Ah, the humble roast. It is no surprise it’s close to our hearts – it represents family and friends like no other meal. This weekend, why not switch it up a little with these four ideas for taking your roast to new heights of deliciousness…
Turn up the heat
Add some Moroccan spice to your roast for a real twist – a mix of paprika, cumin and coriander sprinkled over the chicken before it goes into the oven is perfect for a special occasion and works wonders on cold days, when you’re craving big flavours and something wholesome. Amelia Freer’s Spiced Roast Chicken from Nourish & Glow: The 10 Day Plan is a real go-to recipe (if you have our Autumn brochure, you can find it there), while if lamb is on the menu, this Spiced Roast Lamb recipe is guaranteed to bring your meal to life.
Give your vegetables some extra energy
The meat may be the star of the show, but a roast dinner is nothing without its supporting cast of vegetables.
Everyone loves roast potatoes. Give them a bit of extra crunch by using duck fat and a sprinkling of flour to get that all-important crispy-outside, fluffy-inside finish.
Root vegetables are a classic accompaniment. Instead of just roasting parsnips, try adding an indulgent parmesan coating. This recipe from Delia Smith is one of our tried and tested favourites.
When it comes to carrots, sweeten them up with a generous glaze of honey and thyme. For added zing, try using different colour-heritage carrots: Ottolenghi’s version is delicious and easy to make.
Finally, every good roast needs its greens. Elevate the modest cabbage to new heights by sautéing it with some flavoursome salty bacon.
If in doubt, add wine
The unifying component of any roast, a good gravy can make or break your Sunday feast. One of our favourite tricks is to add a splash of wine for extra depth.
Also, don’t let all the tasty goodness in your meat juices and vegetable water go to waste – add them to the gravy to really bring it to life (resting meat on our roasting board will help collect them).