1 four-pound “eye of round” beef roast,
2 stalks of celery,
2 bay leaves,
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns,
1 oz. Montreal steak spice,
1 teaspoon salt
Place the eye of round beef roast in a hotel pan. Season it with the Montreal steak spice and salt. Cut coarsely the onion, carrot and celery and add them to the pan. Also, add the peppercorns and bay leaves. Pour 1 cup of warm water in the pan. Preheat the oven at 400 F and place the roasting pan in the oven uncovered. Cook for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned. The purpose to brown the roast beef is to help keep it more juicy. After you have browned it, cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and reduce the temperature to 300 F. Cook the roast covered for about 2 hours covered, or until the internal temperature reaches 175 F. At this point the meat should be very tender. Let the meat rest for about 20 minutes, then slice and serve. All the au-jus from the bottom of the pan is excellent for making the gravy, so don’t forget to strain it and use it.
Cooking tips: The cooking temperatures that I am giving above are for a convection oven. If you are cooking in a conventional oven you may have to increace the temperatures by 15-25 degrees F depending on the oven.
Also, if there is space in the roasting pan you can cook 2 beef roasts at the same time in the same pan. Just increace the amount of seasoning accordingly.