36 roast dinner recipes
Ahhh, Sunday roasts… what a wonderful British tradition. Try one of our comforting ideas, from classic roast beef and a Korean-style pork belly, to leg of lamb, new veggie ideas and our best-ever roast chicken recipe
Looking for roasts recipes? Want to make the best Sunday roast? Try our ideas below, then check out our easy dessert recipes.
The Sunday roast is a British institution, along with great pub food. We’ve created an expert guide to the Sunday roast, including recipes for classic roasts and unique twists.
Expect roast chicken and classic roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, vegetarian roast ideas, inspiring roast pork (including an expert guide to create the perfect pork crackling), plus many alternative Sunday roast ideas including ham, duck and guinea fowl. We’ve also come up with the best ever roast potatoes and some epic sides to make Sunday dinner a really indulgent affair. Cheers, and Happy Sunday!
Roast chicken is the most popular Sunday roast as it's super easy to make and you can spruce up your recipe in many ways. We have the best and most succulent roast chicken recipes, including a quick alternative for those in a hurry.
Try our expert recipe for the most golden roast, crisp-skinned chicken – the perfect main for your Sunday dinner.
Smother this whole chicken in garlicky, lemony butter and roast for an easy, flavour-packed family roast.
Chunky slices of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken in this cosy recipe, and soak up all the delicious cooking juices. Perfect for Sunday lunch.
So-called because a brick wrapped in foil was traditionally used to weigh down the chicken. Spatchcocking the bird and having it in direct contact with the pan reduces the cooking time and gives crisp, golden skin.
Everyone loves a Sunday roast, and this roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons makes it even better. Big chunky pieces of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken and soak up all the delicious juices while it cooks.
Roast chicken with a twist! Make a simple, spicy marinade from store cupboard ingredients and cover the chicken with it before roasting. This recipe includes potato wedges but you can make roast potatoes using our guide below to accompany the meat.
A brilliant alternative roast to feed the family, check out Nadine’s healthier one-pot roast chicken, infused with aromatic flavours such as miso and pak choi.
Classic roast beef recipes
Sunday dinner in a local pub often involves roast beef, so we've come up with recipes to make the best roast beef at home. Try our expert beef with red wine gravy, or gourmet beef fillet, and don't forget the Yorkshire puddings and gravy!
Check out our easy one-pot beef brisket with gravy. Slow cooking brisket in stock and aromatics produces tender meat and a rich gravy.
Need a beef recipe? Cooking a huge rib roast can be quite daunting so we love this simplified method and the bone marrow butter takes it to the next level. Ask your butcher to split the bones for you.
A classic Sunday roast with a fruity redcurrant and wine sauce to serve the whole family. This roast beef recipe is great for an Easter roast.
You can't have roast beef without Yorkshire puddings, so here's our ultimate guide to Yorkshire puddings, plus we've even got yorkies for the veggies too.
It took two years to perfect this magic vegan yorkshire puddings recipe. You'll need gram flour and aquafaba (the water tinned chickpeas come in) to make these golden beauties.
Here’s how to create the ultimate meaty, full-flavoured, glossy gravy. Just the thing, for your weekly Sunday lunch ritual.
Pork roasts recipes
Roast pork with crisp crackling is the ultimate comfort food. We have mastered the art of roast pork and perfect crackling with our recipes, from rolled stuffed pork belly to slow-roast pork shoulder.
This beauty was the cover recipe for our March 2020 issue. Slow-roasted pork, crispy roasties, and a quick gremolata for a splash of colour...it's got Sunday written all over it.
Looking for a hearty centrepiece to serve friends and family? Check out our impressive pork shoulder hog roast with easy spiced apple stuffing. You’ll need butcher’s string to tie this up – if you get your pork from a butcher ask for some string when you buy it.
Try our easy roast pork with apple horseradish sauce and super crispy crackling. This comforting pork recipe is easy to make and will make for a show-stopping family dinner.
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect crackling on your Sunday roast pork belly, every time. Impress your friends and families with our simple step-by-step guide to the best pork crackling.
Looking for a pork recipe? This slow-roast pork recipe includes fennel seeds and seasonal shallots for extra flavour. It is easy to prepare and perfect for a Sunday roast dinner with your family and friends.
