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Make your roast 'pop!' this winter

As the days are getting colder and the nights are getting darker, a warm, filling roast dinner is an essential part of the week. Why not add something a little different to your classic roast? We’ve come up with some ingredients to make your roast dinner really stand out.

Grain mustard onions

If you love a bit of mustard, definitely add these to your Sunday dinner. Fry the onions in whole grain mustard and olive oil and mix well (you can even add honey for a sweeter taste).

Roast parsnips with maple syrup

Sweeten up your classic veggies. Peel and cut some parsnips, cover them in oil and maple syrup then roast them in the oven until golden brown.


Forget pudding, you won’t need it after these.

Honey roasted carrots

Roast your carrots for 30 minutes then drizzle some white wine vinegar and honey onto and finish them off in the oven for 20 minutes.


A quick and easy winner.

Lemon roasted potatoes

Take your roasties to the next level and throw on some lemon wedges, coriander and oregano before putting them in the oven. You’ll give them that extra tang and really get the taste buds going.

Marmite sprouts

Two things you either love or hate combined, a win win for some. Beat some butter and marmite together until smooth, form into a log on baking paper and chill in the fridge until needed. After boiling the sprouts, fry them with your pre-made butter.


This will really get the debates going around the dinner table.

Spiced yoghurt roast chicken

If you want to add a bit of a kick to your meat then try this spice-infused flavouring. Simply mix together yoghurt, oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and pepper then marinate the chicken all over.


Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Chipotle roast chicken

Step it up a notch and bring the heat. Mix chipotle chill paste and red pepper puree together to make a sauce. Stuff the chicken with lemon and thyme then cover in the sauce before cooking.


Perhaps have a glass of milk handy.


Chicken stuffed with chorizo

If spicy isn’t your style, try a chorizo stuffed chicken to give it a Mediterranean twist. Stuff your chicken with chorizo and peppers before cooking in the oven to give your guests a tasty surprise.

Sticky ginger beer ham

Ginger beer and ham together? We’re sure Dad won’t be complaining.


Start by simmering the ham in ginger beer (and water, to make sure it’s all covered) for 1hr 15mins. Top with boiling water if needed. Then, create a mixture of honey, sugar, cinnamon and orange juice and simmer until you have a syrup mixture. When the ham is ready, cover it in half of the mixture and cook in the oven. Add the rest of the mixture part way through cooking.

Ham cooked in coke

Who knew coke had another purpose other than for quenching your thirst?


Put your ham in the slow cooker and fill with coke until fully covered. Leave it to slow cook until you’re ready to serve up. The longer you leave it, the more flavour it will soak. Warning – don’t use diet coke, there have been reports of explosions.


Try a few different recipes, mix up the combinations, get experimental and delight your family or guests with an extra special roast dinner this winter.

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