Our Favourite Christmas Recipes
At Kuchina, Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year! Not only does it conjure up memories of crisp winter mornings, twinkling fairy lights and the woody scent of Christmas trees, it’s the perfect time of year for aspiring chefs and home cooks to share their talents with family and friends.
As kitchen experts, we rejoice in the opportunity to make the most out of the best loved room in the house, as we prepare to feast on our favourite festive foods. So, in celebration of the most joyous occasion of the year, we’ve gifted you with Kuchina’s most beloved recipes and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Prawn cocktails have reigned supreme on the dinner party scene since the 1970s, with the delicate taste of prawns with cayenne pepper and garlic packing a popular party punch! Another time-tested classic, devilled eggs are firm festive favourites, or try this smoked salmon blinis for easy-peasy showstoppers.
If starters are proving stressful, then just remember that you can never go wrong with a cheese-based offering. Whether you pair it with pastry, a la cheese & mustard straws or turn cheese consumption into a family-bonding activity with this fondue recipe, cheese will always ‘brie’ a winner. Or, for the ultimate put-your-feet-up-while-it-cooks recipe, we love this baked camembert.
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A staple in Christmas cuisine, the roast turkey is an iconic festive dish and central to celebrations – plump for traditional simplicity with this rosemary & lemon based recipe. Create new family favourites with this turkey, bacon & chorizo ‘bombe’, or a turkey, brie and cranberry wellington.
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! The dry and bland nut roast has been banned from the dinner table and replaced with these delicious dishes. A serious show-stopper, this hasselback seasonal vegetable tart makes vegan cooking hassle-free. Or, spruce up your dinner table with this colourful goat’s cheese & caramelised fig tart, accompanied by a mouth-wateringly flavoursome baked whole cauliflower.
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Without exception, a Christmas Lunch/Dinner is incomplete without the humble roast potato. Whether you use goose fat, olive oil or butter, the trick is to par-boil, bash about for extra fluff & roast until crispy. Customise the seasonings to suit your taste-buds; choose from classic roasties, parmesan potatoes, or even turmeric taters! And divisive they may be, Brussel sprouts are essential to a festive feast. Try this vegan friendly chilli-charred recipe, which will have all your guests scrabbling for the last sprout.
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Round off the year’s most indulgent meal with an array of indulgent desserts. Opt for a warming slice with a spice, with this easy ginger cake, or cool your palette with the citrusy zing of a lemon meringue fridge cake. And chocoholics need not fear, as the dessert menu is guaranteed to feature several chocolatey options, from a classic yule log (or three) to a dazzling centrepiece in the form of a chocolate ice-cream bombe.