Sunday Roast for Two, Any Day of the Week

Posted January 31, 2017 by Stephanie
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Last year, Mike and I spent a couple of nights in London. Mike had some meetings to go to and I tagged along, because food. London is pretty bomb, as a city, but add in the lure of food and I’m pretty much a goner. I knew that one of the things that we absolutely had to hit up was a classic Sunday Roast, capitals and all. I just love the idea of Sunday Roast: a big hunk of meat, roast potatoes, Yorkies…basically all the good stuff!

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The thing is, Sunday Roast can be bad, as Mike and I discovered on a previous trip. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t bad, per se, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. This time around, I wanted to do it right. I wanted something that was going to be forever imprinted in my mind as the epitome of Sunday Roast. So, we did a little research and independently of each other, came up with the Harwood Arms. I let Mike think that the whole thing was his idea, but really, it was mine.

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Do you guys ever do that? Mike and I are forever fake fighting about taking “credit” for discovering a place, but only if it’s good. Conversations will go somewhat like this:

Mike: Hey, want do you want for dinner tonight?
Me: I don’t know, maybe that new yakitori place? But I don’t know, do you think it’s good?
Mike: I don’t know, are you sure you want to try it?
Me: wavering Ugh, I don’t know? Maybe?!
Mike: Okay, let’s do it.

Later on, after dinner, it could go one of two ways.

A. If dinner was bomb, the conversation goes down like this:

Me: OMG, that was so GOOD. I’m so glad I found that place.
Mike: Yeah, good decision, me!
Me: What? I was the one who told you about it?!
Mike: Yeah, but let’s face it, you didn’t want to go, I practically had to force you to.

B. If dinner left something to be desired, the conversation is more like this:

Me: That was…interesting.
Mike: I didn’t want to go, we just went because you found it.
Me: What!? You said “let’s go”!

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Anyway, long story short, the Sunday Roast at Harwood Arms was delicious. So delicious that I had to do a little Sunday Roast at home to alleviate our Sunday Roast cravings. Roasting a big piece of meat can be intimidating, but really, if you have the right cut of meat, you’re golden. I like using bone-in, partially because of presentation, and partially because you end up with a juicier roast. And to double up on the juiciness, I did a reverse sear: I started the roast in a low oven, bringing the meat up to a rosy 130°F, then finished it in a hot pan for that crisp maillard reaction goodness.

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If you want to keep it simple, serve this with some mashed potatoes and pan-roasted broccoli. But, if you want the true Sunday Roast experience, you have to do Yorkshire puddings. I should have done some crispy roasted potatoes instead of mashed, but you win some, you lose some. But then again, are you really losing if you have mashed potatoes? If roast potatoes and mashed potatoes had to fight to the death, I really don’t know which potato corner I would be in. I would probably just be freaking out over either of them losing. Who’s team would you be on?

team potato (and sunday roast!) forever,
xoxo steph

PS — Mike: this is so one sided. And also, it’s all about team french fries. And they’re actually team players.

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Easy Bone-in Rib Eye Sunday Roast Recipe
serves 2, generously


  • 1 kg bone-in rib eye roast
  • oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 small shallots
  • 4-6 cloves garlic

To serve:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pat the roast dry with paper towels. Rub with a light amount of oil and season aggressively on all sides with salt and freshly ground pepper. Place in a snug oven-proof dish with the shallots and garlic. Roast for 1 hour or until the internal temperature is 130°F.

Remove the roast from the oven. Heat up a cast iron pan with a bit of oil over high heat. Sear the roast, on all sides, in a blazing hot cast iron pan, about 2 minutes per side. Let rest for 5-10 minutes, slice and serve.


  1. Alana says:

    ooooh, this looks so good. not showing moses, cause then he’ll make me make this for every meal!!

  2. Jena Rose says:

    I could never decide in that matchup, either! I’d just hope it wasn’t to-the-death. Both of them are so comforting and delicious but it simply depends on my mood.

  3. Kevin says:

    I love simple recipes like this that deliver huge flavor. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. Bone-in Ribeye is the best!

  5. cynthia says:

    I can’t stop staring at the sizzling magic in that first photo, Steph! This looks like everything I want.

  6. Maria says:

    Bahahaha, I need to steal your restaurant-testing technique!! My husband always wants to go to the same boring places and I always seemingly have a list as as my arm of new places to try!!

    Roast is my husbands favorite food ever. I love it too – secretly;) But to do it right and get it all nice and tender, takes forever! So I am a bad wife and make it so seldom that I always forget how good it is. But you reminded me that I need to get on that before winter is over!

  7. Tea says:

    Such a great post!:)

  8. Erin Berdan says:

    Oh those first two photos are fabulous! I can almost smell the beef roasting… Will have to try this one night soon. I love doing roasts on Sunday and having leftovers mid-week.

  9. Brain Food says:

    Classic title “Any day of the week”

  10. My husband and I are both on team potato. Not any potato in particular, just any starchy goodness will do. But I can’t get him on board with Yorkshire Pudding. He doesn’t like the idea of something called pudding that isn’t chocolate. He will love this roast though, thanks!

  11. lynn says:

    I really wish I wasn’t married to a vegetarian right now!

  12. Gustavo Woltmann says:

    This is for everything that I want any day of a week. I like simple recipe like this one.

    – Gustavo Woltmann

  13. Casey says:

    This looks so good! I can’t stop staring at the first photo. It looks so magical.

  14. Mahee Ferlini says:

    I love this recipe, perfect for today :)

  15. nitin says:

    that shot of the sizzle in the pan is gorgeous. I can almost hear the action.

  16. Deb Harris says:

    Love your pictures & recipes. I’d love to subscribe by email, is that something you can do? Thanks

  17. mycookinghut says:

    Look great!
    By the way, I like the kitchen tongs, where did you get yours?

  18. mycookinghut says:

    Looks great! Those yummy shots!! :)
    By the way, I like the kitchen tongs, where did you get yours?

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