Our recipes for the cornerstone components of Christmas dinner, what you might need and top tips!
Not to be overlooked, the humble spud is the foundation vegetable of Christmas dinner. Fluffy, or waxy, new & plump, here are 2 recipes for your festive feast - starting with Matthew's tried & tested roast potato recipe...
Sam, who tried this recipe 3 years ago for the first time, loved it!
"I fell hopelessly in love with you on Christmas Day when I served your Roast Potatoes to my family!! OH, MY DAYZ!!! The whole family raved about them!! I've had phone calls from friends of family wanting.. no NEEDING the recipe! Even fussy teenagers that NEVER eat any potato in any form (apart from fries from Mcdonalds) where going back for more! 1st time I'd done them, make them all the time now :) Can't thank you enough 🤗"
Give it a try and let us know how you get on! Matthew's top tip:
"To my mind, these roasties taste just as good if not better when reheated so if you have a big roast to do then cook them in advance and heat them up for 15 minutes when you need them. This is particularly useful on Christmas day!"
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Not a roast potato fan? How about spiced up Hassleback Potatoes!
A Scandi dish that is flavoursome and adaptable too. Use a medium to large waxy potato for this one, good at holding their shape and large enough to fill the tums of your families most enthusiastic eaters! Something like a 'Charlotte' or 'Maris' potato is good.
You will need -
Enough spuds to fill your tray!
Flavouring - this will go between the layers; bay, garlic, thyme & rosemary are good. But you could go spicy too!
A generous knob of butter, or a good olive oil.
Approx 2 Tbsp of breadcrumbs
Here's how -
How about the gravy?
One of the best things to do at your leisure a week before the big day is 'Get Ahead Gravy' (credit to Jamie Oliver here!). There is always one guest who loves to drown their meal in the stuff, and who can blame them! Make sure that you don't run out and make it ahead of time in large batches. You can always add any extra juices from the Christmas meal as you warm it. Here is our range cooker friendly recipe to add to the 'gravy pot'!
Stuffing & Breadcrumbs - Making your own breadcrumbs is so easy, you can add your own flavours & it saves on food waste. From a couple of weeks before you do your main meal prep, start drying and storing bread ends. Whizz them up in a food processor, lightly toast/dry bake with dried herbs, a good salt and pepper and keep in an airtight container. They are the base of most good stuffing recipes and can be used in a nut roast too. Chestnuts also prepared in advance and frozen make a great side dish, eaten as a vegetable in their own right, or as a gluten-free base for a gravy, yule log or chocolate pudding.
Have you tried Matthew's yorkshire recipe yet? It is annoyingly good. I was confident enough with my recipe to take his on, and I failed spectacularly against his! We even sell a (unique to us) fits on runners yorkshire pudding tray! We are taking pre-orders now!
Top tip! Cook these first and reheat, use the oven at full heat to make them rise. They can be a bit of a flop if your turkey and spuds have exhausted the ovens of all their heat! Of course this is not an issue with an Electrikit converted cooker.
Here's the geeky spec bit! ...
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We wish you and yours many a happy hour cooking in the kitchen fuelled by a festive drink, buoyed by friendly chat!