Our Top 3 Christmas Meals

Ladies!!! The countdown is real and this shopping just got real 😥😥. Please raise your hands if you’re done shopping and wrapping gifts..

I’m almost done gift shopping but that wrapping is something else entirely. I just can’t tie bows, can anyone else relate?

Anyways, if I can’t wrap it, I’m going to cook it. Here’s my list of favorite meals to prepare this Christmas.

I actually chose these meals because of how traditional they are. I grew up eating some of them and I believe they’re staples for every Christmas table.

My list was made of chicken (grilled because we’re fitfam), fruit cake and Christmas fudge.

See their recipes below;

1) Roasted Chicken (allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

Direction.

  1. Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder. Place 3 tablespoons margarine in the chicken cavity. Arrange dollops of the remaining margarine around the chicken’s exterior. Cut the celery into 3 or 4 pieces, and place in the chicken cavity.
  2. Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove from heat, and baste with melted margarine and drippings. Cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest about 30 minutes before serving.
Footnotes
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 423 calories; 32.1 g fat;1.2 g carbohydrates; 30.9 g protein; 97 mg cholesterol; 662 mg sodium
2) Fruit Cake: (bbcbloggoodfood.com)
Ingredients
1kg mixed dried fruit(use a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes or figs)
zest and juice 1 orange
zest and juice 1 lemon
150ml brandy, Sherry, whisky or rum, plus extra for feeding
250g pack butter, softened
200g light soft brown sugar
175g plain flour
100g ground almond
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
100g flaked almond
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Put 1kg mixed dried fruit, the zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon, 150ml brandy or other alcohol, 250g softened butter and 200g light, soft brown sugar in a large pan set over a medium heat.

  2. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Tip the fruit mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool for 30 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep 20cm cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment then wrap a double layer of newspaper around the outside – tie with string to secure.

  4. Add 175g plain flour, 100g ground almonds, ½ tsp baking powder, 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cloves, 100g flaked almonds, 4 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour

  5. Tip into your prepared tin, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hrs.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 2 tbsp of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.

3) Christmas Fudge: (delish.com)

INGREDIENTS

Cooking spray

2 3/4 c. chocolate chips

(14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

2 tbsp. heavy cream

4 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3 tbsp. Christmas sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
  1. Line an 8”-x-8” baking pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate, condensed milk, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt together. Stir until smooth then pour into prepared pan.
  2. Top with sprinkles and refrigerate until set, 2 hours. Cut into squares to serve.

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