You can't beat a big roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon, but you don't have to spend a fortune making it. We show you how to feed your family a delicious roast dinner, for under a tenner.
You can’t beat a big roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon, but you don’t have to spend a fortune making it. We show you how to make a delicious roast dinner for the whole family, for under a tenner.
– Prices correct January 2012 on mysupermarket
– We assume you have basics e.g. oil, flour, butter, milk, soy sauce, dried herbs, stock cubes – Alternative ingredients used without compromising recipe – Serves 4 unless otherwise stated
A classic roast chicken with all the trimmings makes for a perfect Sunday lunch. This roast chicken recipe has a handy video to cook along with to make sure your bird gets cooked to perfection.
Cost: £4.60 (Tesco)
Items: Value medium whole chicken £4, lemon 30p, garlic 30p
Tip: If you want to keep costs down even lower, opt for chicken breasts/thighs, which are much cheaper.
Everyone loves Yorkshire puddings and this simple recipe needs hardly any ingredients but will still taste delicious.
Cost: 69p (Asda)
Item: Smartprice eggs (6 pack) 69p. Plus milk, flour and oil.
Tip: If making the Yorkshires from scratch is too much hassle, you can buy pre-made versions to re-heat in the oven. Asda do a 12-pack for 39p.
You can give everyone a nice helping of veg without having to spend loads. Follow this Hairy Bikers' glazed carrot recipe (without adding the bay leaves or seeds) and buy some frozen peas which are tasty but cheap too.
Cost: £1.49 (Tesco)
Item: 8 loose carrots (8p each) and frozen peas (85p).
Tip: If you have some honey in the cupboard, add this to the carrots for an added sweet taste.
Another favourite roast dinner addition is sage and onion stuffing and after making this recipe you'll never want to buy a packet mix again.
Cost: £1.15 (Asda)
Items: Large onion (7p), breadcrumbs (smartprice loaf 47p), sage (61p). Plus butter and oil.
Tip: Instead of the classic sage and onion flavour, why not go for a delicious onion and parsley version.
No roast dinner is complete without plenty of gravy. This recipe uses fresh stock from the roast chicken, so it's more flavoursome and the redcurrant jelly works well, but can be left out if need be.
Cost: 55p (Asda)
Item: Redcurrant jelly
Tip: Another option is to use gravy granules. You can buy an instant mix from Tesco for just 20p.
Total cost of the roast dinner: £9.83