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Herb-Crusted Petite Roast with Fig-Onion Relish

Herb-Crusted Petite Roast with Fig-Onion RelishRecipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon coarse grind black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (3 to 4-pound) beef top sirloin petite roast

Fig-Onion Relish:
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups finely chopped onions
1 cup dried Mission and/or Calimyrna figs, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Combine Seasoning ingredients; reserve 2 teaspoon for Sauce. Press remaining seasoning evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
  3. Place roast, fat to side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-proof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours for medium rare; 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours for medium doneness.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare Fig-Onion Relish. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium to low heat; add onions and reserved 2 teaspoon seasoning. Cook 20 to 25 minutes or until onions are tender and lightly browned. Add figs, water and vinegar; bring to a simmer. Simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until liquid has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat; season with salt, as desired. Keep warm.
  5. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F (57.2°C) for medium rare; 150°F (68.3°C) for medium.
  6. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F (62.7°C) for medium rare; 160°F (71.1°C) for medium.)
  7. Carve roast into slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve with Fig-Onion Relish.

Makes 16 servings.

Tip: One beef top loin petite roast (3 to 4 pounds) may be substituted for top sirloin petite roast. Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven 1 to 1 1/4 hours for medium rare; 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours for medium doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): Calories: 206; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 78mg; Total Carbs: 11g; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 26g; Sodium: 3mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.