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10 of our favourite Ottolenghi Christmas recipes

by Malou Herkes

published on 10 October 2019

Want to try something a little different this Christmas? Twist up your sprouts, spruce up the turkey or swap the Christmas pud for another boozy creation with Ottolenghi's usual flair for creativity. Whether you want to have a complete Christmas dinner overhaul or you're looking to mix it up just a little with an alternative Yule log, a spiced turkey marinade or a ridiculously indulgent gratin side dish, there's something here to inspire you. We've picked 10 of our favourite Ottolenghi Christmas recipes to make planning Christmas that little bit more exciting.

ottolenghi christmas recipes brussels sprouts black garlic simple

Brussels Sprouts with Burnt Butter and Black Garlic from Simple

Ottolenghi revolutionises Christmas Brussels sprouts with this simple twist. He swears by black garlic as “a quick way to inject a huge amount of flavour into a dish”, and we couldn't agree more. This will take no time and will change how you think about sprouts forever.

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ottolenghi christmas recipes fondant swede gratin

Fondant Swede Gratin from NOPI: The Cookbook

This creamy, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth gratin is an indulgent side dish that will elevate your Christmas dinner to another level. Make this ahead up to the point where the gratin is due to go in the oven, then just bake it 30 minutes before serving on the day.

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ottolenghi christmas recipes marinated turkey breast nopi the cookbook

Marinated Turkey Breast with Cumin, Coriander and White Wine from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

This is a great alternative recipe if you’re not cooking a whole turkey this year or you want to use this deliciously spiced marinade for the whole bird. Herby and lightly spiced, this marinade will help your turkey shine without dominating all the other dishes you're serving it with.

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ottolenghi christmas recipes fennel and feta salad ottolenghi the cookbook

Fennel and Feta with Pomegranate Seeds and Sumac from Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

For something a little fresher, this raw fennel salad is paired with sweet pomegranate seeds, sharp sumac and tangy feta for a much-needed palate cleanser. 

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ottolenghi christmas recipes roasted carrots with harissa ottolenghi the cookbook

Roasted Baby Carrots with Harissa and Pomegranate from Simple

Switch up your roasted vegetables this Christmas with these harissa, cumin and honey-flavoured carrots. Serve with pomegranate seeds and fresh coriander. 

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ottolenghi christmas recipes prune cake with walnuts sweet

Prune Cake with Armagnac from Sweet

This boozy Christmas cake with brandy and walnuts, and the delicious festive flavours of orange, cinnamon and vanilla, makes a decadent festive dessert.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh

ottolenghi christmas recipes meringue roulade plenty more

Meringue Roulade with Rose Petals and Fresh Raspberries from Plenty More

For an alternative to the Christmas Yule log, try this gorgeously festive meringue roulade, elevated to special status with rose petals, juicy berries and pistachios.

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ottolenghi christmas recipes frozen espresso parfait sweet

Frozen Espresso Parfait For A Crowd from Sweet 

Rich creamy coffee parfait set between chocolate meringue bases, topped with crunchy praline and a caramel whisky sauce, this is a wonderful alternative show-stopper that your loved ones will be thrilled with. 

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ottolenghi christmas recipes cranberry oat white chocolate biscuits sweet

Cranberry Oat and White Chocolate Biscuits from Sweet

Tart cranberries, chewy oats, nutty wholemeal flour and almonds, and a bit of sweet luxury from the white chocolate coating make these biscuits an edible gift worth giving.

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ottolenghi christmas recipes peach and prosecco truffles sweet

Pecan and Prosecco Truffles from Sweet

Bite into these Yule log-shaped truffles to reveal rich, smooth truffle underneath – these are wonderful edible gifts for Christmas.

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