Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"

Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
For this delicious roast, the beef joint is seared all over, then wrapped in slices of grilled (broiled) bacon before the final long, slow roasting in a bag with aromatic ingredients (bayleaf, shallots, carrot, thyme and chilli).

Cooked this way, the meat will be well done on the outside, meltingly tender inside and can be pulled apart with a fork. The pepped-up spicy flavour is to die for!
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Last modified on: July 30th 2017

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"

Prepare the flavouring ingredients

Prepare 2 carrots.

Prepare 6 shallots.

Rinse and dry 2 bayleaves and 2 sprigs thyme.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"

Prepare the meat

Trim a 2 kgs beef joint.

Pepper and salt all over.

Stage 3 - 6 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
Pour 4 tablespoons oil into a large frying pan on high heat.

When really hot (lightly smoking), add the beef and fry for about 1 minute on each side until browned all over.

Take off the heat.

Stage 4 - 15 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
Grill (broil), rather than fry, 400 g belly (streaky) bacon in thin slices.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
Wrap the bacon around the joint and tie in place with food-grade string.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
Put the meat into a roasting bag with the flavouring ingredients (carrot, shallots, thyme and bayleaf) and 60 g chilli powder.

You can aslao add 4 tablespoons Clarified butter if you are worried that the meat will be too dry, but this is not essential.

Seal the bag and sit it in an oven-proof dish. Cook for 5 hours at 300°F (150°C).

Stage 7 - 5 hours
Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe"
After this long cooking, you will see that the meat has given off wonderful juices, full of flavour and with very little fat - a feature of slow cooking.

Tip out the contents of the bag into the serving dish and discard the flavouring ingredients. Serve without delay with the your choice of side dishes.

If you will not be serving the roast right away, put it back in the oven to keep hot.
This is an opportunity to use a cheaper cut of meat. Even if it seems a bit tough or stringy, the magic of long slow cooking will transform all that (there's no need to go for sirloin or another expensive cut). Ask your butcher for "braising" or "stewing" beef; a good butcher will be able to advise you. If not, opt for cuts like chuck, flank, brisket, etc.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made, but friendly dedicated to Nancy and Joe from Santa-Fé.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
9,409 Kcal or 39,394 Kj386 gr98 gr831 gr
470 %148 %9 %126 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
310 Kcal or 1,298 Kj13 gr3 gr27 gr
16 %5 %<1 %4 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
784 Kcal or 3,282 Kj32 gr8 gr69 gr
39 %12 %1 %10 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 12 people : 17.18 €
  • Per person : 1.43 €

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Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Carbonnade, Two-stage beef chuck , How to cook red meat properly, How to slow cook meat, Taos hotpot, ... All
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