Everyone loves Christmas time, right? An excuse to laze about and eat as much as you possibly can; who could resist that? There is only one problem with this celebration; you need to actually cook the food for it! Christmas is the time that will push every cook to their limit. The food has to taste amazing, look amazing, and there has to be tons of it! So, in respect for this holiday, here are a few simple recipes that will help you cook amazing food for your family with less stress.

Hors d’Oeuvres

Hors d’Oeuvres is a wonderfully flavoured appetizer! Giving off a strong garlic smell with a hint of thyme reveals its main seasonings. It also contains Camembert cheese which is baked until soft and creamy before being added. As well as this, there is a topping of sliced dried tomatoes which add a sweet side to balance out the melted cheese. You can serve this dish with either a side of sliced baguette or some spreadable crackers. Delicious!

Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

These lovely appetizers barely take ten minutes to throw together; perfect for if you want to let your guests have a little something to munch on while they wait for the main course! You first slice up all the pears into wedge shaped pieces. Mix in some lemon juice with them to stop the pears from browning. Throw together a slice of pear, a piece of arugula, and a piece of blue cheese on a strip of prosciutto, and then roll them up. If your appetizers are a bit on the unstable side, you can stick a toothpick through them to keep them together. It is recommended that you find a creamy blue cheese to use; if your blue cheese is crumbly then it may not work well with the other ingredients, as well as making the whole appetizer unstable. Is your mouth starting to water yet?

Good Old Ham

Everyone may first think of the Christmas turkey, but in my book the ham is the start! It’s so simple to cook too! It is best cooked with apricot instead of the typical sugars, in order to give it a fruity sweet flavour. As from apricot, you can add some crushed fennel seeds, black peppercorn and coriander. Be warned that ham takes quite a while to cook, so you should give yourself several hours to get it done!

Horseradish Potato Gratin

This dish is not necessarily common at Christmas time, but it is an amazing combination of flavours that everyone can enjoy! All you have to do is toss peeled, sliced potatoes in a mixture of cream, horseradish, and nutmeg, then place them in a buttered baking dish. Cover it with foil, bake for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake for another hour or so, until the potatoes are softened and the top is a nice golden brown. Absolutely fantastic food!

Warm Hazelnut Toddy

You didn’t think we’d forget the drink did you? Sure, you can easily just buy some coke and other soft drinks, but how boring is that? It’s as simple as combining Frangelico and hot water in a mug, then topping it with whipped cream right before serving. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg over the top to garnish if you feel like it. This is an adult drink of course, so hot chocolate should be prepared for the kiddies! If you have a few or all of these things then you will have a very happy family gathering!