The last thing you want to be doing on Christmas day is spending half of your time in the kitchen, hopefully my easy tips will help you to cook delicious food while cutting down the time you spend in the kitchen.
You can click on the video below or read on. *Video is in editing mode*
To make my Christmas dinner a little more exciting than a usual Sunday roast I like to experiment with flavours, Mini Gourmand prefers the Christmas meal to be serve yourself rather than just put on a plate so my flavour experiments can be tried before deciding to put on your plate which I find saves on wastage. (We always have the leftovers in the buffet dishes as bubble and squeak so no waste)
As I’m cooking this meal before the real Christmas Day (25th december 2013) I’ve used a large chicken to cut down on the cost.
To give my poultry a Christmas feel I like to use Christmas inspired spices so I stuffed the chicken with clove studded oranges and rubbed the skin with maple syrup before sprinkling with ginger. After 3 hours of infusion in the fridge it was baked to perfection and moist and juicy inside. The juices were saved for gravy.
The mashed Swede was cooked the night before and reheated before serving to save on time, the sage potatoes were also partly cooked the night before and cooled. Once they had reached room temperature after being taken from the fridge they were fried with butter and sage leaves until golden.
I prepared Orange and Maple roasted carrots and Thyme and Lemon carrots which were both roasted.
Cauliflower cheese and sprout gratin can both be prepared the night before and reheated in the oven when needed.
Squash with roasted cumin seeds is perfect to serve to your non meat eating guests as it retains it’s shape and has a delicious flavour.
Even the most hardened of sprout haters will love sprouts with caramelised onions as they are sticky and sweet and rather moorish.
And Voilà Dinner is served. On the 25th December I will also be serving a joint of beef and Gammon for Mini and Mr Gourmand, it is Christmas after all! You may have noticed that this plate contains mashed potato, I was sent a bag of Greenvale potatoes for review purposes and deleted my photograph of the mash which was stupid of me! You can read my review of the potatoes in the next couple of days as they really were delicious.
I received the potatoes mentioned, free of charge, to review from my own perspective. All words, experiences and opinions are entirely my own.