Wondering what to cook for Christmas dinner?


Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…  and up and down the land people are pondering the perennial question:  what to make for Christmas dinner?  It’s never easy cooking for family and friends, especially for a special occasion that only comes once a year and most of us have been stuck in a supermarket the day before Christmas panicking by the chiller cabinets with no inspiration as to what to make.  Never fear – help is at hand!  Here are some Christmassy ideas from my archives with something for everybody, from the old hand who is tired of making the same old Christmas meal year after year, to the nervous newbie attempting their first Christmas meal.  And there is everything you need for a celebration, from cocktails and canapé inspirations, right through to desserts. Merry Christmas!

 

CHRISTMAS CANAPéS & COCKTAILS

 

Peppadew cheese puffs

Savoury palmiers

Cheese olives

Serrano ham, goat’s cheese & honey crostini

Rassecco (prosecco & raspberry vodka cocktail)

Sloe gin (homemade) and Sloe Lovin’ cocktails

 

 CHRISTMAS STARTERS

 

Smoked salmon & packerel parcel © J Horak-Druiff 2012

 

 

 

Smoked mackerel & salmon paté parcels

 

Crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms © J Horak-Druiff 2006

 

 

 

Crab-stuffed portabello mushrooms

 

Smoked salmon avo stack © J Horak-Druiff 2012   Smoked salmon and avocado stacks

Chicken liver & Cognac paté © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

Chicken liver and Cognac paté

 

Roasted nectarines in Prosciutto © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

Roasted nectarines wrapped in Prosciutto

 

CHRISTMAS MAIN COURSES

 

Roast Christmas gammon © J Horak-Druiff 2010

 

 

 

 

Glazed roast gammon

Roast duck with pancetta & potatoes © J Horak-Druiff 2008

 

 

 

 

Roast duck with pancetta and potatoes

Nigel Slater slow-roast lamb © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

Nigel Slater’s slow-roast spicy lamb

Schweinsbraten © J Horak-Druiff 2012

 

 

 

 

Schweinsbraten(Austrian slow-cooked pork shoulder)

 

 

 

 

Pot-roast pheasant with apples & pancetta and a bread gravy

Whole leg of lamb on the braai © J Horak-Druiff 2010

 

 

 

 

Whole leg of lamb on the braai (barbecue)

Salmon en Croute © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

Salmon en croute

 

CHRISTMAS SIDE DISHES

 

French beans with almonds and garlic © J Horak-Druiff 2010

 

 

 

 

French beans with toasted almonds and garlic

Rotkohl 1 © J Horak-Druiff 2012

 

 

 

 

Red cabbage with apples

Sauteed Brussel sprouts © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

Simple sautéed Brussels sprouts with garlic & shallots

Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic lemon chilli © J Horak-Druiff 2011

 

 

 

 

Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lamon & chilli

Brussels sprouts shredded with pancetta © J Horak-Druiff 2011

 

 

 

 

Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta & pine nuts

Sprout gratin title © J Horak-Druiff 2012

 

 

 

 

Easy cheesy Brussels sprout gratin

Butternut squash bake © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

Creamy butternut squash bake

 

CHRISTMAS DESSERTS

 

 

 

 

 

Cape brandy pudding

 

 

 

 

Christmas pudding semi freddo with brandy sauce & cinnamon streusel

Cranberry pear upside down cake © J Horak-Druiff © 2008

 

 

 

 

Cranberry pear upside down cake  

Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake © J Horak-Druiff 2007

 

 

 

 

White chocolate & raspberry cheesecake 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate orange trifle in a glass

 

 

 

 

Nigella’s spiced chocolate orange cake (gluten-free)

Chocolate blackberry almond torte © J Horak-Druiff 2008

 

 

 

 

Chocolate, blackberry & almond torte (gluten-free)

 

 

 

 

Decadent flourless chocolate cake (gluten-free)

 

 

 

 

Cranberry ginger caramel self-saucing pudding

 

 

 

 

Individual chocolate fondant puddings

 

 

 

Marmalade bread & butter pudding

 

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