An Easy Christmas Dinner – From Lidl
If you want to prepare the perfect Christmas dinner without stress, or spending more money than you want to – but without compromising on taste – I have the solution for you! I have been trying out some of Lidl’s Christmas range and created a festive lunch. I made a delicious Christmas meal for 5 people that was really simple to prepare and so delicious! I am extremely impressed by Lidl – their quality and their prices – and very friendly and helpful service.
There are so many options in their ranges and so many Christmas recipes that it was a joyful dilemma to decide what to have.
I decided to make a change from the traditional turkey and opted for the pork in black pepper for the meat as it just looked so tempting. Then it was easy to go for all usual trimmings including pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, duchess potatoes, roast parsnips, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, red cabbage with apples and sage and onion stuffing.
For pudding there is no other option to offer Christmas pudding – served with Lidl’s Deluxe Brandy Butter. Guests were also offered a mini mince pie to accompany dessert. The Christmas pudding was genuinely one of the best commercial puddings I have tried. Very juicy and moist with plenty of texture and flavour. #LidlSurprises
I also couldn’t resist offering an alternative from Lidl’s fabulous frozen range. I chose (after much deliberation!) the Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake. It was a really good choice.
The cheesecake has the texture of a really good, thick New York style cheesecake, and the lemon topping was deliciously tangy. On the basis of how good that was I will definitely be back to try out their Banofee Pie, Eton Mess and other Cheesecakes. #LidlSurprises
Next came the pleasurable challenge of making a selection of cheeses from the varied range available for the cheeseboard – although I can’t believe that anyone would have had any room left really but I was sure they would be tempted to a little! Anyway cheese and biscuits are popular throughout Christmas and offer a light and tasty snack in amongst the feasting! I just got my favourite cheeses of brie, camembert, Wenslydale with Cranberries and some Stilton.
When it came to biscuits for cheese – I am afraid I couldn’t choose between the Traditional Cracker Selection and the Scottish Biscuits For Cheese from the Deluxe range – so I bought both.
Honestly if you think Lidl is small – just go and visit and discover their fantastic wide range of products!
Next on to the wine and beer section. If you don’t know already it is also important to say that Lidl do a fabulous selction of wines at great prices. I selected Prosecco Spumante and Primitivo di Salen. Both brilliant value and surprisingly good wines.
Just for treats I was enticed by the Chocolate Covered Gingerbread and the Apple Stollen cake from the Lidl Favourina range – for later!
Delicious Festive Meal
Pork may not be traditional for Christmas but golly was it perfect for a happy occasion! It was delicious and succulent – and the crackling was very crackled and crispy – with no real effort in the cooking. The meat was moist and tender – really good – and there was plenty for 6-8 people. What a fabulously easy way to make a special lunch! The roast potatoes were excellent – as good as any I cook myself and the honey glazed parsnips made a fabulous vegetable really special!
The sprouts, carrots and broccoli all from Lidl were fresh and delicious. I also made Red Cabbage with Apples – cooked in advance – with apples and red cabbage also from Lidl. In fact their fruit and vegetables are brilliant value when you compare prices with other supermarkets!
And no Christmas dinner is complete with out Christmas Crackers and Lidl’s Luxury Christmas Crackers are very stylish.
You know – my guests were not people who had shopped in Lidl much but they were all genuinely surprised and delighted at just how good the food from Lidl is. Brilliant value too. So whether you are cooking all from scratch or going for the easy dinner – I recommend a trip to Lidl!
Cooking A Lidl Roast Dinner
Most people know that the key to a great roast dinner is having everything ready at the same time. It was really very easy with this dinner.
5 Steps To a Brilliant Christmas Dinner!
- The Pork Loin joint with Black Pepper simply needs to be popped in the oven for just over 2 hours, turning the temperature down after 30 minutes
- The prepared stuffing goes in the oven at 45 minutes to the end along with the pigs in blankets
- The roast parsnips and potatoes follow after 10 minutes (35 minutes to cook)
- The Duchess Potatoes after another 10 minutes (25 minutes to cook)
- The final element is the fresh vegetables, boiled or steamed to your taste just a few minutes before everything is ready.
The Pudding can be cooked in the microwave taking around 10 minutes including standing time. It is best to have a little rest in between course to make sure your guests still have some room for desserts. The cheesecake needs to be thoroughly defrosted – around 2 hours at room temperature.
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