update with this delicious roasted rubbed beef with fennel and rosemary. This roast is delicious for a family or friends lunch or dinner, great for any festive occasion or perfect for your traditional Sunday roast. Any leftover beef makes the perfect filling for sandwiches or rolls the next day.

Recipe By Joanne O’Keefe for ele Magazine.


Beef (Serves 12)

4 kg piece of sirloin beef or easy carve beef

1/4 cup of olive oil 

1 clove garlic

1/3 cup fennel seeds

2 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

12 sprigs of fresh rosemary


1. Preheat oven to 160C degrees.

2. In a mortar and pestle crush the fennel seeds with garlic, salt and half of the olive oil adding salt to make a paste.

3. Pan fry beef on all sides until browned and then remove. Rub beef with fennel paste onto a baking paper lined oven tray scattered with rosemary twigs.

4. Bake for 1 hr and 15 minutes for medium rare (add 15 minutes for medium).

5. Remove from oven and rest beef for at least 30 minutes before carving.

Horseradish mayonnaise

Mix 1 cup of your favourite mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of horseradish cream and a 1/2 cup sour cream. Season with salt and pepper and serve in a bowl next to the beef platter.

*Tip – Make a quick gravy with the beef’s resting juices thickened with some plain flour and a drizzle of red wine serve piping hot in a jug.

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