Black Pudding Christmas Recipes – The 12 Dishes of Christmas
Time to get festive with our '12 dishes of Christmas', our selection of black pudding Christmas recipes. There are actually a couple more than 12 included below, but it is the time of year for sharing. We've taken some recipes from the site and some of the best suggestions recently shared on social media, to give you a few ideas if you want to include black pudding in some part of your Christmas menu.
Breakfast / Brunch
If your Christmas mornings are anything like ours, the Champagne cork(s) have been popped and we're enjoying a Buck's Fizz or two for breakfast! Well, it's rude not to?! Always nice to have a tipple whilst opening the presents. Food usually comes around 11am by way of a bacon sandwich. Just enough to take on board to keep the effects of the alcohol at bay, but not so filling as to take up space for the huge plate of Christmas Dinner that awaits. Once in a while, usually when dinner is arranged for a little later in the day, it's nice to have a slightly more substantial breakfast treat.
The great thing about Eggs Benedict is that everything can be prepared in advance, so when it comes to serving up your Christmas breakfast it only takes a couple of minutes to warm through each of the elements. To make this an extra special treat, follow our suggestion of using duck eggs, it's a little richer and a lot tastier.
For many, Christmas Dinner starts with either a [seasonal] soup, paté, salmon or, of course, prawn cocktail. But there are just so many options open to us if we want to take a step away from the traditional menu. Here, we have three easy to prepare starter examples;
...served with homemade Piccalilli (of which, there is plenty for your Boxing Day cold meats buffet). This is a fantastic starter by Chef Matthew Tomkinson taken from the Great British Chefs menu. This is a dish that can be easily prepared a few days in advance.
Recipe via GimmetheRecipe.com
A light, sweet & savoury and very easy to prepare salad dish to begin your Christmas feast. The author has adapted the recipe to use maple syrup (we have no problem with that!) from one which cooked the pears in brandy. The choice is yours as to which way you go.
This is arguably one of the most popular black pudding starter dishes in restaurants and gastro-pubs around the UK and Ireland. Three simple to cook elements, easy to present in an attractive way, that taste fantastic. The recipe link also includes pea, carrot or apple pureé depending on your mood.
Recipe Credit: Derry Clarke via The Irish Times
If you don't wish to tackle a full roast turkey this Christmas, here is a great alternative for stuffed turkey breasts with a few trimmings. Also ideal if you have a small number of guests and you don't want to be on turkey leftovers for the following few days.
Also includes a recipe for a ginger-spiced, simple, cranberry sauce.
Whilst the turkey or goose may well be seen by many as the main event, it would not be Christmas Dinner without the vast array of vegetables and side dishes accompanying it. With every Christmas that comes around there is a wider array of suggestions and ideas as to how to create your 'ultimate' feast. Well, we've nothing too fancy here just a couple of tweaks to some old favourites using black pudding!
Recipe Credit: Delicious Magazine
Give your sprouts a flavour boost with the addition of black pudding, sweet & nutty chestnuts and a splash of Madeira. You could even add a few sprout tops for good measure. You may even tempt the sprout-dodgers into trying some?!
Recipe Credit: Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co.
We usually prepare 2 or 3 stuffing mixes for our Christmas Dinner and you can't go far wrong by adding this twist on a classic sage and onion. It's also easy enough to split a batch, using the black pudding in one half, to keep both the black pudding fans and stuffing purists happy.
Recipe: We're fairly sure you don't one for a black pudding version of 'Pigs in Blankets' but we'll share a couple just in case. The first, link above, is as simple as it gets - black pudding and streaky bacon - although using the morcilla sausages is a great tip.
The second, pictured, is a Tom Kerridge recipe via Eat.Travel.Live for 'Ultimate Pigs in Blankets', using black pudding, bacon and sausage meat. There is also a fabulous Cumberland Sauce recipe included.
Long gone are the days of cheese & pineapple on sticks and a plateful of cocktail sausages for a finger food buffet. If anything these days, we are getting over-elaborate and way too fancy! For our black pudding Christmas recipes party plate suggestions we've a couple of old favourites and a couple of easy to prepare canapés that are well worth a try.
A big jar of Kirsch-soaked cherries is a must at Christmas. If you haven't eaten them all by the time it comes to preparing a few canapés then this Marcelo Tully recipe has to be tried.
Scotch Eggs are always popular on the buffet table. Donal Skehan, shares his version made with black pudding and served up with a beetroot relish. There are a number of accompaniments for this, so just dish up your favourite(s).
We've headed over the Pennines for this recipe from Yorkshire Grub, which ended a really interesting article including a case for Yorkshire being the new home of the the Pork Pie. If you have not done so before, it's certainly worth making your own hot water crust pie.
As they are conveniently in a single post, we thought we'd share these 3 black pudding canapés for our final selection.
- Pear & Blue Cheese
- 'Nutella' on Toast
- Beetroot & Blue Cheese
If black pudding is a 'must' on your Christmas food shopping list, then please let us know why and share with us your favourite black pudding dish for the festive season.
Have a Merry Christmas!!