The Accompaniments

We’re almost there guys! 3 days to Christmas!

You should be almost ready with all your ingredients for Christmas dinner! Besides having a main meat dish (I chose Chicken), you’ll need a number of accompaniments to go with it. I did four different sides, all of them annoyingly easy to do. Let’s be real there’s a lot to do on Christmas day. No one wants to spend it all in the kitchen.

I also made a little cocktail you can serve with dinner, which is absolutely divine.

The cocktail is a pomegranate fizz. I used a bottle of sparkling rose from the Sula Vineyard. Pour a little pomegranate juice in the flute and add a few pomegranate seeds. Make sure the sparkling wine you’re using is chilled when you gently pour it into the flute.

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For the sides, I made some beans. carrots, potatoes, and even garlic bread.

Start off by cleaning the beans, and peeling the carrots.

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I left the beans whole. You could even cut them into small inch sized pieces.

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As for the carrots, I cut the whole carrot into quarters.

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In a pan, heat some butter and olive oil. Once it starts spluttering a little, add in a bay leaf. Add your carrots to the pan and toss, until the carrots are covered in the butter. Honey is a great addition to the carrots so you can add some in. Sweet honey glazed carrots which have a little bit of a crunch when you bite into them. Finish with a bit of salt and pepper.

Carrots, done!

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Onto the beans.

Olive oil, butter, and garlic in a pan. Let the garlic brown a little and add the beans. Fry them off and add some almond shavings. Garnish with some more almond and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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For the bread, I just bought a ready loaf of garlic bread. Cut slices, but only halfway in.

Mix some minced garlic into softened butter and apply it in between the slice of bread.

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Place the loaf on a baking tray and in the oven for 15 minutes at 180C.

I sprinkled on some Italian seasoning once out of the oven.

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Last but not least my absolute favorite part of Christmas dinner, the potatoes! I did some roasties with baby potatoes.

The batch of potatoes I got was a little too big, so I cut some of them in half. Place the potatoes on a baking tray and cover them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The potatoes need 40 minutes in the oven, 20 on one side, the smashed and 20 on the other.

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And that’s it! All the sides I made for my dinner. In addition to this there was only the full roast chicken I did (post up tomorrow!)

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