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Festive Roast Beef with Ginger & Five-Spice Butter 

A rib of beef really is the star of the show when it comes the jaw-dropping joints.

Beef ribDue to its sheer size, rib of beef can cater for all preferences with the outside of the joint having a nice crust and being little more well done and the centre slices on the rarer end of the scale.



  • 1.3kg-1.8kg lean rib of beef or sirloin joint 
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper  


  • 50g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder 


  • 2 tbsp fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 
  • 4 tbsp freshly chopped chives 
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 


  • 175g sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil 
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 75g wild or common mushrooms, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped chives 
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs 
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Prepare the five-spice butter; in a small bowl mix together the butter and the five-spice powder. Set aside until required. 
  2. Place the joint on a chopping board and lightly score the surface of the beef. Transfer to a large shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Mix the marinade ingredients together and rub the mixture all over the joint. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight. 
  3. Remove the joint from the refrigerator, shake off any remaining marinade and discard. Smear the surface of the beef with the five-spice butter. 
  4. Place on a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices. 
  5. Make the stuffing. Boil the sweet potatoes for 15-20 mins. Drain, roughly mash and set aside to cool. 
  6. Heat the oil and cook the onions and mushrooms for 2-3 mins. Cool slightly.  
  7. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together and shape into 16 balls. Arrange on a foil-lined baking tray and cook for 25-30 mins. 
  8. Serve the beef with stuffing balls, gravy, crispy roasted vegetables and Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta and sage. 

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