Christmas time is not only gifts, leisure and whiles spended with loved ones but also… great meals! Let’s see what we can find in typical Christmas table in the United Kingdom.
Traditional Christmas dinner
You should know that Christmas dinner can be slightly different depending on regions of the UK. One of the most known dishes at Christmas is turkey. Britishers often get a frozen one, next thaw it, roast and serve with sauces as they wish. Inside turkey can be also the stuffing, however stuffing can has different versions in different areas. For instance, in North America known variant is chestnut stuffing – puree with chestnut mixed with onions, fat, breadcrumbs and herbage. Britishers would like to stuffing with herbs, mostly with rosemary. Turkey well fit to roast potatoes. Unusual element of Christmas dinner is pigs in blankets – small sausages with bacon which often surround the turkey. If there are vegetarians in the family, the replacement for turkey is a nut roast contained of roasted chestnuts, vegetables and mushrooms.
Dried fruit with brandy butter are form of Christmas dessert. Other dessert is mince pies – tiny crumpets with sultanas, nuts sugar and other components. Baked and dusted with icing sugar they are perfect with a cup of tea or a bit of wine for the nice finish of Christmas Eve supper. Popular cake on the table at Christmas is prepared long time before Christmas. It is composed of mixture of fruits and different nuts and every few days is filled with whisky. Before holiday Eve supper it is enrobed in layer of marzipan. With clared band that cake looks gorgeous.
Important vegetable given on Christmas dinner is brussel sprouts, often steam. Although many peaple dislike it, brussel sprouts almost always are on the Christmas table. Another eaten vegetable on Christmas Eve supper is boiled peas or red cabbage.
Christmas is happy time – also for our nutrition. Tasting of typical Christmas meals is relevant element of every holiday. Bon appétit!