How to prepare the perfect Sunday roast – with a full beef joint cooked to your liking, served with veggies and leeks in cheese sauce
Sunday roast dinner
I’m pretty sure that there’s nothing better in the world than sitting down to a Sunday beef roast, well almost nothing, I guess it depends on what dessert is; and if Saturday was a big night out or not; and if lots of wine was consumed; and if by about 4pm on Sunday the biggest meal ever is needed. But anyway – its definitely up there with a cheese & wine on a Friday night, or sipping juice from a coconut on a deserted hot beach on a Monday morning. – its just good and homely, and a proper pick-me-up.
Even if its not Sunday this meal is still the meal of comfort, home and relaxing. Am I convincing you yet? Do you feel the need to rush out and buy meat, potatoes and 3 veggies asap? No? Even if I throw in leeks in a super creamy cheese sauce with a crispy top?
I just can’t say no to this!
Soooo as the Sunday roast dinner is the weekend staple in most households in the Great British Isles, its definitely necessary that I put a beef roast dinner recipe up on the blog. And here’s the thing – it really is so easy to make. No complicated ingredients or recipes and nothing that will mean you have to slave away for hours in the kitchen. A 500g topside of beef can be cooked and served in 40 minutes, so no need to get up at the crack of dawn to switch on the oven.
Sunday is a day of rest after a busy week
Last weekend was very busy for me and so a Sunday roast was definitely on the agenda – as mentioned in my last post I had decide to host a little gourmet/birthday drinks night. But in terms of food: a little, turned into a lot and oh my gosh I was pretty stressed. There was lots of running around and multiple trips to the supermarket and I basically spent every night, last week in my kitchen, preparing and cooking everything from soup and chilli con carne to filo-pastry cups and panna cottas. My freezer was rammed, my fridge was bursting and my crisps/treats drawer was overflowing (yes I have a crisps/treats drawer). To say I went over the top is an understatement. But you know – it was a big birthday and I’d just finished a cooking course and its not likely I’ll have to do it again any time soon – so I really went for it. It was hard work and cooking for 20 people is definitely like (or probably like) climbing a mountain. But it seemed to go down well and I think everyone enjoyed it.
So, yes, after all the weekend fun was done and tidied away, it was time for beef, perfectly cooked and served with a dollop of leeks in cheese sauce.
Every Sunday should look like this. I hope the recipe below is helpful – let me know, I’d love to hear from you:-)
Cheese sauce should be in every meal
If your cooking up a storm for a Christmas Day roast then also check out my sprouts in blue cheese sauce here! or for another great way to use cheese sauce is a meal have a look at my fish pie with cheese sauce. Making some party snack? why not have a go at a cheese sauce dip?