What are your Christmas dinner trimmings?

(35 Posts)
MagnumAddict Sat 26-Nov-16 15:33:56

Starting to menu plan now I have final numbers for Christmas Day and realised I'm feeling a bit uninspired by my usual trimmings.

Have googled some new recipes, so far have found Jamie Oliver's Parmesan Brussels which sound nice but I always prefer tried and tested recipes from real people so would love to hear what you do

Full disclosure for the last few years I've stuck a fork in pre prepared veg, nothing wrong with that at all but now my dc is sleeping through I quite fancy having a bit more of a challenge!

Bobsmum02 Sat 26-Nov-16 15:51:22

I usually do:

Carrot and swede mash or honey and Rosemary glazed carrots (or if I'm feeling organised both)
Sprouts
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Roasted parsnips
Spring greens/cabbage
Mashed potatoes
Roast potatoes
Pigs in blankets
Home made stuffing parcels (can never find them in the shop)
Homemade gravy
Stuffing balls

Most of my veg is plain so I could do with a bit of inspiration myself!

Bobsmum02 Sat 26-Nov-16 15:52:06

Oh and Yorkshire puddings (also homemade) as I serve beef with the turkey!

ferngrubb Sat 26-Nov-16 16:10:08

Shredded sprouts with chestnuts,a little chilli and garlic butter
Braised red cabbage with apple
Parmesan parsnips
Roasted glazed carrots with tarragon
Brioche bread sauce

dingalong Sat 26-Nov-16 16:16:36

I'll do
Roast potatoes
Butternut squash and Parmesan gratin
Brussels sprouts (with bacon and chestnuts
Plain broccoli for fussy ds1
Red cabbage (made in advance put in the fridge)
Bread sauce, cranberry sauce and gravy (made in advance and frozen)

I want to try gingerbread stuffing and will have sage stuffing too.

We'll have turkey and ham too

BingBongBingBong Sat 26-Nov-16 16:20:19

Honey roast parsnips
Red cabbage (need a recipe!)
Roast potatoes
Boring steamed carrots and broccoli
Green beans
Pigs in blankets
A few Brussels sprouts
Might do some carrot and swede mash this year or some roasted sweet potatoes

MagnumAddict Sat 26-Nov-16 16:45:15

Never prepared red cabbage myself, will try that.

Idea is to try lots of sides with dinners on the run up to Christmas then the faves will make the final cut!

MagnumAddict Sat 26-Nov-16 16:46:56

dingaling do you have a recipe for butternut squash gratin? Sounds lovely

ohtheholidays Sat 26-Nov-16 16:57:03

Roast potatoes
Mashed potatoes made with cream and salted butter.
Roasted parsnips.
Glazed carrots.
Cauliflower cheese.
Brussels.
Stuffing made with sausage meat.
Yorkshire Puddings.
Pigs in blankets.
Homemade gravy.
Cranberry Sauce and I also do a pork dish along side the Turkey and I'm doing red cabbage this year because my DH likes it.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 26-Nov-16 18:56:07

DH and I are vegetarian, the DC aren't.

We have a Quorn Roast (yes there are nicer things but I do those on other days)
Linda Mc Festive Roast which is like stuffing in flavour
If we have guests we have sausagemeat stuffings and small sausages roasted. The turkey will have bacon on it.

I've done parsnips in breadcrumbs and vegetarian parmesan-type cheese but its hard to find

carrots just plain

sprouts and chestnuts

turnips cooked and done to a puree with butter

bread sauce (home-made)

gravy (use the vegetable water and veg stock granuals)

cauliflower cheese (I made up extra sauce when I do macaroni cheese then freeze it)

red cabbage (bought but I'll give it a try)

Yorkshire Puddings. I buy them because they never work when I need them to.

Roast potatoes - must be Maris Piper, King Edwards at a pinch.

Peas for DD grin

dingalong Sat 26-Nov-16 20:17:03

Hi recipe is
Butternut squash peeled and sliced thinly

Mix cream, crushed garlic and half a pack of Parmesan some salt and pepper.

