A home cooked meal really makes a heart glad. Roast beef with green beans and whipped potatoes just seems like home to me. How about you? There is nothing like sitting around the table or coffee table with your family and enjoying meal together. These days these sit down meals seem to becoming a thing of the past. With kids activities and busy schedules, we do this less often than when I was growing up. So, I cherish these meals each time we gather round the table.
Having an oven baked roast beef meal like this is not always possible on a week night, but you could always do this as a Sunday Supper or eat a little later during the week, like we are tonight.
I am using a 2.5 pound rump roast and the scrumptious smell is wafting through my house now. I really cannot wait. I cook it at 350 degrees, for 1 hour per pound, in a deep dish covered baking stone (mine is made by pampered chef). I love the results, but you can use whatever you have. Just cover good so it will stay juicy!!! I didn't use moist - I am told that is a bad word these days - lol).
I am using fresh green beans with the ends snapped off. I cover with water and add a chicken bouillon cube or 1 cup of chicken stock and then cover with water. Salt to your taste and cook as to your liking. I usually cook about an hour on the stove top on med low, after bringing to a boil. My family likes them cooked pretty good so you may want to cook less time. You can also use canned beans, just rinse first.
For my whipped potatoes - peel, cut and cube russet or red potatoes. Today I am using 7 good-sized russet potatoes. Cover with water about 1 inch above potatoes. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter and salt to taste. I used 2 teaspoons. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes or so, until fork tender. Drain. With a hand mixer, beat on low with 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of heavy cream and more salt if desired until creamy. These are approximates - just add to the consistency you like. You can also use a food mill or ricer for wonderful creamy results.
If you would like a gravy just use the drippings from the roast and add some all-purpose flour (⅓ to ¼ cup). Stir with a whisk. Let this cook a minute or so to cook the flour. Then add cream or milk and water, along with salt and pepper until creamy and as to the consistency you like. You can also add kitchen bouquet to darken if you prefer it darker. This gravy is a must for my family - they LOVE it!
Yum - Roast beef with green beans and whipped potatoes. Share this meal with the ones you love and I promise they will love you back 🙂 Now could there be anything better than smiles on the faces of your family?