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Our Favourite Christmas Vegetable & Trimmings Recipes

Updated: Nov 13

Sometimes the vegetables and trimmings on our Christmas dinner can be overlooked as we focus on the Turkey. We have been collecting our favourite Christmas vegetable and trimmings recipes that are guaranteed to be a hit with family and friends this Christmas.

Christmas dinner, vegetables and trimmings recipes
Christmas dinner - our favourite vegetable recipes

Fried Brussel Sprouts - Honestly, these are a taste sensation!

This recipe comes from amazing Sydney restaurant Porteno. Believe it or not, people seek out their Brussel Sprouts because they are so, so good. Try their delicious version. They are a guaranteed hit - even for the Brussel Sprout haters out there!

Brussel Sprout Recipe
The BEST Brussel Sprout Recipe!

Ingredients

2kg Brussel sprouts, trimmed & halved

1 1/2 cups mint

Oil for frying

150g lentils

200ml olive oil

100ml vincotto (we make our own ahead of the day, using this simple recipe)

2tbsp mustard

  • Bring the lentils to the boil in a saucepan of water, cook until tender (15-20 mins), drain and set aside

  • Whisk together the vincotto, olive oil & mustard for the dressing

  • Heat oil in a large pan and and deep fry the sprouts in batches until a dark golden colour (approx 5 mins), drain on a paper towel and transfer to a bowl

  • Add the lentils, mint & dressing, mix together and serve hot.

These are guaranteed to turn even the sprout sceptics among us!


Best Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

Being a Brit, I love a good Yorkshire pudding. My kids love them too and we can often be found mopping up gravy with these delicious 'dinner cakes'. My husband can equally be found bemusedly staring at us, wondering what on earth we are doing. Give them a go - they really are delicious!


There's a lot of differing opinions on Yorkshire Pudding recipes, but I like this one. There's no fancy prep to it and any extras can be frozen. Just make sure you NEVER, EVER open that oven door until they are ready!


Ingredients

140g plain flour

4 eggs

200ml milk

Sunflower oil for cooking

  • Heat oven to 23o degrees

  • Add a little oil to every hole in a muffin tin and add to the oven

  • Beat eggs and flour together until smooth

  • Slowly add in the milk and beat until completely smooth

  • Add mixture to a jug and chill for 30 mins if you have time

  • Carefully add to the hot oil in the muffin tins, as evenly as possible

  • Carefully put back in the oven for 20-25 mins

These can grow TALL, so remove any trays you might have above them.

Cool any left over puddings and freeze for up to 1 month - easy!


Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese

This is a super easy, indulgent and tasty recipe - plus it's a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. This is always a hit and can be prepared ahead of time and heated up before serving.


Ingredients

Plain Flour

Butter

Milk

Grated Cheddar Cheese

1 head Broccoli broken into florets

1 head Cauliflower broken into florets

  • Steam your Broccoli and Cauliflower florets

  • While they are steaming, melt a good tablespoon of butter in a saucepan

  • Once the butter has melted, add around a table spoon of plain flour and stir until thick like toothpaste

  • Slowly add in milk and stir until you have a thick sauce. If it gets too runny, slowly stir in a little flour to thicken

  • Add in a handful of grated cheese and stir until melted

  • Season to taste

  • Once steamed, carefully place Broccoli & Cauliflower in an oven proof dish, pour sauce over the top and add some more grated cheese to the top

  • Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes at 200 degrees

Voila - indulgent, cheesy vegetables that will be devoured in minutes!


Creamed Spinach

This one is a big hit at our Christmas table. It's an easy and delicious recipe that I always make double of, because it never lasts very long. This recipe comes from BBC Good Food


Ingredients

25g butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp plain flour

200ml full-fat milk

400g washed spinach

100ml single cream

nutmeg for grating over the top

  • Heat the butter in a saucepan and the cook the onion until soft

  • Stir in the flour then slowly add in the milk, cooking and stirring until thick

  • Add the spinach into sauce and allow to wilt and absorb the sauce

  • Season to taste

  • Transfer to a serving bowl and grate some nutmeg across the top

So simple and so satisfying!


We hope these simple Christmas vegetable & trimmings recipes give you some new ideas for your Christmas table. What are your go-to Christmas dinner recipes? We would love to give them a go! We will be talking about our left over recipes in our next post!


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Wishing you a wonderful, harmonious and peaceful Christmas with family & friends.


Lots of Christmas love,

Keelly & Arianne xxx




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