Many of us enjoy a roast dinner two or three times a month. It’s one of those wonderful meals that brings the whole family together. Even extended family pop by to enjoy this special dish. The good thing about it is it can be done with different meats or even a nut roast. And there are plenty of different side dishes to go with each meat too. But what really makes the roasts stand out is the gravy or sauce that cover it on the plate! Here are some of my favorite ways to make a roast zing:
I think beef is perhaps the most traditional meat to roast. Horseradish is often smeared thinly across the reddish pink area in the middle of a slice of beef. However, few children enjoy this flavor. I love a good gravy made from granules mixed with meat juices. To make your gravy zing, add a couple of drops of Tabasco, two tablespoons of apple juice, and a dollop of tomato puree. Yorkshire puddings, made from a pancake style mix are a must for this roast meal.
My festive turkey was so good this year, I’m keen to have more! You don’t have to use it as a roast, but roasted turkey can be added to spices for an excellent curry. Find a good turkey guide online for more ideas for your meat. Brussels sprouts help bring out the flavor of the turkey, and the cranberry sauce should be drizzled across the veg as well as the meat. Boiled New Potatoes offer a really healthy, low-fat alternative, making this the best roast if you’re on a diet. Lemon with a generous garlic clove can be rubbed into the skin of a turkey to give it some zing.
Chicken is very versatile for a roast dinner. You can have roasted Mediterranean vegetables for a side, and ditch the stuffing in favor of your favorite couscous pot recipe. Use the juices of the meat with a teaspoon of sugar to caramelize in a pan. Add some white wine and let it cook off. You can add this to a standard chicken gravy or use it on its own. Add a half orange to the meal for squeezing to taste.
Lamb is a very tasty meat, but it can become chewy if it’s not cooked well. A traditional rosemary sauce is popular, but I prefer the fruitiness of redcurrant gravy with my lamb. Best vegetables are parsnips and carrots. Cabbage is also a firm favorite with this meal. Add a dash of mint sauce to any boiled potatoes to help them flavor the rest of the meal subtly.
I am a big fan of big meals that bring the family together. We all have different favorites when it comes to the meat and vegetables, though. I loved a nut roast we had complete with pureed vegetable sauce. A garlic clove made all the difference to those veggies! Sometimes some zing in your sauce is all you need to bring the dish alive. What’s your favorite roast meal?