I'm so happy it's Sunday - anyone else feeling the same way? As much as I love my spices and Indian food I have to say I love, LOVE cooking a Sunday roast! My fav has to be roast lamb closely followed by roast pork with loads of crunchy crackling!! Roast potatoes, home made yorkies, cauliflower cheese and proper gravy - yup I am drooling!!
You know how I love to share my kitchen hints and tips with you, I thought you guys must have loads of secrets when it comes to the perfect roast dinner and I would love to hear them - let me know in the comments below if you have any family tricks to get really crispy roasties, amazing crackling, the best gravy, delicious mint sauce or even what makes the perfect roast dinner for your family? Do you have to have bread sauce, chilli sauce or cranberry sauce with every roast dinner? Come on share the love and tell me your Sunday roast secrets!!

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Nadliow
9 months

Totally @Jo dunn! Could it have something to do with the lush green grass British cows graze on?

Jo dunn
9 months

@Hari Ghotra

Jo dunn
9 months

Glad to have a roasties-sister @Nadliow !!! My Dad, as yours, interestingly, showed me how to do a lot of my cooking, especially these roasties! Your mushroom gravy sounds really wonderful! 🍄🍄 French 'rosbif' just isn't the same is it?

Nadliow
9 months

@Hari Ghotra I have the same technique as @Jo dunn for roasties! And I use duck fat for the Yorkshire pudding (as my Dad taught me, I make one big dish as opposed to individual ones) and get the fat really hot in the oven before pouring the batter in. Then a mushroom gravy made with dried wild mushrooms that we gather in the woods 👌🏽. Dunno why but roast beef in France doesn’t give off enough juices to make a decent gravy ☹️

Hari Ghotra
9 months

I’m getting hungry @Damian Green your roasties sound amazing!

Hari Ghotra
9 months

Wow look at that @Andypsilon sounds really interesting cauliflower and orange - recipe please? I’ve seen pictures of snowy Germany so this looks perfect!

Damian Green
9 months

Other than par-boiling my potatoes and letting them steam dry before roasting, I simply roast em on 200c once drizzled with Rapeseed oil, butter dotted here and there, sprinkling of salt & black pepper and Cajun spices and roasted in a tray (not over crowding the potatoes). I leave them for at least 25 mins before giving them their first shake, adding lots of unpeeled Garlic cloves and rosemary (or thyme). Rapeseed for me guaranties crunchy roasties every-time. Any oil/fat from the roasted meat I’ll also drizzle over the roasties 10mins from the end. I believe in resting roasties for a while too, let them cool to just warm for best flavour. I’m from up north and we do either Kale, Cabbage, green beans, broccoli simply steamed and butter added once cooked and black pepper. Along side roasties maybe Roast parsnips/sweet potato/beets and mash too. Served with lashings of homemade gravy and Yorkies of course.

boo
9 months

A chicken that is organically reared and treated, labelled Demeter e.g.

Jo dunn
9 months

What's a Bio chicken @boo

boo
9 months

Our favourite Sunday roast is lamb shoulder with onions, tomatoes, a lot of garlic, and aubergines. And certainly with rice!! Sometimes (for the grand-children’s big fun) I roast a Bio chicken, with onions and potatoes. The potatoes go together with the chicken in the oven! Easy dish! And after 90 minutes all is golden brown and appetising.

Jo dunn
9 months

Thank you so much @Arthur vdH, it's always interesting to learn about other cultures 🍽💕

sgeist
9 months

Ah, so "roasties" = potatoes! Not a term I hear around here😊 I work Sundays, so dinner is usually something simple (like fish) or whatever my husband decides to make. He would love the big roast dinner every week, I'm sure!

Arthur vdH
9 months

No @Jo dunn , we don’t really. Maybe some families do. I think that for families with kids, Sunday tends to be the day for activities and an easy meal. Many people don’t really like to cook ‘fancy’, big meals and when they do its more often with friends than with family.

Jo dunn
9 months

Do you have anything similar to a Sunday roast dinner in the Netherlands @Arthur vdH?

Arthur vdH
9 months

I pan roast potatoes: boil them, let them cool, peel, cut into slices. Then start baking them in a frying pan using vegetable oil. When they’re starting to crisp up and brown, add cubes of cold butter. Let the butter foam out and go nutty, then remove potatoes from the pan into a colander or bowl lined with kitchen paper. Shake up a bit, add coarse sea salt and shake again.

Gmuflahi
9 months

When cooking a roast dinner the selection of veg is dependent on what is in the Riverford organic fruit and veg box that we have delivered. (You can select your own but I love the boxes so that I cook with veg that I normally wouldn’t try). It’s the same for Hari’s recipes - it all depends on the veg/meat for that week!

Hari Ghotra
9 months

Oh really @Jo dunn no broccoli 🥦 up north - interesting!!

Jo dunn
9 months

P.S. Here 'Up North'....the Sunday roast lunch is served with roast potatoes AND fluffy mashed potatoes as well, with lashings of gravy. Shredded savoy cabbage is an absolute must, and never, ever broccoli with a roast dinner, so I'm told!!!!

Jo dunn
9 months

For really crunchy roasties: Drain your (10 mins) par-boiled potatoes in a large colander, then rough them up a bit by shaking the colander once or twice. Add them to the hot fat in your large roasting dish, which must be already on top of your hob, shaking them and adding plenty of fine salt. Keep cooking them on the hob till potatoes turn crispy and golden brown. Then they go in the oven to finish off (half hour medium heat). Blast them last 10 - 15mins in a really hot oven while your meat is out resting. Very crunchy. 👌💕

Kirk Ritchie
9 months

once boiled the potatoes let them go cold, salt and leave..... then last 15 min bang the heat right up... classic....