This is a great recipe for the perfect Sunday roast! I had rare roast beef, with beef dripping roast potatoes, a side of roasted veg – parsnips, carrots and red onions, with bacon and mozzarella broccoli cheese, and Yorkshire pudding. I had some homemade chicken stock too, and made some proper banging gravy!
I love a good Sunday dinner. Growing up, my Mom (I’m a Brummie) would always do a roast dinner on a Monday evening. Me, my Dad and my older brother would always be out playing Sunday league football, with matches finishing at different times, and Mom and Dad (if he wasn’t playing himself) would alternate between picking us up and dropping us off, meaning that we would all be in and out the house at different times on a Sunday afternoon.
In my eyes this was great, as when you’ve had a long day back at work on a Monday it’s nice coming home to a cooked roast on the table! Not that I live with my Mom now, but up until the recent pandemic I’ve still maintained my weekly Monday visits. And it’s not just because she cooks a cracking roast either!
The only problem I have when it comes to my Mom’s dinner, is that I like my beef cooked a little differently to hers. She would describe my preference as still ‘mooing’ when it’s on my plate on the basis of how rare it is!
As I’ve not been able to visit for a fair few weeks, I thought it’s probably time I ought to cook myself one! Whilst I enjoy cooking a Sunday dinner, it can be a bit much at times given I live on my own, and can’t exactly invite any guests over right now. So, I thought i’d give it a shot and then just plate myself a dinner up to for tomorrow to enjoy too.
(Top tip – The rarer the beef, the better it will be the following day!)
There’s many different ways you can do a roast, and so many different sides to choose from. Sometime it’s best not to overcomplicate things and spend your attention on cooking your meat perfect and ensuring you’ve got some good crispy roasties and creamy mash.
Today I went for broccoli, bacon and mozzarella as a side dish. I’m not a huge fan of broccoli/ cauliflower cheese, as gravy and cheese shouldn’t go together in my opinion. But I’m slowly starting to accept it, and after todays lunch I will probably cook it again :)
This may take a little prep time, but definitely worth it. Try to chop all the vegetables beforehand so it’s easier to cook along the way.
To make less mess, try to use a big tray to roast your joint, potatoes and vegetables all at once. Vegetables such as onions that require less cooking can be chucked in the roasting tray later on.
Here’s what i used for my beef sunday roast:
- Topside of Beef I used a small piece
- Potatoes cubed and peeled
- Red Onion halved
- Beef gravy granules
- Beef dripping
- Potatoes, cubed and peeled
- Potatoes peeled and cubed
- Whole Milk (splash)
- Good knob of butter
- Mozzarella and cheddar
- Bacon (cooked lardons or chopped pieces)
- Milk – 200m
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 2 Eggs
- 200ml cold water
- 1 Pack of Yorkshire pudding/batter mix
how to cook your perfect sunday roast!
- Preheat the oven to 180C/360F.
- Rub the the beef joint generously with olive oil, and season well with salt and pepper. You can always add mustard too. Place in a large roasting tray.
- Boil or steam the broccoli for 5 minutes to soften. Drain.
- Add the chopped carrots, parsnips, halved red onion and any other desired vegetables. Cover in beef dripping and season.
- Place the roasting tray in the oven, and cook for around an hour (for a small joint as pictured) and keep an eye on throughout stirring vegetables.
- Bring to the boil a large saucepan full of slightly salted water, and add the potatoes for the mash and roasts all together in one pan for 5 minutes to soften. Remove half of the potatoes(the roasts) a to drain and turn the saucepan on low until completed cooked for mash.
- Cover the potatoes in melted beef dripping and place in the oven for at least 45 minutes.
- Mixed together flour, milk and mozzarella, and cheddar, in an oven dish, and add the cooked broccoli. Roast for 20 mins until cheese has completely melted
- At this point if you’re cooking any greens, start these now.
- Mash the potatoes with a good knob of butter, pinch of salt and whole milk. Mash until creamy.
- Mix together
- Use some of the beef stock from the roasting tray to make the gravy. Add beef granules, and heat until thickened.
- When the beef is cooked, leave for 10 minutes covered.
- Serve with gravy
I mean who doesn’t love a roast dinner!
There are so many different side choices with a roast dinner, but if I’m honest I think the main things to focus on is cooking your meat perfect, having some crispy home made roasties and thick gravy to serve with. If you can get these 3 things right, then you can even add frozen veg!
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