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A Fuss-Free Christmas Menu…

My guide to a stress free Christmas feast!

christmas

A Fuss-Free Christmas Menu…

My guide to a stress free Christmas feast!

A Fuss-Free Christmas Menu… | DonalSkehan.com, My guide to a stress free Christmas feast!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The traditional Christmas meal was obviously designed by someone who had a lot of time on his or her hands. With giant birds, meat, vegetables and fruits being baked, braised, roasted and boiled it’s a meal which can be quite daunting even for the most experienced cook. When it comes down to the big day, though, we all want the same thing, good food enjoyed with family and friends, preferably stress free (though I can only help with the food!).

The traditional Christmas meal was obviously designed by someone who had a lot of time on his or her hands. With giant birds, meat, vegetables and fruits being baked, braised, roasted and boiled it’s a meal which can be quite daunting even for the most experienced cook. When it comes down to the big day, though, we all want the same thing, good food enjoyed with family and friends, preferably stress free (though I can only help with the food!).

My recipes here for a fuss free Christmas dinner should keep everyone in the festive spirit. The turkey is simplified by butterflying the breast and stuffing it with a sweet fruit and breadcrumb mix, a method which makes for easy carving. As an alternative to the traditional Christmas Ham, treacle and star anise crispy pork belly makes an exciting addition to your Christmas dinner extravaganza and sides like perfect Parmesan crunchy roast potatoes and a cheesy brussel sprout gratin won’t even have you breaking a sweat! For me the true star of the show is a simple and elegant spiced Sticky Figgy Pudding, slathered in hot caramel sauce with a soft poached fig. Whatever you do choose to cook this year, prepare as much as you can in advance to make life as easy as possible and of course make sure to enjoy the big day!

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My recipes here for a fuss free Christmas dinner should keep everyone in the festive spirit. The turkey is simplified by butterflying the breast and stuffing it with a sweet fruit and breadcrumb mix, a method which makes for easy carving. As an alternative to the traditional Christmas Ham, treacle and star anise crispy pork belly makes an exciting addition to your Christmas dinner extravaganza and sides like perfect Parmesan crunchy roast potatoes and a cheesy brussel sprout gratin won’t even have you breaking a sweat! For me the true star of the show is a simple and elegant spiced Sticky Figgy Pudding, slathered in hot caramel sauce with a soft poached fig. Whatever you do choose to cook this year, prepare as much as you can in advance to make life as easy as possible and of course make sure to enjoy the big day!

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Roast Boned & Rolled Turkey Breast with Cranverry & Sage Stuffing…

For an easier to carve option this Christmas day, try this rolled turkey breast, which is stuffed with a sweet and aromatic stuffing.

Roast Boned & Rolled Turkey Breast with Cranverry & Sage Stuffing…

For an easier to carve option this Christmas day, try this rolled turkey breast, which is stuffed with a sweet and aromatic stuffing.

Dark & Sticky Glazed Pork Belly… 

For an alternative to the traditional Christmas ham give this roast pork belly a try. Glazed with a spiced sweet treacle sauce and warm citrus flavours, it’s absolutely delicious!

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Dark & Sticky Glazed Pork Belly… 

For an alternative to the traditional Christmas ham give this roast pork belly a try. Glazed with a spiced sweet treacle sauce and warm citrus flavours, it’s absolutely delicious!

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Parmesan Roast Potatoes…

Move over turkey and ham, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without crunchy roast potatoes and these ones are the business! Crispy with a Parmesan crust on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside.

Parmesan Roast Potatoes…

Move over turkey and ham, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without crunchy roast potatoes and these ones are the business! Crispy with a Parmesan crust on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside.

Creamy Brussel Sprout Gratin…

If you want a no fuss brussel sprout recipe that can be made ahead of time then this is the one for you- baked in a creamy sauce, these brussel sprouts can be kept warm in a low oven until you are ready to serve them.

 

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Creamy Brussel Sprout Gratin…

If you want a no fuss brussel sprout recipe that can be made ahead of time then this is the one for you- baked in a creamy sauce, these brussel sprouts can be kept warm in a low oven until you are ready to serve them.

 

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Sticky Toffee Figgy Pudding…

While everyone might not be fan of traditional Christmas pudding, they are bound to enjoy this twist on a figgy pudding! Borrowing the best bits from a Sticky Toffee Pudding the result is a dense and rich warm sponge cake, smothered in hot caramel proudly presented with a soft fig slice. Hard to resist!

Sticky Toffee Figgy Pudding…

While everyone might not be fan of traditional Christmas pudding, they are bound to enjoy this twist on a figgy pudding! Borrowing the best bits from a Sticky Toffee Pudding the result is a dense and rich warm sponge cake, smothered in hot caramel proudly presented with a soft fig slice. Hard to resist!

  • Cookie H. Yordon

    Every single recipe looks divine! Can’t
    wait to try them. Thank you!