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The 10 best recipes to create the perfect Sunday roast

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Traditionally, Sunday is a day of rest. But if you've agreed to cook a roast dinner for friends or family, rest may be one of the things furthest from your mind.

Co-ordinating the chopping, peeling and gravy making, with timing everything to be ready all at once can make a usually calm kitchen resemble the Great British Bake Off tent on bingate day. So it's crucial to have the right recipe to guide you through. Prepare to impress with these mouthwatering recipes for meat joints, vegetarian roast and side dishes.

Rosemary roast chicken with grapes

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Chicken is often written off as the 'easy' meat to roast, so why not mix it up a little with a recipe that adds in something unexpected? The grapes this chicken is cooked with give a dark, sweet sauce instantly - not to mention the dish looks amazing.

Find a recipe for rosemary roast chicken with grapes here

Garlic parmesan roast potatoes

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While the main roast gets all the attention, roast potatoes are the steady staple that pull the meal through. Everybody has their own way of doing them, but if you're looking for an original take on a classic, this recipe for garlic and parmesan roasts is bound to draw delighted gasps.

Find a recipe for garlic parmesan roast potatoes here

Nut roast with lentils

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It's a complete myth that vegetarians can't enjoy a Sunday roast. There are hundreds of delicious recipes for nut and vegetable roasts, like this one, which are just as hearty and filling as any meat.

Find a recipe for nut roast with lentils here

Rosemary and anchovy roasted lamb

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Adding an anchovy coating to lamb sounds entirely counter-intuitive but it gives the meat a delicious, salty crust and an original flavour to gravies made with the juices.

Find a recipe for rosemary and anchovy roasted lamb here

Green beans with cranberries and walnuts

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Sunday lunches can be hefty - roast food is hearty and delicious, but including a dish or two that isn't cooked in the oven gives a lovely balance to a roast-heavy table. These green beans with cranberries and walnuts are an ideal addition.

Find a recipe for green beans with cranberries and walnuts here

Gammon cooked in coca-cola

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Traditionally, gammon is cooked in cider and coated with honey and mustard, but this method - made famous by Nigella Lawson - using Coke, with its high sugar content, as an alternative giving a similarly amazing taste, but with much less effort required - genius.

Find a recipe for gammon in coca cola here

Roasted cauliflower with pine nuts and basil

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Cauliflower gets a bad reputation as one of the more boring vegetables, but when it's combined with exciting extras such as the pine nuts in this recipe to give it a crunch, and basil to add a rich flavour, it's an ideal side dish at a roast.

Find a recipe for roasted cauliflower with pine nuts and basil here

Peppercorn roast beef

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The piece de resistance of the Sunday roast catalogue, getting a joint of beef right is thankfully a lot easier than it looks. It's all about timing, and covering the meat with a delicious coating like peppercorns, red wine, or just the right amount of herbs and spices to get a delicious outer layer and tender inside.

Find a recipe for beef coated in peppercorn here

Cheddar and chive Yorkshire puddings

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The classic addition to a beef joint roast, having Yorkshire puddings is one of the most exciting parts of sitting down to a Sunday roast - unless you cheat and have them with midweek meals too. This recipe adds cheddar and chives to the batter recipe for a deliciously cheesy variation.

Find a recipe for cheddar and chive Yorkshire puddings here

Honey roasted parsnips and carrots

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Serving root vegetables at large meals has been traditional since medieval times when they were cheaper to produce and easier to store, but they can be tedious to eat every single week. Try roasting carrots and parsnips in a honey glaze for a delicious alternative.

Find a recipe for honey roasted parsnips and carrots here

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