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Bacon & Herb Topped Beef Roast
Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 1-1/4 hr.
What you need:
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+ 3-4 lb. beef top loin petite roast
+ 4 slices smoked bacon, divided
+ 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon, divided
+ 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
+ 1 lb. carrots, cut diagonally into 1/8-in. slices
+ 1 lb. parsnips, cut diagonally into 1/8-in. slices
+ salt and pepper
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coarsely chop 3 slices bacon. Combine bacon, 1 Tbsp. tarragon and 3 cloves garlic; press evenly onto all sides of beef roast.
2. Place roast, fat-side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 325°F oven 1 to 1-1/4 hr. for medium rare; 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hr. for medium doneness.
3. Meanwhile, chop remaining slice bacon. Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet 3 to 5 min. or until bacon is browned and crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with slotted spoon to paper-towel-lined plate, reserving drippings in skillet. Add carrots, parsnips, 3/4 c. water and remaining clove garlic to same skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 min., stirring occasionally. Remove cover and continue cooking 2 to 4 min. or until water has evaporated and vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm; set aside.
4. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 10 to 15 min. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
5. Sprinkle vegetables with reserved bacon and remaining 1 Tbsp. tarragon. Carve roast into slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve with vegetables.

* Nutrition information is per serving for 3 oz each.

* Recipe Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
Nutritional information:
Calories: 226;   Total Fat: 9g;   Saturated Fat: 3g;   Cholesterol: 72mg;   Total Carbs: 11g;   Fiber: 3g;   Protein: 26g;   Sodium: 92mg;