For foodies, Easter is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Despite all the chocolate you've got to tuck into, a beautiful piece of lamb with perfect roast potatoes and seasonal veg is the real star of the show.
The pressure can be on when you’re cooking for a crowd, even if you tend to cook a roast most Sundays. With a little planning and enough time to spend in the kitchen, you can rustle up a truly sensational Easter roast.
Here are the four key things you need to consider for a successful, mouth-watering roast:
Invest in the Best Cookware for Smashing Your Roast
When you’re feeding a crowd, you need cookware that won’t let you down. For parboiling potatoes, preparing vegetables and making a homemade gravy or jus, you’ll need different sized pans, so it makes sense to invest in a pan set to ensure all your pans are of the same quality.
At Circulon, we’re confident ours are the best saucepan sets around. We’re pioneers of our Total® non-stick cookware technology, so you can guarantee you won’t lose any of your lovingly prepared food to the bottom of your pan, while the even heat distribution that’s standard across our range will ensure every single carrot and piece of potato cooks at the same rate.
Each one of our pan sets is oven-proof up to variable temperatures, so you can take your meat straight from the hob to the oven. Plus, everything is dishwasher-safe, so you don’t have to spend hours washing up.
We’re so confident in the quality of our pans that we also offer a hassle-free lifetime guarantee. So, if you’re not happy with their non-stick performance, we’ll replace them for free, meaning you can tuck into a delicious roast every week.
Decide on the Centrepiece of Your Roast
Lamb is the traditional choice for an Easter roast, and it’s particularly delicious covered in a marinade made from olive oil and rosemary, plus a few chilli flakes for a bit of a kick. Massage this all over your lamb, sear it and then transfer to a roasting tray and cook in the oven. Ask your butcher or check the packaging to determine exactly how long you need to cook it for.
We've also got a fantastic recipe for a Braised Lamb Leg with Cumin and Saffron from Marcus Wareing - this makes a stunning Easter feast!
If you fancy beef instead, our recipe for roast beef with garden herbs and gravy is a gorgeous way to cook beef in the springtime. There’s no reason why you couldn’t go with fish either; A salmon-en-croute would make a stunning Easter table centrepiece.
Find a Spring Roast Potatoes Recipe
We believe that the secret to the perfect roast potatoes is the right roasting tray - you won’t go wrong with one of our non-stick trays that’ll make sure you don’t lose any of those mouth-watering crispy bits to the bottom of your kitchenware.
We love this recipe for crushed rosemary roast potatoes, which would work brilliantly alongside roast lamb on Easter Sunday. Tucking into these is an absolute delight, as you don’t know whether you’ll be getting a delicious crispy bit of potato, flake of sea salt or sprig of rosemary melting on your tongue next.
Cook Easter Veg to Perfection
Add the finishing touches to your Easter roast with seasonal spring veg, such as asparagus spears, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or spring greens. We should all be making a conscious effort to eat more seasonally, and the produce on offer at this time of year is especially tasty.
Don’t leave your veg plain - enhance the flavours of your entire dish by seasoning your veg with fresh herbs, or by whipping up a quick lemon and herb butter to melt over them beautifully.
No matter how you decide to cook your veg - steaming it, boiling it or even stir-frying it for another layer of texture - a pan set from Circulon won’t let you down.