The festive season means we can put aside the cautious eating and finally indulge in some of the tempting treats Christmas brings. The recipes below attempt to cover a variety of tastes, from the traditional to the obscure and from the healthy to more indulgent.
Gammon with Tomato Sauce
Ham is often regarded as a festive food and gammon provides a scrumptious dinner time favorite that proves enjoyable for all the family! To enjoy this recipe to the fullest, select a creamier tomato sauce in contrast to the thinner, more watery sauces. The saltiness of the gammon is balanced by the sweetness of tomato sauce and contrasting textures. Just the smell of this recipe is sure to work up an appetite!
Duck and Mango Salad
A duck and mango salad is a healthier option for those who are trying to watch their weight over Christmas. A perfect twist to a traditional salad by adding succulent pieces of duck and juicy mango slices. Duck is the ideal Christmas meat as it is not a usual household choice but provides great taste, especially alongside the fruitiness of the mango.
Warm up Christmas parties with an infusion of festive apple flavored cider. Simply heat and mix regular apple brandy, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg over a hob and inhale the smell of complimentary flavors. Other festive variations include cranberry or orange cider
Cinnamon Christmas Buns
This recipe is similar to the classic cinnamon swirl but exchanges a flaky pastry with a softer doughier base. Add raisins and a thin layer of plain icing to the top of the bun to increase the festivity of this recipe.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Known for accompanying turkey on a traditional Christmas Day meal, cranberry sauce is an instant British favorite. The base ingredients are simply fresh cranberries and sugar however there are so many variations of this recipe, including the addition of ingredients such as tangerine, port or even rosemary.
Add a twist to classic chocolate truffles by adding gingersnaps! These soft and luxurious truffle balls combine the festivity of gingerbread with the well-known beauty of dark chocolate. Toasted nuts can also be added to provide a satisfying combination of textures.
Spiced Cauliflower Soup
As a delicious vegetarian option spiced cauliflower soup combines the flavors of various complimentary vegetables with the spice arising from the use of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and mixed spices.
Cinnamon and Hazelnut Toffee
The softness of the toffee beautifully contrasts the crunch of the hazelnut and with the addition of cinnamon this recipe is the ideal Christmas party crowd pleaser! If preferred, the hazelnuts could be substituted with other nuts such as pecans.
Chestnut, Sausage and Marsala Stuffing
Christmas cannot pass by without the incredible sticky deliciousness of stuffin. This recipe can be enjoyed either alongside a prepared meal or perhaps as leftovers in between two slices of bread. Additional ingredients include herbs rosemary and thyme.
Spiced Orange Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a traditional festive favorite but combining it with the sweetness of orange segments, black peppercorns and a cinnamon stick create a new and creative take on a Christmas classic. Ensure to serve this recipe warm for maximum enjoyment.
Christmas can provide the ideal opportunity to experiment with recipes and ideas. It’s easy to stick to traditional Christmas ingredients but add some spark and creativity to the festive season by trying the above recipes.
Written by Rebecca Hubbard, who helps out Cooks Paraphernalia, a design kitchenware retailer offering products such as wmf cutlery or pressure cookers.