’Ndjua is a spicy spreadable salami from Calabria and it adds a special twist to Tom Adams’ pork belly recipe. This special recipe is worth the effort. Love pork belly? We have plenty more pork belly recipes here.
Roast lamb recipes
Whether it's roast lamb and mint sauce, or a slow-roasted leg of lamb, the unique flavour of lamb is a real crowd pleaser. Try our rosemary-stuffed lamb recipe, or a complete recipe for slow-roast shoulder of lamb with all the trimmings.
Want a roast lamb recipe? Learn how to stuff your own leg of lamb with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen, ideal for a Sunday lunch.
Just the ticket for a special Sunday dinner with the family, roast shoulder of lamb is served with baked Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. Making your own onion gravy is really worth the extra effort.
Vegetarian roasts and sides recipes
Veggies are an important part of a roast dinner, so we've given roast vegetables proper attention in this collection of vegetarian mains and side dishes.
Check out our impressive butternut squash recipe with veggie stuffing and a side of crunchy kale. This veggie main becomes a real centrepiece when carved into slices at the table.
Cater for vegans this Christmas with our special festive bowls, packed with crispy roasties, parsnips, stuffing balls, cranberry sauce and plenty of gravy.
Earthy beetroot and roasted parsnips and carrots provide a great contrast to the rich, creamy goat's cheese in this dish. This is a really simple vegetarian roast idea that requires very little hands-on time.
Try our easy baked cauliflower with manchego cheese and crunchy almonds. Make this veggie traybake for an indulgent recipe for your roast dinner.
Other delicious ideas for Sunday roasts
Move away from the classics and go for a centrepiece of duck or ham to make your roast dinner extra special.
Why not give this one-pan boulanger a go for a roast dinner for two? As the partridges roast, the juices will drip down, leaving you with meltingly soft, saucy potatoes and onions to serve alongside.
Level up your roast dinner game with this roast guinea fowl recipe, featuring a rich and creamy chicken stock sauce with shallots and lardons. Serve with mashed potatoes and greens and you’re good to go.
This ham can be scaled up or down in size – just use the calculations in the recipe. Rather than the fuss of boiling then baking, we prefer to tent the ham with foil and bake in its own juices before glazing, why not try this instead of your classic roast.
Get your friends over and serve up a feast of juicy roast duck, duck fat potatoes and a vibrant spring salad for the ultimate entertaining menu.
This maple-glazed gammon recipe from Dan Doherty is a clever update on a classic roast. Serve it with bittersweet chicory and a fresh slaw to cut through the salt.
Check out more flavourful fennel recipes.
A traditional Thanksgiving favourite in southern Maryland, this unusual recipe from Felicity Cloake stuffs brined ham with a piquant mix of highly spiced greens. Not only does this cut through the rich meat beautifully, but it looks great on the plate. Choose a long, thin gammon joint rather than a wide, fat piece as this will be easier to stuff. You’ll need cheesecloth and butcher’s string for this recipe. The glaze is less traditional (and optional) but will give the ham a nice finish.
Roast dinner side dishes
Roast potatoes are key to a roast dinner - click on the link above to find easy recipes for goose-fat roasties, crisp schnitzel roasties, plus indulgent recipes for dauphinoise, potato gratins and mash.
This is a delightful and different way of cooking parsnips. The thin parsnip fries are tossed in Parmesan, polenta, English mustard powder and salt and fried until crisp. A delicious side for a Sunday roast.
Our epic side dish is a meal in itself, and makes any Sunday roast extra indulgent. Serve this gratin on the side of your Sunday dinner.
Cauliflower cheese makes any Sunday roast that bit more indulgent. This cauliflower and three-cheese gratin is the ultimate comfort food and a must-have side dish.
A great way to jazz-up carrots for your Sunday roast. Clementines add a festive touch, and lemon lifts the whole dish. Roasted whole baby carrots look beautiful, and feel that little bit more special than ‘carrot coins’.
And, of course, you need a foolproof gravy recipe for any Sunday roast!
Now, what's for pudding?? Save room for one of our indulgent dessert recipes
The perfect way to finish Sunday roast is with a really indulgent dessert or a comforting pudding. Try our recipes for bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding and more.