Roasting Cooking Method

What is The Roasting Cooking Method?

The roasting cooking method typically means to cook any kind of poultry or meat in the oven or on a spit on fire. Although it requires large chunks of meat and a prodigious amount of fuel, roasting is still considered to be one of the most prestigious forms of cooking. In 1248, the King of France, Louise XI, loved roasted meat in the same way that people love it nowadays.

Roasted foods are rich in flavor, texture, taste, and deliciousness. The process of roasting began when the first human roasted a piece of meat by attaching it to a stick and held it out over the fire. In ancient societies, spit-fowling fowl and game were highly common. When we look at the Middle Ages, the pieces of evidence show that people had competitions of hunting and whoever hunted first, he/she would get the larger piece of meat as a reward.

Even pigs were hunted for the same purpose. However, beef remains neglected for a long period because the beef was considered to be vulgar because cattle didn’t want to be hunted. The roasting cooking method can be termed as one of the simplest methods to cook but nobody ever said that it is easier as well.

In this cooking method, you get a crispy outside skin with pinkish tender meat from the inside. Roasting may be done in the oven or over a fire but before ovens, the meat used to get trimmed from all the sides and then tied after seasoning it with the right set of spices before searing it.

roasted turkey for celebration served with cabbage and carrot on white ceramic serving platter

Pros and Cons of Eating Roasted Foods

As already mentioned, roasting is one of the supreme forms of cooking food. However, regardless of the superlative fame of this cooking method, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of roasting food. Proceed below to understand them.

Pros of Eating Roasted Foods

  • The roasting cooking method takes place over a fire or in the oven which makes sure that all the nutrients stay intact and not any one of the nutrients tries to seep away.
  • Roasting is the method of cooking food on dry heat. It usually contains large pieces of meat or some vegetables held out on a stick over the fire. Therefore, you don’t have to collect numerous tools to roast food.
  • The final product of the roasting cooking method comes out to be extremely tender and delicious with an outside crisp that adds extra texture to your dish.

Cons of Eating Roasted Foods

  • Roasting cooks food on a dry heat which takes a longer while than usual because the pieces of meat used on to roast are larger which takes more time to cook.
  • If you are roasting on an open fire, you need to constantly rotate and change its sides to not let it burn or get over-cooked. Therefore, you need to give constant attention to your food while it’s being cooked.
  • Roasting is mainly done on the fire. Therefore, the toxic contents of the smoke may get intermingled with your piece of meat that can prove to be harmful to health. Thus, it is advised to use the oven because, we all know, we just can’t stop roasting.

Examples of Roasting Foods

Whenever hunger strikes and you fill that stomach without spending too much of your money but want a high quality, you need to roast some food. Throw in the right spices and seasoning and put it in the oven. To help you choose the right roasting recipe, enlisted below are the best roasting foods recipes.

Young girl holding roasted coffee beans in her hands
  • Slow-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herb
  • Roasted Pork Chops with Peaches
  • Roasted Lamb Leg with Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce 
  • No-Baste Roast Turkey
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime
  • Roasted Eggplant with Olive Pasta Salad
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pancetta
  • Roasted Eggplant with Sesame Seeds and Miso
  • Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Beef with Slow-Cooked Garlic and Tomatoes

Roasted Lamb Leg with Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce Recipe

You may be wondering why a roasted lamb recipe when we could have chosen the simple chicken, turkey, or beef one. But the fanciness and the flavors that a single leg of lamb holds, it is highly unparalleled. Roasting a leg of lamb may seem tricky but it is very occasional to screw this recipe up because roasting a lamb is quite simple. Thus, read carefully and treat yourself with a finely cooked lamb.

Ingredients:

  • Bone-in leg of lamb, 7 lb. (at room temperature)
  • Garlic, 6 cloves
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, 2 cups
  • Olive oil, 1/3 cup, and 3 tablespoons
  • Fresh mint leaves, 1 cup
  • Chopped scallions, 6
  • Black pepper, according to taste
  • Kosher salt, according to taste
  • Honey, 2 teaspoons
  • Squeezed lemon, 1
  • Scrubbed carrots, 3
roasted lamb leg on cooking paper with tomatoes, bell pepper, carrot and spices

Procedure:

Chop the ingredients: Start by preheating the oven at 400 degrees Celsius. While your oven is heating up, take another bowl and add garlic, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and chop them in a food processor.

Glaze the Lamb: Put the lamb leg in a large roasting pot. Take the lemon from which you squeezed the juice and apply the chopped mixture with the lamb over the leg of lamb. In a separate bowl, throw in carrots, half a teaspoon of both salt and pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and let it set aside.

Roast the Lamb Leg: Roast the lamb to get the desired tenderness for about 90 to 105 minutes. After just 50 minutes, add carrots to the pan and let it roast a bit. When the required time is passed, take the lamb, and put it onto a separate plate along with the carrots. Before cutting the lamb leg, pack it up in the foil paper and let it set aside for 15 minutes before cutting it into pieces so that it gets more flavorsome and delicious.

Prepare the Sauce: Take a food processor, add parsley leaves, remaining cup of olive oil, mint leaves, honey, scallions, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and make a puree. The quantity of salt and pepper solely depends on your taste. You can add according to your choice.

Serve the Lamb with Sauce: After 15 minutes, unwrap the lamb leg and cut it into fine pieces. Serve the lamb leg with the sauce along with the carrots. The sauce can be spread over the roasted leg or it can be served on the side.

Evolution of Roasting Tools

In earlier times, people made use of controlled fire and stones a large variety of foods. Hunting was a common thing to acquire food and this has been going on for over 2 million years, if not more. After this, about 30,000 years ago, earth ovens came into being which continued the process of roasting in the earliest phases of cooking.

In these kinds of ovens, the earth is dug up and it gets filled with hot coals. The animal which needs to be cooked gets placed inside this oven. The time is required for getting perfectly cooked depending upon the age and the kind of animal used or hunted. This kind of cooking method is now sometimes referred to as roasting which is done on dry heat using ovens or a grill.

The evolution of these tools took place from time to time and now we have access to almost dozens of roasting tools along with electric ovens. The process of roasting came from the Middle Ages and it taught us to cook a tender and flavorsome meal with just a good amount of heat with nothing special to add on. Grab a good piece of meat and heat your conventional oven and get cooking.