When I want a meal to be extra special, I feature this beef roast as the centerpiece. The pale yellow sauce with flecks of green looks lovely draped over the slices. I'm 86 years old and have been cooking almost my whole life.
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 beef sirloin tip roast (5 to 6 pounds)
- BEARNAISE SAUCE:
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 cup cold butter
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- Combine garlic salt and pepper; sprinkle over roast. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the vinegar, green onions, tarragon and pepper; bring to a boil. Strain, reserving liquid; discard green onions and tarragon.
- In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water, whisk egg yolks, water and vinegar mixture until blended; cook until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and temperature reaches 160°, whisking constantly.
- Whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until melted. Whisk in parsley. Keep warm. Cut roast into thin slices; serve with sauce. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sirloin with Bearnaise Sauce in Country Woman November/December 2000, p34
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.
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