5 Veggie Recipes for Christmas Party!


One of the regular holidays that most people are looking forward to is Christmas. This is where you shop items on sale, open unwrapped gifts in fancy ribbon, and spend time with loved ones. It is also the best time to cook and serve delicious and colorful foods. Sometimes, people consider it as a cheat day, where they can have anything meaty, juicy, and fatty. If you have been on a healthy diet for most of the time, do not make holidays like Christmas as an escape. Here are some vegetables recipes that you can prepare for your Christmas dinner.

Crispy-Roast-PotatoesImage Source: jwrecipes

Recipe 1: Crispy Roast Potatoes

Ingredients to Prepare:
1 bowl of potatoes (peeled and sliced into quarters)
handful of polenta
goose fat
salt and pepper to taste

How to Cook:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Fill a pan with cold water and place potatoes there.
3. Add salt.
4. Heat while the pan is covered. Bring to boil.
5. Turn the heat down when it is boiling. Continue cooking.
6. While cooking, spread goose fat on a baking pan or tray. Place in the oven.
7. Drain the potatoes. Put them onto the tray.
8. Pour more goose fat. Stir to combine.
9. Add polenta.
10. Cook for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Recipe 2: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Almonds, and Cream

Ingredients to Prepare:
300g sprouts (trimmed)
100g smoked bacon (diced)
10g flaked almonds
10g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
100ml double cream
1 lemon zest and juice
salt and pepper to taste

How to Cook:
1. Put sprouts into boiling water. Let it simmer. Drain afterwards.
2. Pour oil in a pan. Add butter to melt.
3. Pour bacon and almonds. Sauté until they are lightly brown.
4. Add sprouts. Stir to cook for 3 minutes. Let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Add double cream, and lemon zest.
6. Return them to the heat for another round of cooking (4 minutes top).
7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
8. Add some lemon juice. Combine to coat.

Carrots in cumin and coriander butterImage Source: heartbeetkitchen

Recipe 3: Carrots in cumin and coriander butter

Ingredients to Prepare:
250g carrots (peeled or scraped)
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
25g unsalted butter
pinch of sugar
salt and ground black pepper

How to Cook:
1. Fill water in a saucepan. Put carrots and then sugar. Let it simmer for at least 5 minutes. Drain afterwards.
2. Put carrots back onto the pan.
3. Crush cumin and coriander seeds using a pestle and mortar.
4. In a separate pan, melt butter.
5. Add cumin and coriander seeds in the butter. Stir.
6. Add cumin and coriander seeds in the carrots.
7. Mix to combine ingredients.

Recipe 4: Cornbread, apricot and Thyme Stuffing

Ingredients to Prepare:

For the cornbread:
225g cornmeal (polenta)
225g plain flour
50g caster sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
225ml milk
1 large egg (beaten)
60g butter (melted)

For the stuffing:
15g butter (not melted)
50g butter (melted)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
3 sprigs thyme (leaves picked)
75g pine nuts (toasted)
100g dried apricots, (chopped)
1 cornbread loaf (recipe above, cut into cubes)

How to Cook:

For the cornbread
1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, cornmeal, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
3. Add milk and egg. Beat and stir.
4. Add melted butter with the egg mixture. Stir.
5. Spread unmelted butter in a loaf tin.
6. Pour egg and milk mixture onto the tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Cover and cool for several hours or overnight.

For the stuffing
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Fry shallots with butter and oil.
3. Add garlic.
4. Combine cornbread, shallots, apricots, herbs, and pine nuts. Add buttered shallots. Stir.
5. Spread butter in a dish. Place the mixture in it and cover with foil.
6. Bake for around 25 minutes.
7. Remove foil and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Apricot & Vanilla TartletsImage Source: thebakinglife

Recipe 5: Apricot & Vanilla Tartlets

Ingredients to Prepare:
200g ready rolled puff pastry
400g tinned apricot halves in syrup
1 vanilla pod (halved)

How to Cook:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Unroll pastry and cut into rectangles (6x12cmx8.5cm).
3. Place the pastry strips on a non-stick baking tray.
4. Place apricots on the pastry. Add pastry to cover. Brush with syrup.
5. Put the tray in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
6. While baking, scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod.
7. Place pod in a saucepan. Pour syrup. Cook for 10 minutes.
8. Remove the baked apricot out of the oven. Brush the pastry with vanilla syrup and serve.

Your Christmas is more interesting, fun, and unique with these food recipes. While this is celebrated yearly, it does not mean to serve the same traditional foods. Try these new recipes instead!