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Assaturatam (Honey Roasted Meat)
Assaturam: Assam a furno simplicent salis plurimo
conspersam cum melle inferes.
Roasted Meat: The meat is roasted plain in the oven,
sprinkled generously with salt. Serve with honey. [Giacosa, p. 88]
2-3 pounds beef roast
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup honey, divided
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle the roast with salt,
making sure to get all sides. Place in roasting pan and put in oven.
Turn heat down to 325 degrees F. Cook for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until
done. One hour into cooking time, drizzle 1/4 cup of honey over the
roast and return to oven. Serve with remaining honey on the side
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As it worked out, the beef got a little more thoroughly cooked
than I had intended. However, once it was sliced and thrown back
into the cooking juices for a little while, it soaked up the honey flavor
even better and was very moist and tender.
Giacosa, Ilaria Gozzini (Herklotz, Anna, translator). A Taste
of Ancient Rome. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and
London, 1992. ISBN 0-226-29032-8.
Vehling, Joseph Dommers (translator). Apicius: Cookery and
Dining in Imperial Rome. Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1977.
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