It’s A Wonderful Christmas – Recipes

Deciding to cook instead of eating out on this coming Christmas Eve? Here are the recipes to creating a simple yet scrumptious dinner for your family!

Appetizer: Broccoli Cheese Dunk

Broccoli  Cheese Dunk

Preparation and cooking duration: 15 minutes

Ingredient 1

  1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the broccoli and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is browned in spots and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spices, oregano, salt and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water to cook tender the broccoli with another 3 minutes.
  5. Arrange half of the cheese in 6 individual gratin dishes. Top with the broccoli and the remaining cheese. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned.
  6. Serve right away with warm tortillas!

Soup: Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Preparation and cooking duration: 30 minutes

Ingredient 2

  1. Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan-forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Roast pumpkin on prepared tray after coating with cumin, maple syrup, salt and pepper for 20 minutes (until golden and tender).
  3. Meanwhile, boil stock, soup and 1 cup cold water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add pumpkin and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Blend or process pumpkin mixture until smooth. Return to pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Swirl in sour cream, season with pepper and chives.

Main Course: Roasted Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes

Roasted Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes

Preparation and cooking duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredient 3

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Season your chicken pieces all over and put them into a snug-fitting pan in one layer.
  3. Throw in basil leaves and stalks, then chuck in your tomatoes.
  4. Scatter the garlic cloves into the pan and drizzle over some olive oil. Mix around a bit, pushing the tomatoes underneath.
  5. Place in the oven for 1.5 hours, turning the tomatoes halfway through, until the chicken skin is crisp and the meat falls off the bone.

Dessert: Chocolate Foudant

Chocolate Fondant

Preparation and cooking duration: 1 hour

Ingredient 4

  1. To create moulds, use upward strokes to brush the melted butter all over the inside of the pudding mould. Place the mould in the fridge or freezer.
  2. Place a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, then slowly melt the chocolate and butter together and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for about 10 mins.
  3. Whisk the eggs, yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Beat together with sifted flour.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture in thirds, until the mixture is completely combined to a loose cake batter.
  5. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C. Place the fondants on a baking tray, then cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they are starting to come away from the sides of their moulds. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 1 min.
  6. Loosen the fondants by moving the tops very gently so they come away from the sides, easing them out of the moulds.
  7. Carefully place the ice cream on top of the fondant, then serve immediately.

*Adapted from the original recipes:

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