Some foods are known as ‘comfort’ foods. A baked roast can be very comforting to say the least. Moreover, when you know how to cook it just right, it can make your entire family feel ‘comfortable’, happy and well nourished.
I love cooking. I enjoy using different methods and ingredients when preparing my meals. I know, sometimes we have to give up the long preparation process due to time constraints, however, when possible, take some time when preparing your meals. Plan for the perfect meal. Generally, most of us can prepare meals ahead on Saturday and Sunday. We can place the prepared dish in large containers in the freezer. When we get home, we can just take the dish out of the freezer, pop it in the oven and in about an hour or less, a complete meal is on the table.
One of the meats I find extremely comforting to prepare and then bake is a Sirloin Tip Roast with sides. While this cut is not the ‘Prime Rib’ some desire, you can make it taste just as good and in some instances it has been known to taste better than Prime Rib.
Purchase your roast from your favorite Butcher or grocery store. Ask the butcher to make sure to trim any excess fat from the roast. Take your roast home and always wash any meats very well before seasoning. You never know how your meat is handled when being cut. Make sure to use warm water. I suggest allowing the roast to soak a few seconds in the water. After you are comfortable it is clean, begin to season it. Use salt and pepper or about a tablespoon of seasoned salt. Sea salt or kosher is okay. However, please use the latter two salts very sparingly. Rub the seasoning over the entire cut making sure every spot has some seasoning on it. After seasoning, place your roast in a roasting pan. Cover the roast with sliced onions, about one cup, two cans of Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup.
Let the roast marinade in the refrigerator for at least one hour. I like to allow my meat to marinade overnight. However, if time is limited, one hour is okay.
After marinating, take the roast out of the refrigerator, remove the cover and place foil over the top of the pan. Place the roast in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Allow the roast to cook for one hour. Remove the roast carefully from the oven. Skim off all the fat. Stir the remaining juices together and baste the roast with the juices. Replace the foil over the roast and return to the oven. Allow the roast to cook an additional hour.
Remove your roast from the oven. Lift the foil carefully. Test to see if it is done and tender. Because oven temperatures vary, you might wish to adjust the time either up or down depending on the oven. If the roast is not as tender as you desire, return to the oven for no more than 30 minutes.
When done, you can stir a little cornstarch or flour into some of the juice and make a delicious gravy.
Serve with Mashed Potatoes or rice, your favorite vegetable, a salad and corn bread.