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Recipes for Christmas

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Every year my family chooses a different country to honor at Christmas time. This year we chose Switzerland, but for the life of me, I'm having trouble finding recipes online. I was hoping this forum would be able to toss some great food ideas at me! I'm hoping to find a good meat or vegetable dish that will travel well (about 45 minutes by car).

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Re: Recipes for Christmas

Most Swiss have Fondue Chinoise (in stock) or Fondue Bourguignonne (in oil) - nothing easier to travel- with lots of different favoured mayonnaise and salads, and a selection of meats (beef, chicken, horse normally).

The availability of meat fondue cooking pots and burners might be your biggest problem.

For dessert, normally a Chocolate Christmas log - but for us, a dual national family (British/Swiss) - my speciality fusion dish - blackforest and kirsch trifle.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

And if you ain't got a clue what a fondue chinoise is at all, here a little basic info.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

And if you don't fancy fondue chinoise, you could make Filet im Teig instead.



Recipe here

You could prepare it all before hand and do the final oven bake at your destination which takes about 40 minutes.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

No idea, I get all my ideas from the NY Times recipes ('cos it's the only place where I'm able to find the ingredients somehow ).

Our Swiss family tradition, together with my daughters partner's family has become however raclette on 24th Dec. Mostly still served in the packaging, but still a wonderful evening.

(I don't eat meat).

It's then followed by a game of Uno.

This year, my daughter will be serving the same in her apartment with her partner. Heaven.

But we've agreed that it will be German Scrabble or similar (as I don't like to play Uno with important Swiss officers as before), and she'll borrow some of our white crockery or similar from our kitchen.

Won't change the the great atmosphere, but she will have Globus spices etc.to last the next few years.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

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I wonder how they got the stuffing around the filet so neatly defined? Can't get mine to look like that.
Still, it's the taste that matters. Right? RIGHT? LOL
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

We are having raclette for Christmas dinner, but the OP's problem is going to be finding the equipment in the US to make this.

I have seen caquelons in the US in Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma, but only for cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. I haven't seen the metal ones for fondue chinoise nor have I ever seen a raclette machine there.

I might suggest tartiflette or filets de perches with frites and sauce tartare as two dishes much beloved down here in the Suisse Romande. Can you get perch filets in America?
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I wonder how they got the stuffing around the filet so neatly defined? Can't get mine to look like that.
Roll the stuffing out between two sheets of grease-proof paper (baking parchment).
Remove one sheet.
Roll it around the filet with the other sheet of paper on the outside. Remove the paper.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

You may have gathered from the above suggestions- that the Swiss do not go for massive amount of work and complications on Christmas day. I spent so many years slaving in the kitchen to prepare Christmas dinner for a large family, in the UK - with my MIL and my mother, and sometimes a sil or 2 - telling me how to cook the bl****y turkey - + having a fancy starter, a trifle as well as mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, etc, etc- that I find it ver refreshing that the emphasis here is on everyone having a good time- including the mothers

Must say however that I have found a middle line- a raclette for Christmas just wouldn't do for me- and neither would fondue Chinoise. Always a roast with all the trimmings (no turkey) - rib of beef normally for us and mince pies and my forest gateau trifle- and basta.
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You may have gathered from the above suggestions- that the Swiss do not go for massive amount of work and complications on Christmas day.
Or any day judging by Swiss cook books and popular recipes.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

Would like the receipe for the trifle, Thank you ( could I make it vegan?)
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

Slices of chocolate cake for the bottom and dish, with kirsch - then separate juice and fruit from black cherries (bottled or tinned - no stones) and cook juice with a little sugar and maizena to thicken- cool and add kirsch and more sugar if required - put cherries over cake (save about 6-8 to decorate top) and pour juice over. Make custard and cool (I use Bird's Eye with added cood quality vanilla) and pour over- then whip double cream until soft peak and pour over the lot, decorate with a fork (or pipe if you wish) and decorate with a few black cherries, dried on kitchen paper and add shavings of top quality dark chocolate. Keep in cold fridge a few hours, or overnight (in which case, do final deco with cherries and chocolate at last minute).

Easy peasy. Bon appétit et Joyeux Noël.

So cake could easily be vegan - and Bird's Eye does not contain egg- but difficult to avoid milk for the custard and cream for the top. What do you think? I have a great vegan chocolate cake recipe if you wish- because my grandson is highly allergic to egg.

