Some vegetable side dishes are perfect to prepare ahead for a no-fuss Christmas Day menu.
Although we probably cook vegetable side dishes most days, they do seem to be much more hassle on Christmas day. I guess it's because there's so much other stuff going on and we do also seem compelled to do such an enormous selection. So, if we can choose a couple of dishes that lend themselves to being prepared ahead of time, that can only be a good thing.
An injection of colour on the Christmas dinner table is always a bonus too, so bring on Braised Red Cabbage with Apples - it's a beauty to prepare in advance and with that striking purple colour it really is a double winner. And its slightly sweet and sour flavours, well they work like a dream at cutting through the richness of the rest of the meal. Sometimes I might make this a couple of days before Christmas and keep it in the fridge until the big day but I often freeze it too. It will reheat in the oven, covered, on a low heat, but as every corner of your oven is probably spoken for, the microwave alternative also gets a big thumbs up from me. Gently stir the cranberry sauce through the cabbage just before serving - it gives a beautiful sheen and a subtle sweet flavour. Adjust the quantity that you use to your taste - it's personal.
This red cabbage is also a delicious side dish during the rest of the year - perhaps with sausages, a little fresh green broccoli and a crunchy jacket potato with a fluffy, buttery inner. Perfect.Print