Fennel-Crusted Beef Roast with White Beans, Tomatoes and Arugula

Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 2-3 hours
Serves : 8

Ingredients

4-6lbs. Nolan Ryan's All-Natural boneless beef round tip roast

2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern beans

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups grape tomatoes

6 cups fresh baby arugula or fresh baby spinach (about 5 oz.)

shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)

Seasoning:

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. fennel seeds

2 tsp. coarse grind black pepper

Instructions

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.

Place roast 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 degrees F oven 2 to 2-1/2 hours for medium-rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium doneness.

Meanwhile drain beans, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Place beans, 2 Tbsp. reserved liquid, 2 Tbsp. oil and garlic in a food processor. Cover; process until smooth. Add rosemary, salt and pepper. Cover; pulse on and off until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use. Refrigerate remaining 2 Tbsp. bean liquid.

Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare; 155 degrees F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand, covered, 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 5 degress F to reach 145 degrees F for medium-rare; 160 degrees F for medium.)

Just before serving, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until skins begin to split. Add arugula; remove from heat. Toss to coat with oil. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add bean mixture to skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until just heated through, adding 1 to 2 Tbsp. remaining bean liquid as necessary for desired consistency.

Carve roast into thin slices. Serve with bean and arugula mixtures. Garnish with cheese if desired.