One Pound Meals
This is the king of roasts! It looks like no expense has been spared, so how can this only cost £1? The reason is that you will have to work hard to turn these inexpensive ingredients into the ultimate roast. But it’s Sunday and you’ve got all day, so why not have a little fun? If you like this, check out my posh Roast Chicken Ballotine and Potatoes.
To make one portion:
First, combine the stuffing mix with the water. Squash everything together using your fingers, then roll the stuffing into a cylindrical shape.
Next, debone the chicken leg, keeping the skin on, and season the inside well.
Lay the chicken leg skin-side down on a sheet of tin foil and place the stuffing in the middle. Wrap it tightly into a neat cylinder and twist each end of the foil to make it extra tight. Poach in boiling water for 25 minutes, then cool under cold running water and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes (you can do this the night before).
When you are ready to cook your ultimate £1 roast, preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
Rinse the potato chunks under cold running water, place in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Cook for roughly 10 minutes until they soften slightly (so you can pierce them with a fork but they do not break). Drain, then return them to the saucepan and drench them in a few very generous glugs of olive oil. Tip into a baking tray and roast for about 35 minutes, turning a couple of times, until golden and crispy.
While the potato cooks, peel the foil off the chicken and pan-fry it gently in a splash of olive oil over a low–medium heat for about 20 minutes. Keep turning the chicken with tongs to evenly brown the skin (make sure the chicken is hot throughout).
Just before serving, season and pan-fry the cabbage over a high heat for a couple of minutes in a splash of olive oil.
Mix the gravy granules with boiling water (according to the packet instructions) and enjoy your ultimate £1 roast.