Spice up Christmas
Christmas dinner is without doubt the most important meal of the year. Operators are under more pressure than usual thanks to customers’ high expectations, as they look forward to over-indulging on the delicious, mouth-watering plate of food – which some have been craving all year round!
Turkey is still the number one choice for Christmas dinner, however, you don’t have to stick with tradition. As an early seasonal gift, Take Stock brings you an alternative Christmas menu courtesy of chef Peter Lloyd to give the big day an Asian twist.
A South-east Asian Christmas
Peter Lloyd’s new restaurant Sticky Mango, in London, celebrates his love of and expertise in Asian cuisine. Here, he shares his ultimate Christmas dinner, an Asian-inspired twist on the traditional. Be inspired and spice up your Christmas menu with these recipes: Black Pepper Prawns with “Sun-Dried” Pineapple, Malaysian Style Roast Turkey, Butternut Squash & Ginger Purée, Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Lemongrass Honey & Mint.
Roasties with a difference
“Traditional options are always going to be a big hit with consumers at Christmas and no Christmas dinner would be complete without quality roast potatoes,” said Jonathan Taylor, McCain Foods’ Culinary Lead. “However, small twists on classic ingredients can work well for operators looking to create a more memorable experience and can help them to stand out from the competition. For example, roast potatoes with sage and zesty orange peel can add real interest to menus without straying too far away from the familiar options consumers know and love.”
To save time in the kitchen McCain Menu Signatures Roasts are made with 100% quality potato, simply peeled, chopped, blanched and frozen and enable operators to profit from serving roasts cooked and seasoned in their own signature style in less than 30 minutes. Because of the short cooking time, Signatures Roasts can be cooked while the meat for the roast is resting, ensuring oven space isn’t an issue.
Everyone has room for pudding! Here are Alex Hall, executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions suggestions for the big day:
•Winterberry sherry trifle
• Ginger and treacle sponge with gingernut biscuit buttercream
• Mince crumble tart with orange crème fraiche
• Christmas pudding cookies
• Spiced poached figs with cinnamon cream
Your Drinks Menu
Serving the correct wines on the big day is as important as the food you serve. Here, John Mansfield, chief executive of The Society of Vintners shares his perfect wine list to accompany a Christmas dinner.
Conti di Campiano Spumante Millesimato, Extra Brut. (11.5%) – An IWC Commended Winner in 2016, and a great value party wine
Nua NV Prosecco – Balanced, full bodied and full of flavour, this is a premium Prosecco with good presentation and style
Jules Feraud NV Brut – An award-winning house Champagne with delicacy combined with a rich full flavour. Refreshing and lively, this is a must try
Riesling – Coming back into fashion, this is an affordable wine that works well with spicy dishes
Finca Clasica Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina (13%) – Crisp and dry, with aromas of ripe fruit and marzipan
Chablis or White Burgundy – special dry white wines that are perfect for special occasions
Neptune Point Pinot Noir, New Zealand (13%) – Light, smooth and perfectly balanced, with bags of flavour
Rioja Reserva – A quality Spanish favourite that when well oaked, perfectly matches turkey dishes
Irene Morales Carménère / Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Chile (14.5%) – A serious wine with notes of blueberry, black pepper and blackcurrant leaf, that is a must to drink with steak and other red meats