Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and for some of us a season of panic and problems in the kitchen is fast approaching but fear not; for there are some simple tricks to creating the perfect roast dinner. Firstly, stay calm!
One of the easiest less stressful ways to cook a roast is the one pan method, simply speaking you’ll roast all of your veg and potatoes with your chosen bird! It’s straight forward and makes a nice change from simple boiled veg, and if you’re using say a 1.5kg chicken it’ll be ready in 1 hour and 20 minutes! All you need is a big roasting tin.
To start with heat your oven to 200/220°C or fan/gas mark 7 and cut the string from the chicken and place in the roasting tin. Stick some lemon halves into the birds cavity. Rub butter (50g), herbs and seasoning (2tbsp of mixed herbs), all over the chicken. Place your potatoes and carrots around it and drizzle with one of our olive oils – our 750ml bottles come with a handy non-drip pourer (you can find them at Sainsbury's)!
Stick the tin in the oven and cook for around twenty minutes, then turning the oven down to 200/180°C or fan/gas 6 and roast for 50 more minutes. Afterwards stir in peas and chicken stock (300ml) into the veg in the tin and cook for ten more minutes – we’ve seen elsewhere marmite recommended as being stirred in also, but this is entirely up to you!
This is pretty simple and stress free, everything’s cooked at once, your gravy is there in the tin and you have less to clean up.
Of course, you can take things to that next level or adapt it as you please. For example, try adding parsnips, or other vegetables to the pan, and if your oven isn’t that big and you still need to boil some of the vegetables just make sure that you don’t boil them for too long – a common British problem!
Another recommendation is that you use fresh veg, if you’ve grown everything yourself even better, but if not at least try and use proper roasting potatoes that you cut down to size rather than the oven ready bags of roast potatoes that you find in supermarkets.
Lastly, don’t forget that you can stuff the bird with your favourite flavour of stuffing, whilst the bird itself can be basted how you please – you’ll be surprised what works, why not experiment?
Oh, and don’t forget the most important ingredient, our olive oils.
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