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Christmas Dinner Ideas

Christmas Dinner Ideas for Spending Christmas Alone APPETIZER Smoked Salmon and Mozzarella Cheese Salad 2 oz slice of smoked salmon 4 oz ball buffalo mozzarella cheese in brine 6 or 7 siices of cucumber Couples of leaves of fresh basil Extra virgin olive oil (optional) Salt and freshiy ground black pepper 2. Cut the smoked salmon slice in to The cucumber and mozzarella should be strips, gently twist and arrange it in the centre of the plate. sliced in to discs around a quarter inch thick and arranged alternately around the salmon. 3. Roughly torn and scattered the basil on top. Drizzled the extra virgin olive over the ingredients before the dish is seasoned and served. MAIN COURSE Roast Turkey Drumstick 1 turkey leg (drumstick)* 3 or 4 rashers of bacon Peas Chips Carrot *other parts of the turkey can be cooked in a very similar fashion. 1. 2. 400°F Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas Mark 6. Put the turkey drumstick on a baking tray and In to the hot oven for an initlal half hour. After that time, remove it from the oven and drape three or four rashers of bacon over it as shown. Cook for a further hour. 3. 4. Use a fork or a skewer to check that the Serve with with chips, carrot and peas. turkey julces run clear, cover the tray with foil at this stage and set it aslde to rest for fifteen minutes. MAIN COURSE Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry, with Fried' Rice 1 large chicken breast fillet 1 small onion 2 rings of pineapple (canned in its own juice, not syrup) 2 fl oz pineapple juice 1 clove of garlic Salt and freshly ground black pepper Sunflower oil for stir frying 3 oz basmati rice Basil leaves for garnish "VELVETING" CHICKEN This is a Chinese technique which helps to protect the chicken during the high cooking temperatures involved in stir frying and keep it more succulent. 1 egg (white) 1 teaspoon of cornflour Simply add one egg white to a bowl, along with one teaspoon of cornflour and a pinch of salt. Chop the chicken breast in to bite sized Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for half an hour. While a pinch of salt pieces and mix it well through the paste. the chicken is velveting, the rice should be boiled. 1. (2. Rice should be rinsed under running cold water through a sieve or colander, before being added to a large pot of boiling water and simmered for ten minutes. It should then be drained and run under cold water again to cool it. It should be covered until the stir fry has been prepared, when it will be fried. Prior to starting cooking the chicken, place an ovenproof dish in to a low oven. This will be required to keep the stir fried chicken warm while the rice is being fried. 3. SSS A little sunflower oil should then be The chicken will require to be drained very thoroughly prior to being cooked. This should be undertaken through a colander with fairly large holes, to allow as much of the paste to run off as possible. added to a very hot wok and the chicken briefly stir fried until it turns completely opaque. Remove the chicken to a plate. 5. Add the onion, pineapple and garlic to the wok (a little more oil may be required) and briefly fried. The chicken should then be re-added for another minute's cooking and the pineapple juice added for a final minute, which will thicken in the remnants of the cornflour to form a lush sauce. (7. Remove the chicken and pineapple Wipe the wok (carefully - it will be hot!) from the wok to the warmed dish and with some kitchen towel and add some place it in the still warm oven for the few minutes it takes to fry the rice. more sunflower oil. Bring that up to a high heat before stir frying the rice for a couple of minutes. 9. 10. Line a small serving bowl with clingfilm and tightly pack in the rice. Upend the bowl on to a warmed plate, lift the bowl clear and peel away the clingfilm. Add the stir-fried chicken and pineapple, garnish with basil and serve immediately. DESSERT Coffee and Mint Cup 3 fl oz prepared coffee 1 fl oz golden rum 1 leaf of gelatine 4 fl oz whipping cream 1 tsp sugar Sprig of fresh mint Little bit of chocolate for grating 1. 2. Soak the leaf of gelatin in a bowl of cold Pour 3 fluid ounces of hot coffee (instant is fine) in to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the sugar and gelatine and maintain the simmer for two mínutes. water for five minutes until soft. Take care not to allow the coffee to bol! 3. 4. Add the coffee and gelatine mlx to a jug and add the rum. Stir well and allow the liquid to cool slightly before transferring to a small serving glass dish. When completely cool, place the dish in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours to set. You may even wish to conduct the procedure to this stage on Christmas Eve to save time. 5. Whip the cream and spread very carefully over the set coffee and rum. If the dessert is Placed It on a serving plate and grate the chocolate over the top and around the dish on the plate. Place the little mint sprig on top as a final garnish. not to be served immediately, it should be returned to the refrigerator until required. SOURCES: milkwhale

Christmas Dinner Ideas

shared by milkwhale on Dec 23
Christmas Dinner Ideas, for spending Christmas alone. Are you alone on this Christmas? Probably not. Don't mind the subject though, because these original recipes can serve you and other people as w...



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