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Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts Christmas Eve menu

by Malou Herkes

published on 5 November 2020

For a special Christmas Eve dinner that's packed with festive flavours but not as labour intensive as the main event, this sumptuous menu from Mary Berry's latest cookbook, Simple Comforts ticks all the boxes. Start with delicate crab blinis, feast on a beautiful orange-glazed ham with slow-simmered cabbage, and round it all off with a simple steamed chocolate pud.

mary berry christmas eve menu Crab and Herb Blinis with Pickled Fennel Herb Salad simple comforts

Starter: Crab and Herb Blinis with Pickled Fennel Herb Salad from Simple Comforts

These delicate blinis are topped with a luxurious crab, crème fraîche and horseradish mix, served up with a sharp fennel salad that cuts through the creamy shellfish beautifully. Serve them as little canapés or a sit-down starter. 

From the book

Mary Berry

mary berry Christmas eve menu orange glazed ham with mango salsa simple comforts

Main: Orange-Glazed Ham with Mango and Orange Salsa from Simple Comforts

“A beautiful glazed gammon is a simple but tasty way to serve a great centrepiece”, says Mary, whose given this classic Christmas dish a sharp, citrussy glaze and served it up with a refreshing mango and orange salsa. This will go wonderfully with mash and a gloriously slow-simmered red cabbage (see below). 

Order a copy of Mary Berry's Simple Comforts here.

mary berry Christmas eve menu simmered red cabbage simple comforts

Side: Simmered Red Cabbage and Cider from Simple Comforts

Slow-cooked for around three hours, this cabbage will melt in your mouth. Teamed with cider and redcurrant jelly for a sharp sweet vibe, this can also be made up to 12 hours ahead and reheated when you're ready to eat. 

Order a copy of Mary Berry's Simple Comforts here.

mary berry Christmas eve menu  Chocolate Steamed Pudding with Chocolate Sauce simple comforts

Dessert: Chocolate Steamed Pudding with Chocolate Sauce from Simple Comforts  

There's nothing too complicated about this comfort pud making it a good one for Christmas Eve. With a gloriously light sponge that’s rich in flavour, and served with a divine pouring sauce, everyone will go mad for this.

Order a copy of Mary Berry's Simple Comforts here.

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