24 dishes to make the ultimate Christmas dinner spread

A roast and vindaloo, yule log and bebinca, together make for the perfect mix of festive traditions

Chef Gresham Fernandes is the Culinary Director of Impresario, crafting menus for the Social, Smoke House Deli and Salt Water Café chain of restaurants, but as an East Indian raised in Bandra, Mumbai he is just as personally invested in the Christmas festivities. Especially the big festive meal. The perfect person to plan the menu for the ultimate Christmas party for us, he brought the meal to life with a mix of Western traditional roasts and desserts along with East Indian elements such as pork vindaloo and bebinca, creating a perfect balance.

The dishes also got his signature genius twist. Roasted in seaweed butter, the classic roast duck has a Japanese touch. The pork is roasted in marmite while the leg of ham got a good 3-4 days in brine before going into the oven. The vindaloo has been slow-cooked in the traditional way, which means it is cooked a week in advance and re-heated till its mature, rich and juicy. “The Christmas dinner is so much about nostalgia. So even though as a chef I like to experiment with my food, my family insists on the traditional recipes on this day,” says Fernandes.

But the piece-de-resistance could easily be the plum cake that has been 10 years in the making! “Since the time we started making the cake 10 years ago, we whip up a batch and save a quarter of it that goes into the mix for next year. Every two months we stir the mix and close it up. This way it matures and keeps getting better every year,” adds Fernandes.

Here is the list of all the 24 dishes for your inspiration to cooking the ultimate Christmas dinner:

1.        Roast duck 

2.        Roast chicken 

3.        Ham leg 

4.        Roast pork with crackling

5.        Panettone 

6.        Yule log

7.        Stuffing

8.        Cheese platter 

9.        Meat platter

10.      Gingerbread men

11.       Hot toddy

12.      Pumpkin soup served in the pumpkin

13.      Roast potatoes 

14.      Christmas pudding 

15.       Fruit trifle

16.      Sausage meat pie

17.      Quiche 

18.      Honey glazed carrots 

19.      Pork vindaloo

20.     Bebinca

21.      Stollen

22.      Egg nog

23.      Hot chocolate with marshmallow 

24.      Mulled wine 

If you wish to enjoy a Christmas feast of your own without slaving over the stove, you can head to Salt Water Café that is currently serving a special Christmas menu


Written By: Rachana Nakra

Deputy Editor

Photography By: Madhurjya Saikia


24 December 2018

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