Perfect your festive dinner with these top roasting tips!
With beef rated our nation's most superior meat, and lamb deemed the meat Aussies love the most, there are no better dishes to indulge in on your Christmas celebration than mouthwatering beef and lamb roasts. Have yourself a Merry little Christmas with these top tips for roasting, prepared by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Let the butcher do the preparation
* Ask your butcher to tie your beef roast cut if needed as some, like beef fillet and beef rib eye, benefit from it. Tying it gives the roast a uniform shape, which helps it cook evenly.
* When you purchase an easy carve lamb leg, the butcher will have partially de-boned the lamb leg, leaving just the shank in. The butcher will also tie it, so it's compact in shape.
Essential tips for Christmas roasts
* 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.
* The easiest way to judge your roast's degree of doneness is by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature for: Rare – 55-60ºC, Medium – 65-70ºC, Well done – 75ºC.
* Remove roast when cooked to desired 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.
* Resting a roast before carving gives the juices in the meat a chance to redistribute, giving a more moist and tender result.
* You can also use tongs to test the roast’s doneness: Gently prod or squeeze the roast – rare is very soft, medium rare is soft, medium is springy but soft, medium well is firm and well done is very firm.
* It is best to test the meat just before reaching the estimated cooking time (so it doesn’t overcook): Check the temperature when the estimated cooking time is a little way from up. Take larger roasts out of the oven just short of the desired time, as the larger roasts and bone in roasts tend to cook further and go up just a little in temperature as they rest.
BBQ roasting tips
* Avoid lifting the BBQ lid too often.
* Avoid ramping up the flame directly under the meat when adjusting the heat as this dries the roast out.
* Allow for time out before cooking AND time out (resting time) after cooking.
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