I find that roasts are easy to prepare when it’s cold outside and everyone wants a hot plate of food, loaded with steaming gravy to warm you up. But in the summer months, it can be a challenge. The weather is a welcomed change but we don’t want to be slaving over the oven all day in that heat, or sitting inside when the glorious outdoors are beckoning us. If you feel the same, here’s a little list of things I do to make my roast dinners summer friendly.
The number one rule for a summer roast is to eat outdoors. This is the one time of year us Brits can really enjoy the sunshine, so we need to make the most of it. If you have a patio table you can set the stage by adding a colourful tablecloth and a summery centrepiece of wild flowers. Tealights also make a nice addition if you plan to stretch your meal into the evening, transforming a hearty winter meal into a relaxed and casual summer spread.
Cool off with a drink
If you’re used to drinking red wine with your roast dinner it’s time to think outside the box and broaden your horizons for the summer. Summer means Pimms, cocktails, sangria and raspberry punch. Basically, anything you can put into a pitcher with ice and fruit is a go. Making your own summer drinks is easy and will taste far better than any store bought product. For a little inspiration, take a look at these refreshing drinks that will pair perfectly with your summer roast.
Don’t be a slave to the stove
Summer means enjoying time spent with the family, not spending all day in the kitchen over a burning stove. Still, I think we can all agree a roast just isn’t a roast without roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. McCain Roast Potatoes are a great alternative to making your own and will cut your cooking time in half. Likewise, when it comes to Yorkshire puddings I’d much rather skip spending time making the dough and staring into the oven willing them to rise. Instead, Aunt Bessie’s offers a whole range of Yorkshire puddings to add to your summer roast menu – no hassle involved.
Lighten the main
Don’t be afraid to mix up the main to your roast dinner. Roast chicken can be pretty heavy, so give it a summer twist by changing up the recipe and adding peaches and honey or sliced peppers and feta cheese. You can even go with a pesto and avocado stuffing to surprise your guests with a delicious trickle of rich flavour. There are so many variations and tweaks like this that you can throw into the mix, so take a look at this list of summer roast alternatives to get you started.
Do you have any more ideas on how to reinvent your roast dinner for the summer? Let me know in the comments below!