Roast beef

Roast beef

es, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding] Roast beef is a cut of beef which is roasted in an oven. Roast beef is often served within sandwiches and sometimes is used to make hash. In England, Ireland, Canada, and Australia roast beef is one of the meats traditionally served at Sunday Dinner. A traditional side dish to roast beef is Yorkshire pudding.

In culture

In Europe, the English are particularly associated with beef-eating, which is why the French call them "les rosbifs" (the roast beefs) (see also Alternative words for British). Another theory for the derivation of this name is a French mockery of the English: being relatively fair in comparison to the French, they easily get sunburned, resulting in red skin. The British reciprocally call the French "frogs", thought by many to be on account of the French dish of frog legs.

According to research carried out by the Museum of London amongst Roman rubbish dumps in London, it seems that Britons acquired their first taste of roast beef from the Roman military as the city expanded under their occupationFact|date=April 2007. Despite this, it seems not to have become popular amongst the population in general until the Middle Ages or later, and only became a 'national caricature' in the 18th century. [The Observer August 6, 2000] William Shakespeare suggests a reputation of the English to gorge on beef, when in the play Henry V, act 3, scene 7, before the Battle of Agincourt he has the Constable of France say : "Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils". [ [ "Henry V", plain vanilla text] at Project Gutenberg]


Roast beef is traditionally served "rare" or "pink" meaning that the centre of the joint is warmed, but not cooked so that it retains the red colour of raw beef. It should be noted however that there are health concerns associated with the consumption of raw meat. [ [ "New York Times 20 Jan 1982"] ]

ee also

* Roasting
* Beef
* "The Roast Beef of Old England"


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  • roast-beef — → rosbif ● roast beef, roast beefs nom masculin (mots anglais) Vieux. Rosbif. ● roast beef, roast beefs (difficultés) nom masculin (mots anglais) → rosbif rosbif ou roast beef n. m. Morceau de boeuf à rôtir (ou rôti) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • roast beef — loc.s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} taglio di carne di manzo ricavato spec. dalla lombata, arrostito a fuoco alto in modo che sia molto rosolato all esterno e resti al sangue all interno {{line}} {{/line}} VARIANTI: rosbif, rosbiffe. DATA: 1819 …   Dizionario italiano

  • Roast-beef — (engl., spr. Rostbihf, fr. Rost boeuf, spr. Rostböhf), ein Lendenstück von Ochsenfleisch; wird am Spieße langsam 5 Stunden lang gebraten, oft begossen u. ein wenig gesalzen. Von der Bratenbrühe wird das überflüssige Fett weggenommen u. etwas sein …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • roast beef — / rəʊsbi:f/, it. / rɔzbif/ locuz. ingl. (propr. [carne di] manzo arrosto ), usata in ital. come s.m. (gastron.) [carne di manzo cotta in modo da essere rosolata esternamente e al sangue all interno] ▶◀ rosbif …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • roast beef — → rosbif …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • roast beef — DEFINICIJA v. rostbif …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Roast beef — Rosbif Pour les articles homonymes, voir Rosbif (homonymie). Le rosbif est un morceau de bœuf, rôti ou à rôtir. Le roast beef (en anglais) est un plat anglais traditionnel à base de bœuf cuit au four[1]. La pièce de bœuf tendre et désossée est… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • roast-beef — (Expresión inglesa.) ► sustantivo masculino COCINA Rosbif, carne asada. * * * roast beef (var. «roastbeef»; ingl.; pronunc. [rosbíf]) m. Rosbif …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • roast-beef — {{hw}}{{roast beef}}{{/hw}}s. m. inv. Carne di manzo, tagliata nello scannello o nella lombata, arrostita a fuoco vivo, ma mantenuta rosea internamente. ETIMOLOGIA: voce ingl., comp. di roast ‘arrosto’ e beef ‘carne di manzo’ …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • roast beef — noun a) Beef cooked by roasting. I tell the waiter, Well have two roast beefs, one well done, the other medium rare. b) A cut of beef that has been roasted. But the cars trucks held cartons of roast chickens, slabs of cheeses, loaves of bread,… …   Wiktionary

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