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December 13, 2017
Do you prefer to celebrate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Yes, yes, I know… You celebrate Christmas every day until it’s time to put the Christmas tree back in the closet… My question though, doesn’t isn’t so much about the spirit of Christmas, as much as the… holiday meal! Meaning when do you choose to set the Christmas table and gather all your loved ones around you: Christmas Eve or Christmas day? Both days have their pros and cons…

If you choose to organize your holiday meal on Christmas Eve, that means that you can simply relax the following day and open your presents and stay away from the kitchen since I’m sure you will have lots of wonderful leftovers from the previous evening. Of course this is the case if you weren’t invited as guests at someone’s house for a Christmas Eve dinner… Don’t worry… Thankfully there is a second Christmas day, which – usually – finds us all laying on the couch or in bed, from morning till night!;-)

Now, if you belong to the category that chooses to celebrate Christmas Day, you will quite simply get a little stressed trying to get everything perfect in time. Thankfully in the evening you can relax and this relaxation can extend to the following day (the second day of Christmas, as mentioned above)!

In any case, whichever way you choose to celebrate Christmas with your love ones, you definitely need to make sure you have something planned… as far as food goes! (ok, and presents..) And here, my friends, is where I come in to recommend some spectacularly delicious recipes that will make you want Christmas to last forever! Here we go…

Let me begin with a traditional Greek Christmas bread called Christopsomo, which is never missing from the Christmas table. You can buy it from your neighborhood bakery (if in Greece or near a Greek neighborhood overseas) or you can bake it fresh at home, with this wonderful recipe right here.

Next in line is Crunchy polenta with raita dipping sauce, whose goal is to “put the breaks on” your guest’s impatience without getting them too full though  ;-)

Τραγανή πολέντα με σάλτσα Ραΐτα από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Don’t forget the salad! With so many tasty goodies set on the table, people many times overlook the salad. This can happen with some salads, but never with Citrus salad with hazelnuts, since it is an innovative salad full of bright fresh colors, flavors and aroma!

Σαλάτα εσπεριδοειδών με φουντούκια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Moving on to our main menu… Appetizers, sides, main dishes and a holiday dessert that will bring this festive feast to a sweet end. Take a look at the following dishes and choose the ones that are best suited to everyone’s tastes…

Starters or sides

Three absolutely scrumptious dishes which can be enjoyed on their own or along with the main course. These are none other than a Chicken souffle, a divine Mashed sweet potatoes, or the exceptional Savory and pumkin and feta strudel that you can get a little taste of in the picture:

Στρούντελ με κολοκύθα, φέτα και μανιτάρια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

On to the main course…

Turkey is the star of the Christmas table for some…. I have three  juicy, plump, tender turkey’s… quick, slow cooked and stuffed… Choose the one you like best depending on your taste and the how much time you have.

You can also make… a Roast stuffed turkey or a Glazed ham roast

Quick Christmas turkey

Γρήγορη χριστουγεννιάτικη γαλοπούλα από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Brined roast turkey

Γαλοπούλα ψητή σε άλμη από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Roasted Stuffed Turkey Breast and Caramelized Vegetables

Ψητό γεμιστό στήθος γαλοπούλας από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

 

A sweet little something!!!

The piece de résistance everyone always waits for with the greatest of expectations … the dessert… and specifically.. the Christmas Dessert with a capital D!! Four breathtaking desserts that will have everyone oohing and aahing… Trust me!

Christmas log with forest fruit

Χριστουγεννιάτικος κορμός με φρούτα του δάσους από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Flaming Christmas pudding

Χριστουγεννιάτικη πουτίγκα από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Christmas brownies with candied cherries

Χριστουγεννιάτικα brownies με κεράσια γλασέ από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Christmas cakes with chocolate trees

Χριστουγεννιάτικη τούρτα με σοκολατένια δέντρα από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

 

Akis

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