7 really handy roast dinner hacks

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Knock together a Sunday roast without breaking a sweat using these simple hacks.

1. Peel potatoes in an instant

Bring them to the boil with skins on and then plunge them into cold water. The skins should slide off easily.

2. Chop vegetables the easy way

To prevent your chopping board from sliding around as you cut up carrots and broccoli, place a damp tea towel underneath to keep it in place.

Even easier: put all your veg through the food processor with the right blade attachment.

3. Make lamb taste amazing

To give lamb a flavour boost, spread a little Marmite over the top before you cook it to enhance the meat's natural sweetness. Even Marmite haters will love this.

4. Thicken gravy in a flash

Add a couple of chopped tomatoes to your gravy to thicken it – great as an alternative to flour for gluten-free diets.

5. Turn vegetables from boring to brilliant

Make veg tastier by adding a complementary flavour to the meat you’re serving – try peas tossed in butter with fresh mint to go with lamb, or mix braised cabbage with apple and a splash of balsamic vinegar to accompany pork.

6. Keep everything warm

If you struggle with timings and don’t want elements of your roast dinner going cold before the rest is ready, use a slow cooker to keep everything at the perfect temperature until it’s time to serve up.

7. Add more flavour to shop-bought items

Rather than making your own apple sauce or redcurrant jelly, save time by buying a basic variety from the supermarket and mixing in some orange or lemon zest for a twist. You can also add extra vinegar to shop-bought mint sauce to make it go further and give it a lively tang.

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