My recent Christmas dinner menu for 8

19/12/2015

I recently had 5 other friends round for Christmas dinner. Two were vegetarian and one of those vegetarians was allergic to soy. We made enough food for 8! Here's what we made!

Honey roasted parsnips (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/117) (v sf): A nice easy classic!

Yorkshire puddings (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/118) (v sf): The best bit! ;) I've never managed to find a better recipe for yorkshires than this one! It's a good idea to use a yorkshire pudding pan rather than a muffin tin if you can. A muffin tin often isn't deep enough.

Roast Potatoes (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/119) (v sf): These are non optional ;) The thing I like about this recipe is that it's a good base and it allows you to experiment.

Stuffing: We were terrible and got these (a vegetarian one and a meat one) shop bought! When we were making mains as complex as these though I'm kinda glad we did.

Cauliflower and Broccoli cheese (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/120) (v sf): Another Jamie recipe! This tasted so good! A really nice spin on regular broccoli cheese.

Turkey wellington (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/121): My advice on this one is to be generous with the cranberry sauce. We put in maybe only 150g and the taste of the cranberries was a bit subtle, but amazing once you got enough in a mouthful!

Roasted Squash and Red Onion Gratin (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/122) (v sf): If making this for a vegetarian, make sure the parmesan is suitable for vegetarians! Another word of warning; this is a bit bland when reheated.

Gravy: A meat gravy recipe is given in the turkey recipe. For a vegetarian gravy I made a roux with some flour and butter. I then put in some wine and boiled it off. Finally I mixed in about a pint of veg stock.

For dessert a friend brought a raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake he made so I don't have a recipe for this! For a soy free dessert we made chocolate dipped shortbread (https://recipes.awhetter.co.uk/recipes/123). We used dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and it was a bit heavy but it worked. Make sure the chocolate is soy free if making it for soy free people!

Finally, if you want to get your gantt chart game on, here is the one we used. It took 3 of us 3 hours to make everything. You could make this with less people if you make the wellington and/or shortbread beforehand.

I think this is the first Christmas dinner I've made that doesn't include a Delia recipe. Move over Delia. Jamie is my favourite Christmas recipe chef this year!

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9/8/2014

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