With an emphasis on simple cooking, Jamie Oliver’s recipes are ideal during the holiday season. Best of all, everyone will love these tried and true dishes and you’ll enjoy a stress-free (and delicious) season.
Jamie’s Baked Figs
Figs are a classic Christmas fruit and in this recipe they’re baked with clementines and dashes of cinnamon and sugar. Pile them on top of goat’s cheese and toast for a twist on bruschetta. Stored in an airtight container with a drizzle of honey, the baked figs also make a lovely homemade holiday gift.
The Best Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese
This warming dish is a hit with diners young and old. Gooey cheese is a perfect match for broccoli and cauliflower florets and the addition of almonds provides an unexpected crunch. Not a fan of cheddar? Other cheeses such as Stilton or Gruyere substitute nicely.
Mixed Mushroom Stuffing
Three types of mushrooms give this variation on stuffing its nutty flavor, while herbs like parsley and thyme add a lovely aroma. Bake this stuffing, which serves a dozen people, for ultimate side dish on any Christmas dinner menu.
Roast Beef, Baby Yorkies, Little Carrots, Crispy Potatoes, Super-Quick Gravy
This meat-and-potatoes meal will have an impressive spread on your table in under an hour, making it suitable for holiday lunch. Onion and mushroom gravy dresses up simply seared beef, while carrots and crispy potatoes are seasoned with fresh herbs. Sop up any extra gravy with mini Yorkshire puddings.
Ideal for smaller families, this show-stopping dish is perfect for those who might not want to cook a whole turkey. Cranberry jam and mushrooms keep the turkey breast moist, while the puffed pastry adds a deliciously crisp outer layer. The Wellington can be assembled the day before and kept in the fridge until ready to bake.
Mince Pie Cookies
A variation on mincemeat pie, a traditional British dessert, will have everyone reaching into the cookie jar. Keep a stash of these in the freezer and bake for 10 minutes when unexpected holiday guests (or carolers) arrive at your door.
Dreamy Marshmallow Pavlova
A light Pavlova is the perfect finish to a hearty holiday meal. Airy meringue is layered with homemade marshmallow, luscious Chantilly cream, and festive red berries. Send them to bed with sugar plum faeries dancing in their heads with this dreamy dessert.
Chocolate Celebration Cake
A chocolate cake so good, you’ll want to make it throughout the year. This twist on a classic includes layers of puffed rice and sweet nougat frosting. Topped with shaved dark chocolate, it’s the dessert that will have everyone at the table asking for more.
Hot Rummy Lemonade
In between glasses of mulled wine and eggnog, mix things up with this festive concoction. Cinnamon and fresh ginger spice up apple and lemon juices, while honey balances the flavours. Shots of rum are optional, but are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.
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