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Share your Sunday Roast Rituals with Aunt Bessie's - chance to win £300 NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Oct-17 11:31:24

The team at Aunt Bessie's would love to know all about your Sunday Roast Rituals - what makes a roast dinner go down well in your house? What's the key tip, trick, ingredient or essential item which makes that meal particularly successful? Does your family always sit down at the table? Is Sunday the one day you always insist on everyone being home to eat? And what do you dish up for vegetarians or anyone with specific dietary needs? Do you <gasp> have roast potatoes even when it's not a Sunday?

Aunt Bessie's say "Aunt Bessie’s recognises how difficult it is these days to get the family together - that’s why mealtimes, and particularly the Sunday Roast, are so important. We’re proud to announce that our Homestyle roast potatoes are Mumsnet Rated*, following testing by members of the site. So whether you whip them out for the Sunday Roast or use them to spice up a meal during the week, give Aunt Bessie’s roasties a try today and see how long you can keep the kids at the table!"

Add your ritual or tip for a great Sunday Roast below and you will be entered into a prize draw where one person will win a £300 Love2Shop voucher.

Thanks and good luck

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*234 Mumsnet testers tried Aunt Bessie's Homestyle frozen roast potatoes - March 2016. 80% would buy again and 85% would recommend them.

NextIndia Mon 16-Oct-17 21:33:20

Always make more roast potatoes and gravy than I think I’ll need. Leftover roast chicken, roast potatoes and carrots and parsnips, roasted in honey and mustard, eaten straight from the fridge the next day is heaven on a plate to me. Yum. 🤤

DancesWithOtters Mon 16-Oct-17 21:39:00

Agree ^^ always extra roasties and yorkies for evening munching.

Usually plan my roast around football game timings too so we're sitting down to eat in front of the tv for the afternoon game.

<common as muck>

Fizzyxo Mon 16-Oct-17 22:12:26

Always change things from week to week is my tip. I like having the staples ie. roast chicken and roast potatoes, but the extra veggies I roast is dependent on what we had the week before. I don't like being predictable especially when DS is being fussy. This way, it's a 'surprise' and he actually looks forward to it.

I also mix up the recipes I use for the roast chicken and potatoes. I have 2 recipes I like to alternate between. 1 is my own recipe and the other is my mums. Again I don't like the idea that a certain day's meal is predictable, so don't have a pattern, I just use whichever recipe is less predictable lol.

doleritedinosaur Mon 16-Oct-17 23:08:29

We absolutely love a roast in my family from eating out, to family to just our own, which is my favourite.

Always, always more roasties than you think you need, I use them as leftovers for DS's. Youngest DS gets to try all the veg and meat.

I like to go to the local market on a Friday and pick up different veg, OH likes to cook different meats and I have a range of veggie options.

The staples are however honey roasted veg, yorkshire puds (Aunt Bessie's of course,)roasties and onion gravy plus mint jelly.

For veggie me I have made stuffed marrow, mushroom wellingtons, nut roasts, veggie options from the supermarkets, veggie sausages. I love trying and making new things which get added to the meat eater dishes as well.

We have roast potatoes usually twice a week at the moment as we get a big bag of spuds from local farmers plus DS loves them.

CherriesInTheSnow Mon 16-Oct-17 23:25:41

Yes the most important thing about a roast is to make sure there are plenty of leftovers halo I love to snack on roast potatoes and gravy blush and DH loves cold cuts and piccalilli!

NumberEightyOne Tue 17-Oct-17 14:13:01

Sunday dinner is an important ritual for us. I try to keep things quite simple but it's no less delicious. We all sit around the table and I have a large serving dish that we all help ourselves from, which is quite different to how my dm used to plate everything up. It feels more communal like that and I much prefer it.

Beach11 Tue 17-Oct-17 14:42:08

Use the juices from the meat to add flavour to the gravy and always need stuff and homemade bread sauce with chicken. A roast is my ds & DD's favourite meal

Chelsea26 Tue 17-Oct-17 14:44:52

We never have leftover spuds no matter how many I cook but I always make loads and loads of gravy and then later when we get a bit peckish we cook more Yorkies (the 5 min in the oven ones and dip them in the gravy. If I'm lucky there's left over cheese sauce too to mix in!

