What’s on your Christmas menu? Plus: tips to make the most of your leftovers and homemade gifting
‘tis the season for festive feastings, but being in charge of the Christmas dinner can be daunting. Fortunately, British cooking appliance brand Belling has shared some impressive yet easy-to-follow recipes, plus a gorgeous homemade gift idea and top tips to make the most of your leftovers, to ensure things run smoothly.
Belling has been at the heart of the family home for more than one hundred years, helping to create fantastic meals whatever the occasion, and the Christmas season is the perfect time to get together in the kitchen. Share those much-loved family recipes, make gifts to drop round to friends and relatives (at a distance!) - and get everyone pitching in with the clearing up, of course.
Often approached with some trepidation, a Christmas feast doesn’t need to cause a fuss. Belling partnered with British chef Brian Turner to simplify the event with a series of recipe videos to suit everyone’s taste - including a delicious vegetarian option. Click the recipe title below to watch Brian Turner’s tutorial video!
Once you’ve enjoyed your dinner – and snoozed it off – what happens to the leftovers? Waste not with these tips:
1. Chop up your turkey carcass and use to make stock, then strain off and make a soup using barley and mixed vegetables.
2. A traditional favourite is a boiled bacon joint eaten hot with lots of roast potatoes with plenty left over for sandwiches with piccalilli or a fry up. Alternatively shed the left over joint and mix with gherkins, parsley and a little gelatine, roll in cling film and set in the fridge - this makes a great starter or lunch dish with chips!
3. Leftover turkey tastes great in a tomato sauce, layer with pancakes, cover with cheese sauce and bake in the oven.
4. Leftover Christmas pudding makes a great bread and butter pudding type of dish. Alternatively cut into slices and grill – very tasty!
5. Combine leftover sausages with kidney beans in a chilli sauce – similar to a chilli con carne.
6. Leftover lamb can be reinvented as a whole new dish - just layer with potatoes and onions, cover with stock and cook in the oven, hotpot style.
Now that the Christmas dinner is planned and you can make the most of relaxing with the family, we’ve got just the thing to bring everyone together in the kitchen. These delicious, fudgy brownie balls are perfect to make with kids and are perfect as presents, but we must warn you: there will be sticky hands in the making of this recipe!
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
- 115g dark cooking chocolate
- 130g butter
- 260g sugar
- 4 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 190g flour
- 36 mini marshmallows
- 395g white chocolate
- 210g shredded coconut
For the wrapping:
- Shallow tray box
- Tissue Paper
- Heart tags
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- In a large mixing bowl, melt the dark chocolate and butter in the microwave in 30-second bursts. Stir until smooth.
- Next, add the sugar and eggs then mix until well combined.
- Add the salt and flour, stirring until there are no lumps.
- Pour the brownie batter into a lightly greased 20x30cm baking tin, using a spatula to spread evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
- Cut the brownies into 18 squares and cut off the edges.
- Slightly flatten each brownie, place two mini marshmallows in the centre and then roll them into balls with the marshmallows inside.
- Put the balls on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Melt the white chocolate then dip in each brownie ball, ensuring they’re fully coated.
- Immediately roll them in the shredded coconut then place in the fridge until set.
- To wrap, line the gift box with tissue paper, the more colourful the better. Arrange the snowballs evenly then decorate the box with heart tags, glitter and stickers.
- Store in a cool place until gifted.
For more recipes, visit www.belling.co.uk
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Seasons Feastings! Do let us know what you’re rustling up for Christmas dinner on social by tagging @KeepmoatHomes.