Christmas Dinner Ideas


It is just a month left for Christmas. Have you thought of things you would do to make your Christmas dinner memorable? If not, here are two selective and exclusive Christmas dinner ideas which would not only please the taste buds of your family and friends but would also render the layout on your dining table, a mouthwatering look. The ideas and recipes here will cater to all kinds of people you invite, vegetarians and non-vegetarians.


Christmas Special Soup

No dinner begins without a good appetizer and what can be better than serving hot soup to decrease the winter chills? We present to you an exotic recipe of creamy salmon, leek and potato soup. Approximate time required for preparation and cooking- 50min


Ingredients:
  • 2 large leeks, finely sliced
  • 1kg diced floury potatoes
  • Large knob of butter (salted/unsalted)
  • 1L vegetable or chicken stock
  • 200g strips of smoked salmon
  • 100mL double cream
  • Small bunch of snipped chives

Method of preparation:
  • Take a saucepan and heat the butter in it.
  • Once heated add bay leaf and leeks to it.
  • Cook for about 8min or until the leeks turn soft.
  • Add diced potatoes to it and stir them to coat them with butter.
  • Once the above is done, pour chicken or vegetable stock along with the cream to bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Then bring the mixture to bubble gently until the potatoes are cooked properly.
  • Add at least two-third quantity of smoked salmon to the mixture and stir.
  • After mixing the ingredients properly season with salt and pepper.
  • To garnish and make your soup look more tempting serve it in deep bowls and add the remaining salmon to it with some snipped chives on the top.
  • To make this recipe strictly veg, you can use tofu or cottage cheese or mushrooms in place of smoked salmon.
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Spinach and Ricotta Roudale

The approximate time this recipe needs is 1hr 50min.

Ingredients:
  • Olive Oil
  • Chilli flakes
  • 1kg butternut squash
  • Some Sea salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 60g whole blanched almonds
  • 6 large free range eggs
  • 80g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 grated nutmeg
  • 60g plain flour preferably gluten free
  • 100g goat’s cheese (crumbly)
  • 300g baby spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 150 g ricotta cheese
  • 1 fresh red chilli

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 190 oC and line a shallow baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Cut the squash into halves and remove the seeds.
  • Chop the squash into wedges of uniform size.
  • Place these on the roasting tray and add little olive oil, chilli flakes and pepper and salt over them.
  • Bash and put garlic cloves to the tray and leave it in the oven for 45min - 1hr.
  • Alongside, place a pan on a medium heat and add almonds, fennel seeds and a pinch of salt to cook them for approximately 4min or till they turn golden. Empty the content in a pestle and mortar and bash them together.
  • Take the squash out of the oven and scoop the flesh into a processor. Squeeze the flesh of garlics and add them to the processor to give it a whiz and form a smooth puree.
  • Now separate the egg yolks from the whites into two bowls. On the yolks add grated parmesan and then stir in the squash puree, flour, grated nutmeg and some salt and pepper. In the other bowl, whisk the egg white to form soft peaks and then fold them in the squash mixture. Transfer the mixture in the lined tin, spread it evenly and bake it for 15min or until it is set.
  • Meanwhile add a splash of olive oil in a pan and heat it on a medium flame. Add spinach in it and cook for about two minutes until wilted. Let it cool and then remove excess moisture. Now, chop spinach finely.
  • Crumble goat’s cheese in a bowl, add ricotta, lemon juice and zest to it. Turn the roulade on a greaseproof paper. Spread the mixture on the sponge. Scatter it over the spinach and one third almonds.
  • Beginning with the longest edge roll the sponge. Scatter more nuts and then cut them into slices to serve with a fresh salad.
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Christmas Recipes

Is there any joy greater than sitting down with the entire family to a lovely homemade traditional Christmas dinner. Surprise your loved one's by donning the chef's hat this Christmas. True, it does require a certain amount of time and commitment but the results are absolutely great.

Remember the key to cooking well, is to cook with love. So clear your mind, forget your worries and frustrations and use Christmas cooking as a therapy. We have gathered for you a list of the simplest Christmas recipes for you to recreate in your kitchen Merry Christmas!

Pot Roast

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole chicken with skin
  • 10-12 shallots, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon rind grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 100 gm butter
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
Method:
  • Clean the chicken and make small incisions in the skin close to the neck and legs.
  • Mix together the rest of the ingredients except shallots and press it into the incisions made and rub all over.
  • Marinate for 3 hours. Add the chicken to a heavy bottomed pan, and cook over medium flame turning it now and then till browned.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the shallots and cook for 30 mins or till done.
  • Serve hot.

 

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