Okay, so my roommate came down with the swine flu and so I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. But hey, he lived through it, and I lived through it, so I really think it's nothing to worry about, so everyone needs to calm down about it. Sheesh.
You will need:
A two-pound top round roast
Salt & pepper
Three-quarters of a pound of new potatoes
So, remove the roast from the fridge about 30 minutes before you need to start cooking it and pat it dry with paper towels. Then, preheat your oven to 400F and heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the roast with coarse salt and pepper and brown it on all sides. Please be careful when you put the roast in the hot oil; it will splatter and burn you. I have really hideous burn welts on both arms because I was foolish. And they freaking hurt. So be careful. PLEASE.
Put the roast on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with two teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves.
Cut your potatoes in half, season with salt and pepper, and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil.
Roast for 45 minutes, then check the temperature. It's ready to come out when an instant-read thermometer measures 150F. Let it rest for about 10 minutes, then slice.
Takes about an hour and a half.
Also, for the record, tomorrow's my birthday and on Thursday I leave for a weekend in Vegas with some friends I haven't seen in a very long time. So suck it, losers who have to stay in the cold and rainy Northwest!
Not really. I like you all. You don't have to suck it. =)