Thick-Crusted Garlic-Infused Oven Roast with Shallot Gravy

Slivers of garlic infuse the meat with rich, garlicky flavour while slow-roasting delivers delicious restaurant-style roast beef. 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 180 min Total Time 190 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • 4 lb (2 kg) Beef Rib Eye Oven Roast
  • 8 cloves garlic, cut into thin slivers
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup (125 mL) coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) herbes de Provence seasoning or dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • Shallot Gravy
  • 3 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) beef broth
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 mL) cornstarch mixed with equal amount of cold water

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:

  1. Cut shallow slits all over roast; insert garlic slivers into slits. Rub all over with Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to your taste. Combine parsley, mustard, herbes de Provence and oil in a bowl. Set aside 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the mixture for Shallot Gravy, rubbing remainder all over roast.

  2. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of roast. 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. Shallot Gravy : Meanwhile, drain off fat and all but 2 tbsp (30 mL) drippings from roasting pan. Heat pan drippings in roasting pan over medium heat. Add shallots and reserved herb rub to pan; cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until shallots are softened. Stir in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a simmer, stirring up any browned bits from pan. Gradually whisk in cornstarch mixture (amount depending on desired thickness) and bring to boil. Boil, whisking, for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Strain into a gravy boat to serve with roast.

    Average Roast Cooking Times 3