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

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

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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.

Photograph: Laura Edwards/The Guardian.

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.

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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.

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian..

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.

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

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

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

Turn the remains of the festive table into a barnstorming pie that’s as satisfying to make as it is to eat.

Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian.

Introducing a Chinese-inspired vegan centrepiece for your Christmas table.

Photograph: Lizzie Mayson/The Guardian.

Delicious – and easily adapted to feed however many people you have around the table.

<…….

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/dec/16/best-christmas-day-recipes-dinner-starter-dessert-leftovers

Recipes