Our Favourite Christmas Vegetable & Trimmings Recipes
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.
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!
2kg Brussel sprouts, trimmed & halved
1 1/2 cups mint
Oil for frying
200ml olive oil
100ml vincotto (we make our own ahead of the day, using this simple recipe)
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!
140g plain flour
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.
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!
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
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