Now that Christmas is just around the corner it’s time to indulge in some festive favourites. The following recipes are inspired by some of the foods featured in our Christmas Splendour hamper.
December is traditionally a time for over indulgence; Christmas parties are plenty and dark days working are often soothed by a glass of mulled wine and some chocolate treats. To step up your festive food offerings take some inspiration from our favourite dishes below.
Savoury brie bites with spicy plum chutney
Fancy-looking but simple to make, these delicious mini bites are perfect for showing off at an evening soiree.
- Preheat the oven to 180°c
- Cut your brie into finger-sized pieces
- Place the brie in small pastry shells and arrange them on a baking sheet
- Heat the shells in the oven until the brie has melted
- Remove from the oven and top with half a teaspoon of Edinburgh Preserves Spicy Plum Chutney
- Decorate each shell with fresh rosemary to serve
Stilton, port and walnut pâté
Nothing screams Christmas like a pâté packed with exciting festive flavours. The combination of these rich foods makes you feel warm inside on a cold wintery day.
- Sweat some spring onions until soft, add 60ml of port and then take off the heat
- Tip the port and spring onions into a blender and add some lemon zest, parsley, ground pepper, chopped walnuts and Cropwell Bishop Finest Blue Stilton
- Blend until smooth then divide between ramekins and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
- To serve: Add a side salad with some walnuts and Melba toast.
Slow cooker cranberry orange pork
This soon-to-be ‘classic’ is a great time saver. Watch a Christmas movie while the slow cooker does all the hard work for you.
- On a medium heat, seal a joint of pork on all sides
- Add to the slow cooker along with some Wooden Spoon Cranberry and Orange Sauce, Catalina sauce and soy sauce
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours
- To serve: Slice the pork and lightly drizzle with the sauce. Serve with roast potatoes, sprouts and a jug of the remaining meat sauce.
Decadent brownie pie
Wow! For all chocoholics this is the perfect pick-me-up on a sad winter’s day. A slice of this scrumptious brownie will certainly put you on the ‘nice’ list this Christmas.
- Cream together some butter and sugar in a mixing bowl then add corn syrup and mix well
- Add two eggs, beating well after each is added to the mix
- Add flour, cocoa and salt along with a few tablespoons of milk
- Fold in the chocolate-coated walnuts
- Bake in a greased tin at 160°c for about an hour
- Cool on a wire rack then cover with a ganache of melted chocolate mixed with cream
- Once set, serve with clotted cream and chopped walnuts.
After a festive feast, why not curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine? Our hamper Yuletide Delight features the award-winning Torres Coronas Tempranillo Catalunya; it’s great on its own and the perfect accompaniment to red meats and creamy cheeses.