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Ring the changes this Christmas

December 15, 2020

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This year, Christmas is going to be a bit different; we may not be able to gather the whole family together and some traditions may have to be postponed for now. So, why not embrace the changes and try some new ideas this Christmas? Who knows, you may discover a new tradition.

One thing is certain, we all feel the need for a little treat this year. What better way to treat yourself than with the comfort of St Dalfour’s tasty fruit preserves? All natural, gluten free, made entirely from fruit product, with no added cane sugar, no preservatives and no artificial colouring. What’s not to love?!

Over the years, we have put together some tasty recipes for the festive period such as our Orange and mustard glazed ham or our Christmas star biscuits. We’ve also offered some ideas for the run up to Christmas and handy hints for Boxing Day leftovers.

This year we are focusing on Apricots. St Dalfour’s apricot preserve is such a tasty and versatile spread that works well with both sweet and savoury recipes.

Traditional Christmas Stuffing with an Apricot twist

The addition of apricot preserve lends this stuffing a lovely touch of sweetness, and helps bind the ingredients together.

Ingredients:

  • 400g good quality sausage meat
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs – I prefer to use a granary loaf
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • A few St Dalfour chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp St Dalfour Apricot preserve
  • 1 tbsp each of chopped sage and thyme
  • Small handful of chopped parsley
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Lightly fry the onions in a little oil & butter, then add the sausage meat to brown a little. Mix in the remaining ingredients and leave to cool. When ready to cook, roll into balls or place in a greased ovenproof dish. Bake for 20-30 mins at 180C until golden brown.

An alternative Christmas Day starter 

To ring the changes, why not try a different starter this year?

Place a triangle of Camembert in individual ramekins, make a slit in the Camembert and add a teaspoon of apricot preserve. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and a few chilli flakes. Bake in the oven at 180C for 8-10 mins.  Serve with ciabatta.

Boxing Day leftovers

For a quick and easy Coronation Chicken style sauce, mix together 50g each of mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt. Add a heaped tbsp of apricot preserve, a teaspoon of curry powder and a few cranberries or sultanas. Add chopped leftover turkey for a tasty sandwich filling.

For more apricot recipe inspiration, visit our Appreciating Apricots blog.