From irresistible nibbles to decadent desserts: our best recipes for Christmas Day – The Guardian

December 16, 2021 by No Comments

A decadent starter – and a godsend for cooks who like to get ahead.

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A set of festive snacks: caraway, spelt and parmesan grissini with aleppo chilli, to dip in a three-cheese mix with spiced date syrup and pine nuts, and a posh, sake-cured salmon with sesame sprinkles and pickles.

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Two light first courses to offset the big feast to come – a bright prawn, fennel and celery salad, and a ricotta and spinach bake that’s somewhere between a soufflé and a frittata.

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With roast cassava, a garlic and coriander salsa, rainbow chard with ham hock, and a cranberry and chard stem pickle.

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A cheering alternative ham with a spicy, sweet-sour Mexican glaze of pineapple and chilli.

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Dried fruits are a speciality of the Levant, and bring festive luxuriousness to these dishes of fragrant roast chicken and nutty, chewy jewelled pilau rice.

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A bulging, festive squash filled with a savoury stuffing of spicy, herby veg, mushrooms and nuts.

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A crisp and fresh winter salad of festive red cabbage, crunchy apple and sweet-sour pomegranate that will go nicely with any roast.

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A whole fillet of salmon baked with fennel in chilli and sea salt, then drizzled with a honey, lemon verbena and clementine vodka glaze, with candied clementines, and a dill creme fraiche.

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Spiced apple pies that will win over people who (say they) don’t like mince pies.

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