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Vagus | 17:08 Mon 29th Nov 2021 | Food & Drink
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We’re hosting Christmas this year for quite a number of family and hangers on, which is fine. However, we’ve been asked NOT to do turkey this year, which is also fine, and are contemplating doing a lump of beef of some kind instead, with all the trimmings obviously.
Trouble is, it’s been a long time since we’ve cooked any kind of joint of meat and I’m wondering which would be the best lump of beef to buy.
Am leaning towards a rib of beef as I believe that’s a really succulent one.
What do the AB meat experts think, what would you go for? Thanks :)

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Perhaps James Martin can help you out here?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/the_ultimate_christmas_34876
how many people as you may need a piece that covers two or three ribs - rib of beef can be delicious if properly prepared, cooked saignant-a point and rested.....
Rib of beef is very tasty - and also looks great if you carve at table - but not terribly easy to serve. Sirloin and Rump are other great choices.
I do think that beef is a dodgy idea when catering for many people as there will be people who want it really rare (me) and those who want it incinerated and everything in between. You end up pleasing some and upsetting others. How about a slow roasted boned and rolled pork joint as you really can't go wrong there?
If you have large numbers, ascertain their beef tastes and cook 2 x 2 ribs or whatever - one to cater for the saignant crew and the other for those who like it more done, à point, - a single joint usually has plenty of all though by using some judicious carving if just two or three of you. I always like 2 ribs in a joint as it gives more options and I love cold-afters for sandwiches/salads etc.....
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Thank you for all answers.
The guests will get it how I cook it, they can take it or leave it, whatever I decide to cook ;)
Been asked not to do turkey? Are they paying the bill for the meal? If not they'd get what they are given.
How many have you invited Lankeela?

ps Save a slice Vagus.
How about a beef Wellington. Boned and rolled leg of lamb, clove garlic inserted in slits, baste with cranberry and red wine. Duck or goose
Beef is on offer at Morrisons.
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Gosh lankeela, is that how it is in your family??
In ours, we all try to be kind to each other and happily accommodate any reasonable requests.
‘Can we have something different to the usual turkey for dinner this year, mum?
Sure, anything you particularly fancy?
How about beef?
Yep, sounds good :)
Ok, I’m on the case ;) ‘
....or words to that effect.
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Thanks for further replies.
Have bought a gigantic boneless rib of beef, will defo save you a slice mamy ;)
I love a slice of roast beef and so much you can do with leftovers.
I hope your family enjoy x

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