With Christmas just around the corner, I thought now would be a good time to share a post with all my Christmas Recipes Made Easy in one place.
I have now been sharing my Christmas Recipes Made Easy for three years, some of them old favourites along with with some new ones I now have almost every recipe I need from festive drinks and party nibbles to the main event with all its trimmings on the blog. As Christmas is always a busy time its helpful to be able to have them listed all together so you and I can lay our hands quickly on the ones we want.
I have already shared my Christmas Bakes and Makes Made Easy which could be made in advance but here I want to share with you the recipes that you need to make nearer the time be it for party nibbles to share with friends to the big day itself.
Last year I made a printable Christmas Day Plan, so along with that and all my recipes listed together here this year planning and cooking is going to be even easier. I’m still a bit light on side vegetables and suggestions for vegetarian mains so I asked my blogging friends for suggestions to fill in the gaps. So all that remains is for me to wish you a Merry and delicious Christmas.
Festive drinks and Party Nibbles
But not everyone wants alcohol, so when I invite people round for drinks I also like to have a good selection of non–alcoholic drinks too. I think my Mulled Cranberry Punch; Apple & Ginger Fizz and Lime Mint & Cucumber Spritzer are three of the best non-alcoholic drinks which I am sure your guests will enjoy.
When it comes to cooking for parties no one wants to spend too much time in the kitchen. This Pesto Christmas tree uses ready-made puff pastry and is really easy and quick to prepare and yet makes a fun centrepiece for a buffet table. I some time serve it with a glass of Lemon Cranberry Fizz.
Crostini are quick and easy to prepare. The croutes can be baked in advance and will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days and the toppings can be made up to 24 hours in advance then its just a quick assembly job when required.
THE BIG DAY
If I’m honest I rarely serve a starter on Christmas day but I know a lot of people do. Keep it light and simple. This Fig and Goats Cheese Salad takes minutes to prepare. Creamy goats cheese and a scattering of crunchy hazelnuts give the dish a variety of textures. The balsamic vinegar gives a contrasting flavour to the soft sweet fig so that all the flavours and textures work well together.
I usually cook a gammon at Christmas. Mr B likes some with his turkey but this Ham Hock Terrine would make a good festive starter. It makes a fabulous alternative to a gammon and is also great as part of a cold boxing day spread
The Main Course
For us, it has to be a Traditional Roast Turkey and as we don’t have it very often we all enjoy it for Christmas dinner. As with any roast dinner its really all about the timing which is why my time plan comes in so handy.
If like Mr B you like a gammon too then you are sure to love this Marmalade Glazed Gammon
On my Christmas Day Countdown post you will find not only my menu and time plan but also recipes for everyone favourite Pigs In Blanket and the Gravy.
No roast dinner is complete without perfect Roast Potatoes
and a selection of season vegetables such as:
Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips from Charlottes Lively Kitchen
Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts by Veggielicious or a for an all in one veg dish you might want to try Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Potatoes and Cranberries from Little Sunny Kitchen
I for one love stuffing. Sage and Onion is the classic which I often make I love the crispy texture. I also like to stuff the turkey with a Chestnut and Sausagemeat Stuffing. If you prefer not to stuff the bird you can pack it into a loaf tin instead.
Finally I like to make my own Cranberry Sauce which has a lovely tart flavour.
If you are serving a vegetarian option this Christmas these Roasted carrots and Feta Strudels
will not disappoint.
For something a little unusual you might like to try Easy Peasy Foodie’s Cranberry Feta and Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash.
In the Bellefontaine house we do love our desserts so for Christmas I really go to town. Christmas pudding with or without Brandy Butter is a must. Last year I made this Christmas Pudding Ice Cream which was very easy and went down a storm.
We usually have a meringue-based dessert such as this Chocolate Meringue Crown.
and not forgetting the trifle!
I’m linking this post to #CookBlogShare hosted on Easy Peasy Foodie