Grandma’s Old-School Roast Recipes (2024)

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Grandma’s Old-School Roast Recipes (1)Amy GlanderUpdated: Jan. 05, 2022

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    Standing Rib Roast

    Want to learn how to cook rib roast? This standing rib roast recipe is practically foolproof. Treat your family to tender slices of standing rib roast or use the seasoning blend on a different beef roast for a hearty, delicious main dish. I love to prepare this recipe for special occasions. —Lucy Meyring, Walden, Colorado

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    Peppercorn Beef Top Loin Roast

    A red wine sauce complements the brown sugar rub on the roast in this inviting entree. You can't go wrong with this down-home dish!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Apple-Dijon Pork Roast

    This recipe takes just minutes to assemble and is delicious. I like to serve the roast with rice, then use the tangy sauce as a gravy for both. —Cindy Steffen, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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    Beef Tenderloin with Sauteed Vegetables

    This is the most elegant, tender beef. It’s made the classic French way—so easy! —cleo gonske, redding, California

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    Savory Pork Roast

    I love this herbed roast so much that I make it as often as I can. It's wonderful for special occasions, particularly when served with sweet potatoes and corn muffins. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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    Sirloin Roast with Gravy

    This recipe is perfect for my husband, who is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. The peppery, fork-tender roast combined with the rich gravy creates a tasty centerpiece for any meal. —Rita Clark, Monument, Colorado


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    Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Dressing

    It looks so elegant that everyone thinks I spent a lot of time on this roast. But it's actually so easy! The biggest challenge is to remember to order the crown roast from the meat department ahead of time. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

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    Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

    Prime rib always makes an impression on a holiday dinner table, and it's actually easy to prepare. This roast is wonderfully flavored with a prime rib rub featuring lots of fresh herbs. —Jennifer Dennis, Alhambra, California

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    Dijon-Rubbed Pork with Rhubarb Sauce

    This tender pork loin roast served with a rhubarb-orange sauce is simply delicious! Here's an excellent choice for company—it makes a memorable meal. —Marilyn Rodriguez, Sparks, Nevada

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    Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

    This is one of the best pork recipes I've ever tried. My family looks forward to this roast for dinner, and guests always want the recipe. The flavorful rub, and the glaze brightened with orange juice, are also outstanding on pork chops. —Lynnette Miete, Alna, Maine

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    California Roast Lamb

    This recipe is very easy to make and requires little attention. It goes well with any rice dish, and it's perfect for just about any occasion. —Ann Eastman, Santa Monica, California

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    Wild Rice-Stuffed Pork Loin

    This recipe features wild rice and apricot stuffing tucked inside a tender pork roast. —Kim Rubner, Worthington, Iowa

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    Fruit-Pecan Pork Roast

    This spectacular roast was a huge hit with members of the cooking club I belong to. The sweet, tangy fruit glaze looks lovely and is a wonderful complement to the juicy pork. It's a family favorite for special occasions and holidays.-Gay Flynn, Bellevue, Nebraska

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    Apple-Roasted Pork with Cherry Balsamic Glaze

    I added roasted apples, cherries and onions to turn ordinary pork into an impressive dish. There is a short time span between caramelized onions and burned ones, so pay close attention once they start cooking. —Josh Downey, McHenry, Illinois

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    Pepper-Crusted Sirloin Roast

    Dinner guests will be surprised to hear that this festive entree calls for only five ingredients. It's the perfect choice for serving a large group.

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    I love the simplicity of this easy beef tenderloin recipe. Olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper—just add the tenderloin and pop it in the oven. In an hour or so you’ve got an impressive main dish to feed a crowd. This leaves you with more time to visit with family and less time fussing in the kitchen. —Mary Kandell, Huron, Ohio

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    Grandma Edna's Cajun Pork

    My grandma used to make this for our family on special occasions. We love to carry on the delicious tradition. —Tonya Cline, Greenville, Ohio

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    Herb-Crusted Chuck Roast

    This recipe turns an inexpensive cut of beef into a delicious main dish. I got the recipe from a family member several years ago and have made it often. —Rita Drewes, Craig, Missouri

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    Herbed Pork Roast with Gravy

    The classic mix of herbs topping this roast add a flavor to the pork that my husband just loves. It’s his favorite dish! —Jean Harris, Central Point, Oregon

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    Crown Pork Roast with Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

    For something different this holiday season, give your guests the royal treatment by serving this impressive pork roast. The fruity stuffing doubles as a side dish. —Donna Goutermont, Juneau, Alaska

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    Roasted Beef Tenderloin

    An overnight marinade provides a savory seasoning for this tenderloin. I've served this simple elegant roast on many special occasions. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware

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    Horseradish-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

    Wow friends and family with this tender beef encased in a golden horseradish crust. Roasted garlic boosts the robust flavor even more. —Laura Bagozzi, Dublin, Ohio

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    Moist Cranberry Pork Roast

    I love to serve this tender, flavorful pork to guests. You don’t have to toil away in the kitchen to prepare it, yet it tastes like a gourmet meal. —Kimberley Scasny, Douglasville, Georgia

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    Sunday Pork Roast

    Mom would prepare pork roast for our family, friends and customers at the three restaurants she and Dad owned. The herb rub and vegetables give it a remarkable flavor. It's one of my favorite pork roast recipes. —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee

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    Originally Published: March 25, 2019

    Grandma’s Old-School Roast Recipes (25)

    Amy Glander

    Amy is a book editor at Taste of Home where she gets to pour her passions for food and storytelling into trade and series cookbooks. When she’s not writing or editing, you’ll find her antiquing, cooking and baking from her favorite vintage cookbooks and exploring Milwaukee’s urban beauty with her digital SLR in hand.

