Roast beef is one of the most beloved family Sunday dinners. From topsides to sirloin and forerib, you can use a variety of cuts to serve with your roast potatoes and gravy. But regardless of your choice, there is one vital step you must take to ensure a juicy joint.

Top celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently shared a video showing how to cook the perfect roast beef. And before he gets a single pan out, he explains his top tip for beef ahead of the cooking process.

"So the preparation is the same for all [cuts]... What's really important is to get your meat out of the fridge one hour before you want to cook it, and that way it will stay juicier and more tender."

The 48-year-old then advises giving the meat a little drizzle with olive oil before rubbing it in and then adding salt and pepper, ensuring you roll the beef around to collect up the seasoning. Once an hour has passed, you can then start the cooking process, which begins with searing the meat.

It's equally as important to let your beef rest before serving. When it's cooked to your liking, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the beef to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so. Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave aside until you're ready to plate up. By resting the meat, it's able to relax and redistribute the juices, which creates a more tender, juicier cut.

To compliment your roast beef, you'll need some perfectly crispy roast potatoes - and fellow chef Mary Berry previously shared the secret behind her golden spuds. She wrote in her book Cook and Share: "I like them cut up reasonably small. I bring them to the boil in salted water on the stove, just for about eight or 10 minutes, then drain the water off and shake them in the pan so they fluff up on the sides.

"Then you can either toss them in a bit of semolina if you've got it or a little bit of flour. I use not a lot of oil – it can be sunflower or something like that – toss them in that, and then roast them." Alternatively, you could try one of the more unusual roast potato hacks out there - from using a slow cooker to cooking in an air fryer to save time.

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