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Making Christmas Perfect Ch.3 - Sides

Making Christmas Perfect - Sides!

Godfreys have been providing perfect Christmases since 1905 - the year in which we were founded by our Great Grandfather!

Back to the future

Over the years fashions have changed in Christmas dishes and menus - but we find that a mixture of traditional and some of the more modern dishes - is usually the best recipe to help create a Perfect Christmas

Making Christmas - Perfect!

So this years Godfreys Celebration will be a series of Chapters on both traditional and modern recipes for each of - Christmas Breakfast and Brunch, Christmas Side Dishes, Christmas Dinner Mains - and finally some recipes for Boxing Day - to complete making your Christmas - Perfect!

After our Making Christmas Perfect Breakfast and First Courses - we now move on to Christmas Dinner Side dishes

Continue our mission

We continue our mission to champion real Free-Range Turkeys by publishing the What makes a fabulous Christmas Turkey Story Chapter Three - in our Christmas Carol Tab

Producing these special birds

So when people gasp in astonishment at the true taste and textures of your expertly hand raised, thoroughly fabulous tasting Turkey - you can point them to the Tab to show just how much hard work, sheer commitment, husbandry expertise and pure passion goes into producing such a special Bird - rather than its pale - and usually dry and insipid tasting, industrially manufactured - and very distantly related cousins 

And so to Christmas Dinner Side dishes 

Christmas Mains Side dishes

The importance of a good Christmas Side dish should not be underestimated, so make sure your Side dishes shine this Christmas. 

Presented with equal care

Vegetables accompanying the main dish have a very high standard to live up to - and so should be planned, timed and presented with equal care

Match the excellence

Christmas is a time of year where you go to town on food, so make sure your Turkey - or Meat of choice - has some tasty accompaniments on your Christmas table - that match the excellence of the celebratory centrepiece. 

Here are some Christmas Side dish recipes which may help get your taste buds in the festive mood and your guests begging for your recipes.

• Brussels with Chestnuts & Sage
This simple festive side dish jazzes up the humble Sprout, it makes a great get-ahead dish to save you time on Christmas Day 
Preparation time 35 mins : Cooking time 10 mins. Click here for Goose Fat
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• Honey-roast Carrots - by Lesley Waters
Slightly sticky yet succulent and sweet, Honey and Carrots are a classic combination that will never go out of style
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time : 5 mins
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• Crisp Honey Mustard Parsnips
Dried Mustard adds a slight heat to this sweet Parsnip vegetarian side dish
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 15 mins
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• Christmas Spiced Red Cabbage - by Emma Lewis
This classic side can be made up to two days in advance. For maximum flavour, cook the Cabbage down really well over a low heat until it's really sticky
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr
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• Winter Greens with Walnut Butter - by James Mackenzie
This Greens with Walnut Butter recipe makes the perfect Christmas Side - the Walnut Butter can be made in advance, and simply tossed with the blanched Greens for a quick and easy dish.
Preparation/Cooking time 30 mins - plus setting time.
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• Jerusalem Artichokes with Raisins, Pine Nuts & Apricots - by Angel Zapata Martin
This effortless Jerusalem Artichoke recipe sees the vegetable dressed in mixture of melted Butter Dried Apricots, Raisins and Pine Nuts for a sweet and savoury flavour, while the grated Nutmeg adds plenty of warming, wintry spice. A brilliant side dish if you're after something a little bit different.
Preparation/Cooking time 60 mins
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• Caramelised Shallot Mash - by Emma Lewis
A low-fat, but creamy and delicious Mash that's made to be eaten with Sausages
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 30 mins
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• Caramelised Chicory with Orange, Blue Cheese and Walnuts - by Paul Welburn
This caramelised Chicory recipe sees the bitter leaves charred in a pan before being braised in Star Anise-infused Orange Juice and Stock until tender. The Walnuts and Shallots on top add crunch, while the crumbled Stilton lends a salty, creamy finish.
Preparation/Cooking time 30 mins
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• Sausage & Bramley Stuffing - by Sara Buenfeld
This recipe will give you enough to stuff the Christmas Turkey and also make a tasty Stuffing Loaf
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 10 mins. Click here for Cumberland Sausages, Tamworth Unsmoked Streaky Bacon
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• Best-ever Roast Potatoes
The ultimate recipe for crispy, crunchy Roast Potatoes - takes this classic side dish from standard to sensational!
Preparation time 30 mins plus chilling : Cooking time 1 hr 40 mins. Click here for Goose Fat
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• Sticky Roasted Parsnips, Chantenay Carrots & Apples - by Jenny White
Glaze your Christmas Root Vegetables with Honey and Coriander Seeds, then add Apple quarters and roast for an extra-special side dish
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 40 mins. 
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• Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes - by Barney Desmazery
These are a great addition to Christmas dinner, and perfect for Boxing Day Bubble and Squeak - if you have any left over! Easily doubled / halved. Vegetarian
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 15 mins
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Cauliflower Cheese with Walnuts & Crumbs - by Sara Buenfeld
Chunks of Cauliflower are smothered in creamy Cheese Sauce, scattered with Bread and Walnuts, then crisped in the oven in this classic side dish
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 50 mins
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• Savoy Cabbage with Shallots & Fennel seeds - by Sara Buenfeld
Soften Shallots before stir-frying with Cabbage and Fennel Seeds for a low fat, healthy side dish - perfect for Christmas for those watching their diet! 
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 30 mins
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• Sticky Port Gravy
This full-flavoured, festive Gravy can be made in advance - the secret ingredients of Soy Sauce and dried Mushrooms add a deep hit of 'umami', or savouriness, to complement a roast. Freezable.
Preparation time 25 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 30 mins. Click here for Chicken Wings, Fresh Chicken Stock
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So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further recipes we hope we have given you much food for thought - and helped to add that extra special something - that will make your Christmas Perfect

We hope you enjoyed this Chapter on Christmas Dinner Side dishes recipes and ideas for Christmas - and trust you look forward to the next Chapter - when we show more Recipes and Ideas for your Perfect Christmas - next up are Christmas Mains.

Merry Christmas!

Ps Please do have a look at Chapter One of our Christmas Carol now Live on www.godfreys.co which explains in detail what ensures your Christmas Turkey is going to be fabulous

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