    Grandma’s Old-School Roast Recipes (2024)


    What cut of beef makes the best roast? ›

    What are the best beef roasts?
    • Chuck Roast. The boneless chuck roast is among the most popular roasts on the market due to its incredible beefy taste, fat content (it's well marbled), and effortless cooking process. ...
    • Rump Roast. ...
    • Bottom Round Roast. ...
    • Sirloin Tip Roast. ...
    • Pot Roast (Shoulder Roast) ...
    • Tri-tip. ...
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    Apr 22, 2023

    Is it better to cook a roast at 325 or 350? ›

    When roasting meat and poultry, set the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C) or higher. Explore the charts below to learn how to get great results every time you cook.

    How long do you cook a 3 lb roast at 325 degrees? ›

    Oven Roasting Guidelines
    beef cutRump Roast, Bottom Round Roast
    oven temperature (preheated)325°F
    weight (pounds)3 to 4
    Approximate Total Cooking TImeMedium Rare: 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours
    Internal TEMPERATURE*135°F

    What is the best beef for a roast dinner? ›

    For roasts, the best cuts include rib (on the bone or boned and rolled), sirloin, top rump and fillet. For quick cooking, try fillet, entrecôte, rib eye, sirloin or rump steaks. Brisket, topside and silverside are good for pot roasts, and stewing and braising steak are good for stews and casseroles.

    Which beef roast is most tender and flavorful? ›

    What is this? The Chateaubriand beef tenderloin roast is considered to be the most tender cut of beef for a roast. This cut of beef comes from the loin area of the cow, which is right below the backbone, behind the rib section and in front of the sirloin section.

    What is the most flavorful roast? ›

    The Rib-Eye Roast is the boneless center cut of the rib section. Very well-marbled, tender and flavorful, it is the most desirable and the most expensive of the roasts.

    How long does a 3 lb roast take to cook at 350? ›

    If you're up for some light math, here's a rule of thumb: For every pound of meat you're roasting at 350°F, it will take approximately 18 minutes for rare, 20 minutes for medium, and 25 minutes for well-done. But your cook time can vary widely based on the cut used.

    Do you put water in the pan when cooking a roast? ›

    To give your meat a flavourful crispy exterior, cook uncovered on a rack set in a shallow roasting pan. Don't add water! Invest in a digital thermometer that lets you monitor the temperature of your roast – or even alert you when it's done – without opening the oven door.

    Should I cover a roast in the oven? ›

    You should cover a beef roast with kitchen foil for at least part of the cooking time. This stops the roast beef from drying out too much during cooking.

    How long do you cook a 4 lb roast at 325? ›

    Reduce the heat to 325°F. If your roast is 4 pounds, roast it for 1 hours 45 minutes more for medium, or 2 hours for medium well done. If your roast is more or less than 4 pounds, roast it for approximately 25 to 30 minutes per pound for a medium roast.

    Is 325 considered slow cooking? ›

    The various standard phrases, to describe oven temperatures, include words such as "cool" to "hot" or "very slow" to "fast". For example, a cool oven has temperature set to 200 °F (90 °C), and a slow oven has a temperature range from 300–325 °F (150–160 °C).

    How many hours does it take to cook a 3lb roast? ›

    Common Names
    Approx weightRare (125 °F)Medium (145 °F)
    2 lb31 min42 min
    3 lb45 min55 min
    4 lb1 hr1 hr 10 min

    What cut of beef for Sunday roast? ›

    Topside, silverside and top rump

    These three prime cuts are all fantastic for roasting, as they are very tender and can be carved into large lean slices. However, because the muscles used for these cuts carry less marbling, they are usually sold 'barded'.

    How do you keep beef moist when roasting? ›

    When cooking a roast in the oven, keep it uncovered until roasted to the desired doneness. After removing from the oven, tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, preventing them from draining out during carving—and preventing dry, disappointing meat.

    How do you cook beef so it's tender? ›

    To cook it until it's so tender it falls apart, you'll need to choose a joint like chuck and blade or beef brisket and either braise, slow roast or slow cook it for at least a couple of hours.

    What is the best cut of beef roast for slow cooking? ›

    Chuck Roast:Chuck roast is a popular choice for slow cooking due to its rich marbling and connective tissue. When cooked low and slow, it becomes tender and flavorful. It's well-suited for pot roast recipes. Bottom Round Roast:Bottom round roast is a leaner cut with less marbling, but it has a good am.

    What is the prime cut of roast beef? ›

    Prime Rib Roast

    Considered the king of roasts, the prime rib roast is a true showstopper. The prime rib offers a perfect combination of marbling, tenderness, and flavor. While some beef roasts may not require trussing or netting, trussing the prime rib can be beneficial.

    What is better top or bottom round roast? ›

    The top round is very lean but tends to be more tender than the bottom round, and is often cut into steaks (which are sometimes labeled "London broil"). The bottom round, which is divided into a bottom round roast and a rump roast, is a bit tougher.

    What is the difference between top round roast and chuck roast? ›

    While both are large, tough cuts of budget-friendly beef, the main difference that sets these two roasts apart is where on the animal they're cut from. Top round roast is cut from the rear leg and is more lean than chuck roast, which is cut from the shoulder and contains more fat.

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