Devilled Roast Beef

The simple addition of a homemade devilled marinade turns this roast silverside joint into something special


  • 1.3kg/3lb lean silverside
  • For the marinade:
  • 30ml/2tbsp English mustard powder
  • 5ml/1tsp ground allspice powder
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 90ml/6tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 10ml/2tsp paprika
  • 10ml/2tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • For the gravy:
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 600ml/1pint good, hot beef stock

Serves 8

Difficulty Rating:****

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 35 mins


In a small bowl mix together the marinade ingredients until smooth.

Place the joint on a chopping board, score the fat, pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper, season with salt and pepper and rub the mixture over the surface of the joint. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, if time allows.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

Place the joint on a metal rack in a large roasting tin, and open roast in a preheated oven for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any rich juices. After 30 minutes, lightly cover the joint with foil to prevent burning. When the beef is cooked transfer to a platter, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the gravy; spoon off any excess oil from the tin, leaving about 30ml/2tbsp of any rich juices. Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any sediment.

Add the remaining stock, and any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced to a well-flavoured gravy. Strain before serving.

Serve the beef with Yorkshire puddings and gravy.

Images courtesy of AHDB.