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Spiced Roast Beef in Yorkshire Puddings with Mustard Dressing

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.

"In this recipe, two British gastronomic classics are rolled into one: the traditional duo of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and the Christmas dish of spiced beef, a joint of cured meat that is eaten in slivers"


1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1 1/4-pound piece beef tenderloin

1/4 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes plus 2
tablespoons oil reserved from jar
1/4 cup coarse-grained mustard

Yorkshire Puddings:
Olive oil
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup water


Yorkshire Puddings:

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Brush 48 mini muffin cups (each about 1 3/4-inch diameter) with oil. Place muffin pans in hot oven.
  • Meanwhile, sift flour and salt into large bowl. Make well in center of mixture. Add eggs and 1/2 cup milk to well; stir into flour. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup water, whisking until batter is smooth. Remove hot muffin pans from oven. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each muffin cup. Return pans to oven; bake until puddings are puffed and golden brown around edges, about 12 minutes. Cool in pans on racks. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover in pans; freeze. Before assembling, uncover and rewarm in 350°F oven until heated
    through, about 7 minutes.)


  • Mix pepper, coriander and allspice in bowl. Rub 1 teaspoon oil, then spice mixture all over beef; sprinkle with salt. Place beef on baking sheet. Let stand 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Roast beef until thermometer inserted into center registers 130°F for medium-rare, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Let beef stand at least 30 minutes.


  • Mix sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons reserved oil and mustard in small bowl. (Beef and dressing can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool beef, cover and refrigerate. Cover and refrigerate dressing. Whisk dressing before using.)


  • Thinly slice beef. Cut slices into 2 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch strips. Roll strips into cylinders. Using finger, push down center of each pudding, creating hole. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon dressing into each. Push beef cylinder into hole. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon dressing into center
    of beef. Arrange puddings on platter and serve.

Makes about 48

Martin James