A home cooked roast dinner is one of life’s real pleasures. Whether it’s for a special occasion such as Easter, or just on any given Sunday throughout the year, your roast dinner is something to take real pride in. The meat is often the star of the show, but what about your roast dinner vegetables? If you get them right, you'll make a great roast dinner, even better.
What Vegetables to have with a Roast Dinner?
In a recent YouGov poll, boiled broccoli was chosen as second to roasted parsnips when it comes to ideal roast dinner vegetables. Beyond broccoli and parsnips, people voted for various other vegetables such as peas, carrots, cauliflower, and green beans.
But the whole point about a roast dinner is that you put in a little bit of extra effort to make it special. So how can you do that with your roast dinner vegetables? Simply by upgrading your basic boiled broccoli to some truly delicious Tenderstem®.
With Tenderstem® broccoli, not only to do you get great flavour, but the stem provides a perfect contrast in texture to your choice of meat. That’s why the next time you’re looking for alternative roast dinner vegetables, you should pick up some Tenderstem® broccoli.
Does the Choice of Meat Make a Difference to Your Vegetable Choice?
Whether it’s lamb, beef, chicken or pork on the menu, does this impact your choice of roast dinner vegetables? After all, you only have mint sauce with lamb or horseradish with beef.
In truth, vegetables are quite versatile, and that’s especially true for Tenderstem® broccoli. Whether you’re serving it with a perfectly cooked rack of lamb, a slow roasted chicken, or tender slices of beef, Tenderstem®'s flavour will cut through the richness of the meat and provide the contrast in texture that you’re looking for.
How to Cook Vegetables for a Roast Dinner?
You can upgrade your roast dinner vegetables just by changing up the way you cook them. If you’re always boiling your veg, you might be missing out on some incredible flavour that you could gain by griddling or roasting.
Here are a few different ways you can cook Tenderstem® broccoli to go with your roast dinner:
- Roast Tenderstem® Broccoli for 12-15 Minutes – Cook your Tenderstem® in the same tray as your choice of meat and it will take on all the incredible roasting flavours
- Griddle Tenderstem® Broccoli for 8-10 Minutes – Achieve a slightly charred texture from a griddle pan, which will intensify the nutty flavour of Tenderstem®
- Steam Tenderstem® Broccoli for 3-4 Minutes – Steaming will bring out the brilliant flavour and colour of Tenderstem® and warm it through without losing any of the crunch
- Boil Tenderstem® Broccoli for 3-4 Minutes – There’s nothing wrong with boiling veg if that’s your preference, just make sure you don’t over boil it. Tenderstem® should be ready in 3-4 minutes.
Roast Dinner Recipes
Here’s some of our favourite roast dinner recipes that incorporate Tenderstem® broccoli.
If you’re looking for a side dish to your traditional Easter lamb, try this delicious gratin. All the prep can be done in advance, and this gratin has the potential to upstage the centrepiece it’s served next to.
Slow-roasted, tender lamb leg, infused with mellow garlic and bay leaves makes wonderful comfort food. Cut through the richness of the lamb with Tenderstem® broccoli in a herb, lemon and caper dressing. Add some roast potatoes and you’ve got an incredible roast dinner.
This recipe is a perfect example of veg that can be served up with roast beef. Tenderstem® broccoli combines with sweet leeks, peas, and lardons to create a sumptuous side dish for a special occasion.
Tenderstem® broccoli is the perfect accompaniment to a roast chicken, particularly when served with this luxuriously creamy mash and indulgent tarragon and walnut butter. But if you want to swap in roast potatoes for the mash, you absolutely can do.
A flavoursome pot roast that requires minimal fuss. Let all the flavours from the garlic, lemon and honey combine in the oven to create an unbelievable one-pot roast dinner.
If you’re looking to really impress with restaurant-quality food, this dish is perfect for you. The beautiful presentation is guaranteed to wow, and most importantly the flavours won’t let you down either.
This combination of lamb and honey-roasted figs is designed to delight the senses. Combined with charred Tenderstem® broccoli for a delicious crunch, a shallot and mint sauce and pine nuts to serve.