St. Stephen’s Day Feast
As I am looking back at my posts, I simply cannot believe I have been so negligent. I aim to remedy that and catch ME up on writing, and catch YOU up on what I’ve been cooking! Let me share a bit about our St. Stephen’s Day Feast.
My catching up is not going to be chronological or logical, rather it is going to be written in the order of my passion and excitement starting with the day after Christmas.
For years I have wanted to make a traditional Irish Christmas dinner. In my house, our traditional Christmas dinner from about 1982 was homemade pizza. That meal was created in part by necessity and in part by the love my family had for homemade pizza. This year, I decided to do a traditional Christmas dinner on St. Stephen’s day, the day following Christmas. It is traditional to do a large dinner on this day in Ireland, as well as on Christmas day. For me and my family it allowed the best of both worlds; traditional family pizza on Christmas day at mom’s house, and a big dinner at my house, for my family on the day after.
I did some research on the web to discover what a traditional St. Stephen’s Day feast would consist of. For my first St. Stephen’s Day I chose to do a spiced beef roast, a baked chicken (for those who can’t or don’t eat beef), mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, Green Bean Supreme, and dinner rolls.
The spiced beef roast was a stretch out of the comfort zone for many of the people assembled around my table. I learned that the spices on a traditional Irish Spiced Beef Roast are what we consider traditional Christmas spices. The house smelled of allspice, nutmeg, and clove while the roast was cooking and as odd as it seemed to some, the flavors were quite complimentary. I did not, however, cook it in the traditional way of boiling, cooling, and serving sliced cold. Instead I chose to bake it and serve warm. It seemed a good compromise to tradition and being eat in my home.
This is definitely a tradition that I will continue, and continue to build on. Maybe you will start your own St. Stephen’s Day feast tradition. I will forever think of it as a great way to continue the Christmas celebration as well as the season for one more day.
Spiced Beef Roast
- 4-6 pound beef roast
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves fresh garlic (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon clove
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Remove the beef roast from the fridge about 30 minutes prior to baking, to bring it up to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rub the outside of the roast with the oil, then the garlic.
Mix together the allspice, nutmeg, clove, salt and pepper and rub on the outside of the roast.
Place in a roasting pan with a rack. Cook the prepared roast at 350 degrees until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, about 2 – 2 ½ hours.
Remove from the oven and let stand for about 15 minutes before carving.