|Paper napkins signal "informal" |
- but still offer jaunty flair
For dinner last weekend, I served a simply prepared 4 lb. Bottom Round Roast (also known as an Outside Round or Silver-Side Round). As a two-person household, we have roast beef only rarely, so I’d forgotten that bottom rounds are one of the least flavorful and least tender cuts, with tough muscles, plenty of connective tissue, and almost no marbled fat.
Season to taste (and do taste it!) with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and any herb or combination of herbs you fancy. You may want to use a splash of red wine in your gravy, or sliced mushrooms, or a spoonful of Dijon-style mustard; I sometimes do. You may also want to “cheat” by adding a gravy browning agent at this point. There are plenty of brands available: All produce an attractive, nicely colored gravy.
|Tea lights are an understated center piece - another |
hint of informality
|Wooden serving platters emphasize the meal's relaxed feeling. |
Note the large sprays of parsley on the meat platter - my attempt
to disguise the notion that someone cremated the cow.