• Ryan Calleja Urry

Appetizers, Mains & Desserts: Here Are 6 Delicious Christmas Recipes You Can Cook Up With Ease 🍖 😎

Christmas Food 🤤

One of Christmas's main attractions is all the great food that you get to eat. In this article, we've covered 6 delicious recipes that you can make yourself at home, whether you're the chef of the house, or you just make requests to the chef 😅

Appetizers 🥰

#1 - Cheddar Popovers 🧀

These cheesy pastries are a great warm snack for the holiday season.

Ingredients 👇

4 large eggs | 2 egg whites | 1 3/4 cup milk | 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour | 3/4 tsp. salt | 1 cup finely grated extra-sharp aged white Cheddar | 2 tbsp. butter

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 205°C / 400°F

Step 2 - In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, flour and salt. Add in your cheddar, stir, and set aside.

Step 3 - Place two 6-cup popover pans in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove pans & quickly, brush the cups with butter. Divide your batter from step 2 evenly among cups & return pans to oven. Bake until popovers puff over pan rims & are nicely golden brown, roughly 25 to 30 minutes. Cut a small slit into the top of each popover to release steam; bake 10 more minutes. Serve immediately with butter on the side.

#2 - Christmas Tree Spinach Breadsticks 🥬

These tasty breadsticks are the perfect party appetizer for the Christmas season! They're filled with spinach dip and topped with garlic butter.

Ingredients 👇

12 oz Frozen chopped spinach thawed & squeezed dry | 6 oz cream cheese softened | 2 cloves minced garlic | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 1/2 teaspoon onion powder | 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder | 1/4 teaspoon pepper | 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning | 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese | 1 cup grated cheddar OR mozzarella cheese | 1 tube refrigerated thin crust pizza crust | 2 tablespoons butter | 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 205°C / 400°F

Step 2 - Mix spinach, cream cheese, garlic, salt, onion powder, chilli powder, pepper and Italian seasoning in a bowl.

Step 3 - Add parmesan cheese & half your cheddar / mozzarella cheese, beat to combine.

Step 4 - Shape crust into Christmas tree as shown in this post, sprinkle cheese over it.

Step 5 - Bake for roughly 22 minutes until golden brown on top and cooked throughout.

Step 6 - Melt butter & stir in garlic salt & seasoning, then brush over your breadsticks.

Mains 😲

#1 - Rosemary & Garlic Roast Potatoes With Chipolatas 🥔

Give your roasties a little style and originality by adding rosemary, garlic and chipolatas!

Ingredients 👇

2kg King Edward potatoes, cut into large pieces | 2 tbsp each butter & olive oil | 1 bulb garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves | 2 tbsp chopped rosemary | 12 pork chipolatas

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F

Step 2 - Put potatoes in a pan of cold water, bring to boil & simmer for 5 mins.

Step 3 - Put the butter and oil into a large, shallow roasting tray and heat in the oven. Drain the potatoes in a colander, giving them a good shake to fluff the edges up a little. Toss in the hot oil in the tray and roast for 20 mins.

Step 4 - Add the garlic, rosemary & chipolatas to the tray, toss well together and roast for a further 50 mins until potatoes are crunchy & golden brown & the sausages are cooked.

#2 - Seasoned & Roasted Turkey 🐔

Simple to make, crispy & juicy, this is the main attraction your table's been waiting for.

Ingredients 👇

1 turkey (12 to 14-pounds), thawed if frozen | 8 sprigs rosemary | 1/2 recipe uncooked Fresh Herb Stuffing, optional | 2 tbsp. olive oil | salt & pepper | 2 small onions, quartered | 2 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces | 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces | 1 head garlic, halved crosswise | 3/4 c. chicken stock | clementines, for garnish

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F. Remove giblets & neck from turkey. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Stuff 4 sprigs rosemary into the main cavity, fill with herb stuffing.

Step 2 - Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Tuck wing tips underneath body. Combine oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Rub all over turkey. Place turkey neck, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and remaining 2 sprigs rosemary in a large roasting pan. Top with a roasting rack and then the turkey.

Step 3 - Roast for roughly 2.5 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F / 70°C. (Add stock to pan if vegetables begin to scorch and cover turkey loosely with foil if it browns too quickly.)

Step 4 - Carefully tilt turkey to empty juices from the cavity into the pan. Transfer turkey to a cutting board; loosely cover with foil and let rest for at least 25 minutes. Carve turkey and garnish with rosemary and clementines.

Bonus Recipe: Baked Brie & Prosciutto Rolls

Desserts 🍰

#1 - Christmas Rocky Road 🍫

Great for using up leftover Christmas sweets & biscuits.

Ingredients 👇

100g butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for the tin | 250g Christmas biscuits, such as shortbread | 75g shelled nuts | 100g mixed dried fruit | 75g Christmas sweets (marshmallows or jelly sweets) | 400g chocolate, chopped | 140g golden syrup | 2 tbsp sprinkles, or more sweets, to decorate

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Butter & line a 20cm square tin. Break the biscuits into pieces – no smaller than a pea, but not too chunky or your rocky road won’t hold together.

Step 2 - Halve any larger nuts either by snapping them or carefully cutting with a knife, then combine them with the biscuits. Halve any large pieces of dried fruit and chop or snap sweets into smaller pieces, then add these to the bowl.

Step 3 - Melt 300g of the chocolate, the butter and the golden syrup carefully in a pan set over low heat, stirring occasionally, then pour this over the biscuit and nut mixture & mix.

Step 4 - Tip the mixture into the tin, then level the top – it doesn’t need to be completely smooth. Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave in short blasts, or in a heatproof bowl over a small pan of simmering water, then drizzle this over the top and sprinkle with the decorations. Let everything chill for at least 3 hrs / overnight before cutting into squares.

#2 - Old Fashioned Eggnog 🥛

Not a classic for Malta, but still an amazing option.

Ingredients 👇

1 cup heavy cream | 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract | 2 cinnamon sticks, broken | 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for serving | 4 cups whole milk, divided | 8 large eggs, separated | 3/4 cup granulated sugar | Pinch of kosher salt | 3/4 cup dark rum, bourbon, or cognac

Instructions 👇

Step 1 - Combine heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & 2 cups milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until tiny bubbles begin to appear around the edge of the pot (do not let it boil), 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat & let steep 30 minutes.

Step 2 - Beat egg yolks with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Gradually beat in sugar and salt. Increase speed to high and beat until thick and very pale in colour, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3 - Strain spiced cream mixture, discarding solids; return liquid to pot. Slowly beat 1 cup warm cream mixture into yolk mixture on low speed. Return to pot with cream mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until mixture coats the back of the spatula, 9 to 10 minutes.

Step 4 - Place the pot over a large bowl filled with ice water and let cool, stirring occasionally, until chilled, 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in rum, bourbon, or cognac and remaining 2 cups milk.

Step 5 - Just before serving, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes; fold into eggnog. Serve topped with grated nutmeg.

Bonus Recipe: No-cook Spiced Apple Chutney

Enjoy Your Meals 🥰

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