Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast from Outlander

Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast from Outlander

At the inn, food was readily available, in the form of a modest wedding feast, including wine, fresh bread, and roast beef.

Dougal took me by the arm as I started for the stairs to freshen myself before eating.

"I want this marriage consummated, wi' no uncertainty whatsoever," Dougal instructed me firmly in an undertone.  "There's to be no question of it bein' a legal union, and no way open for annulment, or we're all riskin' our necks."

"Seems to me you're doing that anyway," I remarked crossly.  "Mine, especially."

Dougal patted me firmly on the rump.

"Dinna ye worry about that; ye just do your part."  He looked me over critically, as though judging my capacity to perform my role adequately.

"I kent Jamie's father.  If the lad's much like him, ye'll have to trouble at all.  Ah, Jamie lad!"  He hurried across the room, to where Jamie had come in from stabling the horses.  From the look on Jamie's face, he was getting his orders as well.

Outlander, Chapter 15

Just a little different than the wedding receptions I've been to!  I'm more used to clinking cutlery on my glass, a cheesy toast from the Best Man, a couple of well-placed polkas and maybe even The Macarena if it's an open bar.

The buffet is usually a little more generous as well.

But if you were hurled back 200 years in time, forced to marry a virtual stranger in someone else's strong-smelling dress and then hurried through a ceremony complete with blood letting -- all on no more than a couple of glasses of port for breakfast (poured on top of last night's whisky dinner) -- I'm willing to bet you'd accept roast beef, bread and wine with a little more grace than your average Bridezilla.

After all, the food is fuel for activities yet to come -- any more than that would just weigh you down.

Roast Beef

He studied his wineglass with some care.  "Perhaps it's just that I want to bed you."  He looked up abruptly.  "Did ye think of that?"

If he meant to disconcert me, he was succeeding nicely, but I resolved not to show it.

"Well, do you?" I asked boldly.

"If I'm bein' honest, yes, I do."  The blue eyes were steady over the rim of the glass.

"You wouldn't necessarily have had to marry me for that," I objected.

He appeared honestly scandalized.  "You do not think I would take ye without offering you marriage!"

"Many men would," I said, amused at his innocence.

He sputtered a bit, at a momentary loss.  Then regaining his composure, said with formal dignity, "Perhaps I am pretentious in saying so, but I would like to think that I am not 'many men,' and that I dinna necessarily place my behavior at the lowest common denominator."

Rather touched by this speech, I assured him that I had so far found his behavior both gallant and gentlemanly, and apologized for any doubt I might inadvertently have cast on his motives.

On this precariously diplomatic note, we paused while he refilled our empty glasses.

Outlander, Chapter 15

Roast Beef

Let's take a pause in the action to talk a little more about the beef, shall we?

The one served to celebrate the marriage of Claire and James was probably roasted at the hearth over an open fire.  And for sure it wasn't the tenderloin.

Which is OK by me.  I'm a big fan of the less-expensive cuts of meat.  As long as you know how to cook the particular piece you have, you can turn almost any cut into a delicious, juicy and tender dinner.

The more that the muscle moves while the animal is alive, the more connective tissue the meat contains.  Connective tissue will make meat tough unless you roast it low and slow to melt it away, which will leave you with fork-tender meat and gelatin-packed juices to make a rich accompanying sauce.

I chose a top or inside round (from the top of the hind leg) because it offers a good combination of superior flavour and value for money while being tender enough to dry roast in the oven.

Serve it with your favourite sides and gravy made from the juices.  Or, go Full-On Outlander and bake a fresh loaf of bread and open bottle of red worthy of Colum’s cellars.

Roast Beef Dip

"Are you hungry?" I asked softly, sometime later.

"Famished.  He bent his heat to bite my breast softly, then looked up with a grin.  "But I need food too."  He rolled to the edge of the bed.  "There's cold beef and bread in the kitchen, I expect, and likely wine as well.  I'll go and bring us up some supper."

"No, don't you get up.  I'll fetch it."  I jumped off the bed and headed for the door, pulling a shawl over my shift against the chill of the corridor.

"Wait, Claire!" Jamie called.  "Ye'd better let me --" but I had already opened the door.

My appearance at the door was greeted by a raucous cheer from some fifteen men, lounging around the fireplace of the main room below, drinking, eating and tossing dice.  I stood nonplussed on the balcony for a moment, fifteen leering faces flickering out of the firelit shadows at me.

"Hey, lass!" shouted Rupert, one of the loungers.  "Ye're still able t' walk!  Isn't Jamie doin' his duty by ye, then?"

This sally was greeted with gales of laughter and a number of even cruder remarks regarding Jamie's prowess.

"If ye've worn Jamie out a'ready, I'll be happy t' take 'is place!"  offered a short dark-haired youth.

"Nay, nay, 'e's no good, lass, take me!" shouted another.

"She'll ha' none o' ye, lads!" yelled Murtagh, uproariously drunk.  "After Jamie, she'll need somethin' like this to satisfy 'er!"  He waved a huge mutton bone overhead, causing the room to rock with laughter.

I whirled back into the room, slammed the door and stood with my back to it, glaring at Jamie, who lay naked on the bed, shaking with laughter.

"I tried to warn ye," he said, gasping.  "You should see your face!"

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Roast Beef Sliced

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12 Mar 2012 - 10:41am

Jen C.

It looks delicious! I'm always afraid to make roast beef because I worry it will be tough. I'm going to give this a try. nLove the wedding scenes, from the night before to the night of my favorite parts of the series.

12 Mar 2012 - 1:18pm


I love me some Outlander w/my roast beast! I agree with you about the lower priced meats. It sounds yummy AND easy!nnThose are the same ingredients I use to make my pork roast w/roasted potatoes in the same pan; do you think I could do the same/roast potato wedges in the same pan?)


