How to cook the perfect roast
Take the meat from the fridge about 15-20 minutes before cooking, this way your roast will cook more evenly.
- Preheat the oven in line with the type of cut you are roasting - see How to roast.
- Place the roast on a rack in a roasting dish. Raising the roast helps it brown evenly. Brush it lightly with oil. Season with salt, pepper and any flavourings.
- Different cuts require different cooking times per fixed weight - see How to roast. For ease and accuracy, use a meat thermometer.
- Remove roast when cooked to desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 10-20 minutes before carving.
Carve the roast across the grain to ensure tenderness.
Lamb roast recipe tip
Use a roasting dish that is close to the size of the roast you are cooking, this keeps roasting juices from burning. Use the juices to baste the roast and/or to make gravy.
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