Get Ahead Christmas Veg with Food Sorcery
Mastering Christmas dinner timings can be a fine art, so preparing your vegetables in advance is a great way to get ahead of the game. It will give you more time with the family on Christmas Day and less time stuck in the kitchen while everyone is celebrating. This guide from the chefs at Food Sorcery will show you how to prepare your vegetables and keep them looking and tasting as delicious as if it’s all made on the spot.
Ingredients - serves 4
If you cook extra, you’ll have plenty for a lovely leftover lunch on boxing day
- Carrots – cut into sticks
- Sprouts – peeled, remove stalk, cut a cross in stem
- Parsnips – peeled and quartered
1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, place each type of veg into the pan in turn and blanch for one minute. Immediately plunge into cold water (This is so that the vegetables keep their colour).
2. Place on a tray taking care to keep all the vegetables separate, place into the freezer to flash freeze overnight – this prevents the veg going soggy.
3. Remove the veg from the freezer and place into zip lock bags or Tupperware before placing back in the freezer until needed.
To cook your Christmas veg
1. Remove from the freezer at least 2 hours before needed to defrost.
2. Your oven should already be at 180*C
3. Drizzle parsnips with oil and place on a baking tray taking care not to overcrowd – roast until golden for approximately 30 mins
4. Bring a pan to the boil, add sprouts and after 4 mins add the carrots. Continue to boil for 10 mins.
5. Serve and enjoy!
About Food Sorcery
Who doesn’t love good food? Well Food Sorcery certainly does! Their purpose-built cookery school is a place where everyone can enjoy everything from hands-on cookery classes and team-building events, to informative nutrition courses and barista training that will get your mouths watering. Based in Manchester, this award-winning school is run by a team of talented chefs who successfully blend learning with sociable atmospheres to create something fun and tasty.