Christmas Food Recipes to Impress Your Guests!
The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Time has flown by this year, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than sharing our ‘deliciously’ new recipes for your Christmas feast. Within this article you will be thrilled by our Maldon Salt x Le Creuset team-up, where we introduce recipes for a Starter, Main and Dessert using their finest cookware. Jump to the ‘Recipes for Christmas Dinner’ section to find the details to create an exception menu for Christmas!
Looking for the perfect gift for your fellow foodie friend? We’ve got you covered with our ‘Gifting Trio’; from Fudge, Truffles to Cookies. Browse down below to find out more about this perfect gift set that can be easily baked by yourself!
And last but by no means least (pardon the pun), we also share with you those ‘Last-Minute Whip Up’ recipes during Christmas where you haven’t had the time to prep and cook an extravagant feast, but you still want to impress your guests with festive flavours.
Recipes for Christmas Dinner
Christmas is a time of coming together and celebrating the joyous festivities, and this is something that we treasure here at Maldon Salt. We were delighted to team-up with cookware brand Le Creuset and collaborate in creating an exciting Christmas menu for you all to enjoy over the coming weeks.
Starter – Beetroot Cured Salmon
Something light for Christmas can always be difficult to cook up when surrounded by the riches of food and sweet treats. However, we came up with a dish in which praises a new way in how to serve salmon and impress your guests. Using Le Creuset’s Stoneware Heritage Rectangular Dish in Deep Teal, you place the side of salmon and cure with chopped beetroot. Why would you use beetroot? Using this root vegetable within the curing process among with the orange zest, lemon and juniper berries not only gives an undertone of earthiness, but also creates a stunning maroon colour to the flesh of the salmon. Cure the salmon for 2-3 days to really bring out the colour and juices.
Main – Slow Cooked Duck Legs with Blackberries, Orange and Cinnamon
Now moving onto the ‘main’ event…glorious duck legs, slow cooked amongst the warming, festive flavours of blackberries, oranges and cinnamon. For this we use the well-known Le Creuset’s 30cm Iron Shallow Casserole Dish in the colour Cerise. It’s as easy as simply adding the browned-off duck legs into the dish along with the remaining ingredients and cover in the oven for 1-hour, 30 minutes…quick but yet packed full of flavour! Within the recipe we’ve also included a tantalizingly good side dish of Celeriac Mash that pairs perfect with the slow cooked duck legs.
Dessert – Pistachio Souffles with Cranberry Coulis
Souffles; the dreaded dessert even chef’s fear to make…. but fear not! We’ve created a recipe in which goes into detail on how to make the perfect souffle, flavoured with the nuttiness of pistachio. We use Le Creuset’s 9cm/0.1l Stoneware Set of 4 Mini Ramekins in the colour Meringue to hold the shape of these fluffy treats. Once the souffles have risen, you need to serve immediately otherwise they will lose their impressive height. But don’t forget to serve these with our Cranberry Coulis, using Le Creuset’s Stoneware Small Jug in Bamboo. Seamlessly lay the sweet coulis over the top of souffles and enjoy the light, sweet pudding to finish of the Christmas feast.
Voila! And there you have a three-course meal which is perfect to create during the festive holidays. So now that we have the feast sorted for your family and friends, what do we do about the gifts?
Festive Homemade Edible Gifts
It’s always difficult to find a gift in which expresses your personal appreciation and thoughtfulness; however, we’ve created just that gift! Your friends will forget all about advent calendars when they taste these delicious treats…perfect as a gifting trio.
Another tipsy-tipple added to a sweet treat! Amaretto pairs perfectly well with the dark chocolate, create an indulgent, melt-in-your-mouth confectionary for your chocolate-obsessed friend. You can also roll your truffles in plenty of options, including desiccated coconut, chopped pistachio or cocoa powder.
It’s a classic flavour, loved by many over the Christmas period. Though only for the grown-ups, it will certainly put a childish grin on their face once they tuck into the rich, creamy flavour of the fudge.
Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Cookies
Pistachio and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. Our recipe allows you to create the perfect combination of a crisp outer cookie, yet being soft and fluffy in the middle…decadent and packed full of flavour. With a cooking time of only 8-10 minutes, you will be able to impress your friends with delicious treats that are easy to make!
Presents for family and friends always requires time and thought to choose the right gift for the right person…however, what if you’ve run out of time? Your guests are scheduled to arrive today but yet you still haven’t put together a little nibble – what do you do!?
Last Minute Christmas Recipes to Whip Up
Here we’ve come up with two recipes in which you can create in a matter of minutes, which still packs a punch full of flavour and are easy to make.
Salmon Pâté with Maldon Smoked Salt
Pâté is one of the easiest dishes you can make, and with combining the smoked salmon pieces with the cream cheese and crème fraiche, you create a scrumptious dip in which will be loved my many. Adding our Maldon Smoked Salt also allows a smoky finish to be left on the pallet, enhancing the smokiness of the salmon and also heightening the sweet tones of the lemon juice. Enjoy with rye bread, lemon wedges and an extra sprinkle of dill to really complete the dish.
Wow – What a colour! The humble root vegetable of beetroot is really praised through the making of this dip. Using chickpeas as the main base; adding beetroot will give an undertone of earthiness, which is then sweetened up with the addition of lemon, cumin and tahini. Add a generous sprinkle of Maldon along with oil to bind the hummus together. And there you have it, in no less than 10-minutes you have creates a delicious dip in which can be served with your favourite crudites, toasted bread or crackers.
And now the ‘Food’ Festivities Have Finished….
We hope you enjoyed this article in learning how to create the perfect 3-course meal with thanks to our special friends, Le Creuset. You can head over to our main Recipes, Tips and Blog Page to gain the full recipes in detail. The Gifting Trio and Last-Minute Whip Up dishes are also within this page on our website, so be sure to have a browse if you are stuck on what to do over the Christmas holidays!
Not only does your Christmas stockings need filling up, but so does your seasonings cupboard. Please feel free to browse on our Where to Buy Page to find your nearest store in which stocks our beloved Maldon Salt ahead of the festive season…especially our Smoked Salt if you are having a go at the Salmon Pate with Maldon Smoked Salt.
Don’t forget, we also have an abundance of Christmas-themed recipes over on our YouTube Channel with none over than Chef Ben Tish. Showcasing Christmas leftover recipes from The Ultimate Boxing Day Toastie to Brussels Sprouts Pesto!
Lastly, we LOVE seeing your creations – please tag us on Instagram using the #maldonsalt so we can share your culinary masterpieces on our socials.
Keep your eyes peeled on our socials during the festive period…we are announcing an exciting giveaway with our friends at Le Creuset!