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Roast beef with pink peppercorns, peas & basil

This is a lovely twist on the usual roast beef. Allow for resting after preparation and after cooking.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Resting time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Christmas, Sunday lunch


  • 1 kg Aberdeen Angus beef topside
  • 1 tbsp pink peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 sprigs lemon thyme leaves only
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 550 g frozen garden peas
  • 25 g basil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Pinch caster sugar
  • 1 echalion shallot thinly sliced


Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place the beef into a roasting tin just larger than the meat. Lightly crush the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar then mix with 1 tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil, thyme and seasoning. Rub on the meat.2. Roast in the oven for 1 hour for rare, or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the oven and leave covered in foil to rest for at least 10 minutes before preparing the peas.

    Skim off as much fat from the roasting tin as possible. Place the tin containing the cooking juices over a high heat and add the wine. Stir well to release any pieces from the base of the tin and bring to the boil. Add the peas, bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until just tender.

      Rip the basil leaves roughly and discard the stalks. Stir the remaining mustard and oil, vinegar, sugar, shallot, and basil into the peas. Season and serve immediately with the beef and any resting juices. Delicious with new potatoes and creamed horseradish.