Sunday Roast Special!

Let me tell you about George. George is a funky, chunky kind of guy. A guy every girl likes having around the house. Especially around the kitchen. Or in the kitchen!πŸ˜‰ You see, our George makes one mean Sunday roast! Chicken is his speciality – succulent, delicious, with golden crispy skin. Simply to die for. Leaves us breathless every time. And very very happy.

And the best of all is – every girl/boy can have a George! You see, George is our – rotisserie!πŸ˜€

He he! I bet you all thought George is my new heartthrob! Well maybe he is… This is one hell of a roast we’re talking about here!

I’m giving you three recipes in one tonight, three recipes for fantastic British-style Sunday roasts: Chicken with tarragon, and Lamb with rosemary + gravy. The first roast is made with our George’s help, and the other in the oven. Actually, both can be successfully made in the oven, so don’t worry if you don’t have a George. The gravy recipe may not be traditional, but it’s definitely tasty!

Which one do I prefer? Oh no, don’t make me chooose….. I love both!

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Recipe 1

 

Roast Chicken with Tarragon Rub

 

SOURCE: Our George’s Owner Manual

PREPARATION TIME: 5 min

COOKING TIME: 50 min

CUISINE: British

SERVES: 3 – 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 whole chicken  (ours was 1 kg)

2 -3 tsp dried tarragon

1- 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 – 2 tsp salt

METHOD:

1.  First, make a rub of equal quantities of dried tarragon, pepper and salt. Make about 2 – 3 tbsp in total. We went for extra super herby – delish!

   NOTE: It is suggested that you make 1 – 2 tbsp of rub per 500 g of meat.

 

2. Next rub the mixture into the chicken.

3. Then, put the chicken into the rotisserie, or onto a baking tray and into the oven.

4. How long you will roast it for depends on the size of your chicken. See below for suggestions.

  ROASTING TIMES: According to Delia, it’s 20 min per lb (450 g),   plus 10 –  20 min extra, at 190 C/Gas mark 5/375 F.

 

5. We did ours in George, so that made it really easy. We just shoved it in, and went off to do sth else. Minimum effort. That’s why we like our George!πŸ˜€ The only thing we did was to collect the juices at some point towards the end, which we used to make gravy!

6. When the chicken is done, take it out of the rotisserie/oven and leave for at least 15 min to stand before carving it. This is absolutely vital. This way, the juices will not evaporate as you cut the chicken, but they will stay inside, so your bird will remain juicy and succulent! While the chicken is roasting, you can make the gravy! See below for details.

Serve with roast potatoes and a few other vegetables (boiled broccoli, peas, carrots, corn, etc). Pour over some gravy. Take a forkful and put it in your mouth. Close your eyes and go mmmmmm!πŸ™‚

Roast chicken

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Recipe 2

 

Roast Lamb with Rosemary

 

SOURCE: My husband taught me thisπŸ™‚

PREPARATION TIME: 5 min

COOKING TIME: 1 h 15 min min

CUISINE: British

SERVES: 3 – 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 kg lamb shoulder

a few sprigs of rosemary

freshly ground black pepper

salt

METHOD:

1.  Preheat your oven to 190 C. Make incisions in the meat, and put pieces of rosemary in them. 

2. Wrap the lamb in aluminium foil and put on a roasting rack, placed in a roasting tray. This will keep the juices in the foil, and the meat will be lovely and tender.

3. Roast the meat 25 min per lb (454 g), plus 25 extra. In our case, that was 1 h 25 min. 15 minutes before the end of cooking, take out the lamb out of the oven. Carefully peel the foil, and let the juices out. Reserve the juices. You will need them to make gravy. Then, return the lamb to the oven, uncovered, so it browns nicely on the outside. You can whack the temperature up a bit now.

4. When the lamb is done, leave it to rest for 15 min before cutting. Meanwhile, make the gravy!πŸ™‚

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Gravy

 

SOURCE: A friend

PREPARATION TIME: 1 min

COOKING TIME: 5 min

CUISINE: British

SERVES: 3 – 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

butter

flour

a glug of wine (red for the lamb, and white for the chicken)

meat juices from the roast

(if you don’t have enough juices, add some chicken/lamb/beef stock, too)

METHOD:

1.  Put the same amount of flour and butter together in a pan (make it non-stick, it will make your life easier).  

2. Put it on the hob and stir. The butter will start melting incorporating the flour into it, forming a thick past.

3. Slowly add other liquids, keep stirring!

4. Boil for a few minutes until the flour is cooked (you can’t taste it as much). Reduce to the pouring consistency. Serve warm.

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For more British recipes on this blog, click here.

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8 Comments

  1. You’re so funnyπŸ˜‰ Now I want a George too!

    I can’t decide which roast I like more…. maybe the lamb since I am more partial to roasted red meat. Thanks for the recipe.

    I just read in your previous pots that you were not feeling well. I hope that you are feeling much better today. Take care.

    Nora

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  2. I am feeling a bit better, thanks, Nora.πŸ™‚

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  3. I hate to admit it, but I DO have my own George! I’ve foolishly kept him imprisoned in a cabinet. I think it time to put him on a work-release program. I’m just not sure which to do first…

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  4. Hey! you must release him at once!πŸ˜€
    Might be easier to start with the chicken. I think it will be easier to manouver onto the sqewers. Anyway, let me know what you think!πŸ™‚

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  5. Mmmm! delicious roasts M!

    To make the gravy even more perfect you need one glass of really good quality fino sherry ice cold from the fridge. As you stir the gravy and adjust the seasoning, you drink the sherry.

    Perfect gravy every timeπŸ˜‰

    Celia

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  6. Hahahaaa a woman after my own heart!
    and what did you think the wine was doing in the gravy?πŸ™‚ just an excuse to have a glass/two as we cook!πŸ™‚ (ok ok – it really does taste great with the wine! )

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  7. I love both the roasts…but I were to pick a fav, I think I’d go with the chicken!

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  8. mmmm I love that crispy tarragony salty skin on the chicken…. but the lamb is oh so very scrumptious…. and goes great with the red wine gravy! nope, i can’t decide!

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