You know what I got for Christmas? I got fat for Christmas…. And well yeah I got socks too. However I got an extra kilo or two, purely by my own fault. That’s because me and my brother were in charge of the Christmas family dinner (9 people).
And yes I know I’m late with this post, but I didn’t have time to write it sooner. Before I start I have to point out that all dishes were made gluten free. Anyway let’s get on with the food shall we? First let’s check the side dishes.
We made two side dishes, rice with vegetables and cheese filled potato croquettes.
For the rice you’ll need:
- ½ Zucchini
- 2 small carrots
- 1 pepper/paprika (choose whichever you like)
- 3dl cup of rice
- Salt (and whatever spices you like, I use just salt)
- A spoon of butter or oil
So first you wash all of the vegetables and peel the carrots then you grate all of the vegetables into a container/dish that you’ll use to cook rice in. I won’t tell you how to grate the vegetables because that’s entirely up to you, you can also cut it if you prefer it that way. After that you put your container on the stove/cooker on medium heat and add a spoon of butter or oil to the vegetables. You put a lid on it and let it stew for 5 min, while occasionally stirring everything in the container so it doesn’t burn. Then you measure your rice and wash it. You put the rice in the container with vegetables, add salt and 3 and 1/2 cups of water that you used to measure rice with. Keep the lid on the container and put your stove on the low heat, cooking the rice for 10 min, after that give it a good stir to mix vegetables with rice, cook for another 5 min with lid on and after that remove the lid, cooking the rice until it’s cooked. (I can’t give the exact time for cooking because different types of rice take different time to cook.)
For croquettes you’ll need:
- 1kg of potato
- 1 egg (+ 1 for dipping)
- Cheese (any cheese you like, I used mozzarella)
- All-purpose flour (I used gluten free flour)
- Bread crumbs (once again I used gluten free crumbs, otherwise use any you like)
- Oil for frying
Wash the potato, peel it, cut it in pieces and boil it in salted water for 30-40 min. Then wait for it to cool down, mash it and add an egg. Mix it all together and add flour while kneading it. Use as much flour as you need, and knead until the dough stops sticking to your fingers. Cut the cheese in small squares. Take the dough in the size of a walnut in your hand, press the cheese square in it and roll it with your hands into a ball. Do that with the rest of your dough. Dip the balls into a beaten egg and roll it in bread crumbs. (I made those a day before lunch and stored them in the refrigerator, if you made too much of them for one meal you can store them in the freezer.) To prepare them heat the oil in a pan, use enough oil so at least half of the croquette will be in the oil. Fry them for 10 min (each side for 5 min) on medium heat.
For main dishes I don’t have the name for, because most cooking in our house happens based on the “gut feeling” especially when me and my brother cooks, so I’ll just use numbers to name them. The two dishes contain chicken, but you can use any other meat you like the last one contains octopus tentacles.
For Dish 1 you’ll need:
- ½ kg of chicken breast
- 1 zucchini
- 3 peppers/paprika (make sure they are all different colors)
- 2 carrots
- Salt, cumin, black pepper, garlic
- Mildly spicy Chili (I used powdered but use whichever you want)
- A spoon of Oil or butter
Cut the meat into squares and let it cook in a pot in which you added butter or oil. In the meantime wash the vegetables and peel the carrots. Cut carrots and zucchini into wheels and paprika into squares. Add them into a pot with your meat. Put the lid on and let it stew for 5 min. Add salt, cumin black pepper and finely chopped garlic (or powdered garlic). Give it a good stir and let it cook for next 5 min. Now add chili, basing the amount on your taste, you can also skip this step and not make it spicy by adding chili. Let it cook without a lid for another 15-20 min, until the meat it’s cooked, but vegetables still have a slight crunch.
For Dish 2 you’ll need:
- ½ kg of chicken breast
- 400 ml of whipped crème (without sugar)
- 2 spoons of mustard
- 2 spoons of Butter
- A bit of parsley
- Salt, black pepper
Cut the meat into steaks or strips and season it with salt and black pepper. Finely chop the parsley, dissolve the butter in the pan and add parsley, cooking it for 20 seconds. Add meat and quickly cook it on both sides (about 2-3 min each side). Put the meat into a baking tray or an oven dish (with 30 cm diameter). Pour the whipped crème into the pan with butter and add the mustard mix it together and cook for 2 min. pour the sauce in the baking tray over the meat and add grated cheese. Use enough cheese to cover the whole tray with a 0.5 – 1 cm layer. Cover the tray with a lid and bake the dish in the oven for 25 min on 180°C.
For Dish 3 you’ll need:
- 1kg of raw octopus tentacles (of ½ kg of cooked)
- 5 large potatoes
- 3 carrots
- ½ of zucchini
- Salt, rosemary, laurel, parsley
If you don’t have cooked octopus, cook it in salted water for 15 min. Cut it in small wheels and put into an oven dish (with 30cm diameter). Peel the potatoes and carrots, cut them in small squares, wash and cut the zucchini too and add it all into the dish. Put in salt, rosemary, laurel and parsley, sprinkle it with oil and mix everything together. Put a lid on your dish and bake it for an hour on 180°C.
And now we came to the best part, the dessert, Charlotte royale with a twist!
- 120 g of flour (I used gluten free flour)
- 100g of sugar
- Baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 50g of butter
- Chocolate milk
- 400ml of whipped cream
- 500g of mascarpone
- 5 large spoons of Nutella
- A pack of skittles
- A pack of chocolate drops
- 2 packs of Gelatine (I used gelatine fix of Dr. Oekter)
Mix eggs and sugar together until you get a foamy texture. Add melted butter and flour and mix it in before adding baking powder. Stir the powder in the batter and pour the dough into the baking tray (40x30cm) covered with baking paper. Bake the batter for 10-15 min at 180°C. Once it’s baked, take a kitchen cloth, wet it with cold water and put under the sponge cake (and baking paper) and tightly roll it into a roll. Let it cool while you prepare the filling. For the filling whip the cream until it stiffs and set aside. In another bowl mix mascarpone and Nutella until they are smooth and add whipped cream. Once it’s smoothly mixed together set it aside. Unroll the sponge cake and remove the cloth and the baking paper, tightly roll it again and cut it into wheels. Put baking paper into a mixing bowl with round bottom and put the cake wheels into the bowl covering the bottom and the sides, leaving the middle to be filled with the cake filling (if there’s some wheel left leave them aside). Pour the chocolate milk over the cake in the bowl to moisten it. Now take your whipped cream – Nutella filling and mix in the Gelatine Fix, after that stir in Skittles and chocolate drops. Put the filling into the cake bowl and if you had some of the cake left layer it on the top (so your cake will later have a solid bottom). Cover the bowl and set your dessert into a refrigerator (I let it in for whole night, but 3-4 hours is enough). Before serving take the serving tray putting it over the top of your bowl, turn it around and remove the bowl and the baking paper. And here you have it, if you want to you can decorate it, but I prefer to leave it as it is.
So here you have it, my Christmas menu. I hope you liked it and maybe one day you’ll decide to make any of those dishes.
Also tell me, what was on your Christmas menu?
P.S.: I’m sorry if my recipes are confusing, I’m not used of writing them down, they are all in my head. Also all pictures in this blog are mine.