Christmas is a time of family gatherings. Everyone comes together to meet and greet after a long year of work and other commitments. This time is only for the families and loved ones. And they want the most out of it. With the Christmas tree set aside, plenty of activities planned and a busy kitchen prepares a number of fantastic dishes. So, if you are also planning to host Christmas dinners either look for the professional catering companies in Dubai or pull up the socks and prepare it yourself.
Here is a compilation of some make-ahead Christmas recipes to work on. They are easy, simple and you can prepare them in advance, thereby utilizing the time and spending it more with your dear ones. Let’s delve into some mouth-watering recipes:
Roast Turkey with Herb Butter
Turkey may sound more like a dish that goes on a Thanksgiving table. But this dish turns out to be so good and flavourful when made with a mixture of butter, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, ground pepper and baked in the oven. It takes an average time of 1 hour to bake, excluding the initial 4 hours of preparation.
In addition to this, it also incorporates vegetables. Most common and flavourful ones include onion, celery, cornbread and sausage. These are sautéed and then stuffed in the turkey before sending it in the oven for 1-hour bake time.
Nevertheless, make sure to properly bind the turkey by properly folding the skin, fastening it with the skewers and tying the legs to make sure that the turkeys maintain their shape as cooks.
Beef stew is a classic dish, perfect for the winter dinners. The perfectly-tender seared pieces of beef are severed in broth with an add-on of punchy flavours like tomato paste. This stew takes a total of 3 hours and requires 40 minutes of prep time alone.
To begin the recipe, the beef is seasoned with a generous amount of salt and pepper, and cooked in small amounts of oil at medium flame. Half of the beef is cooked at a time, separating the fat along the process. Next, the broth is combined with tomatoes, vegetables, beef and cooked for a good 1-2 hours, until it tenders and easily falls apart. Stir it out and sprinkle with parsley and serve. Broth can be refrigerated and incorporated in other recipes.
Lasagne with Meat Sauce
What good is any dinner table without a dish of lasagne in a generous amount of white sauce, meat sauce and cheese? This recipe takes 45 minutes to bake and a good 1-2 hours for the total preparations. Also, it includes the separate preparation of different components. To begin with meat sauce, add beef, sausage, carrots, celery, onion, salt and cook on a medium flame. It takes about 10 minutes for it to cook and then add seasoning to light up the flavour. Then add the tomato paste, boil it and then reduce it to form a thick paste and set aside. For the cheese mixture, whisk together ricotta, milk, eggs, mozzarella, parsley, salt, pepper.
Next is the assembling step, something we all are familiar with. It begins with the layering of meat sauce, lasagne noodles, cheese sauce and repeating it to the top. Cover it with foil and bake it in a preheated oven. Serve hot!
For Christmas dinners, one can easily prepare and assemble the dish and keep it in the oven for a day. It turns out to give the amazing mouth-watering, meat-y cheese-y taste.
Vanilla Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Vanilla roasted sweet potatoes probably make a quick, easy and a delicious side dish to your perfectly planned Christmas dinner. As it is as simple and quick as you and think it to be.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. In the meantime, toss together potatoes, oil, red chile, and salt in a large bowl. Then cut the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape seeds into potatoes. Toss it all together again. Now transfer it to a large baking sheet and roast until the potatoes are tender. This can take up to 25-30 minutes but worth an addition to your dish.
With the preparations for a perfect Christmas dinner, hot chocolate is not to-be-missed. This is a forever-perfect combination to any winter dinner and superbly easy to make.
Begin by combining cocoa powder and granulated sugar in a large saucepan. Whisk in milk until it forms a thick paste. Bring it to boil and let simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add chocolate (your favourite component) and whisk until it melts. Stain and serve with roasted marshmallows and enjoy this rich hot chocolate on cozy winter nights.
Perfect Food, Perfect Time
Planning and preparing all of these fantastic recipes definitely double the fun, taste and family time. One can do it on their own, or even search out for Christmas catering services, and help in hosting the major family dinner of the year. Nevertheless, a part of us is always connecting home and food together. With the snowflakes falling, everyone hurries home and as they enter, the smell of freshly cooked food wakes up their taste buds. So why not prepare these recipes and rejuvenate the time and add more memories down the memory lane.