THE PERFECT ROAST

Get the most from your roast, whether it's chicken, pork, beef or lamb.

ROASTING RECIPES: CHICKEN / PORK / BEEF / BEEF #2 / LAMB

OTHER STUFF: VEGETABLES / GRAVY / ROAST POTATO / bread sauce / pigs in blankets/ stuffing/ Christmas Pudding

MORE ON THIS PAGE: ORGANIZATION / TIMINGS /


how to
          make a roast dinner on a boat practical boat cook ideas for
          every boat owner



What can be better than sitting down to a full roast dinner, but on a boat we are little bit short on space - take a look at a few tips and suggestions of how to make a perfect roast even in the tiniest of spaces.


ORGANIZATION

Yup, I know it can sometimes be a bit of a chore, but you have to get organized and get your timings right, trying to peel carrots, whilst making gravy, taking the roast out of the oven and putting in the Yorkshires could lead to a bit of a muddle - let's talk timing...


TIMINGS


For this example we will roast a chicken, make some roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, gravy, carrots and broccoli (if you're feeling bold or bored or just want to impress or make the meat go further then make this BREAD SAUCE RECIPE) - sounds great so far.  What will be the overall time and how much effort will this take - and will it all be worth it?  You bet!

practical boat cook how to make a full
            roast dinner on a boat

Let's get cooking...

If you have a fridge on board great, this will save a lot of time. Prepare you vegetables the night before and place in the fridge, the same with the Yorkshire pudding mix RECIPE HERE. I you don't have a fridge, prepare your vegetables in the morning, place in saucepans with water, make the Yorkshire pudding mix...  Time for a quick cup of tea...  Now onto the...

Chicken
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how to roast a chicken on a boat practical boat cook
          ideas for every boat owner


Hopefully yours will look a little more oven ready than this chap.  If he's been in the fridge all night, take it out before cooking to allow it to get up to room temperature.  Follow this really easy roast chicken RECIPE HERE.  But what about the potatoes and possibly only one shelf in your oven...  Well they all go in together.

POTATOES
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HOW TO ROAST POTATOES ON A BOAT PRACTICAL BOAT COOK

For great roast potatoes you will need to boil them for about 5 minutes before putting them in the oven - it's all in the recipe.  But what is the best type of potato for making roasties?  Well the Maris Piper is considered the best as it's fluffy, creamy white and great for chips and baked potatoes as well.  Good alternatives would be: Russet Burbank; Kennebec; a blocky, white potato; and Desiree, a red-skinned, yellow-fleshed potato.



VEGETABLES
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What vegetables you have with your roast if really up to you, brightly colored vegetables look good on the plate.  In a small galley, with minimal cooking space think about combinations that can be cooked together - thinly sliced carrots will take the same time to cook as broccoli, this is a great time to use your pressure cooker.  Not sure how long they will take?  In a conventional pan about 10 minutes, in a pressure cooker about 2-3 minutes (that's why you need a pressure cooker!) MORE PRESSURE COOKER INFO HERE


So, the chicken and potatoes are now in the oven, the veg is prepared and the Yorkshire pudding mix is ready - now what?  Well you can either go away and do something else for a while (washing up or a bit of DIY), as so far it's only taken you about 20 minutes. 

Now is the perfect opportunity to make some bread sauce - never done it before?  BREAD SAUCE RECIPE HERE

Don't forget to baste your chicken, and turn your potatoes....  if you've made PIGS IN BLANKETS, turn them as well.

Having taken the chicken and potatoes out of the oven ramp up the heat HOT HOT HOT...  put your Yorkshire pudding tray in, take it out when it is hot and dribble a bit of oil into it, put it back in the oven to get the oil HOT.  Carefully remove it, stir your mix, add to pan and return to oven, about 25 minutes.  Now you can start cooking your veg and making the gravy.....

See it wasn't all that difficult...  Time in total about 1¹/²hours.

Just in case that all sounds a bit stressful, simply follow the clock below.....!
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NOTE: DID YOU REMEMBER TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PUDDING?