Sumptuous Christmas feast menu round-up

Christmas feast menu round up

 

Deciding which dishes to include on my Christmas feast menu is sometimes more stressful than actually cooking it. With an ever growing collection of cookbook recipes and glossy covered Christmas editions to choose from, it’s easy to see why a dreaded food-paralysis can tighten it’s stealthy grip on good cheer, leaving one completely befuddled.

 

Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor

 

This year, rather than attempting to come up with gastronomically challenging creations, I’m sticking to tried and quadruple tested recipes that taste as impressively good as they are reliable. Starting with casual help yourself snacks to elegant canapés, right through to the main attraction, a regally splendid roast. And what would a feasting table be without something sweet? I’ve included one of South Africa’s most loved summer desserts, the famed peppermint crisp pudding, but in a lusciously creamy ice cream cake. In keeping with a hot baked pud, there’s a spiced Cape Brandy tart, generously doused with brandy  – very befitting of some seasonal whoop! I hope there’ll be something to charm and delight all that gather around your table to share food, love and good tidings. Wishing you all a very blessed, happy and delicious-filled Christmas.

 

Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor

 

Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor,

 

Watermelon wreathe with balsamic beads and feta

 

Watermelon salad wreath with balsamic beads, feta and toasted pumpkin seeds

 

Candied tomato bruschetta|ricotta and goat's cheese

 

Candied roast tomato bruschetta with ricotta and goat’s cheese

 

Buckwheat blinis with beetroot pâté

 

Feathery light buckwheat blinis with beetroot and feta cream, caviart (vegetarian caviar) and smoked salmon ribbons

 

Roasted figs with gorgonzola cream and prosciutto

 

Prosciutto wrapped roasted figs with gorgonzola cream 

 

Rosemary roast potatoes|garlic and lemon

 

Roast potato medley with garlic, rosemary and lemon

 

Miso roast sweet potatoes | Bibbyskitchen recipes

 

Miso roast sweet potatoes 

 

Maple glazed gammon with plum sauce | Plum sauce | Joburg food blog | Recipes |

 

Maple glazed gammon with star anise plum and orange sauce

 

Barbecued pulled gammon buns

 

Left-over gammon? Barbecued pulled gammon buns with cranberry and apple slaw

 

Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade

 

Roast leg of lamb with sweet caramelised onion marmalade

 

Peppermint crisp ice cream pudding cake

 

South Africa’s favourite summer pud – Peppermint crisp ice cream pudding cake #winner

 

Sparkling grape jelly pannacotta

 

Sparkling grape jelly pannacotta with frosted berries

 

Spiced Cape Brandy pudding aka Tipsy tart

 

Keeping with a more traditional warm baked dessert –  Spiced Cape Brandy pudding

 

Cookie cutter mince pies

 

Cookie cutter mince pies 

 

Coconut cream chocolate truffles

 

‘Truffling’ – the ultimate chocolate fix. These rich coconut cream chocolate truffles hit the the sweet spot, effortlessly.

 

Sweet chilli tomato jam | Preserves

 

For the not so sweet toothed, a cheeseboard with all the trimmings – fresh fruit, savoury biscuits, cheese and preserves. Sweet chilli tomato jam and spicy fig and plum chutney.

 

 

 

 

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Wish there more hours in the day!
    Thank you for wonderful and inspiring posts.
    Merry Christmas and keep up the inspiration next year.

  • I agree. So many delicious new dishes to try and so little time. Hopefully some of these will become new favourites at your table. Happy Christmas Kathy.

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