Culy’s culinary editors have spent the past few months behind the pots and pans and hanging over the Christmas lights to come up with a delicious Christmas menu for you (hard work, but someone has to do it). The result can be found here: Culy’s festive Christmas menu of 2021 is complete! With matching wine tips.
Our festive Christmas menu of 2021 consists of four courses (with a choice of three different main courses: fish, meat or vegetarian) and an amuse-bouche. You can follow it from head to tail or you can choose your favorites. In any case, we still have a whole load of Christmas recipes for you, in case you feel like something different.
Would you like to serve a matching wine pairing with Culy’s Christmas menu from 2021? Nice! We asked Julian Cleton – owner of wine bars VinVin and Most (Utrecht and Utrecht Leidsche Rijn) – for his advice. Also look at winebarvinvin.nl and winebarmost.nl . Will we see you there – or at one of their online tastings?
Oh, and will you prepare one of our recipes? Take a picture of it, share it on your stories (or your Insta-grid) with #culyhomemade and @culynl and we’ll share your picture via our Instagram account !
Culy’s Christmas menu of 2021
Appetizer: wontons of shrimp and oyster mushroom
Impress your guests with these wontons with shrimps and oyster mushroom. Because what could be better than a homemade dough snack with a homemade filling? Delicious with the welcome drink.
🍷 Wine pairing by Julian: “A round Txakolina, with a bit of ‘sur lie’. This wine from the Basque Country, northern Spain, makes a nice aperitif and goes very well with light, fresh fish dishes. The little maturation on the dead yeast cells makes it just that little bit more interesting and softer for the fungus!”
> To the recipe: wontons with shrimp and oyster mushroom
Appetizer: sea bass ceviche with cranberry, beetroot and star anise
We came up with this sea bass ceviche especially for Christmas, hence the cranberry, beetroot and star anise. Not only are the flavors that lift this sun-drenched dish to winter, they also color the fish a very nice pink.
🍷 Wine pairing by Julian: “For ceviche we choose a nice full Grüner Veltliner, preferably with a little bit of wood aging. The beautiful freshness is preserved, while the wood aging beautifully embraces the fish.”
> To the recipe: sea bass ceviche with cranberry, beetroot and star anise
Intermediate course: winter gazpacho of cherry tomato, mandarin and persimmons with cinnamon croutons
This wintery gazpacho of cherry tomatoes, mandarin and persimmons is the ideal side dish or appetizer for Christmas. Also handy: you can make the gazpacho in advance and put it cold in the fridge.
🍷 Wine pairing from Julian: “This intermediate dish refreshes, so what better to serve than a nice glass of bubbles? This way you also have your taste buds changed for the red wines to come! You can choose a nice champagne, but I would like to drink a Sekt with this. Especially the one by ‘von Buhl’ is amazing.”
> To the recipe: winter gazpacho with cherry tomatoes, mandarin and persimmons
Main course meat: Procureur with mulled wine gravy, fried mushrooms and miso parsnip cream
A nice piece of procureur (pork) with mulled wine gravy, mushrooms and miso parsnip cream. All very easy to make, but wow factor guaranteed. That’s how we like it at Christmas!
Tip: our recipe for beet wellington (see below) can be made with the same mulled wine gravy and miso parsnip cream. Handy if you have both vegetarians and meat eaters at the table.
🍷 Wine pairing by Julian: “If you want to go for classic, choose a ‘nice’ Haut-Médoc. By that I mean: don’t make it too crazy for yourself. For a euro or 20 you already have a nice bottle. If you really want to unpack, see if you can get hold of a Moric Blaufränkisch. Preferably about 5/6 years old. The wine is amazing, the combination makes it even more so.”
> To the recipe: mulled wine gravy, mushrooms and miso parsnip cream
Vegetarian main course: beet wellington with mulled wine gravy and miso parsnip cream
You read that right, we don’t make beef wellington, but beet (!) wellington. So a vegetarian version, which you make in single portions. A small package full of flavor that also looks super festive. And turning it into a vegan main course is easy with a few minor adjustments.
🍷 Wine pairing from Julian: “A good hearty vegetable dish needs serious wine. Cabernet Franc from the Loire always scores high with us. From the Bourgueil appellation, it is the best match for this dish. On the nose it’s like opening a barn door, on the palate very refined fruit tones and soft tannins. Domaine de la Chevalerie is a big tip.”
> To the recipe: beet wellington with mulled wine gravy (vegan main dish for Christmas)
Fish main course: candied cod with pumpkin puree and Christmas spices
Spicy pumpkin puree, buttery candied cod, warm Christmas spices, fried basil… This main course with fish is super festive and, above all, ingeniously delicious.
🍷 Wine pairing from Julian: “The best with fish is, of course, white wine. A well-kept secret among sommeliers are the white wines from South Rhône. People often talk about the red one, but that is certainly unjustified. Grapes like Roussanne, Marsanne and Terret are ingredients for a taste feast on your tongue! Do you really want a topper? Chante Cigale of wine copper Okhuysen is phenomenal.”
> To the recipe: confit cod with pumpkin puree and Christmas spices
Dessert: tiramisu affogato
Already a big hit with the editors: this tiramisu affogato not only falls into the ‘insanely delicious’ category, but also into the ‘insanely easy’ category. Such a combination may sound too good to be true, but for once it isn’t.
🍷 Wine pairing from Julian: “Drink more sweet! Don’t be afraid to bring a nice sweet wine into your home. Pour it into a flute, so that the acids are properly translated and the enamel does not splash off your teeth. Here are three choices. If you go for easy, then a northern Italian Vin Santo. Everyone’s friend, of course, which nicely supports this Italian dessert.
If you are not afraid of a bit of excitement and sensation, opt for a Sherry Oloroso and be amazed at how the flavors merge. If you really want to unpack, go for Vin de Constance by Klein Constantia from South Africa. Just outside Cape Town, this beautiful winery has been making this top wine for centuries.”
> To the recipe: tiramisu affogato (an easy dessert)
Team Culy wishes you a very tasty Christmas and lots of fun in the kitchen. Merry Christmas!