Alternative Christmas Snap
Tis the season to mix it up this Christmas, so stuff the turkey – it’s time to spice things up a bit! We’ve put together a selection of alternative ways you can make your festive foodie experience a bit more interesting this year.
How about a platter of game birds? Snipe, teal, woodcock, and pheasant – each bird has an individual flavour and only take about 10 mins in the oven – so just bung them in while eating starters and you’re good to go! Another option could be a big ol’ juicy beef wellington, a succulent honey-roasted duck or even a luxury fish pie. Yeah, we said it – fish pie.
There’s nothing worse than being the token vegetarian at the table for Christmas dinner, but don’t fret! Why not try making yourself a vegetarian spiced strudel, featuring aubergines, roast peppers, cous cous and goats’ cheese, seasoned with ras el hanout and roasted in filo pastry? Absolutely delish. Or concoct a vegetarian pie – maybe filled with butternut squash, chestnuts, mushrooms in a creamy sauce, the options are endless!
Instead of roasties, do a great big dish of dauphinoise potatoes. The creaminess will complement the meat well and it has cheese in it. Need we say more? Baked and mashed root vegetables are also a tasty alternative – try seasonal veg topped with breadcrumbs, nutmeg and golden syrup. Yum.
Add punch to your gravy with some treacle or spice for an added Christmassy feel. And to dip in that gravy, make some soft and buttery pull-apart stuffing bread. Another one for the vegetarians is roast winter vegetables with fondue sauce, or chuck in a cauliflower gratin and class it up a bit by adding truffles. Don’t worry, you can keep the Yorkshire puddings. They’re not going anywhere.
A gingerbread bûche de noël would look glorious on the Christmas dinner table and would taste just as good with its festive flavours of ginger, cinnamon, treacle and golden syrup. Pair it with either a toffee sauce or custard and you’re good to go. If you feel more pizzazz is needed, have a go at making a chocolate orange and red velvet bombe.
If you find mulled wine too heavy, try mulled port & lemon – a refreshing alternative festive drink best served in ‘frosted’ glasses. For the little ‘uns, a hot mulled apple juice will keep them happy and to end a triumphant meal, brew everyone a hot mug of Christmas chai to clutch whilst watching films by the fire.