5 Easy Christmas Food Recipes
Christmas is around the corner and you must have already started your preparations for the celebration. It is definitely a lot of work to call friends and family over for a Christmas dinner but it is great fun too. You must also have started making a list of things that you need to cook your special recipe for the guests. It is best to cook something that is different from the regular stuff that you make every year and yet is filling. Here are some easy and less time consuming food recipes for this year’s Christmas.
1. A lovely cheese corn tomato soup with parsley
Christmas evenings are cold and for your guests, it is best that they savor something hot and tasty. To make this soup, you need ripe tomatoes, some cheese of any kind that you prefer, a small piece of long squash, a cup of boiled corn, a tea spoon of butter, and some finely chopped parsley. Boil the tomatoes and a piece of long squash and peel them. Keep them aside till they cool down. Now blend the tomatoes and the piece of long squash together in a blender and pour the mixture in a container and put it to boil. Add water according to the consistency you need for your soup. Add a tea spoon of butter, salt to taste, some black pepper powder, a piece of cinnamon, and some sugar. If you do not want to add sugar, you could keep it as it is or even add splenda. Add a cup of boiled corn seeds in it and let it boil properly. Allow the soup to settle and add grated cheese while you serve it. You could also add some bread crumbs to the soup. Garnish it with finely chopped parsley.
2. Tender Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette
This lovely and healthy salad goes very well with the soup as well as the main course. It takes about 20 minutes of preparation time and tastes very good. Take about 2 1/2 teaspoons of mustard, ¼ cup of champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 cup extra virgin olive oil. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and whisk properly. You could also add the oil slowly as you whisk the other ingredients. Now in the same bowl, add finely chopped shallot. Mix it well and keep it aside. In another large bowl, take finely chopped lettuce, about 1/3 cup of fresh dill, 3/4 cup of fresh parsley leaves (either chopped or whole), 1 ½ cup of fresh tarragon leaves (finely chopped), ¼ cup chopped chives, and ¼ cup fresh chervil leaves. Toss all the greens well. Add very little salt if you want or you could just keep it as it is. Now serve these greens with the vinaigrette that you have kept aside.
3. Stir fried sprouts with lemon and pine
This one too is an excellent and healthy salad preparation which goes well with the soup or can be eaten alone. Take about 600 gm of sprouts of your choice (preferably Brussels sprouts). Trim them and cut them into small pieces. Add salt and boil them but see that they do not get over boiled. Take about the same quantity of green beans and boil them. Now take a frying pan and put about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and heat it. Add lemon zest and 4 table spoons of toasted pine nuts to it. Let them cook. Add the boiled sprouts and beans to the frying pan and add some salt and pepper to it. Before serving add some lemon juice. This salad takes about 15 minutes to prepare.