Recipe: Roast Beef And Yorkshire Pudding


Roast dinner on a Sunday is a true sign of comfort family food. If you need tips on how to get the perfect yorkshire puddings, best crispy roast potatoes or beef that melts in your mouth then look no further.


  • 1 beef topside
  • 1 large onion
  • 6-8 King Edward potatoes
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 mug self-raising flour
  • 1 mug eggs
  • 1 mug milk
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 shot vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 handful green beans
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 glug red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp salt and pepper
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

brown the beef

Step 2

Brown The Beef

Rub salt, pepper and a little oil into the beef joint. Seal the meat by frying it in a hot pan for a few minutes on each side to get a good colour all over.

place the beef onto onions

Step 3

Place The Beef Onto Onions

Peel and quarter the onion, dumping the bits into the bottom of an oven dish. Lay the sealed beef onto the onions and bung the whole thing into the oven to roast for 30 minutes plus an additional 30 minutes for every 500g of beef (that’s for medium rare).

prepare the potatoes

Step 4

Prepare The Potatoes

Peel and cut the potatoes into golf ball sized pieces before placing into a pan, covering in salted cold water and bringing to the boil. Simmer the spuds for 5 minutes then drain and shake them to rough up any edges – it’s these bits that go crispy!

roast the potatoes

Step 5

Roast The Potatoes

Transfer to an oven dish, drizzle with oil, butter, salt and pepper and roast in with the meat for the last 45 minutes before serving, turning occasionally.

prep the veg & gravy

Step 6

Prep The Veg & Gravy

Top ‘n’ tail the beans and peel and slice the carrots for later. Put a pan of water on to the stove come to the boil to cook the veg. Simmer the beef stock with the wine, bay leaf and thyme to improve the flavour of the gravy.

make the yorkie batter

Step 7

Make The Yorkie Batter

Whisk the eggs into the flour and, when you have a smooth but thick batter, gradually add the milk. Beat in the mustard powder and plenty of salt and pepper.

heat the yorkie pans

Step 8

Heat The Yorkie Pans

Pour a splash of oil into your Yorkshire pudding tins (as big or small as you like) and stick them into the oven to heat up.

rest beef before slicing

Step 9

Rest Beef Before Slicing

Remove the beef when cooked (a core temperature of 55-60°C) then remove and leave to rest on the side.

cook the yorkies

Step 10

Cook The Yorkies

Ladle the Yorkshire pudding batter into the very hot, well-oiled tins and return to the oven for 20 minutes, increasing the temperature to 200°C. Resist the temptation to open the oven door half way through as this will make them collapse.

serve it!

Step 11

Serve It!

Boil the veg until just cooked, but so they still have their fresh vibrant colour. Thicken the gravy by dissolving the cornflour in a dash of cold water and stirring it into the simmering stock. Carve the beef and serve the whole lot inside one of the giant yorkie puds.

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