Roast spiced beef with french fries

Roast spiced beef with french fries

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A Month in Marrakesh
Serves
6
Photographer
David Loftus

As a legacy of the French occupation of Morocco, you can still find great baguettes, French fries and decent roasting beef in the butcher shops.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5kg rolled joint of beef, such as topside or sirloin, tied with kitchen string
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Marinade

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

French fries

Quantity Ingredient
peanut oil, for deep-frying
500g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 cm thick pieces and placed in bowl of cold water

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
mixed green salad
dijon mustard

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients in a bowl, season generously with salt and pepper and mix well. Rub the beef all over with the marinade, place in a large bowl, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 1–2 hours.
  3. Remove the beef from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Transfer the beef to a roasting tin and smear any extra marinade on top. Drizzle with olive oil and then roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 180°C and roast for a further 45 minutes for rare meat, or longer if you like your meat medium to well done.
  4. Remove from the oven and rest, covered with foil, for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat peanut oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 140–150°C. Drain the prepared potatoes and pat dry with kitchen paper, then deep-fry for 6 minutes or until cooked through. Drain the French fries on kitchen paper and then transfer to a large serving platter with the roast beef.
  6. Serve with a mixed green salad and Dijon mustard.
Tags:
Morocco
Moroccan
Marrakesh
Africa
African
North African
Month
A Month in Marrakesh
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