You coud make the Bird's Eye custard (dairy and egg free) with almond or soya milk- and I've found several recipes on line for dairy free cream - made with coconut milk, etc.
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Or any day judging by Swiss cook books and popular recipes.
True, people do not cook here. Those I know come to my place to eat home cooked stuff, usually. That said, I just had a xmas work dinner and it was the best fondue ever. So, while I love coking and it is not really that complicated - meals that require just heating up can be quite festive, too..

I gotta curb these community festivities, just got through a series of local firefigthers events, and I think I will have to start running every day again.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

??? people don't cook here??? I am truly amazed by that comment. In the UK people loeved to come to our house because I cooked everything from fresh- but granted, I am of another generation.

However, many of our Swiss friends here, of all ages, are amazing cooks and go to great lengths, effort and imagination to come up with fabulous food. Some of them belong to cooking clubs, where they come up with Michelin *(**) meals too. My comment about taking it easy was very specific to Christmas Day only.
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Must say however that I have found a middle line- a raclette for Christmas just wouldn't do for me- and neither would fondue Chinoise. Always a roast with all the trimmings (no turkey) - rib of beef normally for us and mince pies and my forest gateau trifle- and basta.
Would be nice at any other time, but Christmas dinner just has to be roast turkey, preferably with roast tatties and parsnips, sprouts cooked in butter with bacon and chestnuts, bread sauce as well as cranberry, that good gravy (of course), maybe some small French beans, carrots, whatever. Even when is just the two of its we go the full monty with it. Repeats for a couple of days are great too (you just can't make small quantities of most of this stuff) so post-xmas cooking is minimised.

Mince pies are for the night before or xmas morning with bucks fizz.

Your BF trifle sounds nice though - we've still got some cherries in brandy or rum, from our own garden, so might give it a go with them. (Oh, by the way, I think you mean Bird's custard powder, not Bird's Eye).
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

Oh, you Brits. Remember, for us Yanks, we just went through the giant pain and suffering of procuring and cooking a Thanksgiving feast in a land where the raw ingredients are difficult to come by.

Raclette is fine for Christmas.
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Oh, you Brits. Remember, for us Yanks, we just went through the giant pain and suffering of procuring and cooking a Thanksgiving feast in a land where the raw ingredients are difficult to come by.

Raclette is fine for Christmas.
Nothing beats home: live carps are brought home where they live a few days in bath-tubs jut to be killed and cooked, a true culinary overkill. Literally.

I would have raclette and fondue over that, tbh. But like any of us, we associate xmas dinner smell with festivities, so the smell of fish being roasted, salads, roasted wine sausage, sauces and dozens types of home baked xmas cookies, xmas buns and stole, xmas strudel, xmas punch, kuba (a mushroom, garlic and barley dish). I am starving, should leave uni and go home cook, the best way to unwind.

I kinda like the simplicity here, most people I know will do fondue Chinoise and a dessert, save energy for activities and socializing, games, walks, mass, etc. etc.

I think one does not have to cook much or elaborately if the ingredients are fresh and high quality. But that's just my theory.
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So cake could easily be vegan - and Bird's Eye does not contain egg- but difficult to avoid milk for the custard and cream for the top. What do you think? I have a great vegan chocolate cake recipe if you wish- because my grandson is highly allergic to egg.

You coud make the Bird's Eye custard (dairy and egg free) with almond or soya milk- and I've found several recipes on line for dairy free cream - made with coconut milk, etc.
I think you mean Bird's custard powder rather than Bird's Eye who are better known for their frozen foods.
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Re: Recipes for Christmas

Pretty certain Fish Fingers are used in Trifles. If they‘re not, they should be.
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??? people don't cook here??? I am truly amazed by that comment. In the UK people loeved to come to our house because I cooked everything from fresh- but granted, I am of another generation.
O/T if the Swiss love cooking so much, why does the average kitchen in an apartment have such little prep space/worktops?

On topic: went to the village butcher this morning to order our (the butcher was at pains to tell me) Swiss turkey. Asked if I wanted it pre-seasoned. Natur please! I’m already dreaming about bbqing it.


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Q. What’s the difference between a Swiss turkey and a French turkey?
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