2023 Christmas Dinner Party

I never miss an opportunity to delve into a Christmas feast, especially when the weather is finally appropriate for it. Each month my sisters, Mum and I have a themed dinner party where each of us rotate roles between: cocktail, entree, main and dessert. End of last months theme was ‘Christmas in July’. Now I know I’m posting this belatedly but hey, it’s still perfect weather for a giant hearty feast.

I hope these dishes offer you some winter meal inspiration, if not, some enthusiasm for Christmas which approaches only 4 months away!

Cocktail: 

Rum Rum Rudolph 

Recipe here

Entree: 

Baked Gruyère in Pastry with Rosemary and Garlic served with Cranberry Crackers

Recipe here

Main: 

Roast Chicken stuffed with Cherries and Pistachios 

Although the recipe was a turkey, I substituted chicken as it’s very hard to find turkeys in July. The stuffing was delicious, a very unusual brown rice based stuffing- but with the cherries it was delicious (as was the cherry port gravy!)

Served with:

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini, Miso Sauce with Pomegranate arils

and Duck Fat Potatoes

Carrot recipe here

Dessert: 

Chocolate Mousse with Forrest Berry Compote

Rachel Khoo’s recipe is served with cocoa nibs however we simmered a cup of forrest berries with sugar and water to create a compote. 

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