Crab cakes with dill mayonnaise
If there’s one ingredient that Cromer is famous for, it’s crab. The town is home to some of the tastiest crustaceans in the whole world so it should come as no surprise we’ve chosen a crab dish to kick off our festive recipe run down.
Cromer crab cakes with dill mayonnaise will make the perfect addition to your festive party spread. Simply mix the crab meat with diced potatoes, finely chopped spring onions and a teaspoon of capers. Roll the mixture in egg, flour and breadcrumbs and then fry until gold brown. Next, mix some chopped dill with a few tablespoons of good quality mayonnaise and you’re ready to go.
Sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding makes a fantastic alternative to Christmas pudding so if you’re not a fan of the traditional festive dessert why not give this a try? Chop up some de-stoned dates and soak them in hot water, coffee essence, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla essence while you mix butter, sugar, flour and eggs together. Combine the two bowls of ingredients and then bake in the oven until fluffy and golden. Serve with a sauce of melted butter, cream and sugar and enjoy!
There are few things better than tucking into a freshly baked sausage roll so why not treat your nearest and dearest to this mouth-watering snack on Christmas day? Simply roll out your puff pastry and lay your sausage meat out in long rows. At this point you can add extra flavours to the mix like sage, chilli or garlic to make the rolls even tastier. Next, cut the pastry into slices and wrap it around the sausage mix. Cut the rolls into bit size chunks and then brush with a little bit of egg to ensure the finished pieces are nice and shiny. Bake the rolls in the oven just as your friends and family are waking up on Christmas Day to get the proceedings off on the right foot.
A festive favourite, gingerbread is a fantastic dish to cook up at this time of year. A basic gingerbread mix incorporates dark muscovado sugar, golden syrup, butter, flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, cinnamon and egg. Combine these ingredients and then shape them into gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, gingerbread reindeer or any other shape you like.
If cooking up a seasonal feast seems a little too much like hard work this Christmas, why not pop in to the Cliftonville Hotel and let us do the chopping, mixing and baking for you? Our winter menu is now available allowing you to try a selection of our favourite dishes. Get in touch or take a look around our site to find out more.