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Best Christmas recipes

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TheSteveMilliband Sun 09-Dec-18 09:52:37

I go traditional at Christmas - turkey, ham, the odd extra for the boys (yorkies).
What are your best Christmas recipes?
The only Christmas pudding I’ve ever liked has bee Nigellas Ultimate Christmas pudding (with prunes and Pedro Ximinez sherry) and I make this every year.

Christmas cake - usually Delia’s but trying nigellas this year (and curious about her black cake, might try next year).
Most other things standard roast fare.
Could do with a good gravy recipe (nigellas allspice?)
What’re your go to Christmas recipes, and what am I missing!

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Ricekrispie22 Sun 09-Dec-18 12:22:15

Mince pies are courtesy of Paul Hollywood
I use this for perfect roast potatoes

reindeermania Sun 09-Dec-18 12:29:37

I dislike nigellas all spice gravy for the big day. It is, IMO , too overpowering for the turkey.

Brussels sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts are a must, and this chestnut stuffing roll can be made, sliced and frozen in advance. It's delicious.

TheSteveMilliband Sun 09-Dec-18 17:53:52

Ooh, that stuffing looks good reindeer! Would also double as a veggie option (at least without the bacon). Do you just do a regular gravy rather than the allspice? Might try adding some Marsala or Madeira to posh it up. Will give those pies a shot Ricekrispie, pastry looks lovely.

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Chewbecca Sun 09-Dec-18 17:58:11

I like Jamie's get ahead gravy (minus the star anise).
Delia's sausage rolls (Etty's) are essential, recently I have started making her pafmesan allumettes for nibbles too.
I like James Martin's make and mature Christmas cake, it is easier than the others!
I do like Nigella's poinsettia cocktail from her Christmas book and she introduced me to snowballs too.

I don't do very many proper recipes for the actual Christmas dinner, mostly it is traditional, off the top of head dishes.

aneres Sun 09-Dec-18 18:03:19

This is my ham recipe...

kateandme Mon 10-Dec-18 04:00:35

gravy is basically getting the oasting tin putting it on lit goes some bisto powder and gravy granules.and a spoon of marmite.then in goes the veggie water.let it heat and stir with al the mingling juices and meat juices etc.pour into jug.mmmm thick gorgeous yum.
love doing a dish of roasted red onion and sweet potatos now along with the usual parsnips and roasties.
use the green packet for a lovely lemon miangue perfect pie.
oreo truffles
millionare shortbread.
ginger bicuit fridge logs
national trust gingerbread people

TheSteveMilliband Tue 11-Dec-18 22:32:35

Was swithering between nigellas allspice gravy and get ahead gravy so on the advice on this thread have gone for a modified Jamie one (basically making it into a stock and will thicken on the day with pan juices / flour. That ham looks lovely.
Might give poinsettias a shot too, they look very pretty and festive. And Christmas is a time for buying booze you'd never normally drink (port and Marsala in the shop this week, Cointreau next!)

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TheSteveMilliband Wed 26-Dec-18 10:09:21

Just reporting back, @reindeermania that chestnut stuffing was amazing, wish I knew about it when I was vegetarian (made it without bacon as ds2 flirting with being vegetarian). That'll be a Christmas regular from now on.

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reindeermania Thu 27-Dec-18 09:17:44

Great! It's lovely isn't it? Leftovers fried in butter, with a dollop of cranberry sauce are highly recommended (but sadly impossible here as it all got eaten this year)

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