4 festive recipes to wow your Christmas guests
Enjoy fuss-free festive feasts with our top kitchen tech...
04 Dec 2019
We’ve picked four iconic festive recipes that are super-simple to make with the help of some handy kitchen tech - so you can enjoy your festive period fuss-free.
How to make slow cooker Mulled Wine
Around the festive season, a slow cooker will be your go-to. Perfect for stews, soups and pie fillings – just chuck in your ingredients, head out for the day. But did you know you can do a great fuss-free mulled wine in a Crock Pot? Here's how...
- 3 bottles of red wine (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
- 1 orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 8 cloves
- 3 star anise
- 75g sugar
Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker and put the lid on. Set your slow cooker to low for 3-4 hours and walk away!
How to make Real Crispy Chips
Christmas can be a time of indulgence, but if you’re looking for a healthier way to make some of those tasty treats, an Air Fryer is the perfect Christmas gadget. The chips will come out so crispy, your guests will never guess there’s only 1 spoon of oil – don’t worry, we won’t tell.
- 875 g baking potatoes such as Russet
- 1 ActiFry spoon vegetable oil, such as rapeseed, corn or sunflower
- 1/2 tsp salt (approx.)
Peel the potatoes and cut into chips of equal thickness, 13 mm or less is perfect for even cooking and maximum crispiness.
Rinse the chips thoroughly in water and drain well. Use a clean tea towel to thoroughly dry (this is really important for crispy chips!) and then place them in the Air Fryer pan. Drizzle evenly with the oil.
Cook for 30 to 40 minutes until the chips are crisp, golden and cooked through. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chips, so check on them regularly.
How to make Carrot and Coriander Soup
Everyone loves a hearty warming soup in the winter months – perfect for when you come in from a cold walk, or as a starter at your Christmas party. How about a handy Soup Maker to make the whole process quick, easy and stress-free.
- 100g onion, chopped
- 120g celery, finely chopped
- 500g carrot, cut into small dice
- 1 level tsp ground coriander
- 15g fresh coriander, chopped
- 800ml hot chicken stock
- 50ml semi skimmed milk
Place the onion, celery, carrot, ground and chopped coriander into the removable vessel, and mix well. Add the stock to the required level. Select Medium Function and required number of portions - then press Start/Stop button.
At the end of cooking, stir in enough milk with a wooden spoon to achieve the consistency you desire, then season to taste.
How to make perfect pigs in blankets
When you’re struggling to come up with exciting things to do with your leftovers, a versatile George Foreman Grill is great for creating a range of festive meals and dishes, from pigs in blankets to Boxing Day turkey toasties.
- 12 cocktail sausages
- 6 rashers streaky bacon
- 12 cocktail sticks
Cut the rashers of bacon in half and wrap each sausage in one piece of bacon. Pre-heat the grill to maximum. Cook the covered sausages for 6-10 minutes until the juices run clear.
Remove from grill and insert a stick into each sausage.