Prime Time – Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream & Parsnip Fingerling Mash



The weather is chilly, dare I say frigid, in most of our country in the cold, cold January of this year and the glory and bustle of the Holidays are over. The time for waiting out the winter has come. I love this time of year though, as time seems to slow, almost to a standstill. The frost collects on the windows, the snow on the ground and long shadows stretch from the skeletons’ of trees. The canned goods of summer pop open and fill pots and pans with memories of sun, heat and blossoms. I light the candles around the house; welcoming their warm light into my home and sip hot tea, settling in for the early nights and evenings of day dreaming. These twilight evenings seem to beg for quiet evenings at home, building a fire, bundled in a favorite blanket or sitting down for a warm dinner with family and friends.

One of my favorite things to make this time of year is a roast with root vegetables. Really relishing in the flavors of the season. You may think these dinners take time and skill but you couldn’t be more wrong. Today I want to share with you a roast dinner anyone can make to warm up your stomach, heart and home on these midwinter nights. The best part of this meal is that it only takes 40 minutes to make after you preheat your oven. So turn up the oven and settle in for a night around the table filling your heart with joy and laughter and your heart full of warmth.



  • 1 top or bottom round beef roast, tied
  • Coarse salt
  • Grape seed oil or other high heat oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup pearl onions halved
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1/4 Cup fresh horseradish
  • 2 large parsnips – cut into chunks about the size of the potatoes
  • 2 Cups fingerling potatoes


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and set potatoes and diced parsnips in large pot of water on high heat.





Season beef with 1/2-teaspoon salt, and season with pepper. Heat oil in a large ovenproof pan over high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown beef on all sides quickly, about 5 minutes total. Remove pan from heat.



Drop pearl onion halves in with beef. Cook beef and onions in oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of beef registers 140 degrees (for medium-rare), 35 to 40 minutes for 2lb of beef. Let beef stand for 10 minutes before carving.


While beef is cooking stir together sour cream and enough horseradish to your desired taste and set aside. While beef is resting mash potatoes and parsnips with butter, salt and pepper to taste.


Serve beef with onions, potatoes and horseradish cream and enjoy!


MarcellaMarcella Rose began cooking early, learning from her self-taught mom who prepared brilliant meals nightly. At thirteen, cooking on a Ranch, she learned how to get creative in the kitchen. With an eye for the beautiful, a growing palate, and keen organizing skills she soon began hosting parties and catering events. Moving to New York she was graced to have worked with some of the best interior designers in the city. Taking these skills to the Internet with Marcella Rose’s she shares her passion and innovation hoping to inspire the modern woman.

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Erin Kennedy and I’m the Founder and Creative Director. I love food, cooking and learning tips in the kitchen and of course, eating. Sharing all this food love is a passion of mine.

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