One thing I remember from living at home, is the roast dinners my mum used to cook. It was a tradition to have one every Sunday but we also used to have a little 'mid week' roast. In fact, my mum still does one occasionally and it's a tradition I want to carry on. Not only is a mini roast the perfect warm meal for a chilly Autumn day, it's also a family favourite in our house.
Mini roasts are a smaller cheaper roasting joint and are so quick and easy to prepare. They're also the perfect size for two to share so it's a great opportunity for Warren and I to sit down and have a nice meal together without having to share with the girls. Wether you choose to have beef or lamb, the one thing to look out for when choosing your meat is the Red Tractor logo which ensures it is traceable from farm to folk and means you are getting the best quality meat.
We decided to keep it traditional with our beef and go for the 'Mini roast with horseradish', but there a plenty more recipe options on the Simply Beef and Lamb website.
1 x 400-450g beef mini roast
2tsp runny honey
2tsp prepared horseradish sauce
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
Preheat the oven to Gas mark 5, 190°C, 375°F.
In a small bowl mix together the honey, horseradish sauce, lemon zest and oil.
Place the joint on a chopping board, make several slashes over the surface, season and spread with the honey and lemon mixture. Transfer to a medium non-stick roasting tin and roast for 40-50 minutes (for medium). Cover with foil if browning too quickly.
Remove the joint from the oven, cover and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes, 20 minutes if time allows.
Serve with potatoes and broccoli.
We were apprehensive about the lemon in it but we actually really loved it! It gave the beef a fresh taste and new twist. We served ours with some roast potatoes and broccoli but it could be totally versatile. I can imagine this sliced up and tossed in some pasta or served with chips and peas as well as the traditional roast.
If you normally wait until Sunday for a roast, give a midweek #MiniRoast a go and get creative!
*This post is sponsored by Simply beef and lamb but all thoughts are my own.