MummyBtothree Tue 17-Oct-17 15:01:44

Our family absolutely love a traditional roast dinner, beef is our favourite with roasties cooked in beef dripping, a selection of veggies and Yorkshire puds essential. Because some of my DC are teenagers now I usually do a roast dinner midweek rather than on a Sunday when everyone is busy

sashh Tue 17-Oct-17 15:04:46

I always make too many potatoes so they can be snacked on later.

Always roast the meat in the slow cooker.

Rosehips Tue 17-Oct-17 15:19:15

2 trays of yorkshire puddings for the 4 of us!

TerracottaPreservationSociety Tue 17-Oct-17 15:19:31

Gravy is the key ingredient in this house. I can pull out all the stops with a delicious joint of meat, complete with all the trimmings; Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, loads of buttery veg, and still everyone wants a slice of bread drenched in gravy afterwards. They all clear everything from their plates and devour any hopes of me being able to cobble anything together with leftovers, they know they have pudding coming, but they've still got to squeeze in their bread and gravy. No wonder they're all asleep when the washing up is calling!

custardcream1000 Tue 17-Oct-17 15:24:08

We always make sure we have some Yorkshires left over for pudding. They are lovely with melted butter and sugar.

Alittlepotofrosie Tue 17-Oct-17 15:35:03

A roast isn't a roast without yorkshire puddings! I do extra roast potatoes and have them in an omelette for breakfast the next day.

foxessocks Tue 17-Oct-17 15:43:11

I always make extra gravy as I like my roasts swimming in it!

LuxuryWoman2017 Tue 17-Oct-17 15:46:10

Lovely thick gravy and yorkshires with any meat - including Christmas dinner. I can't make gravy from scratch so I use the vegetable water to give extra flavour.

StickChildNumberTwo Tue 17-Oct-17 16:43:55

Proper thick gravy. My mother in law does pathetic thin stuff (I think it's just the juice off the meat as it comes out of the tin) and it means her roast dinners are never quite right, despite the rest of the elements being there.

hellymart Tue 17-Oct-17 17:20:46

I always write a quick timing plan, that allows some time for the meat to 'rest' when it comes out of the oven. Stops any major panics or forgetting to do something! I also prepare the veg the night before and store in the fridge.

CopperPan Tue 17-Oct-17 18:26:42

I like to have extra veggies and potatoes so we can have leftovers the next day - it's so easy to just reheat. If we're doing chicken, I keep some back to make a nice chicken noodle soup made with stock from the bones.

GeekyWombat Tue 17-Oct-17 18:33:18

Monday night roast dinner sandwiches here too. Although my DH mocks me because it's only half leftovers: I have to cook new roast potatoes so they're super crispy and mini Yorkshire puddings. It's a thick white bread, toasted in a triple decker club style sandwich. Slathered with gravy, meat, stuffing, left over veg and then the fresh spuds and Yorkies. If it's pork I have a little crackling on the top too.

We haven't had a roast yet this autumn. I think Sunday afternoon might be the time...

2014newme Tue 17-Oct-17 18:39:24

Dh makes the most incredible gravy he roasts chicken wings for it as well as giblets and uses proper stock. Normally makes it the day before. We make extra potatoes and gravy and then we make a hash the following day. Make stick from the bones if roast chicken which we then freeze and use for the next gravy. Gravy is king in our house!

CMOTDibbler Tue 17-Oct-17 18:45:45

We probably only have a roast 4 times a year, including eating it out. I'm really not bothered tbh, and my favourite thing is a big selection of veggies which just isn't worth it for the 3 of us. I'm also coeliac which makes short cuts like frozen roasties/yorkies harder

MaxineQuordlepleen Tue 17-Oct-17 18:46:54

Cranks recipe mixed nut roast with an extra layer of mushrooms. Red wine and mushroom gravy. Roasties, sprouts and red cabbage. Heaven on a plate.

Quietvoiceplease Tue 17-Oct-17 18:52:57

The unwritten rule in our house is that no matter what the roast is, there must, absolutely must, be Yorkshire puddings. Without them, the roast is not complete. In fact, it would just be 'meat and vegetables' without the yorkie puds!

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