Christmas Dinner Thread 2017

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  1. tinkerbelluk

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    Being a long term lurker I've been waiting for the Christmas Dinner Thread to pop up this year to give me some inspiration, but alas it's hasn't as yet, so you've brought me out of the shadows!

    What's everyone planning to have for the big day?
     
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    Crab meat and sea food - starter.
    A "Turkey Cushion" from Sainsbury's for main with champagne.
    Then Christmas pud and cream with a dessert wine.
    Cheese and port
    Irish coffees
     
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    Nothing but the best again this year so they’ll be Goose on the table come Xmas day afternoon :clap:
     
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    A choice of (or combination) starter - smoked salmon, homemade vegetable soup or corn on the cob (a family tradition). A standard main of turkey, gammon, roast/mashed potatoes, roast veggies, sprouts, cranberry and stuffing cocktail sausages, sausage meat & breaded stuffing, roast gravy.
    Deserts, Pavlova, various ice cream, trifle, apple tart.
    Cheeses
    Red wine - Nuits St Georges
    White - Sancere
    Whiskey - Tir Connell

    Roasties, veg, stuffing(s) and gravy all made today and in the freezer. Ham just boiled.
     
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    Tomato soup to start, roast turkey, goose fat roasties, yorkshire puddings (we always have them), stuffing, roast carrots and parsnips, pigs in blankets, homemade cranberry sauce. Then a Christmas pudding with custard or ice cream.

    Our turkey has just gone into a homemade brine solution. As the turkey is frozen and weighs 5kg, I don't need to refrigerate it so can keep it on the kitchen draining board and top it up with ice. The turkey should be nicely defrosted by Monday morning.
     
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    Defrosting in brine is a neat trick isn't it :thumbsup: Ours is fresh this year so I have no where easy to keep it cool other than in the bottom of the fridge, so I'm trying without brine this year.
     
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    This is the first time I'm brining and the first time in 3 years I'm not cooking it on the bbq rotisserie (as we're at my parents' house). How did you find the taste and texture after brining? I've heard mostly positive but enough negative to be a little concerned...
     
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    Traditional here all homemade with a butchers turkey
    Prep started this morning the stuffings are a huge part of our meal over the years I’ve perfected the flavours I now do a chestnut one and a sausagemeat sage and onion one

    Chestnut prepped

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    Sausagemeat

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    All ready for cooking

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    Cranberry sauce on the way and bread sauce

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    Stage one done next up gravy and a trifle
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    I've always found it moist and tasty, but it possibly depends on the brine, what are you using?

    Edit: and depends on the turkey of course :)
     
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    Trifle done swede done gravy done cauliflower cheese done umm gin time

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    Not dinner exactly but in the same ballpark. The pork and apple sausage rolls are my work, the rest courtesy of my wife.
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    It's this one here:
    Turkey Brine Recipe

    I've added slightly more iced water to make sure the turkey is covered. The food grade bucket I bought is fantastic as it has a tap on the side near the bottom edge so I can drain and top up with ice.
     
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    We're having Christmas Stuffed Porchetta tonight, with mash, roasted carrots and gravy. The stuffing in the pork is bramley apple and spice. I'm hoping for good crackling, having scalded the fat with boiling water and then seasoned it well with sea salt.
     
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    Gin poured turkey going in
     
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    Trying a crown this year
     

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    Slow cooked chicken coming out the oven in 3 mins
     
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    Forgot to take the shot so here's the list.

    Prawn cocktail starter

    Turkey crown
    Roast pork
    Sausage stuffing
    Pigs in blankets
    Mash potatoes
    Roast potatoes
    Peas
    Carrots
    Green beans
    Cauliflower
    Sprouts
    Roast parsnips
    Gravy

    Now that I write it down I can begin to understand the effort my wife put into this :eek:
     
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    Smothered mine in mustard and cranberry sauce. My second time at cooking Christmas dinner for all.

    Gave myself the two pigs in blankets that came out burnt.
     
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    Happy Christmas everyone.

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    The Turkey this year came with an odd set of intructions.

    Either 35 mins a kg at 180 deg C Electric/Gas mark 4

    or preferably: 23 mins a kg plus 2 hr 40 min at 140 deg C Fan.

    Times worked out at 2hrs 38 minutes for the former or 4 hours 20 mins for the latter. I chose the latter and it was perfect :clap:

    I've done slow and low before and it's come out well cooked but pallid. This one was a nice golden colour. If I remember I'll take a photo of the untouched side :)
     
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    Had enough leftovers from yesterday to have the same again today. Fantastic
     
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    Currently navigating my digestive system :

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    Slow cooked lamb, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes, roast parsnips, steamed carrots, Yorkshire puds.

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    Nice to see you've done your nails for Christmas :p

    Yesterday we had turkey, roast beef, swede, brussels in cheese and chestnuts, broccoli, pigs in blankets, roasts, carrots and and more veg with Christmas pud, profiteroles or lemon cake with cheese and biscuits after.
    Today is similar to above but we always have goose and turkey.
     
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    Almost forgot to take a pic

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    Did our roast today as was cooking for the less fortunate yesterday, we had goose and turkey now I’m stuffed!

    Can you spot the sprouts?



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    Sprouts look good, how did you do them? Dauphinoise?
     
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    Shredded sautéed in butter with bacon black pepper and double cream, everyone eats them even the haters like me!
     

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