The Good Food guide to winter roasts

There's lots to love about winter.
There's lots to love about winter.

Have you got it? The magic touch? Do family and friends always insist you cook the roast at big wintery get-togethers?

Cooking a good roast - be it a chook, a leg of lamb, a pork shoulder or a side of beef - appears simple enough but there are many pitfalls. What is the best baking dish to use for chicken? Just how hot should the oven be to ensure juicy, tender meat? And how does one achieve the crisp skin, or the perfect crackling?

You'll find the answers here, in recipes from our fabulous A-list chef contributors.

But everyone knows a good roast dinner or lunch is about more than the protein, though it does tend to hog the limelight. Take a look at our recipes for perfect roast potatoes - plus there's oodles of inspiration for vegetable sides.

All that's left to do is to send out the invitations for the next big gathering and get a good fire crackling in the hearth. Enjoy!

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A great roast chicken

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (24)
Roast pork belly with balsamic onion.

Roast pork belly and balsamic onions

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
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Mini lamb roast

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
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Roast beef with mustard, beer and parsnips

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Slow-roast shoulder of pork with fennel and apples.

Slow-roast shoulder of pork with fennel and apples

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (12)
Neil Perry's roast turkey.

Roast turkey with ricotta stuffing

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
One-pot chicken.

Pot roast chicken

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Frank Camorra

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (25)
Porchetta served with Jap pumpkin with cinnamon and currants. Karen Martini PORCHETTA recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler. Photographed February 15, 2013. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Porchetta

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
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Roast beef with harissa chickpea braise

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Good Food. Hot Food. July 9 Duckfat potatoesPhoto: Edwina Pickles. 25th June 2013.

Duck-fat potatoes with garlic and rosemary

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (13)
Slow-braised shoulder of lamb.

Slow-braised shoulder of lamb with aioli

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (21)
Brined and stuffed roast chicken with honeyed brussel sprouts by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages in Epicure/Good Food. Styling by Marnie Rowe, photographs by Marcel Aucar. Please credit.

Brined and stuffed roast chicken with honeyed brussels sprouts

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (19)
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Roast chicken with brussels sprouts, bacon and chestnuts

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Neil Perry's stir-fried snake beans.

Stir-fried snake beans

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Roast fennel with breadcrumbs, parsley and parmesan.

Roast fennel with breadcrumbs, parsley and parmesan

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Lynne Mullins

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Thyme, oregano and citrus chicken.

Thyme, oregano and citrus chicken

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Roast pork with colcannon.

Roast pork with colcannon and red cabbage salad

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Colin Fassnidge

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Neil Perry's roast turkey.

Green beans and hazelnuts with burnt butter

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Broad beans and peas with cream and garlic.

Broad beans and peas with cream and garlic

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
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Roast of Nuts

Vegetarian: Nut roast

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Diana Lampe

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Roast chicken with chipotle-lentil sauce.

Butterflied roast chicken with chipotle-lentil sauce

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Roast meatloaf stuffed with spinach and mozzarella.

Roast meatloaf stuffed with spinach and mozzarella

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (13)
Roasted pumpkin and cashew with gochujang, sesame and rice wine vinegar.

Roasted pumpkin with gochujang dressing, cashews and sesame

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Fennel gratin.

Fennel gratin

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Frank Camorra

Good Food. Hot food. Jill Dupleix
April 2 Vadouvan spice mix. 
Photo Edwina Pickles. 14th March 2013.

Roast cauliflower with vadouvan

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Silverbeet gratin.

Silverbeet gratin

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Karen Martini