I always think few items made in advance makes perfect sense so here are my suggestions for Christmas entertaining...
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere you can't go past Barbequed fish and Caponata for an easy and delicious Christmas lunch.
Make the caponata in advance and freeze it then simply barbeque the fish on the day, reheat the caponata then swan around your beautifully-set Christmas table and look like a domestic diva.
|Caponata - Sicily's take on ratatouille - goes perfectly with salmon, tuna, swordfish etc|
Or here's another fishy idea: baked salmon with a parmesan, herb and pinenut crust. Prep the salmon in advance and freeze it, then simply bake in a hot oven on the day and serve with a caper-studded aioli.
|Salmon with a lemon, parmesan crust. Easy peasy but also an elegant meal for special occasions like Christmas|
For those in colder climates it's hard to avoid the roast turkey tradition, but make it easier on yourself by prepping the first course or a side dish in advance.
Here are some soup options that can be cooked and frozen before the big Christmas shebang:
|Zucchini (courgette), parmesan and basil soup - it takes like creamy pesto in a big bowl - yum!|
|Tuscan soup with rosemary and bacon - the rosemary should be your secret weapon - it really makes this soup|
Or Potato dauphinois is always a delicious side dish for any roasted bird or joint.
|Potato dauphinois - how can you say no to a classic potato bake?|
All recipes are available in the FROST BITE e-book.
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