A French Christmas with James Martin

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19 December, 2017

After whirlwind of a French Adventure with James Martin this summer we’re still very much enjoying French fare, so we’ve come up with a French Christmas menu for those who’d like a taste of Christmas on the continent.

Christmas is all about indulgence, and it doesn't get more indulgent than rich and decadent French food, so how about adding some of James Martin's French favourites to the main event?

To start

Duck rillettes with fig & peach chutney or French onion soup with cheesy croûtons


Like a rougher, coarser pâté, James’ Duck rillettes are one of the most delicious things you can have on toast. Serve with a festive fig and peach chutney for a change from the traditional prawn cocktail this year. Alternatively, French onion soup topped with all important cheesy croutons is a great, lighter option, to leave ample space for the main course.

A show stopping main

Coq au vin or Roast duck with sherry vinegar & plums


Is there anything more classically French than Coq au vin? Similar to the turkey, in requiring a little time to prepare, marinate the chicken in the fridge overnight, before slow cooking for 2 hours and eventually adding in the lardons and mushrooms just before serving.

Alternatively, if your Christmas show stopper simply has to be a roast, why not opt for James’ Roast duck with sherry vinegar & plums. Full of flavour, and served with fruity plums to cut through the fattiness of the meat, it’s a true festive treat!

Sides

Gratin dauphinois and Leeks vinaigrette


Possibly the best potato dish ever, when it’s cooked well. Gratin dauphinois is the perfect indulgent side to many-a-dish, it’s even worth serving up with your turkey.

Where veg is concerned, it has to be Leeks vinaigrette for us. This is also a great vegetarian dish, served up with a poached egg on top as a dish in it’s own right.

Dessert

Paris Brest

Before the all-important cheese course, this is a brilliant dessert for that something sweet that looks pretty impressive too. If you’re running short on time, you can always buy ready-made pastry, to make it quicker to assemble on the big day.

To go with your cheese

Marrow, ginger and cardamom preserve

Add a little pizazz to your cheeseboard with some homemade preserve. This James Martin courgette recipe always goes down a storm. 


OUR FAVOURITE'S FROM JAMES MARTIN'S FRENCH ADVENTURE

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