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Christmas dinner ideas and tips

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Mark M, 25 Nov 2019.

  1. Raikiri

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    For the carrots boil for a few mins then add to pan with a load of butter, garlic, parsley, honey and lemon juice. Toss and coat evenly then chuck in the oven for 25-30 mins.

    For a second meat bone in beef ribs or rolled pork belly would be my choice, Turkey is very lean so something fattier would go well.
     
  2. Mark A

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    Battered onion rings. Thank me later.
     
  3. viathinair

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    I'll have my turkey tomorrow, 8.1kg/18lbs. Cornbread dressing, greens & potatoes somehow, and pumpkin & sweet potato pies with dollops of caramel/something gelato :)

    For Xmas, thinking goose or duck, and lamb, and more pies etc. and gingerbread cookies :D

    Eggnog is a thing here, and the local one without HFCS etc is great; no alcohol - got my clinical cannabis, legalised last year in this state :)
     
    Last edited: 28 Nov 2019
  4. SeatIbiza

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    Tomorrow? You do realise Christmas Day is the 25th December....???:p That's a big bird though! I think mine will be around 5-6kg, doubt anything more would fit in my oven!
     
  5. Marvt74

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    Presumably he's celebrating Thanksgiving :)
     
  6. Liquid_Entity

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    Thanksgiving perhaps?

    he says he's having turkey tomorrow and then for xmas something else ;)
     
  7. SeatIbiza

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    Of course, that thing! But isn't that today...?
     
  8. viathinair

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    Yeah, Thanksgiving. I wrote that yesterday here.

    Couldn't care less about any religious or most cultural aspects for either, so don't care when I have turkey as long as I have it vaguely around this time of the year :p.
     
  9. SeatIbiza

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    Haha fair play, post some pics if you get the chance! What recipe do you use?
     
  10. viathinair

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    Oh, no pics of this mess. It's simple, however. I mean, I know how to cook decently so it isn't daunting like some people see cooking turkeys, yet I rarely have whole turkey so I'm happy to have it simply. Think we're covered on seasoning, and she's got a bag and maybe something else which I haven't used before so we'll see. I eat spinach/broccoli/etc nearly everyday for health, so that's not mine here. And I'll probably just make sloppy mashed with the skins, (proper) bacon pieces, real butter etc.
     
  11. SPG

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    All the fuss over spuds, iceland ready to roast fantastic :)
     
  12. PapaLazaru

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    Roast Goose
    goose fat potatoes
    sprouts par-boiled then sauteed in butter, bacon and walnuts
    carrots roasted in butter with a little star anise
    Finnish rutabaga (I'm half Finnish)
    chicken wing gravy
     
  13. PapaLazaru

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    But this year we're eating out. :cool:
     
  14. Mrs Seabiscuit

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    Thinking of turkey crown maybe done on smoker or maybe just oven :D
    Slow cooked ham with marmalade and cloves
    Potatoes will be mashed and roasts
    Veggies so far roast parsnips and carrots
    Stuffing and gravy obviously!
    Puds tbc but probably Christmas pudding with custard
     
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  15. rubberduck

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    Focus on Christmas breakfast...
     
  16. toshj

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    Anyone got any tips on doing a Christmas dinner in a criminally small and ancient oven?

    The place we've moved to has a ~40 year old cooker and I'm having doubts about how to fit the Turkey, spuds, parsnips and pigs in blanket in there at (roughly) the same time. Family of five.

    I was thinking about a few knock out veg sides to overshadow any uneveness that may come as a result of the oven itself. The oven cavity is tiny - can't fit small baking trays lengthways next to each other and it's so old that the gas marks have been handwritten onto the knob, therefore being utterly unreliable.
     
  17. joey1211

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    Pigs in blankets can be done in a frying pan, as can the parsnips.
     
  18. Liquid_Entity

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    Pigs in blankets cook in the morning and then reheat while the meat is resting.
     
  19. toshj

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    I should add that only three of the hobs work too :rolleyes:

    Good advice on the p-i-b though :p
     
  20. SeatIbiza

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    So the turkey can be done on it's own...you need to rest it anyway for circa 1hr (up to 2 dependent on size) so get that cooked and then do your veg whilst your turkey rests!