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How to do a Sunday roast... the wilko way!

Now we’re heading towards autumn and winter, it’s so nice to cosy-up with the family and get stuck into some comfort-cooking... so let’s get the slow cooker out! Here at wilko, we’ve lots of great ideas to help you get sorted for all those chillier days ahead. We think it’s the perfect time to reintroduce Sunday dinners and create a mouth-watering roast the whole family will love.

  • Sandra - copywriter
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How to do a Sunday roast... the wilko way!

Cosy comfort-cooking favourites

We say, "bring on the roasts... mmm!" Everyone loves a traditional Sunday roast during the autumn and winter, with the family gathered round the table. So, why not treat yourself and the family and get cooking to your heart's content. Here at wilko we have all the bits you need to get the roast going.

Here's our top tips for cooking the perfect roast…

Opt for a selection of veggies so there’s something for everyone. We suggest going for seasonal veg that can be popped into the steamer and left, so you can relax or get on with something else. Our wilko 3-tier stainless steel steamer is perfect for healthy cooking and with three levels you can cook a variety of veg to suit everyone... that's a little win!

Now onto the star of the show - a succulent joint of meat! We love slow cookers for joints of meat and think it's so easy you can't really go wrong. Simply pop it on in the morning and leave on low for perfect tender, juicy joints that will fall apart on your plate. The wilko 3.5 litre slow cooker Includes a good-sized detachable ceramic cooking pot with three cooking functions and has over 100 five-star reviews!

Aaah... the good old potato; we're sure you'll agree the opportunities for potatoes are endless. Will it be mashed, roasted, new potatoes, or all three! We love a roastie with our Sunday lunch and if you do too, make sure you do plenty or you might have to intervene over who gets the last one!

For the perfect Sunday roastie, just follow our handy tips:

  • Par boil until the potatoes are just starting to go soft, usually about 10 mins should do it
  • Drain the potatoes and give them a little shake to roughen up the edges a bit
  • Leave them on the side to rest with a lid on to create steam (this is what makes them crispy!)
  • Preheat the oven, and add an oil of your choice to the roasting tray, then put the tray in the oven until the oil is very hot
  • Carefully add the rested potatoes to the hot oil and pop in the oven
  • Turn every 15 or so minutes, until the potatoes are crisped to your liking, usually around 40 minutes to an hour
  • Sprinkle with a little salt before serving

We have a great range of roasting trays for every size family, whether it's just two of you or a large family with kids, grandkids and grandparents as well. Choose from our fab stackable collection of bakeware so you can save space when storing... that's a little win!

If you'd prefer a healthier alternative to traditional roasties then why not opt for an air fryer. These work with much less oil, but you can still get the same crispy potatoes. Our wilko 4-litre Air Fryer with a removable basket has a 2-year guarantee and uses little or no oil for healthier cooking. As well as roasties you can cook lots of different things in it, from crispy chicken wings to small cakes! The wilko 4-litre Air Fryer has over 300 five-star reviews so why not give it a go.

If you're a mashed potato fan and let's face it, who doesn't love a serving of velvety smooth mash... we’ve got just the product you need to avoid the dreaded lumps. Get smashing with our stainless steel wilko Masher with Soft Grip Handle.

Finally, don’t forget the Yorkshire pudding. It's everyone’s favourite and a roast dinner classic. We're sure everyone has their own recipe for this one, but we've got a few tips to help you make delicious little puddings that the whole family will love.

To start, we recommend taking the time to make the egg and flour mixture as smooth as possible before gradually adding milk. Next, put a little oil in your Yorkshire pudding tray and make sure it's really hot before you add the pudding batter. Hot oil helps the pudding to rise!

Then, cook it in a very hot oven for about 25 to 30 minutes until it has risen and is golden brown in colour. Try to avoid opening the oven door while it’s cooking.

If you need good quality bakeware our wilko 27cm, 0.4mm gauge non-stick Yorkshire pudding tray has a 5-year guarantee and is part of our space-saving stackable collection.

Yorkshire puddings

We’re sooo looking forward to cosy comfort-cooking this autumn and we think it’s never too early to bring on that all-important roast!

We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas to get cosy in the kitchen with the family this season.

We’d love to hear all about your autumn kitchen and any tips or ideas you have for cosy comfort-cooking. Let us know on Facebook and Instagram.