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3 easy and simple Christmas recipes for you

Delicious and appetizing food is an inseparable part of Christmas. Whether you are having a casual family meal or a formal dinner, Christmas is incomplete without a roast, a pudding, a stuffing, and some gravy. While some choose to work with traditional family Christmas recipes handed down through generations others like to add their own twist to the meals. Whichever way you follow, here are three simple and easy Christmas recipes for you to add a sparkle to your holiday meal.

Yorkshire pudding
This classic Christmas pudding recipe requires ¾ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 eggs, ¾ cup milk, and ½ cup pan drippings from a roast prime rib of beef. The recipe will make six servings in about 30 minutes. Start by preheating oven to 450. Sift the salt and flour in a bowl. Beat the milk and eggs in another bowl until the mixture is light and foamy. Add the flour mixture to the eggs and milk and stir until blended. Pour the drippings in a pie pan of around 9 inches. Heat the dripping in an oven. Pour the batter over the drippings. Now, put the pan again in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the pie is dry and puffed.

Traditional holiday lettuce salad
This salad recipe adds a light and healthy touch to an otherwise big Christmas meal. To make this salad, you will need 10 cups torn romaine, 2 medium-sized red apples (cubed), 2 medium-sized pears (cubed), 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, ½ cup dried cranberries, 6 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons canola oil, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1½ teaspoons grated onion, 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ chopped lightly salted cashews. Combine the romaine, apples, pears, cheese, and cranberries in a salad bowl. To make the dressing, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Pour this in the salad bowl and toss the salad. Top with cashews. This salad recipe makes 14 servings of 1 cup each.

Caramelized white chocolate spread
This simple and easy-to-make Christmas recipe will add a sweet and satisfying twist to your Christmas meal. To make this recipe, you will need a ½ pound Valrhona Ivoire white baking chocolate. You can buy this chocolate from specialty food store as well as online retailers. Chop the chocolate. The recipe also requires ½ cup warmed heavy cream and sea salt. Preheat the oven to 225. Place the chocolate in a medium stainless-steel bowl and bake for 3 hours until it is golden. Ensure to stir every 15 minutes. Slowly whisk in the warm cream into the chocolate. Add a pinch of salt. Let the mixture cool down and refrigerate it for about 10 minutes. Serve it with toasted rustic bread, strawberries, sliced pears, or sliced apples.

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