THE PERFECT ROAST
Get the most from your roast, whether it's
chicken, pork, beef or lamb.
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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.
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...
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!
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
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.
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.
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
Just in case that all sounds a bit stressful, simply follow
the clock below.....!