The Traditional Family Roast
Roasts are one food that can bring your family together, below are some tips to help you serve up the perfect roast.
Whether it is the traditional Sunday roast, at Christmas time or during the week to surprise the family with something delicious, everyone would agree, there is not much that beats the ultimate family roast. (But delivering the perfect roast can be stressful). With these simple tips you will be sure to serve up a roast the whole family will love:
Searing and cooking - Before cooking, let the meat come to room temperature, this will help it to cook more evenly. Season it with salt and pepper just before searing.
Resting – The golden rule to remember is to rest the meat for half the cooking time. The longer you rest your meat the more succulent, juicy and tender it will be.
How many people do you usually cook for?
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Serves: 8 servings
Time: 40 minutes cook time
Type of dish: Main
1 X small whole chicken
50ml olive oil
10 eschallots or baby cocktail onions
1 bunch baby beetroots
2Tb brown sugar
60ml sherry vinegar (Pedro Ximenez) or balsamic vinegar
Set the steam assist oven to 220ºC on steam assist cooking function.
Butterfly chicken by removing the back bone down either side of the bird keeping as close as possible to the joints. Open up and using a knife hit the top of the breast plate in its thickest part splitting the plate open. Spread open and flatten with hand.
Place chicken on a tray with greaseproof paper. Rub with oil and seasoning. Place in oven and for a cook time of 40 minutes. Set minute minder for 15 minutes.
Place onions and beets in an oven proof dish and cover with brown sugar and vinegar. Mix well. When minute minder has completed 15 minutes, place onions and beets in oven with chicken for remaining 25 minutes.
Carve chicken and serve with trimmings.
Steam cooking is recognised as the healthiest form of cooking a roast and is becoming increasingly popular. Using a steam function on your oven requires no fat or oil, retains foods’ natural nutrients and juices, and is a fast and easy way to whip up a dish.