Fay Ripley’s Mid-Week Mini-Roast Recipe

Celebrity mum and recipe author Fay Ripley has joined forces with Red Tractor beef and lamb to bring you the perfect solution to the mid-week dinner dilemma  – the midweek mini roast! 

With kids’ after school activities busier than ever – from homework to sports clubs and after school playdates – navigating the family weekly schedule and deciding what to put on the midweek menu can be a tricky task. But this dish cooks in the oven in under 50 minutes so you can serve-up the kids’ favourite dinner any night of the week.

From a traditional roast with veg to sides of rice or chutney, the mini roast is extremely versatile, meaning you can cater for the various family tastes and ensure your kids enjoy a nutritious meal at the same time. What is more, the mini roast makes for a quick and low maintenance meal, so while it’s cooking in the oven, you’ll be free to help with the homework!

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Beef Mini Roast with a Smoked Paprika Rub and Jewel Rice

Serves 2-3
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes (for medium)


1 x 400-450g/14oz-1lb lean beef mini roast
5ml/1tsp oil
A little salt
Freshly milled black pepper
2.5ml/1Ž2tsp smoked paprika powder

For the Jewel Rice:

200g plain rice of your choice
100g/4oz frozen peas
Small bunch fresh mint

To serve:

Fresh cucumber and yogurt relish


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 5, 190°C, 375°F.
  2. Place the joint in a small roasting rack lined with foil and make several slits over the surface. Add the oil and season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle over the smoked paprika and rub generously over the joint. Roast for 40-50 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the rice and the peas separately according to the packet instructions. Drain and stir together.
  5. Remove the joint from the oven, cover with foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Lightly chop the mint and stir through the rice.
  7. Remove any meat bands or butcher’s string from the joint, carve and serve with the vegetable rice and the relish.

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