On Saturday I hosted a casual dinner party for a very close friend and her family.
I decided to keep everything very simple and begin with the main dish: shredded chicken which I prepared before my guests arrived.
I first stuffed the raw chicken with a generous about of sage and onion stuff. I loosened the skin and filled used the skin with cranberry sauce. After cooking whilst the chicken was still hot I removed the stuffing, stripped the meat from the bones and poured the stock from the chicken into a gravy boat so that I could later use it to make a tasty gravy.
I served the chicken with home made Yorkshire puddings, steamed green beans and asparagus steamed then wrapped in prosciutto. With stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Rather than serving my guests individually I simple placed all the food onto the table so that each person could help themselves to 1st, 2nds, 3rds and yes even 4ths!
For dessert I made Panettone from Martha Stewarts book Handmade Christmas. I did included almond and orange essence which Martha Stewart includes in another recipe which is online along with vanilla extract which the recipe I followed stated.
One thing I can say about Panettone is that I didn’t realise just how time consuming making this festive Italian Christmas bread would actually be.
The recipe stated that the mixture would make 3 however I decided to make 5 small panettone.
Make panettone was an excellent decision as my guests gave many complements. I served my panettone with thick double cream.
For those with a sweet tooth we ended the meal with a delicious hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.
Another successful and enjoyable evening. 🎄
Happy Monday Friends! 🎄