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Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Nothing is better for Sunday dinner then a beef roast. This recipe is so tasty and goes well with any side dish.—Virginia Vail, Lake Monroe, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast ( about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • GRAVY:
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water


  • 1. Place beef, fat side up, on rack in a roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper; top with onion slices. Add enough water to pan to cover the bottom. Bake at 350° for 3-1/2 hours or until tender. For gravy, mix flour with water; stir into pan drippings, cooking over medium heat until gravy has thickened.
  • 2. First Day: Pot Roast. Place peeled carrots and halved peeled potatoes in with the roast during the last 1-1/2 hours of cooking.
  • 3. Second Day: Sweet-and-Sour Beef. Heat chunks of leftover beef in sweet-and-sour sauce and serve over cooked noodles. To make sauce, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery and 1/4 cup chopped onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in 1 tablespoon flour. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water. Stir until slightly thickened.
  • 4. Third Day: Beef Stew. Heat gravy and chunks of beef in a pan, along with leftover potatoes and carrots.
  • 5. Fourth Day: Beef over Rice. Heat leftover beef and gravy and serve over cooked rice.
  • 6. Fifth Day: Meat Pie. Place leftover meat chunks, gravy, peas and carrots in pie plate. Top with you favorite pie crust or biscuits. Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes or until crust is golden. Yield: 14 servings.

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SDawsonH User ID: 4778352 242573
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"Excellent recipe; I probably would cook it just a little less than the time listed...I also made the Day 2 sweet and sour beef and that was also very good and very easy."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 221195
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Good basic recipe."

theresa4193 User ID: 6886469 21303
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"Simple to make, came out perfect. Highly recommend."

LUV 2 EAT User ID: 7038704 12282
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"this is a good and simple recipe. I use garlic powder also and 2 bay leaves. Instead of flour for the gravy, I use cornstarch. No lumps in the gravy that way."

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