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Best beef and lamb cuts for Christmas recipes

Beef rib eye is a favourite beef roasting cut, it delivers a mouth-watering, juicy roast every time.

Roasted beef rib eye seasoned with Italian herbs

Roast beef rib eye seasoned with thyme, oregano and sage leaves

Beef eye fillet/tenderloin is a very tender beef roast. It’s an impressive beef cut for the holiday season.

Whole roast fillet of beef with shallots and mushrooms

Spinach and feta rolled beef fillet roast

Easy carve lamb legs make a terrific roast for entertaining.  Adding a fruity nut stuffing makes for a very festive meal.

Roast lamb with roasted tomatoes and asparagus

Butterflied lamb legs are brilliant for relaxed get-togethers. Roast the lamb outside in the barbecue to keep the heat out of the kitchen.

Butterflied lamb with coriander chermoula

Buying tips

Let the butcher do the preparation

  1. Ask your butcher to tie your beef roast cut if needed as some like beef fillet and beef rib eye benefit from it. Tying it gives the roast a uniform shape, which helps it cook evenly.
  2. When you purchase an easy carve lamb leg the butcher will have partially de-boned the lamb leg, leaving just the shank in. The butcher will also tie it, so it's compact in shape.
  3. How and when to tie meat

Tips & Techniques

Essential tips for Christmas roasts

  1. Preheat the oven in line with the type of cut you are roasting - see How to roast.
  2. Place the roast on a rack in a roasting dish. Raising the roast helps it brown evenly. Brush it lightly with oil. Season with salt, pepper and any flavourings.
  3. Different cuts require different cooking times per fixed weight- see How to roast. For ease and accuracy use a meat thermometer.
  4. Remove roast when cooked to desired degree. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 10-20 minutes before carving. Carve the roast across the grain to ensure tenderness.

When you’re entertaining always remember the ‘2 hour rule’

Don’t keep or eat food that is meant to be in the fridge if it’s left out for more than two hours. 

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