Roast the beef a day ahead; chill. Serve at room temperature.

Jackie Mills
Recipe by Southern Living December 2012

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Credit: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Yield:
Makes 8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle beef with pepper. Cook in hot oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, 5 minutes or until browned on all sides.

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  • Stir together salt and 1 cup cold water. Spread half of salt mixture in a rectangle (slightly larger than beef) in a large roasting pan; top with beef. Pat remaining salt mixture over beef, covering completely.

  • Bake at 400° 45 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into center registers 145°. Tap crust with a spoon; remove crust. (Beef will keep cooking if crust remains on.) Transfer beef to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Brush off excess salt; slice beef. Serve beef in rolls with pesto.

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