Posted 2nd December 2011 by Caroline Gosney
The Christmas turkey and all the trimmings is one of the most traditional meals us Brits eat all year, but what if you’re catering for vegetarians or just fancy a change? Panic not, help is at hand!
Begin the meal with Beetroot and Horseradish soup. It’s bound to be a favourite with everyone and looks beautiful served in earthenware bowls. Serve it alongside crusty bread or some posh cheese straws for something a bit different.
Take a break from turkey this festive season and plump for beef instead, well for the meat eaters anyway! Our Rolled Rib of Beef with Herb, Anchovy and Garlic Stuffing is the perfect main course on Christmas day and gives you a break from the more traditional offerings. Serve up Polenta Stacks for the veggies with mozzarella and roast squash as an alternative to a nut roast.
Set out the side dishes down the length of the table so everyone has easy access to them. Butternut squash and Sage Bake, Leek, Celery and Gruyere Gratin and Crushed New Potatoes are great accompaniments for both the vegetarian and meat eater main courses and are a welcome change from brussel sprouts and parsnips. Don’t forget the horseradish sauce for the beef and some delicious gravy to pour over the beef.
Finish up with a classic Trifle rather than a flaming Christmas pud. Stud it with silver balls for the wow factor and make some Salted Caramel Truffles to serve with coffee if you can fit anything else in!