If you’re feeding a crowd this Christmas, you’ll no doubt want to create a feast that doesn’t leave you stranded in the kitchen, while everybody else is having a jolly good time. The key to this is often preparation, but there are also some dishes you can choose to ensure you can create a festive feast, while also maintaining the demeanor of a cool, collected and calm domestic god or goddess!
Here are the Two Tails suggestions for feeding a crowd this festive season:
Begin with a simple seafood platter; this is easy to prepare ahead of time and a real crowd pleaser. Prawns, salmon, oysters, and mussels all pair beautifully, with Two Tails Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
For the main attraction, barbecue something delicious, and, once again, have your salads prepared ahead of time. Swiftly becoming a modern classic, venison makes a perfect festive feast. Here’s how we prepare our Very Merry Venison…
- Oil the meat
- In a bag, add S&P & paprika, ½ tsp of each with 2 Tbsp flour & 2Tbsp breadcrumbs, mix
- Add meat, shake and rub the dry mix into the fillet
- Remove meat from bag
- Place on BBQ grill
- Sear on all sides, careful not to burn the breadcrumbs
- Once seared and golden brown, remove to an oven proof pan
- In a 200º C oven, place venison and cook for five mins or until centre of the meat is approx. 55oC
- Remove from oven, cover and rest for 10 minutes
- Slice and serve
If you’re looking for a salad to serve with your venison that can be prepared ahead, check out this recipe for a runner bean, pomegranate and honey salad, the jewel-like colours of the pomegranate seeds give it such a festive look. Pour Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Noir to enjoy with your venison.
Ditch complicated desserts that might keep you in the kitchen, and add a cheese board; especially if you’re drinking Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Gris, in which case, consider mild or nutty cheeses. Halloumi, Mozzarella, Edam, and Gouda all work well. Add some fresh or dried fruit or berries and nuts, to ensure your cheeseboard looks truly festive.
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