Fast Friday-night beef roast


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes4 to 6 servings
*PLUS Roasting Time: 45 minutes
Fast Friday-night beef roast

Andreas Trauttmansdorff


  • 2 large carrots

  • 1 large parsnip

  • 1 small sweet potato

  • 1 onion

  • 4 tsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves, or basil

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves

  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish, optional

  • 500 to 750 g beef sirloin tip


  • Preheat oven to 450F (230C). Coarsely chop peeled carrots, parsnip and potato. Slice onion into rings. Place all in a 9x13-inch (3-L) baking dish. Then drizzle with 3 tsp (15 mL) oil. Sprinkle with oregano and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Toss to mix, then spread out.

  • In a small bowl, stir marmalade with thyme, remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) oil, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper and horseradish. If beef is wrapped in netting, discard. Rub mixture overtop and on sides of beef. Nestle beef in centre of vegetables.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 375F (190C). Roast, uncovered, in centre of preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat reads 140F (60C) for medium-rare, 45 to 55 minutes. Stir vegetables once or twice during this time. Remove beef to a cutting board. Cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Return vegetables to oven if they need a bit more roasting while beef is standing. Slice roast beef and serve vegetables on the side.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 288, Protein 26.9g, Carbohydrates 24.2g, Fat 9.1g, Fibre 3.3g, Sodium 297mg.

Check your local store - you'll find several labelled "quick roast" - they cook in half the time of the larger ones.

Mini Weeknight Roasts

An oven roast can now be weeknight fare, thanks to the new beef roasts available in supermarkets. Most of them weigh about 1 lb (500 g) and cook to medium in less than 1 hour. Mini versions of familiar cuts allow you to enjoy a fast healthy dinner that fits into your busy schedule. Work these cuts into your meal planning: sirloin tip, eye of the round, outside round, bottom sirloin tip, rib-eye, strip loin and top sirloin.

Roast Beef Recipe Timing Tip

Remember to choose quick-cooking veggies, such as squash, sweet potatoes or parsnips, to go with these roasts.