Fantastically Festive Foods

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On the run up to Thanksgiving and Christmas there are many things to look forward to, from gifts and guests who rarely visit to the much looked forward to downtime that is the highlight of every year. However, an essential element to any holiday season is the seasonal and festive food that can be cooked up. From the focus all around food for thanksgiving, to the true star of Christmas day: the Dinner. We ourselves are most certainly getting in the mood for the delicious festivities, so with the help of some of our favourite recipe sites,we thought that we’d look at four traditional dishes and provide a few fresh ideas on classic Christmas and Thanksgiving dishes.

For Thanksgiving: Bacon Wrapped Turkey and Succulent Stuffing

Bacon-wrapped Turkey
A bacon wrapped turkey has three levels of delicious awesomeness. First and foremost it offers a simple way of cooking a succulent turkey; second it brings out the best in both the bacon and turkey as this really makes for a magical combination and third and finally it allows you to create a real show stopper through easy to do, but rather beautiful looking woven strips of bacon.

Turkey Stuffing with Cornbread Sausage, Apples and Pecans

Turkey makes for the traditional meat of Thanksgiving and when done correctly it can be delicious. However, Turkey is also known as a relatively dry meat and as such, in addition to bacon, the right stuffing for succulence is essential.

If you’re looking for stuffing that is a little bit different this year why not try cornbread, sausage, apple and pecan stuffing? This classic combination creates rich sweet juices from the apple with a wonderful meaty taste from the sausages; this is then all finished off with a bit of contrasting crunchy texture through the pecans.

For Christmas: Christmas pudding and Pignoli Cookies

The Ultimate Christmas pudding
Every Christmas dinner has one or two guests who are steadfast “no’s” to the Christmas pudding question. However this year may be different if you opt for the ultimate Christmas pudding recipe; and the secret behind this pudding that has seen it earn the title of ‘ultimate’? Well that’d be the magic mix between the Vodka, Cinnamon and specifically selected fruits. This is then all coupled with the traditional splash of sherry and a good measure of honey to sweeten and polish off the recipe.

Pignoli Cookies
Tins of shop bought biscuits always end up doing the rounds at Christmas, so why not go one better this year with some delicious Pignoli cookies? What’s more is that these cookies are both relatively easy to make and full of festive flavour!

These beautiful biscuits are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside and originate from the culinary powerhouse that is Italy. They actually also serve as a treat that is both gluten free and dairy free which, when compared against pretty much every other Christmas pudding or treat, is quite the rarity. Taking just 30 minutes from start to finish this simple recipe only requires seven ingredients to create 36 cookies!

Buying the Tastiest Turkey

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With Christmas just around the corner, those of us that have chosen to have turkey for our festive dinner will probably have already started thinking about where to buy it from.

Sure, there is the convenience of the supermarkets, our recommendation for buying your food locally rather than the large food stores, is just as relevant at Christmas as it is for the rest of the year.

You probably already realise the benefits of buying the vegetables for your Christmas dinner from a local supplier, and how much better this can make them taste. Well, the same is true for your turkey.

For one thing, if you choose the right local supplier for your bird, you can be sure that it has been raised in the very best conditions – which is not just important from an animal welfare point of view, it’s also likely to have a big bearing on how the meat tastes.

If you want a spectacular looking turkey for your festive meal, you’re going to want it to taste as good as it looks, and unless you know where it’s come from and how it was raised, you might be disappointed.

Apart from the fact that a locally sourced, responsibly-farmed turkey is likely to taste better than one you get from the freezer of your local supermarket, you’re also likely to get a lot more choice. This is usually true in terms of the type and size of turkey, but also what it was raised on and how this might improve it’s taste.

We’re big advocates of buying as much as your food as possible from good, local suppliers, so it’s not surprise that we think this is just as important when it comes to your Christmas dinner. After all, this is on of the most spacial meals of the year, so why wouldn’t you want it to be the best it could be. And if you don’t want to wait till December to enjoy a great turkey dinner, here’s a great post that shows that turkeys are not just for Christmas.