Simple Family Dinner – Traditional Sunday Roast

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Simple Family Dinner – A mothering Sunday Meal

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK – we celebrate it according to the Christian Calendar on the 4th Sunday of Lent it was a day when people returned to their mother church and were able to spend time in the church with their own mother. More now it’s celebrated like Mother’s Day where children give gifts and thanks to their Mother’s. This is one of our simple family dinners that we cook to celebrate a traditional Sunday roast.

Part of our family tradition on Mothering Sunday is a Simple Family Sunday Roast either roast lamb or roast beef. This year I will be cooking a roast beef to celebrate.

For a traditional Sunday Roast beef you need

Beef joint – silverside is cheaper and if cooked at a lower temperature over a longer time is as good as more expensive joints.
Potatoes for Roasting
Seasonal Vegetables
Gravy – I use powdered rather than make my own
Yorkshire puddings

My 90 minute Sunday Roast Schedule

I cook Sunday roast most Sunday’s over the winter so have a schedule that I work to that means everything gets cooked and I have time to do the washing up in between.

Sunday Roast - 90 minutes to the perfect Sunday Roast

So here goes your 90 minutes to a Sunday Roast using a smallish joint of beef (2 to 4 people).

  • GO – Put your oven on at 180 C
  • Put a roasting tray in the oven with a tablespoon of cooking fat of your choice – I go with traditional goose fat or olive oil depending on what we have in the kitchen but sunflower oil, lard or other cooking fats would work as well.
  • Crack an egg into a measuring jug and whisk add in a pinch of salt and then pour in full fat milk till the mix measured 200ml and then whisk – leave on the side
  • Add the beef joint into the hot fat and put on a cover – either the roasting pan lid or cover with foil and put in the oven set the time for 30 minutes
  • Peel your potatoes for roasting and put in a saucepan with cold water
  • Peel your chosen vegetables and put into saucepans or steamer to switch on later
  • When the buzzer goes put the potatoes in the pan on full heat and cook for 12 minutes (wash up the bits from the peelings)
  • Drain the potatoes and shake in the saucepan to roughen up a bit – then pour into the roasting pan and shake with the cover on gently to evenly coat them with the cooking fat
  • Set a buzzer for 20 minutes
  • Add 3 tablespoons of flour to your egg and milk mixture that you put aside earlier and whisk so that there are no lumps
  • When the buzzer goes put in a Yorkshire tin (or a muffin tin) with some cooking fat in each compartment (I have a small oven so have to use the top as well as the bottom oven) and get this pipping hot (takes around 5 to 10 minutes to heat up to a good hot heat – the key to Yorkshire puddings is pipping hot fat
  • Switch on your vegetables and start to cook.
  • Pour the Yorkshire batter into the tin and into the oven set the timer for 10 minutes
  • When the buzzer goes remove the meat and put the potatoes back in without a cover on to brown up for a few minutes Set the timer for a further 10 minutes
  • Cut your meat
  • Make your gravy and start to serve the vegetables, potatoes and lastly add your yorkshire puddings to the plate
  • Now serve and enjoy

Simple Family Dinner - Carving the Sunday Roast


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