Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are already for a big day on eating on the 25th of December. I am heading over to my Mum and Dad’s so my main contribution will bringing some lovely wine. And of course the two pups to chew on any unattended presents.
If you are cooking for Christmas this year and are in a panic as to what to do then check out the following links (and if you haven’t already whipped that Turkey out of the freezer, get on that now or you might be cooking that Turkey well in to Boxing Day)
How to cook a Turkey – straightforward instructions, tips on when to cook the vegetables that don’t fit in your oven and the length of cooking time depending on weight.
And where would your Turkey be without stuffing:
How good does this homestyle sausage stuffing look – from Cinnamon Spice and Everything nice
And if you are running out of cooking space, this stuffing from The Kitchen is My Playground can be made in the slow cooker. My family loves stuffing so Mum always makes more than fits in a Turkey.
I am drooling over the whole idea of stuffing with bacon. Cause bacon makes just about everything taste better.
Other things that are important to my main Christmas meal are:
Crispy roast potatoes – the BBC Good Food site has this covered. Though I also saw Heston Blumenthal talking about making roast potatoes on tv and his potatoes looked divine. Love the tip on getting cracks in the potato to suck up the oil and crisp up.
Good gravy – you can’t go past a good pan gravy.
Plus we always have brussels sprouts and delicious chipolata sausages with our Turkey. Yummo!
Unusually for me the main meal is the highlight, rather than the dessert. But I do love a good Christmas pudding like these ones from Essentially England. To make a great pudding, you should have started a while ago but these recipes can still be done if you start right now! I always have my Christmas pudding with custard – preferably brandy flavoured like this one from Donna Hay.
Mum also likes to keep a few minced pies around as well – a perfect late night snack and so you can add to the Christmas conversation, read all about the history of minced pies here – fascinating food history!
Not in to turkey? Here in Australia many people eat seafood for Christmas as it can be quite toasty for turkey. If you are looking to make something different this year try this recipe for roasted snapper from a Spicy Perspective to compliment the pile of prawns many Australian’s consume at Christmas.
Or you could go the ham route with this delicious looking honey baked ham from Chew Out Loud
Finally if you have forgotten to get Christmas presents for Aunty Jill or Uncle Jack, check out the food a group of us cooked for Foodie Secret Santa.