Today Hana and I were going to have our own little Christmas in the flat together. Putting up a tree and dressing it then enjoying a lovely Christmas dinner with accompanying cheesy Christmas music and Christmas Crackers. Unfortunately there weren’t any nice trees with a stand this afternoon so we had to come away Treeless for today but we will go Christmas Tree shopping again tomorrow.
We have our own little Christmas dinner with each other before or after Christmas day itself, because we each spend the day with our families. I have Lunch out with my Grandma and see my brother in the evening and Hana see’s her family for the day. It’s nice and important to spend the day with our families and we still get to see each other on Christmas eve and Boxing day. But I also like to have our own little Christmas in our flat together just the two of us.
I love Christmas Dinners combination of Sweet succulent Chicken (I’m not a huge fan of Turkey), Crispy Roast Potatoes, Crunchy Vegetables and lashings of Thick Oniony Gravy. I think it’s all the little extras that really make it though, Pigs in Blankets, Stuffing and anything else you can cram on that mile high piled plate.
Ingredients for two Hungry people
1 Chicken around 5lbs in weight
2lbs of Potatoes
6 Large Carrots
200g Green Beans
18 Cocktail Sausages
9 Rashers of Streaky Bacon
2-4tsp Herb’s de Provence (depending on taste)
1 large Onion
Timing is crucial with this and as you may be using a different sized Chicken you will need to alter timings to fit your bird. I have broken the recipe into each part with its instructions. I hope you enjoy!
Begin by preheating your oven to 190c/ Gas 7. Prepare the Chicken by popping it in a Roasting dish with Olive Oil and some Herb’s de Provence. Splash a little extra over the top of the Bird. 30 minutes from the end sprinkle a little salt onto the skin to help it crispen up and taste delicious. The cooking time will depend on the size of your Chicken so do read the instructions, my timings are based on a 5lb Chicken which will need around 2h 30mins plus 10 minutes resting time.
Next peal and chop your Potatoes to size. Some prefer big fluffy ones and others like me love the little crispy ones. Boil the Potatoes for around 10 minutes with the lid off.
Drain them and return to the pan. Pop a lid on and shake very hard, this fluffs up the outside which will make them ultra crispy. Leave them to cool and dry in a colander. This also helps them to go crispy on the outside but fluffy inside. Yum!
Carrots and Green Beans. I chopped the Carrots into Baton’s as I think they look nicer this way and just topped and tailed the green beans. Wash these and set aside till the Chicken is resting then lightly boil in unsalted water for 3-5 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your vegetables. I like them to have some bite so don’t do them for too long.
Pigs in Blankets,
These little bad boys are super delicious. I used 18 Lincolnshire Cocktail Sausages and Streaky Bacon. Cut the Rashers of Bacon in half and wrap each little Sausage up. Place them on a lightly oiled baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes. They are best if the Bacon has gone a little crispy.
Finely dice one large Onion, lightly saute it in Olive Oil for 15 minutes with a 2tsp of Tarragon. When the Onion is translucent take it off the heat and let the Onions rest for 5 minutes. Add 4-5tsp of Gravy Granules. Boil 300-400ml of water and add to the pan. Return to the heat and gently simmer for 3 minutes stirring continuously to avoid any lumps. Add 100ml of liquid from the Chicken’s roasting tray. The juices from the Chicken will turn the Gravy silky and smooth and add more flavour.
Merry Christmas and I hope you have a lovely Dinner with family or friends.
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