Tray Bakes

Self explanatory – a large tray with delicious things all roasted together. The pinnacle of laziness in the kitchen without resorting to beer and pringles (which incidentally makes a great side dish to ‘The Cheat’). Inspired by Rosie at ‘The Londoner’ whose one tray roast dinner made me squirm with delight.

The method for all of the following recipes is the same: Put all ingredients on one tray or in a roasting dish. Dress liberally with olive oil and seasoning. Cover and roast at 180 until cooked through, then give everything a shake up, uncover, and roast until slightly charred.

The Roast

  • One chicken thigh per person covered in bacon
  • An onion (quartered)
  • Sausages
  • New potatoes
  • Carrots and parsnips (halved)
  • Fresh thyme

The Cheat

  • Streaky bacon
  • Halloumi (cubed)
  • Sweet potato (cubed)
  • Sweetcorn

The Ratatouille

Tip: If you stick this on a pastry base and top with slices of goats cheese it becomes the easiest tart in existence. Also an easy win at dinner parties.

  • Aubergine, courgettes, red peppers (all sliced)
  • Cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Whole garlic cloves
  • Balsamic vinegar (a splash)

The Coast

Delicious on its own but Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall would insist on this being served with a whole fish ‘en papillote‘.

  • A bulb of fennel (sliced)
  • A large potato (sliced)

My review: All of this can be made in a frying pan, as long as it’s large enough and you have half an hour to stand over your stove top. I, however, can’t be bothered, and since roasting brings better results anyway, I’m happy to oblige and spend the half an hour doing literally anything else. LAZY COOKS UNITED.