Gills Gals Festive Favourites

Christmas. A time for family, friends and of course, feasting. This is music to a Gills Gals ears so here we have rounded up our festive favourites – a mix of our recipes with some of our food inspirations that always feature on our table come December 25th.

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Breakfast

  1. Smoked Haddock Kedgeree. As you know one of our all time favourites, and perfect for a very special breakfast. It brings the best of British and Indian flavours together in a way that is sure to impress your guests/family you are staying with.
  2. Cured Salmon and Scrambled Eggs. Salmon for us is a Christmas breakfast staple, and the perfect mix of feeling luxurious but comforting at the same time. Home curing is surprisingly simple so it is definitely worth giving it a try over the festive season.
  3. Peach Bellini by Jamie Oliver – a super simple way of recreating a classic brunch tipple for your Christmas breakfast. Thanks Jamie.

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Starters and snacks

  1. Bloody Mary Prawn Cocktail. A twist on a British classic. This is great for when you are serving a large group as you can prep it all before and just assemble once your guests have arrived. As we know well as we served it up for the 37 guests at our supper club in November!
  2. Smoked Mackerel Pate. Crowd pleaser, and one of the simplest things there is to make. Takes 10 minutes, and will probably take as long to disappear once you serve it to your guests.
  3. Smoked Haddock Scotch Eggs. These take a bit of time but are SO worth it. They are sure to surprise and delight your diners, just make sure you make more than you need.
  4. Gizzi Erskine’s Nduja and Sausage Rolls. Sausage rolls have to feature in any good Christmas spread and this spicy version by Gizzi Erskine is delicious. Well worth giving a twist to your Christmas this year with these.

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Sides

  1. Gingerbread stuffing by Nigella Lawson – Gemma first tried this a few years ago at a friend’s Christmas dinner party and it has been a staple at every Christmas since. Sweet, smokey, caramel and with a kick from the ginger it’s such a great recipe and it’s worth having leftovers to add to your sandwiches in those post Christmas days.
  2. Christmas Carrots by Tom Kerridge – Carrots are often overlooked on the Christmas dinner table but once you try these that will all change. Gemma’s mum discovered this recipe a few years ago and it’s the only way carrots have been served up on December 25th since. Star Anise and butter transform it into a star side.
  3. Braised red cabbage – It’s Christmas, which in our books means it’s totally fine to add bacon to anything. This braised cabbage recipe is an absolute winner, sweet, salty and vibrant. Cabbage tends to last a while so you’ll be tucking into this side for days come.
  4. Roast potato top tip – Becky can’t remember exactly where she learnt this tip but it’s a great way to get ahead with prep. Par boil your roast potatoes on Christmas eve, then toss them in flour, salt and pepper and any other seasoning you want (Becky likes to add rosemary). Cover the potatoes and leave in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. Doing this will make sure your potatoes are extra fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

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