Christmas Turkey & Trimmings

Christmas Turkey & Trimmings

I'm usually open to trying new things, except with my Christmas dinner, there's no varying from tradition.  Prawn cocktail for starter, followed by turkey, ham, celery, sprouts, carrots, roast & mash potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and my Dad's sherry trifle for dessert ("there's not enough trifle in my sherry").  But I've just done a Christmas dinner for a client which gave me the chance to try out some new dishes that work well, so sharing some recipes here.

Lots of the recipes are in Darina Allen's A Simply Delicious Christmas, and I've linked to them below.

Frying sprouts for

brussel sprouts with toasted hazelnuts & candied bacon

Cranberry & Pear Chutney

This makes a thick chutney that will keep for months in a jar.

Roast potatoes.  Parboil for 2 mins & let them steam dry or dry with a towel.  Cover in a meat fat or oil & roast until crispy.  Sprinkle with sea salt when cooked.  If salt is added before cooking the skin sticks to the tray.

The best bit!  This is a brilliant recipe from Stevie Parle for Bourbon Glazed Ham.

And turkey, roasted in the oven with a simple herb & onion stuffing.

Enjoy!

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