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Cheers To A Christmas With A Twist

Did you hear Santa upgraded his sleigh to a BMW? His reindeers are over the moon! (literally)

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Stuffed turkey with homemade cranberry sauce and potato mash is definitely to die for, but it’s getting a bit old school don’t you think? I mean you can always have a traditional Christmas dinner next year, right? Right. So, let’s crank it up a bit this time and try something different. I’m sure your family and friends would love something new for a change.

We put together a few recipes of unconventional Christmas dishes you can impress your guests with.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

More often than not, seafood is overlooked during Christmas dinner despite being loved by many. Try this quick and easy appetizer that will give everyone a kick for the evening and will definitely get them to notice what seafood can bring to the festive table.

Add these to the holiday grocery list:

Shrimp cleaned, peeled, deveined and marinated with seasoning as preferred
Finely sliced bacon strips
Salted butter, melted
Brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon paprika powder

All you need to do:

Preheat oven to 400F.

Wrap each shrimp with a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place them on the baking sheet. (Note: You can pre-cook the bacon if you prefer an extra crispy texture)

Mix together butter, brown sugar and paprika. Brush the mixture on each shrimp and set the remainder aside.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Brush the remaining butter mixture on each shrimp once again, switch to broil for about 3 minutes and serve.

Feel free to experiment. You can use maple syrup, honey or orange-based glaze. You can even replace the shrimp with a scallop of your choice. Don’t forget, you’re the master of the kitchen and you make all the rules.

Voilà! All that’s left to do is watch your guests reach for more.

Huli Huli Chicken on the Grill

If a roast chicken or a stuffed turkey is a must-do for the main course on your traditional Christmas table, try this sensational Hawaiian twist that’s oozing in flavour. Denada! (that’s ‘you’re welcome’ in Spanish!).

Grab these and start prepping:

Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. sriracha
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1 pineapple, cut into wedges
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Get your chef hat on:

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

In a bowl, whisk pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chicken broth, Sriracha, garlic, and ginger to combine together.

Pour the mixture over the chicken, cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours. (The longer you keep it, the better the flavour will absorb.)

Heat the grill and cook pineapples until charred on all sides. (About 10–15 minutes.)

Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the marinade and let the marinade boil until it reaches the consistency of a barbeque sauce.

Once the pineapple is done, set aside and start grilling the chicken. Occasionally turn while basting with the sauce until the skin is crisp and the chicken is cooked through. (About 20 minutes.)

Garnish with herbs of your preference (I recommend green onions) and serve.

This delicious main course is going to be the star of the night! Your friends and family won’t even notice the missing Turkey!

Spinach & Gruyere Potato Casserole

We all know mashed potato is a hit at Christmas, but try this modern twist that’ll get everyone yearning for this side dish throughout the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


You’ll need:

1 kg potatoes, cut into chunks
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup full cream milk
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cup fresh spinach, sliced
2 bulbs fennel, thinly sliced

Let’s get started:

Preheat the oven at 450F.

Toss the potatoes in the oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20­–25 minutes or until golden and tender.

In the meantime, whisk the eggs and milk with a pinch of salt then stir in cheese, basil, parsley and garlic.

In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, spinach and fennel with the mixture. Transfer to a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 375F for 30–35 minutes.

Take off the foil and bake for an extra 5 minutes.

Garnish with any herbs of your choice and serve.

Feeling a bit daring? Add some flair into your dish by including spaghetti in the casserole because who doesn’t love spaghetti, amiright?

This cheesy potato upgrade not only fills your senses with tantalising variety but also serves as a perfect main dish for the vegetarians in the house!

Take things up a notch: Ditch the usual eggnog and try this holiday drink that’ll keep your guests up and alive all night long.

All you need to do…Freeze strong coffee as ice cubes and toss them in a glass of Baileys and Vanilla Vodka. And, you have your modern eggnog!

Okay ladies, it’s time to get this out-of-the-bell Christmas dinner rolling with extra special flair! Merry Christmas!

 

 

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