I'll dig out exact quantifies for you as I just throw a carton of cream insmile

Into an oven at 180 for an hour (covered with tin foil for the first half)

MagnumAddict Sat 26-Nov-16 20:50:08

Thanks will definitely try that! Got the stuff in to do the Parmesan Brussels sprouts tomorrow. Think I'm going to enjoy trying out all different sides grin

dingalong Sat 26-Nov-16 20:58:53

Quantities
1 butternut squash, 175 ml cream, 75g Parmesan finely grated
1 or 2 cloves garlic

Skin and thinly slice gratin
Heat cream and garlic, bring to boil and pour over squash
Sprinkle Parmesan on top
Cover with foil and put in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, removing foil after 30 mins.
When cooks we squash should be soft and too golden and bubbly

HeckyWithTheGoodBear Sat 26-Nov-16 21:01:09

Roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing (maybe homemade if I can find a recipe that freezes well), yorkshires, honey roasted carrots, Brussel sprouts stir fried with bacon and chestnuts, cauliflower cheese, one or two other types of veg, gravy, cranberry sauce, poss bread sauce.

To go with turkey and beef or pork. Yum yum!

HeckyWithTheGoodBear Sat 26-Nov-16 21:01:49

Oh and parsnips! And obviously pigs in blankets! Think I need a spreadsheet grin

prettybird Sat 26-Nov-16 21:06:32

Mashed parsnips (with butter and some nutmeg) with coarsely chopped chestnuts.

Shredded Savoy cabbage, braised or microwaved in butter with crispy bacon pieces.

Strokethefurrywall Sat 26-Nov-16 21:08:53

Yorkshire pudding
Roast potatoes
Roast parsnips
Swede
Corn
Broccoli/cauliflower cheese
Pigs in blankets
Stuffing

This is if I'm doing turkey, if lamb then I leave out the stuffing.

Enough to feed an army and no plates are big enough!!

KikiNeedsABroom Sat 26-Nov-16 21:16:12

We're not cooking this year, but for my 2nd Christmas dinner we'll be doing chicken with honey carrots/parsnips, roasties in goose fat, stuffing balls, pigs in blankets and brussels sprouts done with bacon and chilli.

chunkymum1 Sat 26-Nov-16 21:18:59

Some great ideas here!

Ferngrub- how exactly do you cook your shredded sprouts with chilli and garlic butter? It sounds amazing.

70isa- you mention that vege parmisan style cheese is hard to find. I too used to look all over for this but recently found out that the Morrissons cheapy 'Italian style hard cheese' (in the same place as parmisan in the fridge in a triangular block the same as the parmisan they sell, but not called parmisan as it's not traditional recipe) is veggie friendly.

Anyone have any good recipes for veggie mains? We're all veggie and whilst I love a nut roast DH is not keen so we usually end up with a quorn roast plus nut roast. I'd love to do something a bit different this year as a surprise but have a bit of a fear of it being inedible so your tried and tested recipes would be fab.

Strawclutching Sat 26-Nov-16 21:26:06

Vegetarian wise could you do an amazing dauphinois maybe with blue cheese and roasted red onions? Then all the veg on the side?

SimplyNigella Sat 26-Nov-16 21:27:34

Nigella's gingerbread stuffing
Flower sprouts (even nicer than regular sprouts) with pancetta and chestnuts
Buttered toast bread sauce
Parmesan roast parsnips
Goose fat roast potatoes
Carrots with thyme answer honey
Spiced red cabbage

dingalong Sun 27-Nov-16 16:06:46

I'm thinking of trying the Nigella gingerbread stuffing - has anyone tried it

CakeNinja Sun 27-Nov-16 18:27:21

Parmesan parsnips
Pigs in blankets
Roast potatoes
Yorkshire puddings
Sprouts with pancetta/shallots
Star anise carrots
Cauliflower cheese
Stuffing balls
Best ever bone marrow gravy

This goes with fillet of beef and beef short ribs as I hate turkey.

We go to mils the next day for a roast goose dinner with all the trimmings, she also does a lovely spiced red cabbage.

OttilieKnackered Sun 27-Nov-16 18:31:58

Cakeninja, do you have the recipe for the gravy? I had some bone marrow gravy recently and it was sublime. Been wanting to recreate it.

wobblywonderwoman Sun 27-Nov-16 18:36:11

Today we had brocolli and potato gratin from lidl. I would love to recreate it for Christmas day.

We usually have carrot and parsnip mash and brussells

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