All you want for Christmas is this ultimate festive menu

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Hold on to your Santa hats, because this Christmas we’ve taken it to the next level. Remaster the classics with this cracker of a menu starring stuffed pork belly, peachy duck, roast rib-eye, twice-baked soufflés and (yes!) a show stopping meringue cake with cream cheese icing.

All the inspiration you need from starters to roasts, to sides and desserts…

STARTER

TROUT BLINIS

This simple and easy to assemble starter is just enough to whet the appetite.

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MAINS: YOUR CHOICE OF THREE RECIPES

PORCHETTA WITH MUSHROOM-AND- SAGE STUFFING

The Italian version of pork roast, stuffed with garlic and herbs, is sublime. Get the crispiest crackling by rubbing the skin generously with sea salt.

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DUCK WITH POACHED PEACHES

“Woolies’ free-range duck leg and breast portions are hand- trimmed of excess fat and bone. Our ducks are also free to enjoy the outdoors during the day and eat a vegetarian diet of grains and pulses only” – Anda Dlepu, product developer

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RIB-EYE WITH ANCHOVY SALSA VERDE

Rib-eye is a tender, tasty cut that’s easy to prepare, but for a guaranteed juicy, flavour-packed result. Always allow the meat to sit uncut for at least 15 (preferably 30) minutes to let its internal juices redistribute rather than bleeding out onto the platter (what a waste!).

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SALADS AND SIDES: YOUR CHOICE OF SIX RECIPES

Beetroot tarte tatin

Add a little French class to your side servings with this easy 30 minute recipe.

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TWICE-BAKED CHEESE SOUFFLÉS

With two sharp cheeses, mustard and nutmeg, this fluffy dish is a savoury sensation.

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FESTIVE CHRISTMAS SALAD

The fresh beetroot and beetroot spaghetti adds an edible and festive pop of colour to your table.

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HASSELBACK POTATOES

The secret is in the duck fat. These crazy-good crispy-edged potatoes just happen to be super-easy to make. And they’re so tempting, there’ll be no carb dodgers at your table on 25 December.

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CREAMY BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Creamy Brussels sprouts recipe

Brussels sprouts often get a bad rap, if you’re not a fan of Brussels sprouts this simple recipe might change your mind.

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MELON BALL SALAD

Because presentation is everything, add a little interest to your salad by using a melon baller.

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DESSERT: YOUR CHOICE OF TWO RECIPES

LAYERED ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE JELLY AND PANNA COTTA

This light, summery dessert is the perfect foil to all that festive richness.

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MERINGUE CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING AND CARAMEL CORNFLAKE CROWN

Take the cake! This show stopping meringue cake with cream cheese icing is a great finale to fantastic (and filling) festive meal.

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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