Sunday lunch ideas for entertaining this weekend, from immediate family to a host of friends, including perfect roast chicken, roast goose and miso roast pork
Need some new ideas for a Sunday lunch to wow your family and friends? Here you’ll find the best Sunday lunch recipes that are guaranteed to impress.
We’ve made sure you’ve got everything you need to guarantee a fabulous Sunday roast – all the sides, condiments and of course pudding too. From perfectly marinated meats to flavourful stuffing, and with both decadent desserts and lighter options, look no further for an unbeatable guide to planning the perfect roast.
It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of cooking the same thing every Sunday, so we’ve included some interesting alternatives to what you might normally have. Take this sweet miso roast pork recipe that is sweet, sour and sticky all at once, and slow cooked to perfection.
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Feed a crowd with this melt-in-the-mouth slow cooked shoulder of pork. Marinating the meat the day before can save you some extra time the next day, as well as allowing the flavours to fully develop. This tender and succulent pork pairs perfectly with a sweet sauce. A homemade plum sauce is the ideal accompaniment, and tastes far better than anything you could buy in the shops.
Get the recipe here: slow cooked pork shoulder with plum sauce .
Curry is one of the nation’s favourite dishes, but it needn’t be limited to your Friday night takeaway. Why not try a spicy spin on your Sunday roast with this tikka roast chicken? Indian side dishes like sag aloo and a vibrant chutney complete make for a fragrant and flavourful take on this family favourite.
Get the recipe here: whole tikka roast chicken .
What better way to honour a beautiful piece of beef that with a robust red wine gravy. A truly special gravy needs to be made with a good quality stock – it’s worth investing a little to get the best results. Serve with all the usual trimmings to upgrade your classic Sunday roast.
Get the recipe here: roast rib of beef with red wine gravy
This gammon is baked rather than boiled, giving it extra flavour and a crisp and golden finish. An asian glaze adds sweet and slightly spicy flavours of the East which will keep you going back for more.
Get the recipe here: Asian-glazed gammon
Mix up your classic roast chicken dinner by serving it with a mouth watering wild boar stuffing and sweet garlic gravy. Cooking the garlic in the chicken infuses your gravy with even more flavour, and you can make your stuffing while the chicken is roasting to save time!
Salty anchovies give a flavour boost to this regular roast recipe. The butter can be made using a microwave for extra ease and to free up space on your hob. Spreading this homemade butter under the skin adds moisture and flavour to the meat whilst ensuring a crispy skin.
Get the recipe here: Roast chicken with rosemary and anchovy butter
Pork and apple is a classic combination. Making your own chutney is easy, and a great alternative to a shop bought applesauce. The sharp chutney makes a great contrast to the crispy pork crackling, without being too sweet.
Get the recipe here: roasted pork loin with baked apple and onion chutney recipe.
Tender and flavourful roast lamb makes for a perfect roast. Marinating the meat overnight in the zesty and herby blend of oregano, garlic, and lemon ensures you get even better texture and taste to your joint of lamb. This recipe gives you a few options on cooking time so that the meat is cooked just as you like.
Get the recipe here: Easy roast duck with sour cherry chutney
The classic vegetarian roast done right. Packed with nuts and seeds and enhanced with fresh herbs and punchy worcester sauce, vegetarians will love this centrepiece to a Sunday roast. Serve with all the trimmings for moreish meat-free meal.
Seafood is often disregarded when serving a Sunday roast. Serving a whole fish not only looks impressive, it also makes sure the fish stays moist and delicious while cooking. The cooking juices, infused with lemon, ginger and fennel, can be served alongside the fish as a sauce.
Get the recipe here: whole baked salmon with fennel, ginger and lemon
For a mort sophisticated alternative to a vegetarian nut roast, try this vegetable tart. Filled with tangy cheddar, jerusalem artichokes, sweet potato, and decadent truffle oil, these tarts are packed with flavour. The tarts can be prepared the day before, with the crumb topping added after they have been reheated before serving.
Don’t just save red cabbage for your Christmas dinner. This sweet and subtly spices side adds a wintry twist to you Sunday roast, and is also a great source of fibre and vitamin C. This can be made up to a moth in advance and frozen until needed.
Perfect roast potatoes are a key component of a roast dinner. The recipe gives you a foolproof guide to making roast potatoes that are crisp on the outside but fluffy on the inside. The trick to getting your potatoes to stay crisp is making sure the fat or oil is hot before combining with the potatoes so it isn’t absorbed.
These stuffing balls are so easy to make, and the addition of fresh sage, parsley and thyme means they are packed with flavour. They can be made ahead and frozen, only needing defrosted then baked for 40 minutes before being served.
These sweet and roasted root vegetables are a lighter alternative to a whole serving of roast potatoes, but are still full of flavour. The sweet glaze transforms ordinary vegetables into a stunning side, a great accompaniment to roasted pork or chicken.
Get the recipe here: Roasted parsnips and carrots in caramel .
This easy yet impressive condiment is the perfect partner to a roast dinner. Making your bread sauce with stock gives a fuller flavour, and the addition of crème fraîche as well as butter makes this sauce even more rich and luxurious.
Pigs in blankets make great nibbles for a drinks party, but are also perfect when served with a Sunday roast. Adding a little maple syrup or honey just before they are finished cooking adds an extra sweet and sticky glaze to these festive favourites.
Fruit crumble is undoubtedly a warming winter favourite. The addition of almonds to the crumble mix gives an extra crunch and a smooth, nutty flavour. Best served with a rich vanilla custard or ice cream.
For a light and refreshing way to round off lunch, try making your own sorbet. Making sorbet is far easier than you’d expect, with this simple recipe. An added bit of cassis makes this sorbet go down a treat, but can be missed out to make the recipe more suitable for the whole family.
Add some italian flair to your dessert with this torte inspired by the popular pick me up. Coffee and Tia Maria make this rich and decadent treat a great grown up end to a Sunday lunch.
Get the recipe here: Boozy tiramisu torte
You don’t even need an ice-cream machine to make this delicious ice cream. The three layers of salted caramel, chocolate, and biscuit flavoured ice creams are simply layers into a tin and frozen overnight before being served with a drizzle of melted chocolate for the ultimate luxurious treat.
Get the recipe here: Millionaire’s ice cream