Last Minute Christmas Menu Ready under 30 Minutes!
We’ve got the solution to your last minute Christmas plans with this amazing line-up of dishes.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but it can become stressful especially when you’re the party planner in charge of the food! Fret not, Christmas cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. We’ve got the secret to preparing the perfect Christmas meal in just 30 minutes. From a wholesome main course to a bite-sized chocolatey dessert, and a refreshing fizzy drink to boot, you’ll definitely wow your family and friends with this quick yet delicious festive menu.
As with all meals, the main dish is the star of the show, and this classic baked salmon dish will not fail to impress. Using only 3 main ingredients, this fuss-free recipe can be done in under 30 minutes.
Before you start working on the salmon, remember to preheat the oven to 230°C. While waiting for it to heat up, prepare the salmon by drizzling some olive oil, and season it with salt, pepper, and some dried herbs of your choice. We’ve chosen fresh rosemary cause it goes so well with salmon, but if you prefer, you can also use dill, oregano, thyme or whatever’s lying around in your kitchen.
Sprinkle chopped cherry tomatoes over the fish before wrapping it up in aluminium foil or parchment paper. The cherry tomatoes will add a natural sweetness to the salmon when cooked together.
Now that the salmon’s ready to go, place your Brussel sprouts in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Alternatively, you can also use asparagus or broccoli if Brussel sprouts is not your cup of tea.
Place the salmon parcels and Brussel sprouts on a baking tray and let it bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and there you have the star of the show ready for your guests!
White Chocolate Cookie Balls
While waiting for your salmon to cook, you can start preparing your dessert, and it doesn’t get any simpler than these yummy no-bake cookie balls.
1 packet Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 packet Cream Cheese
1 packet White Chocolate Chips
1-2tsp Canola Oil Rainbow Sprinkles (optional)
Start with placing a handful of chocolate sandwich cookies in a re-sealable bag. Use a rolling pin to crush these cookies into a crumbly texture. While using a food processor will achieve the same effect, this method is definitely more fun!
Add the cookie crumbs into a bowl of cream cheese and mix them well. Then, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Grab some of the mixture and roll them into the size of a small golf ball. Refrigerate the cookie balls till it holds its shape.
In a bowl, pour the white chocolate chips and canola oil, and microwave them in 25-second intervals. Stir regularly until the chocolate chips are melted completely into a smooth mixture. Coat the chilled cookie balls with the white chocolate mixture and top them with some rainbow sprinkles before placing them back into the refrigerator to set.
There you go! It only takes five ingredients and a fraction of your time to produce these sweet treats!
Happy Holiday Punch
Your Christmas menu won’t be complete without a refreshing drink, and this Happy Holiday Punch will definitely lift the holiday spirit.
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
4 cups apple cider, chilled (optional)
Simply mix the chilled cranberry juice cocktail and ginger ale, and voila, your drink is ready. If you want, you can garnish it with apple and lemon slices as well as frozen cranberries to add that extra wow factor. Tangy and sweet, this drink is the perfect palate cleanser!
This Christmas menu is definitely made of some of the easiest and most fuss-free recipes. We’ve tried it ourselves and can guarantee that it’s a lifesaver especially for last minute party planning!