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21 December 2016

Your Christmas Menu Made Easy with Le Creuset

The countdown to Christmas has begun – and, like us, you probably want to make it the tastiest one yet.

As the culinary climax of the year, Christmas is a time to splurge and to savour, to eat slowly and talk fast. The table, more than any other time of the year, is the center of joy, togetherness and deeply-held tradition.

From perfect roasts to show-stopping desserts, Le Creuset has all the inspiration you need to host the ultimate feast with minimal fuss!


STARTERS

Impress guests by setting the bar high with these quick and easy starters.

Gazpacho
Widely eaten in the Mediterranean region during the hot summers, gazpacho is a refreshingly cold soup with a tomato base, best enjoyed the next day.


Tempura Snails with Garlic Butter
This highly flavoursome snack is the result of mixing a French delicacy with a Japanese cooking method. Serve in a Le Creuset Snail Dish with a complementary garlic-parsley butter.


MAINS

Make your main the highlight of the year with these dishes.

Stuffed Pork Neck with Roasted Potatoes and Apple Sauce
Stuffed pork neck is a traditional Christmas dish that can be prepared the day before. This slow-cooked oven roast is perfected by a sweet apple sauce that complements the saltiness of the stuffing.


Deboned Quails with Breadcrumb and Walnut Stuffing
Despite their size, quails pack a lot of flavour and have a delicious, slightly gamey taste. After marinating overnight, they are stuffed with a nutty breadcrumb filling and cooked in a Le Creuset Signature Roaster.


DRESSING YOUR CHRISTMAS TABLE

  • Use Le Creuset’s Stoneware collection to make a colourful and creative tablescape. Mix and match contrasting hues, or stick with Cerise and neutrals for a traditional look.
  • A touch of greenery will go a long way in warming up your tabletop. Fragrant pine also adds to the festive atmosphere.
  • Have fun with creating place cards – make something unique and personal that guests can take home as a keepsake.
  • A good host always remembers the butter, gravy, salt, pepper and any other accouterments that create an effortless and delicious meal.
  • Serving food from the table helps your guests relax and connect with each other as they pass dishes around – while showing off all your hard work in the kitchen!

SIDES

Round out the main attraction with a knock-out accompaniment.

Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Cheese Salad
The sweetness of honey-roasted pumpkin and the saltiness of feta is a match made in heaven. This salad is completed with festively bright baby radishes and pomegranate seeds.


French Green Beans and Roasted Tomato Salad
This light and fresh salad is the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb or any other slow-cooked joint of meat. After roasting the tomatoes to bring out their sweetness, arrange together with the crunchy beans and parmesan cheese shavings.


DESSERTS

Top off a delicious meal with our show-stopping dessert recipes.

Pavlova with Baked Plums
This festive twist on a classic pavlova is a feast for all the senses. Perfect as an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding, it is also convenient as the meringue can be made the day before and stored in an airtight container.


Apple and Caramel Pie
Apple and caramel are a classic combination that hit all the right notes. This simple recipe yields a delicious and utterly festive-looking pie, which is both fun and easy to make.


The Le Creuset Recipe App is a virtual buffet of dishes to choose from – meaning you’ll never be stuck for ideas when planning your next feast! It also features a convenient shopping checklist to make buying ingredients a breeze. Download it for free from Google Play or the App Store.

 

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