If you want to be a hostess for Christmas this year, you should prepare yourself with some ideas for the Christmas table. If you are not keen on the cooking you should bet on simple dishes, but draw attention to the decoration. Here are three meals for your Christmas dinner – the appetizer, main dish and the dessert. Take a look:
For the appetizer I chose to suggest you fruits with cheese, and more specifically – grapes with cheese, because it will be easier for you to decorate the plate with those ingredients. Take a cutting board and make layers of both white and red grapes, combined with Cheddar, Muenstar, Brie or Swiss cheese. Arrange them into the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate with spices and leaves. This will be a perfect start of the evening, especially if you add to that appetizer a nice bottle of red wine.
Apple Cranberry stuffed pork roast – the real deal. Check out the ingredients and make a shopping list of the missing things:
For the filling:
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups dried apples
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the Pork Roast:
2 1/2 pound boneless center-cut pork loin roast
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
The pork roast is a little bit tricky for cutting and you should follow this advice for making the cut of the meat easier – put it in the freezer for half an hour. And during that time you can keep yourself busy with the filling preparation.
Mix all the filling ingredients in saucepan and set the heat over medium to high level. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the apples are soft, this would take about 20 minutes. Now take the liquid out of the mixture by using a fine-mesh sieve (press the mixture with a rubber spatula for maximum squeezing of the liquid off the mixture). Return the liquid to the pan and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, this will take about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and set aside. Blend the apple mixture a little bit, but not too much, don’t make it too creamy.
Now take the pork roast and preheat the oven up to 350 degrees. Cut the pork alongside two times, make a long pork sheet. If the thickness of the meat is too uneven after the cutting – pound it a little bit with a meat pounder where needed.
Sprinkle pepper and salt over the unrolled meat and then spread the filling over the pork sheet. Roll it up very tightly.
Bake it on a rack in a roasting pan on the middle rack in the oven. Cook it for 45 to 60 minutes. Brush the pork roll with half of the glaze and cook another 5 minutes. Then remove and set aside to rest, don’t cut white it is still too hot. Serve the slices with the rest of the glaze. Enjoy your perfect Christmas main dish!
The dessert. How about baked pears, wrapped with pastry and honey. I think I’ll make the Christmas dinner earlier this year. Peel the pears and boil them in 4 cups water with 2 cups sugar and 1 cup honey. When the sugar has melted, add the pears, vanilla seeds and hull, 1/2 lemon, cinnamon and cloves. Simmer them for 20-40 minutes.
Preheat the oven up to 400 degrees and once the pears are cool to room temperature, wrap them with puff pastry strips. Bake them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Done!
I hope these recipes for the Christmas dinner seems delicious to you. Have fun and bon appetite!