Christmas Side Dishes

December is one month in the year where everyone has food, decorations and presents on their mind. Sometimes it can feel stressful because there is so much to do and so many presents to wrap, however, these days with the help of places like Merry Pack and internet sites like Pinterest, your food and your homes can look and smell absolutely gorgeous within the space of seconds!

  The Rolling Pin (Stephanie and Andrew Joyce) and Illuminate My Event (Kelly Mole) will be doing a 3 part Christmas series which will include some delicious recipes that will taunt your taste buds for the up and coming Christmas season. This series will be broken up into ‘Christmas Sides’, ‘Christmas mains’, and ‘Christmas desserts’. I have chosen some very common dishes that a lot of families eat on Christmas Day, however, sometimes we are just looking for ‘that’ recipe that will help in making it delicious, and hopefully you will also pick up some helpful techniques about food that you never knew before. My hope is that Christmas will feel less stressful, and more joyful.

Lets begin.

1. Part one: Christmas Sides:

Roast Potatoes

Broccoli with Waldorf salad

2. Part two: Christmas Mains

Turkey

Gravy

3. Part three: Christmas Desserts

Berry Dessert

Pecan Nut pie

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Side dish one: Roast potatoes

Roast potatoes are a favourite in most homes, especially when they come out beautifully crisp and you hear a crunch as you bite into them.

Roast potatoes

 

Ingredients

  • 12 medium potatoes
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 6 cloves garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons onion sprinkles
  • 250ml duck fat (can be substituted with olive oil if preferred)

Cooking Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

2. Using a sharp knife, peel the potatoes, then cut them in half, lengthways.

3. Place into a large saucepan. Add water that just covers the potatoes and then sprinkle with salt. Parboil the potatoes for 7 to 10 minutes or until about 3/4 cooked – take care not to overcook the potatoes or they will turn to mash.

4. Drain in a colander and cool for 10 minutes.

5. Return to the dry saucepan and shake vigorously to “roughen” the outsides.

6. Finely chop the garlic and rosemary and sprinkle over the potatoes before tossing in the onion sprinkles and duck fat.

7. Lay flat in a baking dish, ensuring there is enough space between them for a golden crust to form. Roast for 45 minutes, or longer if you prefer your potatoes quite brown.

8. Season and serve immediately.

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  • Side dish two: Broccoli with Waldorf salad

  • This is Andrew’s favourite salad in the world! It will definitely need to make an appearance onto our Christmas lunch table. Most people know it, love it and make it fairly regularly. I thought it might be nice to try this salad but with a slightly different, unique and healthy touch added to it.
  • brocolli with waldorf salad
  • Ingredients
  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red delicious apple, cored, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, roughly chopped
  • 50g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cooking instructions

  • 1. Cook broccoli in a saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes or until bright green and just tender. Rinse under cold water. Drain well. Set aside to cool.
  • 2. Place apple, celery, walnuts, spinach, chives and broccoli in a large bowl.

3. Combine mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small jug. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Drizzle mayonnaise mixture over salad. Toss gently to combine and serve.

 

 

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2 responses to “Christmas Side Dishes

  1. I will love to try this someday, maybe during the Christmas/ new year season.

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