Christmas is just around the corner, and you know what that means! Two days of eating, eating and more eating! But what exactly should you cook this Holiday? Do you want to be working in the kitchen the whole day butchering a turkey “American style”, or impress the in-laws with a nice roasted ham? This all sounds pretty hard, and that is why I am going to list a few tips and easy Christmas recipes that make your holidays truly holy. For the hard working, busy people like myself spending a day in the kitchen is just a no go!
Tip 1: Divide the work.
Ask your family to help you preparing the dinner! This always works great; you ask your family members to either cut all the vegetables or help cook certain parts of the dinner, and you just keep check on everything yourself! Christmas is all about family. And what is better than a meal cooked together with everyone! A very nice side dish, that is also really easy to cook is this roasted pumpkin with rosemary. Anyone in your family will be able to cook this!
Tip 2: Less is more!
When facing the struggle of putting together a menu for the annual Christmas dinner, it is very difficult to come up with a lot of dishes. You search the Internet for things everyone likes and the menu will become bigger and bigger. But a large menu does not have to be a difficult one! Make up your meal out of small “bites” and courses, which are easy to make. For instance, bruschetta! Who does not like bruschetta? You can make them with all types of ingredients, which will suit everyone’s likes. My personal favourite: bruschetta with figs and prosciutto.
Tip 3: Practise makes perfect.
Do not make the mistake of cooking a dish for the very first time for your Christmas dinner. Sadly, we do not know how it will turn out the first time. Cook something you know, something you are comfortable with!
Tip 4: Enjoy and do not stress!
And last but certainly not least, the best tip of all! The Holidays is all about enjoying the great time with your family, and not about stress. Why should you cook everything on the big day itself? Start by making your sauces, desserts and starters the day before. Also, plan your evening the right way, so you can enjoy as much time actually sitting at the table with your loved ones, and not standing behind the stove all night. Make sure you allow yourself the time to do all the needed grocery shopping a few days before Christmas and avoid the extremely busy supermarket, or even better, get your ingredients delivered at your home; allow yourself the peace and order everything online!
These tips all have one major thing in common, it is all about family and about enjoying the Holiday! There are so many dishes that you can cook for Christmas! Even though too much choice is not always the best, Jamie Oliver offers us many possibilities, which are still easy. Ask your family what they would like to eat and of course cook what you love yourself! Just have yourself a merry “little” Christmas!
Need some more inspiration or easy Christmas recipes? Take a look at this page, with some set Christmas menu’s that Jamie has put together for us. There are some amazing Christmas recipes in this month’s magazine, which you can buy here, or get a subscription here now and receive this number as your first magazine in your mailbox!
Do you have any good Christmas recipes or tips? Please share them in the comments below!
Kristie de Jong
Has been thinking about what to cook for Christmas for almost a month now.
Loves Christmas music and candlelights.
Would rather cook the entire Christmas dinner herself instead of asking anyone for help.
Kristie de Jong