Our Last-Minute Christmas Menu
Johann Lafer’s holiday dinner—in 60 minutes flat.
Tranquil, loving, and relaxed—that’s how Christmas should be. But, anybody who’s ever cooked a 3-course menu knows that said tranquility often gives way to a kitchen sink full of dishes and chaos on the stove. Not anymore; this year, preparing Christmas dinner will be as it should—festive and relaxed.
Therefore, we give you the gift of Johann Lafer’s delicious 3-course Christmas menu. Ready in 60 minutes, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones.
The definitive time advantage comes from good planning and clever coordination. Many components of the menu can easily be prepared ahead, which saves you time and stress on the holiday itself.
This sweet treat is best prepared the day before. While the spiced oranges are simmering, you can start to whisk together the cinnamon cream and tear the gingerbread into small pieces.
Layer everything in serving glasses and allow the aromas to marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Garnish with freshly whipped cream and toasted almond slices just before serving. Minimum stress, maximum effect. Voilà!
Begin prepping this elegant starter Christmas morning. First, prepare the wasabi cream and allow it to cool down while you prepare the beetroot carpaccio and salmon tartare.
Assemble everything on decorative serving plates for added convenience and refrigerate. Drizzle vinaigrette on top just before serving so that the dish stays fresh and aromatic.
Don’t shiver with fear thinking of the main dish. This one doesn’t have to roast in the oven for three hours!
Quite the opposite, actually: The cassis reduction can be prepared in no time whenever you have a spare moment and can simmer while you tend to other things. The parsnip purée, too, does most of the work by itself. Slip the duck breasts into the oven before serving the starter so that it’s perfectly pink and tender when it comes time to serve.
With this menu and our tips for timing, your festivities will be just that: full of fun and devoid of stress. So take your time, don’t be rushed, and enjoy the process. That way, the whole day, from prepping to eating, will be filled with joy.
Published on December 22, 2016