Make The Perfect Christmas Lunch

This post answers the following questions

1) What is a typical three course meal that you would have on Christmas?
2) How to roast a turkey?
3) What is the best compliment to the turkey?
4) How many hours a 10 pound turkey will be cooked?
5) How to make the perfect christmas lunch

Christmas comes once a year and for most people it means the family table will be crowded with the family from near and far, friends and partners. So how do you go about preparing the perfect Christmas lunch that will leave people begging you for the recipe and stumbling away for the table.

Making the perfect, means you need to stick to the traditions, but you need to do them well. Here is a typical three course meal that you would have on Christmas:

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Number One – The Roast:

Not everyone makes turkey on a regular basis, so you need to keep your wits about you when preparing a turkey. The first step is the thawing (defrosting) process, it should take approximately twenty-four hours per five pounds. However, if you are in a rush, simply place the bird into cold water and change the water every half an hour until properly thawed.

The second step is in the preparation of the turkey; in order to get a soft and moist taste you need to ‘bath’ the bird in a salt water solution. Once bathed, remove the giblets from the inside, this will ensure that the bird cooks evenly through. When putting the turkey into the oven pan, be sure to not wash off the salt water solution, as you do not want to dry out the turkey.

The last step is cooking the bird. Preheat your oven to around 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 230 degrees Celsius. Once the oven is warm, lower the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius. Place the bird into the oven (remember to place the oven rack lower to accommodate the size of the turkey) and allow to cook for thirteen minutes per pound. As an example a 10 pound turkey will cook for two hours and ten minutes.

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Number Two – The Vegetables:

That traditional vegetables prepared with a turkey are roasted. However, if your oven is full, roast the vegetable on the stove or on an open fire until cooked and slightly charred. For a salad, the best compliment to the turkey would be a sweet fruit style salad.

Chop pears into your salad to ensure that you get that sweet taste along with the crunchy lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

Number Three – The Dessert:

The Ideal Christmas pudding would be a traditional fruit cake made with brandy or a trifle made with sherry. A traditional fruit cake needs to be prepared months in advance to ensure that the brandy is completely absorbed, remember the fruit cake will not go off, so ideally bake the cake two months before and once a week and a small tot of brandy to the cake – drizzle it over the surface and allow to sink into the cake. A tip, if the brandy is sitting on the cake, then you have poured too much, so lower the amount for future reference.

As for the trifle, prepare your jellies the day before and make the trifle on the day. The key to a good trifle is a sweet biscuit, jelly and custard with a hint of sherry to give it that extra bit of flavour.

To conclude, Christmas is what you make it, so experiment and replace ingredients to your palate. The point of Christmas is to enjoy good food with good company, have fun and enjoy the experience.

This is Greg Jones I use a under water coolers to ensure that I have fresh water for washing my vegetables. Find me in the gym at the water coolers London machine during my rest and let me help you make the perfect roast first time.

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