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Posted by valeofmowbray on 28th Nov 2017 12:33pm

Your ultimate Christmas Dinner recipe

Your ultimate Christmas Dinner recipe

Serves: 4 (Expand out the recipe depending how many guests you have!), Prepare in: , Cook in:

Don't get us wrong, a traditional turkey Christmas dinner is delicious. But, pork pies are easier and quicker to cook and will give you more time to enjoy your Christmas morning without waking up at the crack of dawn and - dare we say it - are way more yummy! So, without further ado, here's your ultimate Christmas dinner recipe - perfected by us all here at Vale of Mowbray!


Ingredients
  • 8 Snack pork pies or 2 large pork pie to share
  • 400g Brussels sprouts
  • 400g Roasted veggies, peeled and prepared
    • 4tbsp olive oil
    • Carrots
    • Parsnips
    • Onions
    • Small Swede
    • Large knob of Butter
  • 660g Roast potatoes (more if everyone loves a roastie!)
    • Sunflower oil
    • Sprinkle of flour and salt
  • 400g Red cabbage
    • Apple
    • Red wine
    • Cinnamon and nutmeg spices
  • 400g Gravy
  • 80g Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 Pigs in blankets
  • 300g Stuffing
  • 4 Yorkshire puddings, expand out depending on how many everyone likes!
Method

The ultimate Christmas dinner is easy to make, lets separate it out into the steps to make sure nothing’s missed.

1. Let’s start with the roast potatoes.

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and pour sunflower oil into a deep baking tray and allow this to heat up to temperature
  2. Peel the potatoes and quarter them into roughly the same size.
  3. Pop the potatoes into a pan of cold water and bring this to the boil, once it’s boiling leave them in for a further 2 minutes
  4. Drain and add in just a sprinkle of flour and salt
  5. Shake within the colander which will roughen the edges (which means the edges are crispy when cooked)
  6. Remove the baking tray from the oven (careful – hot oil can spit) and carefully tip the potatoes into the fat and roast for an hour until golden brown and crispy. Make sure you’ve turned the potatoes once or twice whilst cooking so they’re evenly cooked.

2. You’ll need to get the roasted veg in the oven shortly after the roasties as they take 55 minutes to cook. Using another tray pour 3 tbsp of oil into it and pour in the veggies, coating them and then season them with salt and pepper. Drizzle them with another tbsp of oil. This can be prepared an hour in advance so if you’re like us and get a little flustered about timings when cooking then it might be worth prepping in advance! Roast them for 45-55 minutes until they’re tender and golden brown, make sure you turn them over so they’re cooked evenly and before serving, brush them with butter.

3. Braising is our preferred method of cooking red cabbage- braise the cabbage slowly with some chopped apples, red wine and some Christmas spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg; say goodbye to boring cabbage!

4. You can cheat here and either pop your Yorkshires in the oven from frozen or you can make your own. There’s nothing quite like a homemade Yorkshire pud! The same goes for your stuffing and pigs in blankets.

5. For your pork pies, pop them in the oven for around 15 minutes until they’re hot throughout. We’ve found 2 snack pies work wonderfully for a Christmas meal as there’s just the right amount of pie but you could use a couple of mini pork pies or 2 large ones to share out between you!


To make the Brussels sprouts, have a look at our recipe for delicious crispy Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and for the cranberry sauce, we’ve also let you in on our cranberry sauce recipe from scratch (disclaimer; it’s ridiculously easy!) Seasonal flavours at this time of year are wonderful – a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cranberry really do transform the dishes from ordinary year round veggies to a festive treat! All month we’re whirling around the kitchen giving our dishes an injection of flavour with various spices. We also add in some minted peas to our Christmas dinner as over the years they’ve always been a hit! Sauces to really add texture and flavour are really important for one of the biggest meals of the year – as well as gravy there’s so much more to add.

Remember when you’re doing your Christmas shopping to add in a few more packs of pork pies so that you can have them with your left overs in the evening infront of a cosy Christmas film.

So there you have it… the ultimate Christmas dinner which won’t ruin your morning by spending all of it in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite part of the Christmas dinner? We look forward to it for weeks before, we’re all about the Yorkshire puddings, cranberry sauce and a humble pork pie to complete it. For leftovers we always hope to sneak a mini pork pie or two onto our plate along with some cranberry sauce, coleslaw and warm up some roasties and veggies. There’s nothing quite like it!

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