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#1 Tue 11 Dec 12 12:31am

chocobanana

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New Year's Eve Roast

I told my friends I would cook them a roast when I go to visit them in a different city. Going to stick with a peppered and garlic stuffed roast with herb spiced potatoes and buttered carrots.

Any other suggestions?

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#2 Tue 11 Dec 12 11:14am

mummza

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

Welcome to the forum chocobanana  smile

I would say that what you have suggested sounds fantastic .
What type of meat are you using for the roast ?

I'm vegetarian but I cook meat for my family . So our meals always include loads of vegetables . I think green beans ( French beans) would go well with the carrots and the garlic in the meat.
They might be a nice addition to the meal.

Have you cooked in your friends oven before ?
Ovens vary greatly and  at times like New Year when everyone is cooking the power levels can be a bit reduced.
Things do not always cook the same as they do in the oven you are used to.

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#3 Tue 11 Dec 12 12:09pm

Thistledo

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

"What type of meat are you using for the roast ? "

I was gonna ask that, lol.  Don't know why but feel it's going to be beef, in which case do not forget the Yorky puds!  Roast onions, honey roast parsnips.  Dare I suggest sprouts?  Whatever, you should include a green veg.
Can I come?

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#4 Tue 11 Dec 12 9:38pm

hippytea

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

I certainly would go for beef for anything related to New Year, but that's probably New Year's Day steak pie associations kicking in.

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#5 Tue 11 Dec 12 11:43pm

chocobanana

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

mummza wrote:

Welcome to the forum chocobanana  smile

What type of meat are you using for the roast ?

They might be a nice addition to the meal.

Have you cooked in your friends oven before ?
Ovens vary greatly and  at times like New Year when everyone is cooking the power levels can be a bit reduced.
Things do not always cook the same as they do in the oven you are used to.

Thanks. It will be a beef roast.

Green beans are a possibility.

This will be my first time at their place actually so I have no idea what the oven will be like. I cook my roasts in a toaster oven that has a convection feature and it comes out perfect every time.

Thistledo wrote:

Dare I suggest sprouts?  Whatever, you should include a green veg.
Can I come?

I want to be able to throw everything into the pan and not have to use extra cookware other than to make gravy.

You can come if you bring dessert.

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#6 Wed 12 Dec 12 4:04am

mummza

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

I think you would be wise to cook some veg seperatly as well as it would vary the texture and bring a different element to the completed meal .

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#7 Wed 12 Dec 12 9:01am

hippytea

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

If you're cooking in an unfamiliar oven, a meat thermometer will make your life much easier. I use one of the ones with a probe and a long wire, so I can monitor the temperature all the time during cooking and adjust the temp if it's cooking too fast or too slow.

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#8 Thu 13 Dec 12 12:34am

chocobanana

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

mummza wrote:

I think you would be wise to cook some veg seperatly as well as it would vary the texture and bring a different element to the completed meal.

True, it would lessen the butter and garlic flavor and add one more distinct taste to the table.

hippytea wrote:

If you're cooking in an unfamiliar oven, a meat thermometer will make your life much easier. I use one of the ones with a probe and a long wire, so I can monitor the temperature all the time during cooking and adjust the temp if it's cooking too fast or too slow.

Good advice but I just like to eyeball it and go by feel. big_smile   crossed

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#9 Thu 13 Dec 12 9:01am

hippytea

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

I suppose that's easier with beef because you don't have to cook it thoroughly like you do a chicken - but I'd still be scared I would ruin it. In fact, chicken is the only thing I'm confident roasting without a thermometer. I'm too chicken to try it with anything else! lol

Which cut are you using?

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#10 Thu 13 Dec 12 12:18pm

koukouvagia

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Re: New Year's Eve Roast

mummza wrote:

I think you would be wise to cook some veg seperatly as well as it would vary the texture and bring a different element to the completed meal .

Exactly.  I wouldn't throw all my eggs in one basket either.  When I make a dinner I always like to have only one, 2 max things in the oven, 2 stove top side items something made ahead of time and stored in the fridge over night and a cool crisp salad.  For Christmas I'm debating my menu to be:

- pork shoulder roast with lemon mustard gravy
- potato puree
- spiced green beans
- roasted carrots with cumin and coriander
- salad with radiccio and arugula

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