Normally I like to go all out with my roasts… I bake them slowly, basting often, separate the pumpkin so I can make it burn a bit (Mmmmm burned pumpkin!)… sometimes even popping it under the grill if it’s not burned when everything else is ready…… but more simple can be good too… and this “recipe” of sorts shows how you can make a roast span over 2 days with minimal effort for the second night.
When you buy the roast meat, buy a portion bigger than you would normally need. It doesn’t have to be twice as big if you’re happy to bulk it up with vegetables and yorkshire pudding.
In a large (twice as big as your meat is) baking dish (I use the black enamelled kind with a lid), place the roast in the centre, and then in one end put (single layer if you can) whole, washed, skin on baby potatoes, and in the other end larger pieces of pumpkin (I prefer skin off, but thats up to you). Add about 3cm (3/4″) water to the dish and put the lid on. Pop that in the oven at about 180ºC for 1.5 hours. Go read or do something to pass the time.
Then bring the roasting pan out and carefully drain off all the water/juices into a saucepan (keeping it). Return the roasting pan to the oven, uncovered.
Make the yorkshire pudding mixture (1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1 pinch salt and 1 cup flour [you can use either, SR flour makes a lighter ‘pud’, plain makes a dense one]) Put a little olive oil in the wells of a muffin tray, and put it (empty) in the oven for about 30 seconds, bring it out and pour the ‘pud’ mixture in (about half fill them), being careful because the oil may sizzle a bit, then put it in the oven for about 15 mins until golden brown. You can bring the roast out and leave it somewhere with the lid on if you think it’s cooked enough.
Get your other vegies ready if you’re having them (we do steamed peas, corn and broccoli usually), and make the gravy. You can spoon off the oil from the top of the roasting pan juices (or leave it in)… and add some gravy powder if you like, and some extra water. Make about twice as much gravy as you normally would.
Serve your roast, serve up only half of the meat, putting the remainder in the saucepan of gravy. After the meal, when the gravy has cooled, put a lid/covering on and put the pan in the fridge.
Roast day 2 – simply take out the pan of gravy/meat and heat this on the stovetop while you get some vegies happening (I forgo the effort of roasting more and just toss some spuds, pumpkin and other veg in the steamer), and make another batch of yorkshire puds. You can get 2 nights out of the meat, and all you have to do the next day is reheat it. The gravy keeps it lovely and moist, so you don’t have dried out leftovers. If you wanted to, you could probably cook a double batch of spuds, pumpkin and puds the first night, and stick them in a baking dish and reheat it in that while your gravy/meat is heating… but it probably won’t be as nice as making new veg.