Holiday Strip Roast with Garlic-Herb Crust and GIVEAWAY!


  Make this year’s holiday feast an effortlessly elegant event with this tender, juicy strip roast recipe rubbed with garlic and fresh thyme.

  Make this year's holiday feast an effortlessly elegant event with this tender, juicy strip roast recipe rubbed with garlic and fresh thyme.

Let me tell you – you stopped over at Wishes and Dishes on the right day.  I’m sharing the recipe for this AMAZING split strip roast pictured above and I’m also providing the best ever giveaway (this one is worth $167!) that you guys have seen yet.  Yes, one of you is going to have a Certified Angus Beef Brand Cattlemans’ Premium Collection delivered right to your door to enjoy at home with your friends and family for the holidays (or to keep to yourself – your choice).  What is better than getting food delivered to your door, you ask?  Getting delicious cuts of BEEF delivered to your – that’s what!

Certified Angus Beef Gourmet Meat Giveaway

I told you all about it in this post, but at the end of October I had the opportunity to attend a food blogger trip to Wooster, Ohio hosted by Certified Angus Beef.  It was an absolute blast!  I learned so much about how to cook the perfect roast and had the chance to hang out with awesome people, whom I now consider friends.  We had amazing chefs prepare a couple of great meals for us and then we got the chance to test our skills and work with them in the kitchen creating holiday recipes.  It was an unforgettable experience and I ate better than I ever have before.  Certified Angus Beef is the very best Angus beef available as the brand relies on 10 strict quality specifications and generous marbling to deliver incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy beef.

After splitting in two and rubbing the split strip beef loin roast with the garlic-herb rub.

After splitting in two and rubbing the split strip beef loin roast with the garlic-herb rub.

This strip roast (also called top loin) that I made in Ohio was the best tasting roast I have ever made.  It will look so elegant on your holiday table this year!  You don’t even need work incredibly hard to have this beautifully presented roast to serve to your guests.  Of course, this roast can also be served to that very lucky family of yours on just an ordinary night.  It is perfect for any occasion.  This is what I will cook when I want to pull out all the stops and impress people. It really is very easy but tastes like something you would receive at a 5-star restaurant.  As I learned in Ohio, as long as you get the time and temperature right with your roast you really can’t go wrong!  I roasted it to a perfect medium-rare and that crunchy brown exterior from the rub gave it great flavor and protected the roast by locking in the juices.  I think strip roast is now my new favorite roast – it really hits the spot in texture and flavor.

Beautiful Split Strip Loin Roast with garlic Thyme Herb Crust after taking out of the oven to rest.

Right after taking it out of the oven.

The extremely generous people at Certified Angus Beef provided me with this Certified Angus Beef Brand Cattlemans’ Premium Collection (includes four 12-ounce strip steaks, four 8-ounce filet mignons, and four 10-ounce rib eyes (retails for $167.95!!) to help celebrate #roastingseason and the upcoming holidays.  They even went above and beyond and are also providing the same package for me to give away to you!  Scroll on down for your chance to win and to see how easy it is to enter.

Split Strip Roast with Garlic Thyme Herb Crust taken out of the oven to rest.

Holiday Strip Roast with Garlic-Herb Crust and GIVEAWAY!
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Serves: about 12 servings
Make this year's holiday feast an effortlessly elegant event with this tender, juicy strip roast recipe rubbed with garlic and fresh thyme.
  • 1 (6 pound) strip loin roast, split in half lengthwise (makes 2 (3 lb) roasts)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 5 tbsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp onion powder
  1. Rub roast with olive oil. Cover roast on all sides with the rub (or other rub of your choice).
  2. Brown butter in skillet on medium heat.
  3. When it starts steaming, add roast (one at a time if you are cooking both), fat side down. The pan should sizzle when adding the roast or it's not hot enough and will steam the roast, causing toughness.
  4. Brown roast on every side, including ends. Use tongs to turn it. Brown until you get a nice brown "crust", about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  5. Roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan for 30 minutes on 400 degrees, fat side up. Cover with foil part of time if tenderloin begins to get too dark. Check temperature with a meat thermometer for desired doneness.
  6. Remove from oven, loosely tent with foil, and allow to rest 15 minutes before slicing. Cut crosswise into ⅓-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices on platter.

