Thursday, December 03, 2009

Dad's Roast Beast & My Yorkshire Puddings

My dad had my brother and me over for dinner the other night. We all know I have a ton of chicken carcasses hanging around my freezer, right? Well, my dad seems to collect roasts of turkey and bison instead. It must be in our blood or something! He is always complaining about his lack of freezer space because he has so many roasts! In order to help him out a bit, Jem (my brother) and I went up for dinner when my SIL was out of town on a road trip.

My dad cooks his bison roasts in a rich gravy made with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and some red wine. It's usually very delicious, and Dad makes all the fixings, too, including roasted potatoes and veggies. For this particular meal, he asked me if I could make some Yorkshire Puddings to go with the roast beast. My mom was the Yorkshire Pudding queen when we were growing up. We had it all the time. But, to be honest, I'd never made it myself before Dad's request. I found a recipe in my copy of The Essential Baking Cookbook.

Yorkshire Puddings (makes 6), adapted slightly by me

3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
3 tsp vegetable oil

1. In a bowl, whisk flour & salt. Make a well in the centre and whisk in the milk. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until nice & creamy & pale. Add to the batter & mix well. Add water & whisk until large bubbles form. Cover & refrigerate for an hour.

2. Preheat oven to 425F. Pour 1/2 tsp vegetable oil in each of 6 holes of a muffin pan. Heat the pan in the oven for a few minutes, until the oil is smoking. Beat the batter again and pour into each hole, filling about 3/4 full.3. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350F and bake a further 10 minutes, until golden & puffed up. Serve immediately!Nice, eh? Here are my little puddings with my dad's lovely gravy:YUM!

15 comments:

Cherie said...

Nice!!

girlichef said...

Great meal! I was just looking at a recipe for Yorkshire puddings yesterday and wanting to make them (I've never tried them!)...now I want them even more.

Palidor said...

Ahh, I love Yorkshire pudding! I've never eaten bison before, but always wanted to try. Your dad's roast looks incredibly tasty. In fact, the whole meal looks perfect!

A Year on the Grill said...

huh... second post in 5 minutes that I read about Bison... Bison is taking over in the states as well. cheaper and easier to raise than cattle, and could become the meat of the future (everything old is new again). More bison farms being started every day. Very exciting actually...

And YORKSHIRE PUDDING ROCKS!

Natalie said...

I wish my dad knew how to cook...! My husband loves to cook though so atleast our girls will have the priviledge...

Your dads stew sounds amazing !....and your yorkies are PERFECT ! I love those..! But like you...never tried making them... Jamie's books have a few takes on it...but yours look prettier ...believe me ! ...I will give your recipe a shot for sure...Thanks for sharing...!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I've never made Yorkshire pudding. This meal looks really good.

monicajane said...

yum!! my husband's a brit and this is the quintessential british meal and actually good too!!

Have eaten this with Paul's family in England...(oh his family is in Yorkshire as well)

love this stuff!

Future Grown-Up said...

I have never tried yorkshire pudding but will have to address that omission soon.

You got me laughing over Roast Beast..my sister has called it that for years.

Wandering Coyote said...

Monica Jane: Is that the Asheville group blog you're referring to? Are you not food blogging at Yes We Cook anymore?

monicajane said...

no...I just chose to go solo...

http://naturalwholefoodrecipes.wordpress.com/

I didn't have access to the host among other things...

thanks for asking.

Wandering Coyote said...

Thanks for the link, MJ. The only blog I could see associated with you was the group Asheville blog. I have added your foodblog to my Google Reader so I can keep up!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great dish! I love Yorkshire puddings! They are so lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

Suzie Ridler said...

Gorgeous! They look perfect. My puds always collapse, yours are perfect. Tomatoes in gravy eh? May have to try that!

tshsmom said...

Yorkshire pudding looks a lot like what we call popovers. I often serve them with soup. We eat ours plain, with butter, but the gravy sounds good on them. ;)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I've never had Yorkshire pudding! Looks delicious. And what a comfort meal!

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