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Rib of beef with port and stilton gravy

This is a recipe from the BBC Good Food website – it’s one of Nigella Lawson’s most popular recipes!

Serves: 8 – 10

Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: 1 to 2 hours


For the meat

3.8kg/8lb 6oz Park Hill Farm’s South Devon beef fore rib (a four-rib joint)
2 onions, cut into 1cm/½in rounds 
2 tbsp garlic oil, or vegetable oil 
1½ tsp Maldon salt or 1 tsp table salt 
1 tsp dried thyme 
½ tsp cayenne pepper 

For the port and Stilton gravy

2 tbsp fatty juices from the roast beef tin, plus extra to finish 
1 tbsp plain flour 
125ml/4fl oz ruby port 
500ml/17fl oz beef stock, heated 
125g/4oz Stilton cheese 
1 tsp redcurrant jelly 
salt and freshly ground black pepper