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8 Easy Christmas Recipes If You Got “Arrowed” To Be The Host For EOY Gatherings

Easy Christmas recipes


Hosting a Christmas get-together can be quite the task. From waking up early to get the freshest groceries, to the inevitable clean-up after everyone’s looking to instantly toh after a night of revelry. Well, someone’s gotta do it and if this year the responsibility of quelling your guests’ voracious appetite lies on you, then listen up.

In actuality, preparing a Christmas feast may not be as daunting as it seems. There are tons of simple, holiday-themed dishes that don’t require Masterchef-winning expertise to cook up. Here are some easy Christmas recipes to put on the menu, all made from ingredients that you can grab straight off the shelves of your nearest FairPrice.


– Easy Christmas mains –


1. Roasted chicken with potatoes


No Christmas dinner is complete without a showstopping centrepiece – usually a succulent serving of meat. The rest of the world agrees too, as you’ve got the folks over in Japan indulging in KFC, while a roast pig makes its rounds around the dining table in the Philippines. Similarly, a whole roasted chicken with potatoes feeds many, and is not too hard to prepare.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients: 

  • 1 whole Chicken
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic
  • 20g rosemary
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Steps:

  1. Season the cut potatoes with your preferred spices and herbs, then do the same for the whole chicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, then pop them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Roast until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, and allow the juices to run clear.

2. Ham & potato wreath


If cooking isn’t your forte, you might find baking a tad too cumbersome. Especially when dealing with bakes that are temperature-sensitive, you’ll find that they tend to be a time sink if you don’t know what you’re doing. Instead, first-time bakers can try their hand at this ham and potato wreath, one of the easier Christmas recipes that uses frozen puff pastry from FairPrice to make it look all the more atas.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen puff pastry
  • 60g frozen mixed vegetables
  • 600g Russet potatoes
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 60g milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack honey glazed ham

Steps:

  1. While boiling potatoes under high heat for 10 minutes, cook your frozen vegetables in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mix them together in a bowl with butter and milk.
  3. Press a small bowl over the puff pastry to form a wreath-like circle.
  4. Then, spread the potato mixture onto the pastry along with ham slices, and bake it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200°C.

3. Yule ham sandwiches with bao buns


The Christmas ham is another mainstay of holiday feasts. These Yule ham sandwiches infuse a generous serving of cold cuts with an Asian touch, by encapsulating its flavours with a steamed bao. You’ll even be able to sneak in your daily intake of greens with the accompanying pickled vegetables, so don’t feel too bad about reaching for seconds.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients:

  • 8 Lotus leaf buns
  • 1 boneless sliced ham
  • 200g sliced Daikon radish
  • 200g sliced carrots
  • 200g sliced Japanese cucumber
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • ½ tbsp Basilico sauce

Steps:

  1. Prepare the pickled filling by dressing the radish, carrots, and cucumbers with a rice vinegar, sugar, and salt mixture.
  2. Steam the buns for 5 minutes before spreading Basilico sauce on the inside.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches by adding ham and pickled vegetables.

4. Beef stew with kimchi


Bust out the steamboat pot for hearty conversations held over a piping hot pot of beef stew with kimchi. The ingredients are fuss-free, as you can conveniently find all of them at nearby supermarkets and for premium stuff like fresh seafood, just head to FairPrice Finest.

Plus, it’s entirely customisable. Whether you want to add sausages, tiger prawns, or an entire block of Parmigiano Reggiano to make it cheesy, is up to you. For an added element of surprise, get your guests to bring over an ingredient or 2 of their choosing, and see what curious flavours your eventual broth can evoke.

Image credit: Instant Pot Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 spring onion stalks
  • 1 cup Kimchi
  • 200g honey-baked ham
  • ½ rack Gochujang pork ribs
  • 200g Roulade pork belly
  • 2 packs Shin Ramyun
  • 2 tbsp Gochujang
  • 3 cubes Korean broth

Steps:

  1. Mix the soup ingredients in a steamboat pot.
  2. For that familiar Korean flavour,  place ⅔ cup of the kimchi in the middle of the pot, while laying the noodles on top.
  3. Lay the rest of the kimchi above the noodles along with the cheese.
  4. Place the lid on and begin cooking the stew; the steam produced will melt the cheese nicely over the ingredients.

– Desserts & cocktails –


5. No-bake tiramisu trifle


After a sumptuous meal prepared by their gracious host, your guests will surely be looking to complete their night with a round of sinful desserts. Rather than spending your year-end bonus on price-hiked Christmas cakes, consider this tiramisu trifle recipe. You won’t need to switch on the oven for this one either, as this is one of those no bake Christmas recipes.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients:

  • 300g silken tofu
  • 360ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 330g ladyfingers
  • 100g popcorn
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Steps: 

  1. Blend a mix of  tofu, coconut milk, corn starch, honey, and vanilla essence at a high speed.
  2. When the mixture is smooth, whisk it while heating it on medium heat till it thickens.
  3. Assemble a layer of ladyfingers at the bottom of the glass, add cream, and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and topped with popcorn.