Le Creuset Roasting Pan Giveaway

Deadline: Sunday, December 7th at 11:59 (EST). I’ll announce the winner on Monday 12/8. Good luck, everyone!

Winner:  Must be a U.S. resident to enter.  The winner will be chosen at random using and announced in this post. I will email the winner and if he/she does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway product is being provided by Certified Angus Beef ®. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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39 Responses to “Holiday Strip Roast with Garlic-Herb Crust and GIVEAWAY!”

  1. December 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM #

    I could literally eat this every night, sounds and looks incredible!

  2. December 1, 2014 at 4:42 AM #

    I remember reading about your trip to Wooster earlier this year – Ashley – what a generous giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting it! And LURE the garlic and thyme combo on this succulent roast!

  3. December 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM #

    I can´t tell you what went through my mind when I saw this piece of meat! It looks more than delicious! YUM yum YUM! 🙂

  4. December 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

    That is one good looking roast!

  5. Tonilyn
    December 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

    that looks so good 🙂

  6. December 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM #

    Great giveaway and WOW! Perfect roast, girl!

  7. December 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

    You cooked that roast to perfection! What a wonderful holiday meal.

  8. December 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM #

    That roast has my mouth watering.! You cooked it to absolute perfection!

  9. December 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

    Oh man that looks so good! Thanks for the great giveaway. 🙂

  10. December 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM #

    Wow does that look amazing!! Great giveaway!

  11. December 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM #

    A wonderful beef roast is always on our table for Christmas. Just wouldn’t be the holidays without it! Fantastic giveaway!

  12. December 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM #

    Such a great recipe Ashley! I’m sorry I didn’t get to sample it on our trip! 🙂

  13. December 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    That roast looks seriously amazing! My hubby loves beef and I rarely make it. I definitely need to try this recipe!

  14. December 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Your steak is cooked perfectly. I love that crust with all of the herbs. I wish I lived Stateside.

  15. December 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

    My daughter in law made a gourmet turkey dinner. I have to do something equal for my New Year’s Day holiday dinner. This would do it!

  16. December 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM #

    That garlic herb crust sounds fantastic! Looks wonderful! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday! 🙂

  17. December 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM #

    Oh, the glory that getting a box of beautiful beef delivered to my door would bring! This looks absolutely gorgeous, slice me off a big portion, please.

  18. Ginny McMeans
    December 1, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

    That is one big package you got on your table. That rub sounds delicious too!

  19. courtney king
    December 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM #

    Ashley you are amazing! Everything u make looks delicious. Do you host cooking classes?

    • December 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM #

      Haha thanks Courtney! I am the one who needs to take classes! 🙂

  20. Lora @cakeduchess
    December 2, 2014 at 6:50 AM #

    Your strip roast is just perfection, Ashley! What a great recipe to make during the holidays!!

  21. December 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM #

    This meal! It looks so perfect!

  22. December 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM #

    Your roast look incredible and perfectly cooked! YUM!

  23. December 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM #

    Wow, wow, wow and WOW! Your roast looks GREAT and I love CAB everything! The ranchers here in NC are a great family and I’m familiar with some of them here. I hope I win your giveaway package!

  24. December 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM #

    That’s some nice looking meat! 😉 Seriously though, that looks really good.

  25. December 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM #

    Your roast looks spectacular. I am loving the flavor profile as well. Wonderful

  26. December 3, 2014 at 7:20 AM #

    This roast is so pretty! I’m a huge beef lover 🙂

  27. December 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

    This looks insanely good! I have wanted to make a big beef roast for Christmas but I always chicken-out because I’m afraid I’ll mess it up, over-cook it, etc. I need to do it!

  28. December 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM #

    Wow! That’s an incredibly good looking roast! Just perfectly done. My kind of meal — thanks.

  29. December 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

    What a perfect looking roast! Now that’s a holiday meal in my opinion! Plus that basket of beef, I’d be swooning.

  30. December 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

    What a beautiful hunk of meat!

  31. December 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

    Amazing! I’m a total carnivore so this roast calls to me.

  32. Nancy Monteleone
    December 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

    This looks amazing!

  33. Paullena Estes
    December 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

    I love a good cut of beef especially when it’s cooked to perfection like yours. Would love to win that box of beef.

  34. December 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

    This beef looks incredible.. I can only imagine how good it must have tasted!


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