Roast Beef with Shallots

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 10 mins
10 to 12 Serves

Beef bottom round is a wallet-friendly and flavorful alternative to traditional beef tenderloin—and this preparation ensures it's also very tender.


  • 1 bottom round roast (5 pounds), trimmed and tied

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound shallots, peeled and trimmed, halved if large

  • ¼ cup chopped garlic (from 1 head)

  • ½ cup Dijon mustard

  • 2 handfuls sage, oregano, rosemary, or thyme sprigs, or a combination

  • ½ cup dry vermouth, such as Dolin

  • cup heavy cream

  • 2 cups sour cream

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish

  • Mostarda, for serving (optional)


  1. Season beef with 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. Unwrap and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons oil and brown beef all over, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a plate; carefully pour oil from skillet and discard.

  3. Place shallots in a single layer in bottom of skillet; drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Stir together garlic, mustard, and 2 tablespoons oil; rub mixture all over beef. Lay 1 handful of herbs down center of skillet. Place beef on top, fat-side up. Transfer to oven and roast 45 minutes.

  4. Place remaining handful of herbs on top of beef; drizzle herbs with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Return to oven and roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of roast reaches 105 degrees for rare, 10 to 20 minutes. Transfer roast to a cutting board and shallots to a serving platter, loosely tent both with foil, and let stand at least 30 minutes.

  5. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Stir in vermouth; bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until just a few tablespoons remain, 5 to 7 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and let cool 10 minutes.

  6. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold in sour cream, cayenne pepper, horseradish, and vermouth mixture. Season with salt. Store horseradish cream in refrigerator until ready to serve, or up to 3 days.

  7. Remove twine from roast; thinly slice across the grain and serve, with horseradish cream, shallots, and mostarda.

    Aya Brackett

Cook's Notes

Seasoning the meat ahead makes it more flavorful throughout. Any leftover sauce can be thinned with water to make a creamy horseradish salad dressing. Mostarda is a spicy-sweet fruit condiment that goes especially well with roasted meats; various kinds can be found online at

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