Sandra .’s festive Christmas menu

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I have put together a delicious 3 course Christmas menu especially for Christmas. Because that is not always easy. There are so many delicious Christmas recipes, but which starter goes well with which main course? And how do you get everything ready on time? And then of course there are diets and wishes of the guests.

My Christmas menu looks festive but is easier than you think. A stuffed whole chicken had been on my list for a while, because that looks impressive! But I had never prepared a whole chicken before, so this menu was exciting for me as well. Here’s my first tip: first choose a main course and based on that a starter and dessert that ties in with it.
After I decided that this Christmas it was really time to make a whole chicken I thought: where do I get his whole chicken? Well you can do that in the supermarket, at the Jumbo or AH for example. A free-range chicken or organic chicken is somewhat larger and often tastier than a ‘regular’ chicken. After some searching and comparison on the internet I decided to fill it with orange and rosemary and to smear it with butter for a nice color and crust. Very tasty… and easy!
Because the chicken is a big dish, I decided to make a fairly light vegetable soup beforehand. And for dessert I wanted to serve something sweet, but not a standard recipe, so I made crème brûlée with a nice twist.
Check in advance whether you have everything at home: a roasting tray (large enough) for the chicken, 4 beautiful glasses for the soup, aluminum foil and ovenproof dishes for the creme brulee. Oh and a crème brûlée burner with plenty of gas!
Dessert tips:
You can make the crème brûlée a day in advance (without sugar coating). This applies to many desserts, especially those that have yet to set, such as tiramisu for example. Always cover them in the refrigerator. Remove the ramekins from the fridge an hour in advance and only then add the layer of sugar. If you don’t have a crème brûlée burner, put the dishes under the grill for a few minutes.
Main course tips
Let the chicken come to room temperature a few hours in advance. For a nice crispy crust and a nice color, you can fry the chicken briefly in a pan beforehand. I didn’t do this but turned on the grill for the last few minutes in the oven. If possible, use the hot air setting of the oven, which ensures even cooking. Vegetables and potatoes next to the chicken looks nice but is also very practical because you don’t have to make any side dishes. When the chicken is in the oven, you have plenty of time to make the soup. But you can also choose to make the soup (a day) in advance so that you can chat with your guests.
Tips appetizer
Put a nice ribbon around the glasses to give the dish a festive touch. If you have guests who don’t like broccoli, replace it with zucchini, cauliflower or spinach. Don’t beat the milk until just before serving, otherwise it may collapse slightly. Sprinkle some pancetta crumbs over the soup and serve the rest in a bowl with a spoon.
Serving tips:
While the chicken is in the oven and almost done, whisk the milk and heat the soup. After you have served the soup, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest under a piece of aluminum foil. Cutting the chicken nicely is also an art, use poultry shears or a sharp knife for this.
After the chicken, lower the food and go back to the kitchen to caramelize the sugar on the crème brulee. With this Christmas menu you will spend minimal time in the kitchen and the guests and yourself will enjoy maximum!
Chef Veronique’s Christmas menu will follow shortly!
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Sandra .’s festive Christmas menu

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