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Mince pie time For Christmas, Boxing Day or a tea break treat, we’ve got marvellous mince pies for every occasion

ICED DELIGHT Asda Chosen by you Iced Mince Pies, £1 (6-pack) Topped with soft fondant icing, these are sure to be a hit with kids and those with a sweet tooth! The fruity filling has just enough citrus tang to balance the sweetness, too. A super twist on the traditional and just the job with a cuppa! CLASSIC CHOICE Asda Chosen by you Mince Pies, £1 (4-pack) Spoil your guests with these yummy pies. Freshly baked in store for that homemade taste, the crumbly shortcrust pastry is crammed with juicy dried fruit and dusted with icing sugar. MINIATURE TREAT Extra Special Buttery Mini Mince Pies, £2 (12-pack) With a port and brandy-infused filling and butter shortcrust pastry, these little mince pies are a deluxe treat. Enjoy with a glass of mulled wine. These pies are just a taster – you’ll find the full range in store.

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Take 3 pies…


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3 WAYS TO PERFECT ROAST POTATOES

We all think we make the best roast potatoes, but there are so many different ways to do it. We’ve picked our top three...

1Adding a 1 level tbsp

cornflour to your potatoes will give them a lovely crispy coating.

2 Using cold sunflower oil

works just as well as hot oil. it’s safer – no hot fat to splatter – and saves a lot of hassle.

3 Cooking your potatoes in

goose or duck fat will give your potatoes fantastic flavour. It also makes the outside crispy and the inside soft – just what you want!

GET-AHEAD GRAVY

Have a pre-Christmas chicken roast and make stock in advance. Simmer the bones for a few hours with carrot, celery, onion and herbs. Strain. Drain the fat from the roasting tin and stir 2tbsp flour into the remaining juices. In a saucepan, whisk in 600ml stock. Store in the freezer.

TURKEY FLAVOURINGS Buttering your turkey gives it great flavour and keeps the meat moist. Simply lift the skin near the neck so you can get your hand in and rub the butter between skin and the flesh. Try adding herbs and lemon to butter, or mix in cinnamon and cumin, or the zest of an orange and tarragon.

DO YOU KNOW... ...these Christmas veg shortcuts? They’ll save you precious time on the day itself. ♦ Trimmed sprouts and peeled, sliced carrots will keep for up to a day if stored in an airtight container. ♦ Peeled and cut potatoes and parsnips can be left in a bowl or pan of cold water overnight. ♦ Red cabbage can be cooked a day or two in advance and reheated. This will also freeze beautifully.

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FESTIVE FEAST TIMEPLAN

Preparation the day before Do as much as you can in advance, then follow our simple timeline for the easiest Christmas feast ever…

◆ Make the salmon parcels for the starter.

◆ Make the cranberry sauce and

◆ If you’re using a frozen turkey, remove from

bread sauce. Refrigerate.

the freezer to allow time to defrost. Allow

◆ Peel and cut up the parsnips.

3-4 hours per kg in a cool room.

◆ Prepare and cook the braised

◆ Make stock from the giblets to use for

red cabbage.

the gravy, prepare the pigs in blankets

◆ Make the herb butter for the turkey.

make the stuffing. Refrigerate all.

◆ Make the chocolate and chestnut roulade.

◆ Wash and trim the sprouts; chop the

pancetta. Store separately in the fridge. ◆ Peel and cut up the potatoes and parsnips,

PHOTOGRAPHS: PHILIP WEBB. STYLING: REBECCA NEWPORT. FOOD STYLING: EMILY JONZEN

cover with water and store in a cool place.

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◆ Set the table. ◆ Chill the wine and soft drinks. If you’re short

of space, a shed, garage or a balcony should be cool enough at this time of year.


CHRISTMAS FEAST

Cooking on the day Timings based on a 6kg turkey; sitting down to eat at 2.15pm 9.30am Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Prepare the turkey by spreading with herb butter (see page 66).

9.50am Put the turkey in the oven, basting every 30 minutes throughout the cooking time.

12.30pm Put the stufďŹ ng balls and pigs in blankets in the oven.

1.00pm Remove the stufďŹ ng balls and pigs in blankets.

Wrap in foil and keep warm. Remove the foil from the turkey and return to oven. Increase the oven temperature to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7.

1.20pm Remove the turkey from the oven and put on a platter. Cover loosely with a double layer of foil and a damp tea towel, and keep in a warm place. Parboil the potatoes, drain. Heat the fat for the potatoes for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and put in oven.

1.30pm Toss the parsnips and

carrots in oil, then put in the oven. Make the gravy using the juices from the turkey roasting tin and the giblet stock.

2.00pm Add the honey and mustard to the parsnips and carrots, and toss. Cook the Brussels sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts. Reheat the gravy, bread sauce. Plate up the salmon starter.

2.15pm Serve up the vegetables and keep warm in a very low oven. Serve the starters.

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Fill a tall glass with ice. Add one part Tanqueray London Dry Gin to two parts each tonic water and cranberry juice. Stir and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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Whether you’re planning a big celeb celebration or have family and friends coming for a get-togethe get-together, we’ve got fantastic ranges of festive party food that’s ea easy to prepare ♦ Asda Chosen by you Triple Garlic Baguette, £1* (510g; 19.6p/100g)

♦ Asda Chosen by you Margherita Party Pizza, £3* (895g; 33.5p/100g)

♦ Extra Special 12 Mini Steak & Ale Pies, £4* for x-pack (360g; £1.11/100g)

♦ Extra Special Coleslaw & Potato Salad, £3** (700g; 42.9p/100g)

♦ Asda Chosen by you Classic Dip Selection, £1* (400g; 25p/100g)

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PARTY TIME

Asda has everything you need for a great festive party. ThereÕs lots to choose from, including great-value favourites like Asda Chosen by you Margherita Party Pizza, Garlic Baguette and traditional Pork, Turkey & Wiltshire Ham Pie and a choice of popular dips. And make sure you try our Extra Special range

which includes things such as Prawn Toasts, Mini Steak & Ale Pies and twin-pot Coleslaw & Potato Salad. All amazing quality and they look good so your guests will be impressed. Stock up on breadsticks or cruditŽs for guests to nibble too Ð theyÕre perfect partners for our Extra Special Luxury Dip Selection.

♦ Extra Special 10 Prawn Toast, £3* (185g; £1.62/100g)

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♦ Asda Chosen by you Pork, Turkey & Wiltshire Ham Pie, £2* (295g; 67.8p/100g)


Asda Magazine - December 2013  

MERRY CHRISTMAS ● Dressing your homeready for guests ● Christmas dinner made easy ● Party food & drink ● Gifts galore

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