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The Holiday Flavors of Rioja: Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Beef

Alright, it’s official, the holiday season is in full swing.

Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe

*Rioja Wine sponsored this post in partnership with Honest Cooking. As always, all views expressed are completely my own.

Before you know it, your kitchen will be pumping out glorious platters of food and your dining room will be bustling with friends and family from near and far. But let’s not forget the drinks—specifically, wine! For special occasions and holidays (and um…everyday…), wine has been and is very important to my family. I was raised a wino. We always had a wine cellar in the house, and my Dad always ingrained in me how important a good wine paring is. For the holidays this year, I have discovered Rioja wines.

Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipeHailing from North-Central Spain, Rioja refers to the wine as well as the region it comes from. Made mainly from the Tempranillo grape, Rioja wines are one of only two D.O.C regions in Spain, and all Rioja wines are always regulated so you can be sure you are buying a quality bottle every time. Why Rioja wine when there is Burgundy’s Pinot Noir or Piedmont’s Barbaresco? It’s simple. Rioja wines are versatile and affordable. You don’t have to break the bank on wine for your holiday dinner and no need stress out about ten different bottles of wine to pair with each course. Choose from juicy rosado wines, crisp blancos, or elegant reds ranging from lighter to robust with spice.
Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipeTo celebrate the holidays, why not make this mouthwatering beef roast perfect with Rioja Reserva wines? Rioja’s Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are made from the best vintages and are aged in the bottles by the winemakers before release, so you don’t have to. Aged at least three years, and usually longer, before release, these wines have refined character.

A seductive glass of a Reserva Rioja wine is a perfect blend of soft fruits, leathery undertones, and subtle black pepper spice. Reservas offer notes of dark fruits like plums and dried cherries. These wines are ideal with tender, slow roasted game meats and flavorful, hearty beef dishes. The fruits and cracked pepper hints of the wine are a perfect match with the herbal rosemary and garlic that becomes caramelized with this roast as it cooks. Its earthier tones are also a delicious fit with the mushroom and pan glaze that this holiday star is served with.
Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe
Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines.
This really is a crazy easy meal to prepare, and the flavor payoff is huge! I paired it with the Muja Reserve Rioja wine, which worked very well.. The wine is definitely full-bodied, and packs quote a punch. This is necessary though to stand up to the big flavors of the ample garlic and rosemary crusting the beef. The recipe itself is not of my own creation, but was provided to me by Honest Cooking. I must say, its so easy, and so tasty!


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Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Beef

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. Rib Eye roast
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • about 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped (or other favorite herbs)
  • about 1/4 cup garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups of a variety of mushrooms, sliced to about the same size
  • 1 cup of stock
  • 2 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Tie meat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat up a skillet with cooking oil, over medium-high heat, and sear all side of the meat.
  5. Mix together rosemary and garlic in a small bowl, with a table spoon or two of olive oil. Coat the meat with herb-garlic mixture.
  6. Roast in the preheated oven until medium-rare, about 20 minutes.
  7. Sauté the mushrooms with butter over medium heat, until cooked through, and then season with salt and pepper.
  8. Remove meat from the skillet it was cooked in, and bring the pan to the stovetop. Add stock to the pan and deglaze the pan, being sure to scrape the bits on the bottom. Allow to simmer until thick.
  9. Add the mushrooms to the sauce and serve the roast sliced with accompanying mushroom sauce. Garnish serving platter with fresh rosemary, if desired.
Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe Wow your dinner guests with this aromatic rosemary and garlic roast that is so simple to make, and complete with a beautiful presentation paired with Rioja Reserva wines | spachethespatula.com #recipe
   

2 Responses to “The Holiday Flavors of Rioja: Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Beef”

  1. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — December 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Decadent, mouth watering, tender, perfection! I can almost taste this beef roast from your pics alone. Pinned and cannot wait to devour this goodness!

    • Rachael replied: — December 21st, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Senika!

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