Thyme-Rubbed Beef Round Tip with Roasted Onion and Pear Wild Rice

Ingredients
Total Recipe Time:  2-1/4 to 3 hours
Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings


1 beef Sirloin Tip Roast (3 to 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon pepper
2 small firm pears, cut lengthwise in half, cored
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 package (6 to 7 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
Instructions
1.Heat oven to 325°F. Combine 1 tablespoon thyme and pepper; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
2.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. Place pears and onion around roast; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 325°F oven 1-3/4 to 2 hours for medium rare; 2 to 2-1/4 hours for medium doneness.
3.Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 140°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 5°-10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
4.Meanwhile prepare rice mix according to package directions, omitting butter; keep warm. Coarsely chop pears and onion; stir into rice.
5.Carve roast into thin slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with rice mixture.


Cook's Tip:  Any firm pear, such as Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, can be used.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving ((1/6 of recipe): 430 calories; 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 539 mg sodium; 31 g carbohydrate; 3.1 g fiber; 5 g protein; 9.4 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 2.6 mcg vitamin B12; 5.5 mg iron; 53 mcg selenium; 8.4 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and protein.


Nutrition information per serving (1/8 of recipe): 323 calories; 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 112 mg cholesterol; 404 mg sodium; 23 g carbohydrate; 2.3 g fiber; 37 g protein; 7 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 1.9 mcg vitamin B12; 4.1 mg iron; 39.8 mcg selenium; 6.3 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
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