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Bolar beef roast with crispy roasted potatoes

Serves   4
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins

Beef bolar roasts are very tender and full of flavour - perfect for slow cooking or roasting as a delicious family meal! Serve with extra crispy roast potatoes, the ideal side for this roast beef winter dish.

Bolar beef roast with crispy roasted potatoes




  • 1.2kg Quality Mark beef bolar
Spice mix:
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • Good pinch dried red chilli flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Crispy roast potatoes:
  • 1.5 kg floury potatoes, peeled and cut into halves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 25g butter

Cookware: Baking dish/roasting dish, saucepan.



Preheat the oven to 230°C.

  1. Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl. Rub over the beef roast and place on a wire tray on a baking dish.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 200°C and place in the oven to roast for 40-45 minutes for medium-rare beef.
  3. Remove beef from the oven and place on a warmed plate, cover loosely with foil and a clean tea towel and leave to rest.
Crispy roast potatoes
  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes, just so they are slightly soft around the edges. Drain and place saucepan back over the heat.
  2. Shake saucepan to dry off potatoes. Score the surface of each with a fork to scruff them up.
  3. Place oil and butter into a roasting dish and place in oven to heat. Add potatoes, tossing well so that every surface is covered.
  4. Roast for 45 minutes at least until thoroughly golden and crisp. Sprinkle with a little course salt before serving.

Find quality Mark beef bolar at your New World butchery.

Recipe notes:

Beef – If you’re unable to find beef bolar roast, there are other cuts of beef you could use instead. Try a beef topside roast, rolled rib or even a standing rib roast. You can find more suggestions on our Best cuts of beef guide. Roast these cuts at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes per 500g.

Potatoes – Agria potatoes are our favourites for roasting. Before serving, we recommend sprinkling them with a little salt. If you don’t have potatoes on hand, you could also use kumara, pumpkin, or a mixture of your favourite roast vegetables. For more tips on selecting potatoes, check out our Guide to potatoes


Can beef bolar roast be pot roasted in the slow cooker instead? 

Yes, beef bolar roast is great slow cooked and breaking down your own bolar roast can be a great economical way to buy meat for a casserole. Check out our Slow cooked roast beef recipe

Are there other cuts of beef I can use instead?

See Recipe Notes – Beef

What cut is a Bolar roast?

The bolar blade comes from the shoulder and is an inexpensive cut which is easily carved. Bolar blade meat can be cut into steaks, thin-sliced for roast beef sandwiches or chopped into strips for stir-fry dishes.