As I’ve stated in previous posts; my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas anymore. However I strongly feel family time is very important. Which is why I don’t leave “Christmas Dinner” to just once a year. I make an effort to get together with extended family at least once a month. We used to get together every Sunday and I really miss that, perhaps that’ll be something we work into our schedule in the future, but for now… once a month we get together for a big family meal.
I remember holidays always being so stressful for my mother, I never really understood why. Personally I LOVE having lots of people over and cooking for them. I guess not everyone does. Which is why whenever I go to prepare a big meal, I always follow advice from Chef Gordon Ramsay. I’d say he’s pretty qualified, don’t you?
I’m always mesmerized by his cooking and it inspires me to do great things in the kitchen. So I’m sharing a 2 part series called “Cooking Christmas Dinner With Gordon Ramsay”. I dare you to try and walk away from this, the food looks so delish… you can almost taste it through the screen!
Tip #1 from Gordon, “anything you can get done in advance.. do it.”
He is preparing traditional holiday dishes, with a modern twist. Some of the biggest problems people face when preparing holiday meals, is that they try to go over the top. Keep it simple, do it right and everyone will love the meal!
Holiday Meal List:
Caramelized Cranberry And Apple Sauce
2/3 cup Sugar
2 – Star anise
4 – Crushed Cardamon Pods
1 Package of Fresh Cranberries
2 – Apples
1 – Orange Zest & Freshly Squeezed Juice
Tip #2 from Gordon, “never do all the work yourself… delegate.” I find cooking to be much more fun when you have family in the kitchen with you. Get your kids and husband involved, make those precious memories!
Mint Chocolate Truffles
2 – Blocks of Dark Chocolate
1 – Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves
2 cups Cream
6 tablespoons Butter
Roasted Turkey w/ Lemon, Parsley & Garlic
2 – Lemon Zest & Juice
3 – Cloves of Garlic Pureed
Handful of Parsley
2 – Onions
1 – Whole Lemon
3 Large Bay Leaves
1 Turkey – Either “Northern Black or Northern Bronze” for a nice gamy taste
220 C or 428 F for 10 minutes.
Bast, cover with bacon and back in the oven at 180 C or 356 F
Cook 30 minutes per 1 Kilo or 2 lbs.
Tip #3 from Gordon, “let the turkey rest for 2 hours before serving.” I have taken this advice from him before with other meats and I have to say it is so true. Often we are afraid of letting meat set out, but it needs to rest. This allows the meat to absorb all that hard work that you put into creating the seasonings. The meat relaxes and is even more soft when you let is rest as well.
Turkey Gravy w/Cider and Walnuts
Juices from Turkey Pan
Bacon from atop the Turkey
Roasted Onions from inside the Turkey
Lemon from inside the Turkey
3 – Sprigs of Rosemary
3 – Small Tomatoes
1 Bottle Dry Cider
Handful of Crushed Walnuts
Light Steamed Pudding w/Whiskey Cream
1 Orange Zest
1 cup Butter
1 cup & 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Maple Sugar
3 Fresh Bay Leaves
7/8 cup Self Rising Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt
5 fl oz of Heavy Cream
Roasted Potatoes w/Chili & Turmeric
1 teaspoon Chili Flakes
1 teaspoon Turmeric
Cook at 200 C or 392 F for 40 minutes
Brussels Sprouts w/Pancetta & Chestnuts
Pancetta or Smoked Bacon
Handful of Chestnuts
1 Lemon Zest & Juice
Tip #4 Do sprouts right before you sit down to eat, they get cold fast.
And that just about does it for “Cooking Christmas Dinner With Gordon Ramsay”. What are you favorite things to have at a holiday family meal?