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Your best tips for holiday roast success?

General or specific: Favorite cuts for roasting? Rack or no rack? Oven to table strategy? How to get the best flavor? (Or any other secret tricks that come to mind.) Thanks in advance!

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

asked over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Could you give us more to work with?! Are you asking about beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey??

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added over 2 years ago

Buy: Roasting - A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka.
She'll tell you all.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 2 years ago

Personally I do use a rack for all roasts. I also use an "internal brine" which means you need and injector. But most of all you need a really fast, instant read probe thermometer such as a Thermapen. Expensive yes, but you will never regret owning one. Getting an accurate read on internal temperature is essential.

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added over 2 years ago

Find an excellent butcher and order your roast grass fed and finished. You will be amazed at the difference in flavour and texture and you will feel better knowing you are eating ethical meat.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 2 years ago

I'm not sure what "ethical meat" means but at least I have some idea. Cows have ethics? I live in grass fed beef country and the biggest problem to tackle when cooking it is the lack of marbeling. Now, I'm definitely not in favor of giant feed lots but diet to marbeling for flavor is important. Grass doesn't bring it. And the texture is "chewy". Same with pigs (which will eat anything if allowed).

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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 2 years ago

Rocky Bill, to be more clear about why I'm asking -- we're putting together a feature on holiday roast tips, and looking for help from the community. So general or specific tips work!

(Sorry reposting after accidentally posting from one of our contributors' accounts!)

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added over 2 years ago

When roasting a bird, sometimes I brine, sometimes I don't. depends on my schedule and space availability. If I'm not brining, I will make a compound butter with thyme, oregano and sage. Tuck it under the skin and massage it until its spread around. Truss it up into a nice shape, generous salt and pepper on the outside and into a roasting pan (no rack, I feel like I get a better fond for deglazing) with a few mirepoix veggies sitting around it. Baste it often while roasting with the pan liquid.

I pretty much always brine pork loin roasts, unless I have a very specific recipe that doesn't call for it. and I will most likely use a rack for those.