I might do the potatoes in another pan, Jenn...just because cooking at such a low temp tends to release a lot of you'd end up with "steamed/boiled" potatoes rather than roasted ones...

12 Mar 2012 - 1:59pm


Simple but OH so Elegant looks perfect!..and now I'm wanting some....MMmmmmmmmm nAs always.....Standing Ovation .....Bravo bravo...

12 Mar 2012 - 2:19pm

The Mom Chef …

I adore top round roast and yours looks absolutely perfect. In all honesty, I'd take this for my wedding supper over what we had. At least this would be memorable!

12 Mar 2012 - 2:33pm


YUM!!! I'm going to the store right now to get the stuff to make this!! The Wedding is one of my favorite scenes from the whole series. That's where it all begins!


That's so cool! Can't wait to see a pic, MacZac!

12 Mar 2012 - 2:54pm


Makes me think about the brisket (sorry, I know it's not the same cut!) that my Mum used to make for Shabbas dinners - I miss those days! I'd love to make this but will need to get a much smaller cut of beef since there is only myself to eat it - but I can just imagine the delicious roast beef sandwiches this would make the day after!


You're so right, Ruth! The glory of the cheaper cuts...the brisket is one of my favourites too!

12 Mar 2012 - 3:02pm


Love, love, love this. :)

12 Mar 2012 - 3:07pm

Sarah Jarvis

Looks delish! You do take the plastic wrap off before the oven is turned on, though? ;)


yes, well...I do assume a certain amount of common sense, Sarah. ;)

12 Mar 2012 - 3:10pm

mrs graham

almost makes me wish i still ate beef!!! (haven't had any in more than 20 yrs.) looks delicious, and so easy to make! nand i love reading your entries; they are so entertaining, and they make me want to go back through the books to find every reference to food that they make.


Awww...thanks Mrs. Graham! I'm glad you can enjoy a post even when you don`t eat the beef. LOL.

12 Mar 2012 - 8:07pm


i've never cooked roast beef before...but i really want to try this! i love all your recipes! you always motivate me to try new things. thanks OK!!! :-)

13 Mar 2012 - 4:37am


We have roast all the time. But I have never had it over an open fire. I kinda thought you might do that. I can just see me turning the spit.... haa haanHelen in Ark.


This is but our first roast beef together, Helen! Don't you worry...I'm sure there will be a spit in there one of these days!

14 Mar 2012 - 2:01am

Donna Rubino

This looks amazing Theresa! I will save this one for a nice dinner! Thanks!

15 Mar 2012 - 7:15am

Introducing T…

Porridge from Outlander last November. There are now 24 Outlander-themed recipes, from the roast beef at J&Cs wedding feast to Stephen Bonnets Salted Chocolate Nutella Pretzel Ballsand lately Ive

04 Jun 2012 - 4:03am


This looks so amazingly wonderful..I like to visit the picture....

02 Oct 2012 - 7:29pm

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17 Sep 2014 - 7:20am

Kathleen Smith

Looks delicious!

17 Sep 2014 - 12:00pm

Cranachan Ou…

particular wedding before, so if youre looking for something for dinner, why not cook up a Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast? Its my interpretation of the feast served upon the wedding partys return to the inn,

17 Sep 2014 - 1:03pm

Elizabeth Cavanaugh

Theresa, Have loved all the recipes I have tried and they are easy to follow - thank you. Have just gone to the local butcher to order roast for Saturday and was shown an approximately 2" x 12" cut of beef. Not really looking like a roast. Should I cut into 2 2" x 6" pieces and tie off? Thank you!

17 Sep 2014 - 1:53pm


Yum! Agreed on slow cooking inexpensive cuts. My fiance bought round eye and I roasted it in a slow cooker with similar spices (as well as paprika, but we like things spicy) and home made beef stock from an ice cube tray for 6 hours. Totally tender and delicious! Can't wait for Saturday!

17 Sep 2014 - 2:50pm


I've been making a new recipe every week to go with each new episode, until last week :( , and I do believe I found my meal for this week! I think I'll make this with Neeps & Tatties, bannocks, and the Cranachan for dessert that you just posted about. I may make some Atholl Brose to drink during the show as well. I am so glad I found your website, I love the recipes I have tried. Thank you so much!

17 Sep 2014 - 5:49pm


I will be making the roast and desert for this Saturdays episode. Can't wait!!!

20 Sep 2014 - 7:28pm

Cranachan - s…

fa, quindi se cercate qualcosa di speciale per cena, perch non provare la nostra versione del Roast Beef? Potete ache farne dei panini fantastici, caldi o freddi, con o senza la salsina. Chi ha voglia di

05 Nov 2014 - 1:46am


Thanks for these recipes. My friends and I are getting together on Saturday for a marathon viewing party. We are each going to make recipes from Outlander Kitchen. I want to make this roast, but I only really cook in a crockpot. I also have braces which can make chewing beef difficult. Can I make this in a crockpot?


You can totally make this in a crock pot, but I would choose an Outside Round or Blade Roast instead. They're much better cuts for the slow cooker.

05 Jun 2015 - 10:21am

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30 Jun 2015 - 9:02pm


I am helping with a dinner for a lot of people. I had thought of doing multiple roasts. If I cooked and then reheated them right before serving would they beokay?

13 Sep 2015 - 7:12pm

Mary c

I made this last Sunday. It's my favorite way to cook a roast. Can hardly wait til your cookbook comes out.

26 Oct 2015 - 7:32am

Outflander! S…

The marvellous Outlander Kitchen, a blog recreating all the recipes from the novel series, has Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast already. But with all things Outlander, a fair degree of creative licence is

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