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Herbed Beef in Salt Crust

Herbed Beef in Salt CrustThis recipe for herbed beef in salt crust is one of the most requested recipes.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) eye of round roast
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup grated onion
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 box kosher salt (3 pounds)
1 1/4 cups water

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine oil, onion and seasonings in heavy plastic bag; mix well.
  2. Add roast; coat well with marinade and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Combine kosher salt and water to form a thick paste. Pat 1 cup of paste into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle in foil lined pan. Place roast atop salt layer and pat remaining paste over top and sides, sealing roast completely.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) 60 to 70 minutes or until thermometer registers 135°F (60°C). (Steam may cause salt crust to crack slightly during roasting.)
  6. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. Remove and discard salt crust. Carve thinly.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Tip: This preparation can easily be adapted to other roasts as well.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.