14 Roast Beef Recipes for Any Holiday Dinner

Prime Rib and Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Sage
Gentl and Hyers

When you're looking for a showstopping holiday dinner, look no further than these 14 roast beef recipes. We'll start with the Prime Rib and Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Sage seen here.:A glorious prime rib of beef roast marinates overnight in a rub of orange zest, dried bay leaves, and chopped fresh sage. Par-boiled potatoes roast to a golden brown in the aromatic pan drippings as the meat cooks. If that's not a meal fit for a celebratory occasion, we don't know what is.

Before cooking any roast—whether it's a tenderloin, round roast, or another cut entirely—make sure to bring the meat to room temperature for thirty minutes to one hour. This ensures that the meat will cook evenly and stay perfectly tender; putting a very cold cut of meat into a very hot oven will cause it to become tough and chewy. For maximum juiciness, be sure to let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. And always use a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature of any roast beef.

Once you master the basic principles of properly cooking roast beef, you can get creative with rubs, marinades, and more. You'll find that we've kept some of our recipes quite simple with a classic combination of salt, pepper, garlic, and a few sprigs of fresh herbs. In other recipes, we used assertive savory ingredients like horseradish and mustard.

Serve any of these 14 roast beef recipes with a warm bread basket, crisp winter salad, and roasted vegetables for an extra-special holiday dinner. For more holiday dinner inspiration, make any of these spectacular vegetable side dishes for the table.

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Marinated Beef Tenderloin

marinated beef tenderloin
Chris Court

The magic of this beef tenderloin begins with the marinade—the meat soaks in a flavorful combination of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, finely chopped garlic, and salt and pepper before it's broiled in a skillet.

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Roast Beef with Shallots

Aya Brackett

A combination of chopped garlic (an entire head!), Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary are rubbed over the surface of a bottom round roast before it roasts in the oven.

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Potato-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin


Everyone seated at the holiday dinner table will be stunned when they see this roast beef where thinly sliced crispy potatoes are wrapped around a 2½-lb. beef tenderloin.

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Mini Beef Wellingtons

Marcus Nilsson

Instead of one large Beef Wellington, make individual servings, which not only cook faster but also look adorable on the plate. As a holiday bonus, you can prepare the wellingtons up to two weeks in advance before baking them day of.

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Leek-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

David Malosh

Let's face it: Beef tenderloin is spectacular on its own, but this roast beef recipe featuring a crunchy coating of panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley leaves, and chopped leeks is one-of-a-kind.

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Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin


An entire tablespoon of crushed whole peppercorns and crushed red pepper flakes add a serious kick to this roast beef recipe for your holiday dinner.

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Grandma's Roast Beef


Martha made this hearty roast beef recipe on her show and it's since become one of our favorites. Pre-cooked fingerling potatoes and carrots roast alongside the tenderloin in the final minutes of cooking.

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Rosemary-Garlic Roast Beef and Potatoes with Horseradish Sauce

rosemary garlic roast beef potatoes horseradish sauce
Jonathan Gregson

The star of the show in this top-round roast beef dinner is the spicy horseradish sauce, made from a combination of prepared horseradish, plain Greek yogurt, chopped fresh chives, and lemon juice. The pungent sauce is the perfect partner for the fatty, aromatic beef roast.

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Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes

Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes

Standing rib roast, also called prime rib, is rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, flour, salt, pepper, and sugar, which forms a golden crust as the meat roasts. Serve this roast with the traditional accompaniments of horseradish cream, roasted potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding.

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Roast Beef with Caramelized Shallots

potato gratin with meat and gravy

A boneless rib-eye roast gets a simple seasoning of salt and pepper, and then roasts for 30 minutes to create a flavorful seared crust. The meat finishes cooking to a juicy medium-rare, and is served with balsamic-glazed shallots and a red-wine pan sauce.

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Rib Roast of Beef with Beets, Potatoes, and Horseradish

Rib Roast of Beef with Beets, Potatoes, and Horseradish

Mash together rosemary, lemon zest, garlic, and anchovy fillets to create the fragrant and flavorful seasoning rub for this prime rib roast from chef Jamie Oliver. Serve the roast with a crème fraîché, horseradish, and marjoram sauce.

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Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs and Horseradish

Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs and Horseradish

This beef tenderloin roast is seasoned with horseradish, grainy mustard, garlic, rosemary, and thyme, and seared in the oven to create a flavorful crust.

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Beef Wellington


The picture of simplicity, this beef tenderloin is seasoned only with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve the roast with your choice of sauces, such as horseradish cream, bearnaise, or a red wine and shallot sauce.

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