Sunday Roast Dinner

Who is up for a  culinary adventure that’s as quintessentially British as a cuppa and a biscuit – the Sunday roast dinner?

Picture a table laden with golden-hued roast potatoes, glistening glazed carrots, and a succulent centrepiece of roast pork belly. Its crackling skin whispers promises of delectable flavours. Imagine the aroma of roasted vegetables wafting through the air, mingling with the rich gravy that coats each morsel with its velvety goodness.

Sunday Roast Dinner

The Sunday roast dinner is more than just a meal; it’s a tradition. A symphony of flavours and aromas that has graced British tables for centuries. It’s a testament to the simple pleasures of life. A reminder that sometimes, the most cherished moments are born from the most ordinary ingredients.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, the Sunday roast dinner is a culinary canvas waiting to be adorned with your personal touch. Embrace the versatility of this beloved dish. Adapting it to suit your tastes and dietary preferences. Vegetarian? No problem! Swap the roast pork for a hearty vegetable Wellington or a spiced lentil roast. Vegan? Delight in the richness of a chestnut and mushroom roast or a chickpea and vegetable crumble.

So, put on your aprons, gather your loved ones and let’s transform our kitchens into culinary havens where the Sunday roast dinner reigns supreme.

Main Course: Roast Pork Belly

The roast pork belly is the undisputed king of Sunday roast dinners. Its succulent texture, its rich flavour, its crispy crackling – it’s a culinary delight that never fails to impress.

Selecting the perfect cut of pork belly is crucial to achieving roast pork perfection. Look for a piece with a generous layer of fat, as this will render into the meat during cooking, keeping it moist and flavourful. Once you’ve got your prized pork belly, it’s time to work your magic.

Roast Pork Belly
We are fairly traditional at Dad's Delicious Dinners HQ and tend to go for a roast most Sundays. I found this piece of belly pork in the yellow sticker section of the supermarket and decided to keep the meat element simple and bring other flavours to the plate with the vegetables. With this roast pork recipe going down so well, I decided to use it for my budget Christmas recipe also. Are you bored of turkey every year for
Fancy something different? Do you find yourself getting frustrated with the price of meat and poultry in and around December? To fit with the remit of the blog, I decided to attempt to make a Christmas Dinner for a budget price. Over the last few weeks, I have been eagerly studying the contents of the yellow sticker section in the supermarket. Patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to arrive. Belly pork is a relatively cheap cut of meat anyway, but when reduced can be even better value for money. But when I saw a 1.1kg piece for £3.48, I knew that I had found my budget Christmas meat.
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Roast Pork Belly

Start by scoring the fat in a criss-cross pattern. Allowing the fat to render evenly and creating that irresistible crackling. Season generously with salt and pepper, ensuring every inch of the pork belly is well coated.

Now, it’s time to introduce some heat. Roast the pork belly in a preheated oven. Allowing the fat to sizzle and the crackling to form. As the pork belly roasts, baste it regularly with its juices, ensuring it’s well-moistened and infused with flavour.

The key to a perfectly cooked roast pork belly is patience. Allow the pork to roast until the internal temperature reaches 70°C. Ensuring it’s cooked through but still retaining its succulent tenderness.

Once the pork belly is cooked to perfection, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in meat that’s incredibly moist and flavorful.

As you carve the pork belly, admire the glistening fat. The perfectly cooked meat, and the crispy crackling. Each slice is a promise of culinary delights, a testament to your culinary prowess.

Side Dishes

A Sunday roast dinner is not complete without its collection of side dishes. Each adds a unique harmony of flavours and textures to the culinary masterpiece.

Glazed Carrots: A Touch of Sweetness

Glazed carrots bring a touch of sweetness and vibrant colour to the Sunday roast dinner plate. The caramelised carrots, glistening with a hint of honey, add a delightful contrast to the savoury flavours of the roast pork belly.

Orange and Ginger Glazed Carrots
If you want to jazz up you Sunday roast then check out these amazing and simple orange and ginger glazed carrots. This time I used some sweet baby carrots because they were on a yellow sticker and cheap. But you can use any variety of carrot for this recipe. I am always looking at ways to get the kids happily eating more vegetables and this recipe didn't fail. It added a delicate extra flavour to the plate and all three of them asked for more. If you don't like ginger, you could always experiment with other flavours. We have cooked similar but used honey instead. I also plan to try to experiment with garlic in the future.
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orange and ginger glazed carrots

Mustard Cabbage: A Tangy Twist

Mustard cabbage, with its tangy flavour and unique texture, provides a refreshing twist to the Sunday roast dinner. Sautéed to perfection and infused with a creamy mustard dressing, the mustard cabbage adds a touch of elegance and complexity to the meal.

Easy, healthy and delicious cabbage
Easy, healthy and delicious cabbage. Kids won't eat cabbage? Want to add some sparkle to dinner? Try this tasty cabbage that the kids will love. Give cabbage a fresh new look with this easy and quick recipe.
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Ginger and mustard cabbage

Roast Potato Recipe: The Perfect Complement

No Sunday roast dinner is complete without the perfect roast potatoes. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these golden delights complement the roast pork belly and vegetables with their irresistible texture and flavour.

How to cook the perfect roast potatoes
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The Perfect Roast Potatoes

Apple Sauce: A Sweet and Tangy Delight

Apple sauce, with its sweetness and tangy flavour, provides a refreshing contrast to the richness of the roast pork belly. Simple to make and incredibly versatile, apple sauce is a classic addition to any Sunday roast dinner.

Easy Apple Sauce
Simple, cheap and a lot better than the stuff you find in jars. I needed something to accompany the belly pork I recently cooked as part of my budget Christmas dinner recipe. So thought I would share it with you guys too.
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Easy Apple Sauce

With each side dish, you add another layer of flavour and texture to the Sunday roast dinner experience. Experiment with different combinations, discover new favourites and create your signature Sunday roast masterpiece.

Roast Dinner Recipe: A Culinary Canvas

The Sunday roast dinner recipe is a culinary canvas waiting to be adorned with your personal touch. Whether you prefer traditional roasted vegetables like parsnips and broccoli or opt for more adventurous creations like roasted cauliflower cheese or stuffed peppers, the possibilities are endless.

Dessert

Easy Microwave Lava Cake
Imagine warm, gooey chocolate oozing from a tender cake, all achieved in a matter of minutes. Yes, you heard that right - within a few short moments, you'll be savouring a taste of instant chocolate heaven!
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Easy Microwave Lava Cake Recipe

No Sunday roast dinner would be complete without a pudding. And what better way to celebrate the end of a long week than the easiest Chocolate lave cake, with only three ingredients and a few minutes in the microwave. This dessert is baked until the outside is just set but the centre is still molten. When the cake is spooned into, the warm, gooey chocolate will ooze out, creating a truly irresistible treat.

A Culinary Legacy

As the aroma of roasted vegetables fills the air and the rich gravy glistens under the warm glow of the dining room lights, you can’t help but feel a sense of contentment and camaraderie. The Sunday roast dinner, with its symphony of flavours and textures, has brought loved ones together, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

As the last bite is savoured and the table is cleared, a sense of accomplishment washes over you. You’ve not just prepared a meal; you’ve created a culinary legacy, a testament to the enduring tradition of the Sunday roast dinner.

Let our kitchens be the stage for culinary adventures, where the Sunday roast dinner reigns supreme, bringing joy, laughter, and cherished memories to our tables for generations to come.

Photo by José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash


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