Collection of roast dinner meal recipes such as chicken, lamb, fish, beef and pork joints:
Roast recipes are a great way to feed the family and an excuse to gather round the kitchen table. The smell of a freshly cooked joint dinner evokes happy memories and full tummies. Further below are a collection of meals and book reviews ranging from easy chicken through to herb crusted lamb and even fruit for desserts.
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All About Roasting
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art by Molly Stevens is a one stop volume with a complete guide to meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables. It has 200 with ever so easy step by step instructions for each and photographer Quentin Bacon provides striking photographs that accompany each one including photos of the stages of food preparation. A wonderful addition to this roast dinner cookbook is the wine and beer suggestions by master sommelier Tim Gaiser. For example Tim Graiser suggests a recent vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Washington State or a South Australia Coonawarra region to accompany the high heat whole beef tenderloin.
Molly Stevens trained as a chef in France and has taught at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Burgundy, France and Venice, Italy. She also writes for a range of food magazines and is the author of several cookbooks including All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking.
This volume is conveniently broken down in chapters that can be dipped in and out of which includes the principles of roasting, beef and lamb dishes, chicken and poultry meals, fish and shellfish and vegetable and fruit.
The first section gives the reader a comprehensive guide to cooking roast dinners which includes how to make gravy from dripping in the pan, a history from the early hearth, the invention of the spit roast to rotate the meat and cook evenly through to the invention of the stove and cookstove oven and the earliest roast recipes book, The Appledore Cook Book from 1872.
From here she now guides the reader through an explanation of the different methods such as high heat, low heat, moderate heat, grill, spit, wet, pan and the differing types of meat cuts which would benefit from these methods. She continues with when to baste, the best position in the oven rack, prior salting poultry and meat, pan drippings, gravies and jus, deglazing and thickening deglazed juices.
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Like any great teacher Molly steps up the knowledge level of her student reader with a guide to times and temperatures to cook which includes the resting temperatures of joints and the temperatures to serve the dishes. A guide to the various meat thermometers is included such as the dial thermometer, digital probe and her favourite the Thermapen. There is also a guide to the various pans, parchment paper, racks and the types of ovens.
Read the Cooked Chicken Temperature tips page.
The importance of resting meat and poultry before carving and serving are explained, ie so that the juices continue to migrate throughout the joint and thicken and come to the surface. This tip should help the home cook to avoid serving dry meat. Others include how to carve joints with the importance of carving across the grain of the meat and a guide to equipment. Each roast dinner recipe also has their own carving suggestions to make the most of them.
The love that Molly Stevens has for her subject shines through her book and is summed up by her in her introduction chapter when she writes:
From cosy family suppers to lavish dinner parties to full-on traditional holiday celebrations, it is often the most appropriate and appreciated focal point of the meal. Consider the Thanksgiving turkey, the Christmas beef, the springtime lamb, and so on.
Though an American book, it reads easily enough to UK readers and she has added a convenient and easy to use US cups and spoons to metric measurements conversion table.
Beef Roast Recipes
The Beef roast recipes chapter starts with a guide to selecting beef from grass fed, organic dry-aged, heritage and free range beef. They include one hour rosemary rib which includes pictures of the preparation and cooking stages and the cooked and served dish. Sample tips include seasoning and wrapping the joint a day or two earlier so that the herbs permeate the meat.
Sides and accompaniments include a Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce.
Lamb Roast Recipes
Lamb roast recipes range from delicious rack of lamb with fig, mint and pine nut relish and slow goat leg with harissa, tomatoes and onions.
Pork Roast Recipes
Pork roast recipes start from basic seared pork tenderloin with a quick vermouth pan sauce to spice crusted pork tenderloin. Others include pork tenderloin roulade with fig cherry stuffing and port wine sauce. There is a guide on how to trim pork tenderloin and how to sear.
Read the prosciutto wrapped with apples and sage on our boneless pork loin page.
Chicken Roast Recipes
Poultry and chicken roast recipes start with a basic chicken with step by step guide with pictures on how to carve. It then builds up to more flavoursome meals such as Thai style chicken pieces with lemongrass and tandoori style chicken legs. Others include quail with shallots and whole duck with hoisin sauce.
Read Molly's garlic lemon chicken.
Read and view photos of how to carve a chicken.
Roast Fish Recipes
These include garlic shrimp with tomatoes, capers and feta and a one dish haddock with lemony potatoes.
Roasted Vegetable Recipes
Fruit and roasted vegetables range from asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon and a quick mushrooms with pine nuts and parmesan. A Christmas treat of Brussels sprouts with capers and lemony butter and parsnips with bacon and rosemary.
Roast Potatoes Recipes
These includes herb potatoes, winter warming mustard crusted potatoes and Xmas favourite goose fat potatoes with rosemary. Molly Stevens recommends using lower starch red potatoes to make the perfect roast potatoes.
Oven Roast Recipes
This American book introduces the UK reader to a range of tasty treats from across the water with ingredients readily available throughout British shops. Those for puddings to accompany your perfect meal include maple apples with caramelised nuts. Brown sugar pineapple and cherries with creamy polenta.
It makes a welcome addition to any family kitchen and provides a comprehensive guide to cooking the perfect roast dinner. They are explained in easy to follow detail with each of the steps explained.
It was published by W.W Norton & Company New York and London in 2011.
Read more about and follow her blog at www.mollystevenscooks.com
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