6. Rudolph-shaped butter cupcakes


On the flipside, if you’ve got a couple of hours baking under your belt, get the kids involved with fun Christmas recipes like these Rudolph-shaped butter cupcakes. It’ll make for a fun bonding experience in the kitchen; who knows, you might spark an undiscovered interest within the little one. Regardless, the end results culminate in a batch of dainty creations, just in time for the festive season.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients: 

  • ½ block unsalted butter
  • 170g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g full fat sour cream
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 24 pretzels
  • ½ cup red M&Ms
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 pack round milk candy
  • 1 cup nutella chocolate spread
  • 6 marshmallows

Steps: 

  1. Beat butter and caster sugar until pale white in a mixer.
  2. Afterwards, mix in 1 egg at a time, followed by vanilla extract and full fat sour cream.
  3. Combine plain flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, and mix this into the batter along with dried cranberries.
  4. Divide the batter evenly and bake at 180°C for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Top the cupcakes with Nutella spread.
  6. To form Rudolph’s face, pretzels will double as horns, while milk candy and chocolate chips make up the eyes. Finally, use half a marshmallow and 1 red M&M to complete the nose.

7. Frosty margarita


To wash everything down, clink glasses with your guests as you down some frosty margaritas. It’s made up of a blend of multiple juices that’ll leave a sweet taste in the mouth. It’s also effortlessly IG-worthy, so be sure to snap away before you bite into the juicy pomegranate arils. For the mocktail version, just leave out the tequila.


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients: 

  • 240ml pineapple juice
  • 240ml cranberry juice
  • 180ml fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups ice
  • pomegranate seeds
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Tequila (optional)

Steps: 

  1. Coat the rim of the glass with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon powder with the help of a wedge of lime.
  2. Add sugar, lime juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and ice into a blender.
  3. Blend for 1-2 minutes till smooth, and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a cinnamon stick.

8. Reindeer gin-gle


What’s a festive celebration without a couple of swigs of alcohol? A standard shot of the good stuff ain’t gonna cut it when everyone’s donning their red Santa hats and ugly sweaters, though. Commemorate the Christmas spirit by sipping on some Reindeer gin-gle, topped off with an adorable rendition of Father Christmas’ trusty red-nosed companion.

While the boozy drink is great for adults, you can easily tweak this recipe by swapping out the alcohol with Ribena for a kid-friendly version of the drink. 


Image credit: FairPrice

Ingredients: 

  • 30ml Gin
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 6 big cubes grass jelly
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup champagne
  • 4 fresh rosemary stalks
  • 2 toothpicks
  • 2 marshmallows
  • 2g pomegranate seeds
  • 4 cloves

Steps: 

  1. Chill glass by adding ice cubes and remove them once chilled.
  2. Cut grass jelly into 3cm × 3cm cubes and add them into the glass, followed by gin, champagne, and pomegranate juice.

To create the reindeer, insert 2 rosemary stalks into each marshmallow to mimic antlers. Attach toothpicks to the front of the marshmallows to secure pomegranate arils for the nose, and place 2 cloves to form the eyes.


Get your shopping for these Christmas recipes done online with FairPrice


Now that you’ve got some simple Christmas recipes to fall back on, all that’s left is to go shopping for ingredients before you begin cooking up a storm. Thankfully, all the ingredients for the Christmas recipes we’ve listed can be found by making a trip down to your nearest FairPrice.


A quick glance in the FairPrice Group App’s Celebrate Christmas section will reveal plenty of discounts and bundle deals.

Speaking of which, you can do away with the hassle of lugging bags of foodstuff home when you’re doing your shopping online via the FairPrice Group App (App Store | Google Play). Apart from your standard groceries, they’ve got everything you need to throw a proper shindig, such as Christmas hampers, and everyone’s favourite Ferrero Rocher chocolates.


Image credit: FairPrice

Alternatively, if you’d like to supplement your array of home-cooked food with something a little extra, look to FairPrice’s traditional Christmas deli sets to bring some legit festive specialities to the dining table. You can purchase them in-store, but we recommend pre-ordering the sets on the FPG app to beat the queues, when you collect them at their many outlets.

London Fat Duck’s Christmas Roast Duck Bundle ($129) & The Soup Spoon’s Grilled Lamb Chops With Truffle Balsamic Sauce ($78).
Image credit: FairPrice

FairPrice has even linked up with restaurants like London Fat Duck and The Soup Spoon to bring you even more delectable dishes to dazzle your guests. These are exclusive to FairPrice Finest stores, so do plan your deli runs accordingly.

FairPrice is also extending an invite to shoppers who’d like a taste test before deciding to bring home a deli set to share with the fam. 4 FairPrice Finest outlets will be hosting a series of Yuletide Feasts, where you’ll be able to sample some of the supermarket’s Christmas offerings. You can even pre-order them on-site at discounted prices if they are to your fancy. 

The taste tests will be conducted from 10am-5pm at the following outlets:

  • Woodleigh Mall: 2nd December 2023
  • Bukit Timah Plaza: 2nd December 2023
  • Bukit Panjang Plaza: 9th December 2023
  • Marine Parade: 9th December 2023

Cooking for a crowd can be stressful but FairPrice has got your back this Christmas. Even when all hell breaks loose in the kitchen, just order one of their enticing deli sets as a Hail Mary, and you can be sure that your party guests will be posting #hostesswiththemostest.

Check out FairPrice’s Christmas collection

 


This post was brought to you by FairPrice.
Cover image adapted from: @katiestreasurespartydesigns & @upperhousebangsarkl via Instagram, Alvin Smith via Flickr

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