Mom’s Roast Beef
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + standing
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 beef eye round roast (about 2-1/2 pounds)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cold water
- In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; brown roast on all sides. Remove from pan. Mix garlic and seasonings; sprinkle over roast.
- Add onion to same pan; cook and stir over medium heat until tender; stir in bouillon, coffee and 3/4 cup water. Add roast; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until meat is tender, about 2-1/2 hours.
- Remove roast from pan, reserving cooking juices. Tent with foil; let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
- Mix flour and cold water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with roast.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 210 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat.
Nov 14, 2019
OMG! This roast beef recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it exactly by the recipe, except I didn't put the coffee in - at the last minute I realized it called for the cup of coffee and I didn't have any made. The beef was perfectly spiced, the gravy different and delicous, and the meat was incredibly tender. I served it with mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus and asked my husband to rate the recipe on a score of 1-10 - he gave it an 11. I used a 3 1/2 lb roast and I'll use this perfect recipe again and again. Next time I'll remember to try the coffee.
Jul 8, 2019
Really good roast! But I do prefer using chuck. If you don’t care for the coffee taste, marinate it first(at least an hour) in coffee, Worcestershire, tomato juice, garlic/onion powder, and a little beef broth. Also, sometimes I add a 1/4 bottle of Italian dressing. It breaks down the meat a bit and always cooks up really tender, and there is no coffee taste/bitterness! During marinating time, prepare vegs you want to use. The flavor is super yummy!
Apr 4, 2019
This is a delicious roast! It has so much flavor when made in the slow cooker. I make it just as written with one exception, I use corn starch instead or flour to make the gravy. I usually do not like chuck roast because of all the fat but I make it for my husband because he loves fatty meats however, he also loved this roast and he has never liked any roast other than chuck roast. He said I should make this a regular on the menu and I agreed!
Jun 21, 2018
No thanks. The eye roast is too lean to cook like this, needs a chuck or bottom round as this is what I would call a pot roast, not roast beef. Did not like the coffee in it, made the gravy bitter. Would not make it again.
Mar 8, 2018
Because of all the positive reviews, I decided to make this last night for dinner. It is without a doubt the worst oast I have ever had! I have cooked many types of roast through my many years of cooking, and this eye round, followed as directed, was flavorless, slightly chewy and although my family said it was good, I thought it was something to bury. Sorry if I offend anyone but honest review.This is a more positive update. My d Michele was angry for my review. She loved the gravy and should have been given at least 4 stars. Actually, if the basil and rosemary were not a part of the flavor combo, I probably would have liked it better. Basil is not a brown gravy additive. Anyway, given a pot roast and no basil or rosemary, yes, definitely better. Oh, add 1 tbls. Tomato paste to the onion and garlic. Thanks for letting me re-review.
Mar 3, 2018
really easy and flavorful. I also added carrots, celery and potato the last hour.
Feb 10, 2018
I also used a beef chuck roast with the fat trimmed some. Didn't change the ingredients and place all in a French Oven, covered in oven at 300 degrees for 3 hours. No need to dirty any knives as we cut it with a salad fork, I will make additional gravy next time. Wow what a great flavor. Key for me was to get a real dark chocolate color while browning. Braising always needs a dark sear imho.
Jan 29, 2018
Very tender. I added a pound of carrots and a pound of cubed potatoes for the last 45 minutes. Substituted unsalted beef stock for the water and bullion and cornstarch to thicken
Jun 18, 2016
This is an excellent recipe. The meat was very tender, even with such an economical cut of beef. I made it in the crock pot as another reviewer suggested. I browned the meat and cooked the onion in a pan first, then slow-cooked for 7 hours. I also added vegetables to the bottom of the slow cooker - about four potatoes and four carrots, each cut into 1 inch pieces. Easy and delicious meal. I will make this part of our regular rotation.
Jan 17, 2016
Meat was very tender, and this was easy to make, but we didn't care too much for the seasonings. Might try this again with the coffee and boullion, but with different seasonings.