Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Side Dishes

Colourful Christmas Salad

This salad is full of freshness, perfect for a side dish for all the Christmas meats
You need: 200g salad winter leaves bag – ½  pink grapefruit (6-8 segments) – 1 spring onion (chopped) – 1 kiwi (in pieces) 1 avocado (in pieces) – 8 almonds or walnuts (chopped) – 8 black olives (halved) – ½ pomegranate (seeds only) – 6 cherry tomatoes (halved) – ¼ fresh pineapple (chopped) . Olive oil – Modena Vinegar

1. For the dressing mix 6 tbsp. of olive oil with 3 tbsp. of Modena vinegar plus 1 tbsp. of chopped spring onion. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a sauce jar or similar.
2. In a big salad bowl mix very well the rest of the ingredients and the remaining spring onion.
3. Cover with a cling film and chill in the fridge for ½ an hour.
4. Serve: on the Christmas table put the salad and dressing for separate, so everyone can season his salad at his taste and also the salad without the dressing will keep a fresh look.

Honey glazed carrots and parsnips

Add sweetness to the traditional roast veggies
You need: 500g carrots – 500g parsnips – 4 tbsp Clear Honey – 2 tbsp Wholegrain mustard. Oven at 200ÂșC

1. Peel the carrots and parsnips, then cut them in quarters (lengthways)
2. In a bowl mix the mustard, honey and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix very well and toss in the vegetables, coat them very well.
3. Put in a hot oven tray and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Heston brussels sprouts

A Heston Blumenthal recipe for Waitrose. Photo by  Kevandy
You need: 400g Brussels sprouts – 5 smoked bacon rashers (cut in lardons) – 50g unsalted butter

1. Slice the bases from the Brussels sprouts and carefully separates the leaves from the sprouts.
2. Fry the bacon in a frying pan, until soft. Drain in a kitchen paper, set aside.
3. In the same frying pan with the bacon fat melt the butter, in a medium low heat, when the butter is foaming add the Brussels sprouts leaves. Stir until coat very well.
4. Add 2 tbsp. of water, lid on and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the bacon in. Season. Serve.


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