Oven Roast Beef with Brandied Gravy

This simple version of a classic French beef recipe makes a very special dinner. Our time-test results are based on a roast that was about 7-in (17.5 cm) long x 5-in (12.5 cm) wide x 4-in (10 cm) deep. NOTE: ‘Time-to-cook’ figures are rough guidelines only as cook time is dependent on so many factors such as: oven and thermometer accuracy, starting temperature of roast, roast shape and cut. A good thermometer is one of your best kitchen investments.
Yield 10 Servings Prep. Time 10 min Cooking Time 165 min Total Time 175 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) cracked pepper
  • 4 lb (2 kg) Beef Rib Eye Oven Roast
  • Brandied Gravy
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • ½ cup (125 mL) chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) brandy
  • 1¾ cups (425 mL) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:

  1. Combine mustard and pepper in a small bowl; rub all over roast. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of roast.

  2. Oven-sear in preheated 450°F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F; roast, uncovered, for about 2½ hours for medium-rare, removing from oven when 5°F (3°C) below desired finished temperature (145°F/63°C for medium-rare, or 160°F/71°C for medium, or 170°F/77°C for well-done). NOTE: see ‘AVERAGE ROAST COOKING TIMES’ chart below for timing estimates for all types and sizes of beef roasts.

  3. Transfer roast to cutting board, cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

  4. Brandied Gravy : Meanwhile, drain off fat and all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) fat from drippings from roasting pan. Heat pan drippings and butter in roasting pan over medium heat on stove-top. Add onion; cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute until moistened. Stir in brandy and bring to a boil. Stir in beef broth; bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from pan. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Add cream and boil, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a gravy boat to serve with roast.

    Average Roast Cooking Times 3