Sunday, 2 December 2012

Adding even more calories to Christmas Dinner

OK I know it's only the 2nd of December but I found these few tips for using butter to add extra flavour (add calories) to christmas dinner so I thought I would share.

Make Sprouts Special

Quarter your sprouts and pan fry them in a knob of butter. Heat the butter until it's bubbling, add the sprouts and cook until they're tender inside and browned on the outside, then season. Add some Walnut or Chestnut pieces as well, for an extra festive flavour.

Moreish Moist Turkey

Keep turkey succulent and moist throughout cooking. Mash half a pack of room temperature butter together with thyme, a crushed clove of garlic and the grated zest of a lemon. With the Turkey's legs pointing towards you, gently loosen the skin around the cavity. Ease the butter under the skin, spreading it over the breasts. It will flavour the turkey, keep it moist during cooking and leave a layer of herbs under the skin that looks quite special when you carve.

Smashing Mash

Peel and chop your carrots and swede, then cook together in boiling water until tender and mash with a knob of butter. Spread them into an oven dish and lovingly top with a combination of breadcrumbs and grated parmesan then dot with a little more butter. Pop it under a hot grill until the top is golden and crisp. Try this with parsnips, squash or sweet potato too. You can make this the day before and reheat it in the oven to save time on the day

Homemade Brandy Butter

This is simple and quick to make but adds a special something to mince pies. Simply beat together half a pack of room temperature butter, slightly less weight of icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence then whisk in a few tablespoons of brandy a little at a time. Add more sugar and brandy to your taste. Serve with warmed mince pies. You can try this with any liqueur you like.

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