Can You Cook Christmas Dinner In A Bag?
Sous vide is a method of cooking that’s going to revolutionise how you approach Christmas dinner.
There’s no denying it now – Christmas is just around the corner! In just under a month people across the country will be settling down to the most eagerly anticipated meal of the year. If you’re dreading your chef’s duties this year though, then the thought of turkey and all the trimmings is probably not that appealing. There’s no need to stress though, as there’s an incredibly easy method of cooking, where you’re guaranteed food that’s tasty, tender and full of flavour. All you’ll need to make your dinner a success is a sous vide machine! Here are some sous vide recipes to inspire you.
Soud Vide Turkey
Sous vide is a great way of cooking meat, as it locks in the moisture than can be lost through traditional oven cooking. We’ve all had to chew out way through some dry turkey on Christmas Day, and even with plenty of gravy it’s still not easy! By cooking your turkey breasts in a sous vide machine, you’re guaranteed meat that’s succulent and tender. You can’t cook a whole bird in a sous vide machine, but with many of us wanting to cut down on food waste, individual portions are ideal. .
Turkey doesn’t have to be the main attraction though. Lots of people enjoy meats such as beef and lamb at Christmas. A gorgeous piece of salmon is also a popular centrepiece at a festive dinner table. So why not try those in your new sous vide machine? Sous vide steak is a great alternative to the more traditional roast beef, and you’ll end up with far fewer leftovers taking up room in the fridge. A sous vide rack of lamb is a spectacular looking dish that’s more than worthy of the occasion, and sous vide salmon is incredibly flaky, moist and full of flavour. Serve any one of these up and you’ll be the most popular host in town.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that it’s not just meat that benefits from sous vide cooking. It’s a method that’s really well suited to cooking vegetables as well. Sous vide cooking locks in an incredible amount of flavour, so sorry-looking overcooked veg will be a thing of the past. Carrots are a sous vide fail safe, and they’ll look just as beautifully vibrant cooked as they do raw. That other Christmas favourite, Brussels sprouts, massively benefit from sous vide cooking too. Whichever vegetables you’re cooking, just season them and add any extras such as herbs and butters to the bag. Then the flavours will really develop as they cook.
Time to tuck in!
As you can see, there’s so much you can cook up in a sous vide machine. It’s also a much less stressful method of cooking, as you can leave the machine to do most of the work completely unattended. So you can spend Christmas Day doing more of the things that are important to you, such as catching up with family and friends or watching some festive favourites on the TV. What could be better than that?