English Roast Dinner

Today was the first time that cooked a typical English roast dinner myself. I ate it several times before, when my boyfriend and I were invited to his parents house for lunch, or once when we went to Toby Carvery. But I always thought that it is way too time consuming and too complicated to do it myself.

This Sunday though, we decided to make our own English roast dinner! It was delicious. And I took lots of photos for you while preparing, in case you want to try it out yourself!

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My super easy English roast dinner

…consisted of beef (silverside roast) and roast veggies (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips), with mashed swede and gravy.

(I cooked way too many veggies , considering that we were only two people… I guess I got overly excited :) That’s why I am not giving you any numbers on ingredients. A couple of veggies per person should do.)

For this English roast dinner you will need:


  • Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips
  • Swede


  • I chose Beef – Silverside Roast. It is easy for carving and also very lean.

Also you will need:

  • Gravy granule
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Rosemary

The four easy steps to cook your roast dinner are:

1. Get the meat ready.

Pre-heat the oven to 200 C (Gas mark 7). Put the meat in a tray, oil it with olive oil and season with lots of salt and ground pepper. It then goes in the oven (in the middle) for 50 minutes (to cook to medium).

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2. Prepare the veggies.

After placing the meat in the oven, peel and chop the potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips into some uniform pieces. Boil them for 10 minutes, until they are soft. Then place them in a big roast tray and drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle some salt, pepper and a bit of rosemary. You can also add garlic and drizzle some lemon juice over the veggies if you want. Then the tray goes in the oven under the meat, to roast for around 30 minutes until golden brown.

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3. Mash the swede.

Peel and chop the swede into small pieces. Boil them until soft (around 10 min). Then add some butter (and some cream if you want) and mash. Done. Whoa it tastes heavenly!

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4. Gravy.

Well, I bought some gravy granule (from Bisto), as I am lazy. You simply bring half a pint (280ml) of water to the boil and add 4 heaped tsp of gravy granule. Then stir. Done ;) For thicker gravy add more granules.

TADA! That’s it! When the meat and the veggies are done, dish up immediately and enjoyyyy!!

Let me know what you think, or if you have tips, special recipes or personal secrets on how to make the perfect, yet easy, English roasted dinner!

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One thought on “English Roast Dinner

  1. pearlsandparis January 29, 2013 at 21:56 Reply

    looks so good!

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