The Sunday roast has always been the meal a family looks forward to at the end of a busy week. This easy to prepare, universal meal is also easy for the cook preparing it; whole chickens, unpeeled roots, lots of Herbs de Provence for the taste of summertime in the cold of winter.
Universal Meals Are Comfort Food
Comfort Food. What do you think of when it’s cold outside, the week has been long and you want some quality time with loved ones without more extra work for you?
How about something that warms the home, teases the tummy with aromas to hunger for, accompanied by a toasty fire and your favorite glass.
The Sunday Roast
The Sunday roast should be a whole lotta rough cut, unpeeled, simple down-home kind of food that does all the work in the oven and not by the cook.
As someone who loves to celebrate relationships over great food, I too would like to enjoy the time with family and friends and not spend hours over several days, in the kitchen.
Roasting everything in a huge roasting pot for me, is the woman’s version of grilling, for men (sometimes fire women too!).
No matter if you’re cooking for a huge crowd, or just a few on a chilled winter afternoon, an easy prep of birds, and winter vegetables tossed with an array of delicious flavors in a roasting pan, is sure to satisfy the desire for comfort food and with only one pan to wash later!
What Goes Into The Roasting Pot?
Chicken. A couple of whole chickens are easy and certainly affordable. Other cuts of meat can work too with the same ingredients and cooking techniques here except the internal temperature; various other meats need different temps.
Simply wash the whole chickens, pull out the package of internal parts sometimes tucked into the chicken and with a sharp knife, cut right through the breast to open the chicken allowing more heat to circulate evenly.
Potatoes. Lots of unpeeled, large, quartered potatoes with herbs, Olive oil, butter and the rustic ease to serve when the roasting is done.
Simply scrub the potatoes, preferably russet potatoes, quarter them long-ways, place them around the chickens on the bottom of the pan, closest to the heat and the drippings from all the other flavors.
Oregano. Fresh herbs, particularly oregano, have medicinal properties as well as lots of flavor. Winter is often the season of colds and flu and so I keep several pots of oregano growing both inside, and a plot of it growing outside in the dirt, my favorite place to spend time in the summer.
Carrots. Carrots are a must! They add color, vitamins and their sweet juices extract into the flavors mingling in the pot. Simply scrub them, cut them into a few pieces per carrot and the work is done. Not everyone likes unpeeled carrots though, just a heads up, so if you’re not sure, just go ahead and peel them.
Onions. Onions, the more the tastier! Onions add so much flavor to the drippings but by scattering the rough chopped onions throughout the veggies and into the cavity of the chicken, the sweet juices of the onion will disperse throughout.
Brussels Sprouts. Since we definitely want greens in our Sunday Roast Brussels sprouts are the easiest veggie to toss into the roasting pan and have them ready when the meal is ready to be served.
I used to Hate Brussels Sprouts until I tried them roasted. The dry heat cooks them without removing the natural sweetness in them, the way boiling does. So just cut them in half and toss them into the roasting pot last so they remain on top.
Sunday Roast Becomes The Weekday Soup
For goodness sake, or at least for your sake save all the drippings, bits and pieces that remain at the bottom of the pan once the meal has been served!
Pour some boiling water right into that pot, simmer it on top of the stove and cut up any leftovers from Sunday roast and turn it into a weekday soup.
Fresh veggies can be added, perhaps some lemon juice and other flavors to completely repurpose the soup into a totally new meal.
Grandma’s BEST Love Gift
Sometimes Sunday’s don’t allow for family gatherings. Sometimes a busy family wants to just stay home and not head over to grandmas house.
Sometimes family have cause colds or flu bugs and don’t want to spread their germs but still would love the smell of grandmas cooking.
Often times I have picked up one of the oversize roasting pots from my kids during the week, load it up with chickens, veggies and other healthy herbs and spices and drop it off, uncooked.
All they have to do, is pop it into their oven, and just take the day to relax in their own home, get well and smell grandma’s cooking fill their home. Best Love Gift Ever!
- Whole Chickens
- Russet potatoes
- Brussels Sprouts
- Olive oil
- Herbs de Provence
- Coarse salt
- Fresh herbs – Oregano or Rosemary
- Oversized Roasting pan with a lid
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Meat thermometer
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
THE SUNDAY ROAST – Universal MealCourse: Lifestyle, Meat, Salads and VeggiesCuisine: World CuisineDifficulty: Easy
A one-pot meal of whole chickens, winter roots and veggies with summertime herbs.
Whole chicken – 2, washed
Russet potatoes – 6, washed, skin left on, quartered
Carrots – 12, washed, skin left on, quartered
Onions – 2, peeled and quartered
Brussels Sprouts – 24, washed, cut in half
Butter – 4 tbsp
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Herbs de Provence – 1/4 cup
Coarse salt – 2 tbsp
Pepper – 1 tbsp
Fresh herbs – 1 bundle each of rosemary and oregano
- Preheat oven to 425
- In a large roasting pan with a lid, place the 2 chickens, arrange the potatoes around the bottom. Drizzle a little olive oil across the chicken and potatoes. Sprinkle a little salt, pepper and herbs de Provence heavily across the chicken and potatoes. Cut several pats of butter and scatter around the potatoes and chicken.
- Place some of the cut onions on top of the potatoes and inside the cavity of the chickens. Arrange the carrots on top of the potatoes and add the remaining onions. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle herbs and place a few pats of butter.
- Finish with the Brussels sprouts on top with olive oil, sprinkle of herbs and a few pats of butter. Tuck the fresh herbs in all the pockets throughout the pot and into the cavity.
- Roast uncovered for 30-minutes.
- Lower the oven to 376, cover and continue to roast until the chicken registers 165 internal temperature.
- Remove the cover, turn off the oven and let it rest in the oven another 15 minutes. Serve.