14 days of Christmas, day 7; meat sides

Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without the trimmings, more often than not these trimmings are meat made as well as able to be made in advance.

Pigs in blankets signify Christmas for me, they are little sausages of heaven, cheap and easy to make these are perfect for your Christmas dinner. However, there are many options for pigs in blankets.

Traditional:

Cocktail sausages wrapped in half a strip of bacon then baked in the oven until crispy.

£1.30 for 10.

Apple:

Chop up a small slice of apple and lay it on the bacon strip then top with cocktail sausage and wrap.

£2.35 for 10.

Canadian:

Brush the bacon with maple syrup and then place in the cocktail sausage and wrap.

£1.40 for 10.

Stuffing is a much needed accompaniment to any Christmas dinner, it can of course be shop bought but where is the fun in that? Below are some unique twists on this classic. 

Sage and onion:

Shopping list: butter, onions, dried sage, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt and pepper.

Process: Fry 2 onions in the 1 tbsp butter, place into and bowl and mix in the 160g breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 1 tbsp dried sage, pinch of salt and pepper then cook for 20 minutes.

ASDA £4.46 | Tesco £4.63 | Sainsbury’s £6.65 | Average serving £1.80

Apricot and hazelnut:

Shopping list: onion, butter, hazelnuts, dried apricots, breadcrumbs, lemon and egg.

Process: fry 2 onions in 2 tbsp of butter, chop 40g hazelnuts and then fry.In a bowl mix the onions, hazelnuts, 140g dried apricots, 175g breadcrumbs, 1 beaten egg, zest of 1 lemon. Bake for 30 minutes.

ASDA £5,64 | Tesco £6.29 | Sainsbury’s £8.90 | Average serving £2.29

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