The Perfect Christmas Cuisines to Feast Your Hands On
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about Christmas? Food. Yes, Christmas marks a time of extremely unnecessary indulgence. But we all know the annual pressures of the perfect Christmas Dinner can often distract us from the true magic and joys of Christmas. For many, the thought of having to cook a Christmas cuisine can be a very daunting task, particularly when catering for a house-full of guests with high expectations after a long year of waiting. Here is an array of the perfect Christmas Cuisines for you to try, that bring the promise of ease and deliciousness to make your December extra special this year.
No Christmas would feel complete without a trip, or two, or three, to the European Christmas markets and there isn’t a place on earth that is more packed with weird and wonderful foods that are undoubtedly the main event. But with the smells of sizzling sausages, handmade desserts and roasted nuts and so little time before the queues begin to form, what Christmas cuisine should you choose?
The Classic Hog-Roast
It may be obvious, but this street food legend runs the risk of being overshadowed by new contemporary varieties. Nothing beats the simple pleasures of the hog roast sandwich. Perfectly cooked pulled pork heaped onto a soft, sweet brioche bun that absorbs the succulent juices of the pork, served with the choice of apple sauce or stuffing, or both.
Christmas Dinner Wrap
A futuristic yet fantastic take on a classic. A Christmas cuisine you really can feast your hands on, literally (whilst avoiding the endless hours in the kitchen and vast quantities of washing up). Choose from a selection of delicious meats you want serving up with all the trimmings, wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire pudding and drizzled generously with gravy. This festive feast is sure to have you licking your lips.
The perfect sweet treat to finish off your Christmas market cuisine. These simple coconut macaroons are served fresh and still warm to touch with a crispy outer shell and a soft, slightly chewy centre. These delicious domes of joy come in a variety of different flavours from the classics to the weird and wonderful and the best part is, they are only £1.50. Wait, no, the best part is the smell of them cooking as you walk by the stall making it difficult not to stop and try.
A Christmas in the City
If your wish this Christmas is to live in an ideal world, then look no further. There is an abundance of top-quality restaurants that have done all the work for you, so you can avoid the pressures of organising the perfect Christmas night out whether that be with family, or friends. Depending on your party preference, you can feast on an array of seasonal menus around town, that typically include high-end Sunday roasts, as well as festive drink menus to accompany. The Anthologist in Manchester has created an array of festive menus including a take on the Christmas classics such as roasted carrot and coriander soup. For mains you can feast your hands on a classic roast, or grilled sirloin steak, with hand cooked chips. And if your still not full, enjoy the choice of a Christmas pudding with hot brandy sauce, salted caramel chocolate torte with clotted cream, OR sticky plum and almond cake.
Another menu that instantly springs to mind, is the far from disappointing, Rosso’s. Rosso’s is amongst one of Manchester City’s favourites delivering fresh Italian food and a prestige service for a dining experience you will not forget. In true Christmas spirit, Rosso provides an extensive Christmas cuisine offering not just one, but four festive menus, including a Christmas day menu for those that fancy a Christmas dinner in style. Or if you can’t wait till then to begin your Christmas feasting, enjoy their delicious roast dinner every Sunday – what a treat!
If fancy isn’t your style and you are looking for something that is more along the lines of pub grub, then Miller and Carter are offering a variety of festive menus that are sure to tickle your pub grub cravings. This includes a hand carved roasted turkey served with dauphinoise potatoes, sweetly glazed root vegetables, rich gravy and fig stuffing. For dessert stay safe with a traditional sticky toffee pudding try a kumquat Christmas pudding served with a luxury custard or brandy cream.