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6 last minute Christmas recipes that will do the trick

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With the Christmas party season well underway, now is probably a good time to work out what to serve in the case of a last minute festive get-together if you haven’t already.

As a bit of last-minute inspiration, here are some easy recipes from Co-op for all three courses to help you get Christmas-ready with loads of (well, some) time to spare.

Starters

1. Sweet and savoury Christmas slices

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Who says that Christmas pudding is only for desserts? Ready in just 17 minutes, these lovely sweet and savoury Christmas slices combine Christmas pudding with apples, lemon juice and the surprising addition of cheese.

Tangy, sweet and savoury all in one, they’re a pre-dinner treat that your guests will thank you for.

2. Baked brie with caramelised balsamic onions

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The name says it all. This dish is tasty, indulgent and easy to prepare, making it pretty close to perfect for a Christmas starter.

Add some crusty bread and raw veg on the side so that everyone can get involved and help themselves to the mouth-watering cheese.

 

Mains

3. Roasted turkey crown

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If you’re new to cooking turkeys, worry not: Co-op’s comprehensive recipe for a roasted turkey crown takes you through the process of cooking a yummy turkey, step by step.

Not only is the turkey relatively easy to cook, but it also looks incredible when covered in bacon and herbs. Set aside 2 hours and 15 minutes and you shouldn’t have much of a problem with this meal.

And, this Christmas, ensure your turkey is ethically sourced; Co-op's turkeys are all from Britain and reared with a strong focus on animal welfare.

4. Onion tarte tatin with port glaze

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This is a bit of a showstopper. For a dish that looks incredible but is actually quite easy, the onion tarte tatin with port glaze is ideal. It takes around an hour and a quarter to prepare and it’s worth every minute.

When considering the impact that your Christmas dinner is having on the environment, it's good to note that this dish is vegan. To find out more about the impact of veganism on the environment, read our article: 'How environmentally friendly is veganism?'

 

Desserts

5. Mince pie pancakes

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With warm mincemeat, freshly-cooked pancakes and cream, nuts and fruit zest on top, no matter how full you are after the main course, you will likely find room for mince pie pancakes. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover mincemeat to make sure nothing goes to waste.

These puddings are also great as a Boxing Day treat alongside a cup of tea to keep the festive feeling going for just a bit longer.

6. Bread and brandy butter pudding

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Bread and butter pudding is such a comforting dish, offering all the heart-warming goodness of Christmas. Adding a touch of brandy butter makes it all-the-more indulgent.

In only 45 minutes, you can make this lovely dessert which will help you end Christmas dinner with a very wide smile and a very full belly.

Students get 10% off at Co-op with a Totum or NUS extra card. Find your local Co-op here.

For more inspiration from Co-op throughout the year follow @coopukfood. 




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