How to Make the Perfect Sunday Roast

No matter how busy or hectic your week might be, the perfect Sunday roast is a highlight to look forward to, and one with a lengthy tradition. Whether you go with a juicy, succulent joint of beef, or maybe a roast chicken with all the trimmings like roast potatoes, there are some things that just can’t be messed around with.

To make sure you create the Sunday roast you've been dreaming of all week, here are a few things to think about:

Juicy Meat, Crispy Skin
Cooking the perfect roast chicken is an essential kitchen skill that every budding cook should master. It might sound a little challenging, but it is far easier than you might think. A mouthwatering roast has the perfect balance of juicy, succulent meat, and a crispy exterior, roasted to a beautiful caramel finish. You can go as simple or as complex as you like with the flavours, but the key to success is being generous – drizzle the bird with olive oil and rub liberally with seasoning, before filling the cavity with a fistful of herbs. Ensure the chicken is basted halfway through.

Golden Roast Potatoes
Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, there’s nothing more satisfying than brilliantly-cooked roast potatoes. Roast potatoes are a firm family favourite on every Sunday dining table, and everyone seems to have their own magic trick to get the perfect formula. Thankfully, roast potatoes from McCain make this Sunday roast staple a breeze and cut out all the hassle of getting them just right! You just need to make sure you've got the rest of the sides sorted.

Fluffy Yorkshire Puds
Next to the roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings are a must-have for any Sunday roast, and they are incredibly easy to make. With just three essential ingredients - milk, flour and eggs - and a little oil and seasoning, they are not complicated. The important thing to remember is to place the batter into hot muffin tins with a little oil, and not to disturb them while they bake. The result will be fluffy, crispy puds.

Tasty Veggies
Sad, tasteless boiled carrots and grim-looking peas can bring down the mood of a Sunday roast. Instead, treat veggies as an opportunity to really make your Sunday lunch shine.  For  no-fuss, flavour-packed vegetables, pile your veg in with your roasting meat halfway through cooking. Your veggies will absorb the flavours of your chicken or beef, complementing your meat perfectly. Roasted carrots, red onions and parsnips are all fantastic sides and will add a splash of colour to your plate too.

The Perfect Finish
A perfect roast deserves a perfect pudding, and a Sunday lunch is the perfect opportunity to go for something indulgent and delicious.  Go for something fresh tasting and comforting.  Rhubarb crumble with creamy custard is warming and soothing, while for something really spectacular, a steamed sponge, filled liberally with oozing sticky toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream, is guaranteed to impress.

So there's our recipe for the perfect roast.  Try some of our tips this Sunday and we're sure you'll be impressed with the results.

This is a commissioned post written by a guest blogger.  Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views on A Glug of Oil.

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