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I thought you Anglophiles might be interested in how I cook my traditional British Christmas Roast, so I thought I’d share.

Note that the timings are all set for a 6lbs roast… also, I’m trying a new Yorkie recipe at a lower temp so I can’t vouch for it… but here is what I’m up to today.

You will need:
6lbs of Prime Rib or other nice cut of beef
2 eggs
2 cups of cheddar
5 russet potatoes
5 large parsnips
A pound or two of broccoli
A bag of baby carrots
1 turnip
Butter
Cooking oil (with a high smoke point)
Milk
Flour
Salt and Pepper
Coleman’s Mustard Powder
Pots, pans, tin foil. etc
Patience and a tolerance for stress
Anything else I forgot to list

Pre-Fab work that can be done early:
50/50 mix of flour and coleman’s mustard powder + lots of salt and pepper (enough to cover the roast)
50/50 mix of flour parmesan (enough to roll the parsnips)
Grate 2 cups of cheese
Peal potatoes and halve them
scrub and core parsnips
Yorkie Mix - 2 eggs, 2/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup milk.
Oil and 1 tbsp of butter split among 8 cups in baking tin

Game on:
4:45 - preheat oven to 450 (cover Roast in salt, pepper, and 50/50 flour and colemans mustard powder)
5:00 - Roast in 450 oven
5:15 - turn oven down to 350
5:30 - Put parsnip tray with oil (just enough to cover base) and a knob of butter. Also preheat oil for potatoes.
5:35 - Boil potatoes for 10 minutes then drain and rough them up…
5:45 - Roll the potatoes in the oil and cover them completely.
5:50 - Blanch parsnips in salted water for 3 minutes and roll them in parmesan mix then lay them gently in the preheated oil
6:00 - Start boiling carrots and turnips.
6:20 - turn parsnips and drain the excess fat. Turn potatoes too.
6:35 - Put oiled and buttered yorkie tin in the oven (even oil, and split 1 tbs of butter between the 8 cups)
6:45 - Take roast out and wrap in tinfoil (and cover with tea towel) and remove parsnips and potatoes (cover to keep them warm). Pour yorkie mix into cups
6:50 - Gravy package + 1 cup of water into saucepan on medium heat. Bring to boil and then reduce to low.
7:00 - Steam broccoli and also make cheese sauce. Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a pan over medium heat, whisk 2 tbsp of flour in until smooth. Add 1 cup of milk in and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Then add cheese gradually, continuing to stir until smooth and proper flavor.
7:05 - Check broccoli (probably not ready yet)
7:10 - Check broccoli (probably time to remove). Remove carrot and turnips, drain and mash them with salt, pepper and a knob of butter.
7:15 - Carve roast and remove yorkies from oven. Eat.

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