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Herbed Roast Beef

A savory herb rub flavors this juicy roast that makes an impression every time my mom serves it for dinner. The creamy horseradish sauce adds a little kick to the crispy-coated slices of beef. —Kerry Sullivan, Maitland, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons each dried basil, marjoram, savory and thyme
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 bone-in beef rib roasts (4 to 6 pounds each)
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives


  • In a small bowl, combine the fennel seed, rosemary, basil, marjoram, savory, thyme, sage and salt; rub over roasts. Place roasts fat side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Top with onions and rosemary sprigs.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).
  • Discard onions and rosemary. Let roasts stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Serve with beef.

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  • shandan23
    Feb 15, 2010

    It was my first time ever making a roast, the one i made was closer to 7 pounds and i had 12 people over for dinner. Needless to say their were no left-overs. It was a big hit, amazing flavors, i would definately make this again!

  • Gingerscottage
    Jan 2, 2010

    Wonderful flavor, couldn't have been easier. This was the first time I had ever made one and was a little aprehensive. But once again, I was not disappointed. Bought taste of Home cookbook for girls in my family and boy was I the hit at christmas! whhooo hooo!

  • texasfun
    Oct 30, 2009

    The rub gave the roast a very strong and savory flavor.

  • jennidw
    Nov 27, 2008

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