Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Boxing Day dinner 2016

On Boxing Day mom and I prepared a simple but delicious 4-course dinner. In this post I'd like to share what we made and all the recipes - because this food is not only for the holidays. We started with tiny carpaccio rolls as an amuse (and these, when not cut in small pieces, could go very well for lunch or even dinner). Then we had a shrimp cocktail as an entree. Here the guys (my dad and partner) complained they did not like shrimps, which meant I could have a lot of their cocktails as I thought they were DELICIOUS! For the main course we had beef steak with mushroom cream sauce, broccoli with herb butter, and jacket potato with a quark topping. As a dessert we had a 'Christmas wreath' brownie cake, and I couldn't have wished for something else to finish our Boxing Day dinner.

Amuse: mini carpaccio rolls

What you need
  • Small wraps
  • Truffle mayonnaise
  • Rocket
  • Pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Beef carpaccio
What you do
  • Spread some truffle mayonnaise on a wrap
  • Get 3 or 4 slices of beef carpaccio, loosely roll up each slice, and lay them in a vertical line in the middle of the wrap
  • Cover the entire wrap with some rocket, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese
  • Roll up the wrap and cut into 10 pieces. Do not serve the two pieces on the outside.

I know an amuse should be one or two bites, but it would be torture to serve only one or two pieces of these carpaccio rolls per person. So I made sure everyone could have four pieces, and this was quite satisfying.

Entree: shrimp cocktail

I got this recipe from Jumbo.

What you need
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chili powder
  • Lime
  • Coriander
  • 2 avocados 
  • Lil shrimps
What you do
  • Mix 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise with 20g coriander, 1 avocado and lime juice. Add a tiny bit of chili powder (the recipe says 1/4 teaspoon, but I would recommend to put less).
  • Mix everything with the shrimps. The recipe says 200g for 4 people but we put almost 400g (200g in the mixture and the rest as a topping). It's up to you.
  • Put some mixture in a glass. Cut an avocado in tiny pieces and cover the mixture with some. Add some more shrimp. Then go for another layer of mixture, and another layer of avocado and shrimps.
If you like shrimps and avocado just as much as me, you will loooooove this shrimp cocktail. Just be careful with the chili powder, you don't want it too spicy.

Main course: beef steak, jacket potato and broccoli

I got this recipe from Allerhande.

What you need
  • Round steak (from the butcher)
  • (Olive) oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Above average sized potato (floury)
  • Broccoli
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Butter
  • Dried oregano
  • Quark
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
What you do
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Put the potatoes in a oven dish and cover with some oil and some salt. Then put the potatoes in the oven for 60 minutes.
  • Mix some grated lemon zest, lemon juice, a crushed garlic clove, finely chopped chives and parsley with 100g butter. Add some pepper and salt.
  • Put the butter mixture on tinfoil and roll it up. Put in the fridge for at least 20 min.
  • Boil the broccoli in salted water (4 min). Mix the broccoli with pieces of the herb butter.
  • Make sure the steak is at room temperature. Pat dry (with a paper towel) and cover with some oil and some pepper. 
  • Put a pan on the stove and wait until it's hot. Put the meat in the hot pan and cook to your preference.
  • Mix 4 to 5 tablespoons of quark with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, half a teaspoon of mustard, some dried oregano, a lil bit of olive oil, some chives, some lemon juice, and some pepper and salt. Put this on top of each jacket potato.
Make sure you don't burn the meat like I did a little! Baking steak is so damned hard. I didn't like the herb butter so much so I think that next time I will just buy herb butter at the store instead. 

Dessert: 'Christmas wreath' brownie cake

I got this recipe from Jumbo.

What you need
  • Stuff to make a brownie. We bought two packages and used a springform to put it all in.
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Almond flakes
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Strawberries, blueberries and raspberreis
  • Mint
  • Powdered sugar
What you do
  • Make a brownie in a springform, so it's round-shaped 
  • Put some chocolate in a pan and heat it so it'll be chocolate sauce
  • Crumble some chocolate chip cookies and do the same for the almonds
  • Outer circle: put the crumbled chocolate chip cookies in a circle on top of the brownie cake.
  • Inner circle: put the almond flakes in a circle on the inside of the chocolate chip cookie circle
  • Put scoops of ice cream on top of these circles - I did six scoops.
  • Put all the fruit in between the scoops of ice cream. Decorate with some mint.
  • Cover everything with powdered sugar, putting most of it in the middle of the brownie cake.
  • Put some chocolate sauce on top of the scoops of ice cream.

After consuming all this you will most likely feel pretty stuffed, though stuffed in a perfectly satisfying way (at least if our stomachs are equally sized). I had a great Christmas time and I hope so did you!

What did you eat on Christmas/Boxing Day?

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  1. Ohhh, wat een toetje! Ziet er prachtig uit :)

  2. Oh heeeerlijk zeg! Dit wil ik nu wel eten haha!

  3. De 'shrimp cocktail' ziet er fantastisch uit! En natuurlijk kwijl ik bij het dessertje ;)

  4. Wat ziet het er allemaal lekker en mooi uit! Jammer genoeg eten wij niet heel speciaal met kerst, anders wist ik het wel voor volgend jaar, alleen al omdat ik dan mooie foto's kan maken haha!

  5. Wauw, wat lekker allemaal! Vooral het toetje lijkt mij heeeerlijk :)

  6. Oeh, dit ziet er allemaal super lekker uit. Maar die brownie cake steekt toch wel echt mijn ogen uit. Yum!


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