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Organizing the Christmas meal can be a real source of stress because it requires organization and anticipation. To make life easier before the fateful date, it is entirely possible to prepare several recipes and freeze them without problem several weeks, or even several months in advance!
November is the perfect time to establish your Christmas menu, look in detail at the recipes and draw up a list of necessary ingredients. How many guests will there be around the table, how many children, what allergies or intolerances the guests have… this is the time to collect information to avoid moments of panic later. Once the recipes for your New Year’s Eve meal have been chosen, you will be able to move on to step B, planning the dishes.
The aperitif is a convivial moment to kick off the Christmas festivities. To impress your guests, opt for homemade puff pastries and cakes that will delight their taste buds. For more details, follow the recipe links.
Puff pastry tends to retain its texture and crispness better when frozen before baking. Place your puff pastries on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for a few hours to harden. Once they are frozen solid, transfer them to an airtight freezer bag and label them with the date and contents.
Savory cakes are a perfect option for a gourmet aperitif. Prepare now, these cakes can be frozen and defrosted for an appetizer that is as delicious as it is effective.
And other slightly more original ideas:
To surprise your guests, you can also opt for original options such as savory madeleines, mini croissants or savory cannelés for an aperitif. These little bites will delight your taste buds and those of your guests.
Terrines are an elegant and practical choice for the starter of your Christmas meal. How about tasting a fish terrine or a foie gras terrine? These meals can be made ahead, frozen, then defrosted for a stress-free party entrée.
Making a delicious stuffing to accompany your Christmas poultry is essential. Opt for festive stuffings with foie gras, porcini mushrooms and chestnuts. Prepare them in advance, freeze them, then garnish your poultry on the big day.
Christmas desserts are a real treat, and they can also be made in advance. Opt for pastry logs to defrost or an iced log:
Don’t forget to take it out of the freezer at least 6 hours in advance to let it defrost in the refrigerator. Be careful though! If your Christmas log was made from a rolled sponge cake, it is best to store it in the refrigerator.
Take the log out 10 to 15 minutes before serving so that it is at the perfect temperature.
By anticipating your preparations, you will transform the Christmas meal into a serene and tasty moment. Prepare, freeze, defrost, and enjoy without stress for an unforgettable party!