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Cooking Special| Kerst lukte! [Christmas succeeded]

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The Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, known for its super strong and funny commercials, had a really good holidays campaign this year, called ‘kerst lukt’ (Christmas succeeds). They have a large range of super simple and definitely delicious recipes on their website, and I chose a few for our own Christmas dinner. The Dutchies can just click the links I provide at each dish, for you who don’t speak English, I’ll translate it πŸ™‚

Our dinner was really perfect. My brother (who has a serious talent for decorating) made up the table whereas me and my dad prepared the dishes. My mom was at work and only got home at 8:30 pm and my other brother busied himself with playing videogames :)) Anyway, the table looked wonderful and the food was extremely good. Albert Heijn hasn’t promised too much!

We served everything at the same time, just because it was more convenient with cooking but also because we love to eat everything at random :))

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Gnocchi and mushrooms from the oven

Ohh this was SO yummy! If you love mushrooms, like me, you’ll adore this!
You need (for 4 persons, but we decided to only make half of it, since we had many more dishes):

  • 500 gr gnocchi
  • 200 gr bacon cubes
  • 2 shallots (cut in cubes)
  • (I left out the garlic)
  • 200 gr mushrooms
  • 250 gr chestnut mushrooms
  • 25 gr flour
  • 400 gr artichoke hearts
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 15 gr fresh basil

How do you make it?

Preheat the oven on 180 degrees Celcius. Cook the gnocchi for 2 minutes (a minute shorter than the package recommends). Heat some oil and bake the bacon for about 6 minutes. Take it out and put it on some kitchen paper to get rid of most of the oil. Fry the shallots (and the garlic if you use it) for about 2 minutes in the fat that’s left over from the bacon. Add all the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Also add the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Continuously mix it. Halve the artichokes and add them, together with the cooking cream, to the pan. Cook it for about 2 minutes, take it off the heat and add the gnocchi, bacon and chopped basil to it. Put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Pasta with salmon

IΒ΄m personally not a big fan of fish, but my brother and mom really liked this pasta!

What do you need?
(Also here I halved the ingredients, this is for 4 persons)

  • Spaghetti
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 250 gr small tomatoes, halved
  • 250 gr salmon strips
  • 250 ml cooking cream

How do you make it?Cook the spaghetti. Halve the zucchinis in their length and then slice it. Heat some oil and bake it for about 3 minutes. Add the salmon and tomatoes and bake for another 3 minutes. Add the cooking room and have it warm up for another 3 to 4 minutes. If you like, add some salt and pepper (I personally try to limit my salt intake, so I always leave this out). Mix it with the spaghetti and warm for about 1 minute.
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Portobellos stuffed with risotto

Ohhh this was delicious!!! ❀

What do you need?

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 400 ml mushroom bouillon
  • 1 small onion
  • 150 gr risotto rice
  • 50 ml dry white wine (they use sherry, I prefer wine)
  • 15 gr thyme leaves
  • 25 grΒ  butter
  • 50 gr parmezan cheese

How do you make it?

Heat the bouillon, don’t let it cook. Fry the onion for about 2 minutes in the oil, and then add the rice to it for about 1 minute. Continuously stir it. Preheat the oven on 220 degrees Celcius. Add the wine/sherry to the rice and stir it until all the wine is gone. Make sure you use a low fire. Continuously add some of the bouillon and stir until it is almost all gone, repeat until all the bouillon is added. This should be after about 20-25 minutes. Clean the portobellos a little with some kitchen paper. Remove the buttons and put them upside down on an oven plate. Put some thyme leaves in the portobellos (together with some salt and pepper if you like. I didn’t do this). Bake them for about 12-15 minutes in the oven. Take the risotto off the heat and add the butter and cheese to it and leave the lid on it. Here, also, you can add some salt and pepper. Then stuff the portobellos with the risotto. You can put some cheese on top as decoration.

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Tiramisu pie

Ohhhh this is the best πŸ˜‰ Seriously, it tastes exactly like real Italian tiramisu and is so much better than the crap you can buy at the supermarket.

What do you need?

  • 154 gr Oreo cookies (one roll)
  • 50 gr butter
  • 5 espesso coffee sticks (you can buy them in a box of 25)
  • 200 ml amaretto cocktail
  • 4 gelatine sheets
  • 250 ml whipped cream (that you still have to finish yourself)
  • 4 large spoons of brownΒ  castar sugar
  • 500 gr mascarpone
  • 20 ‘lange vingers’, sugared cookies.. I think it’s the easiest to Google this and find something similar
  • 100 gr pure chocolate
  • 2 small spoons of cacoa powder

How do you make it?

Crumble the Oreo cookies, melt the butter and mix it. Add some baking paper to a spring form and press the mix to the bottom. Put it in the fridge until you need it again. Warm 100 ml water and mix 2 espresso sticks and 100 ml of the amaretto cocktail. Let it cool down and add the gelatine to cold water for about 5 minutes.

Cream up the whipped cream with the sugar and the other espresso sticks. Mix the mascarpone spoon by spoon. Warm up the rest of the amaretto (don’t let it cook), take it off the heat and let the gelatine melt in it. Stir it and then mix it with the mascarpone-mix.

Spread 1/3 of the mix on the Oreo bottom of the pie and then cover this with about 10 sugar covered cookies (lange vingers) which you dipped in the amaretto/coffee sticks mix. Cover this with another 1/3 of the mascarpone mix and again cover it with 10 dipped cookies. End with a mascarpone layer. Cover it and let it cool down for 4 hours in the fridge.

Then, carefully take it out of the spring form (you can use a towel drenched in hot water, which you fold over the form for this). Melt the chocolate au bain marie and use a piping bag to have it dripping off around the edges of the pie.. Then, cut out some star shaped figures from paper and put them on the pie. Cover the entire top of the pie with cocao powder and then carefully remove the paper. πŸ™‚

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Spinach pie

What do you need?
(Again, I used half of the ingredients mentioned below, which is for 6 persons)

  • 100 grams soft butter
  • 300 gr flour
  • 600 gr spinach
  • 200 gr ham in cubes
  • (I didn’t use garlic, but you can, of course)
  • 20 gr chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 100 gr parmezan cheese (rasped)
  • 80 gr pine nuts

How do you make it?

Melt 75 grams of the butter, mix it in a bowl with the flour, one spoon of olive oil and some salt. Add 100 ml lukewarm water and work the dough for about 5 minutes. Preheat the oven on 200 degrees Celcius. Heat some oil and let the spinach shrink while you continuously stir it. Put it in a strainer and try to get rid of most of the water/fluids. Chop it and put it in the strainer again.

Again, heat some oil and bake the ham for about a minute. If you want to use garlic, put it also in the pan after 1 minute. Mix the spinach, pine nuts, parsley, eggs, cheese and some pepper. Add some flour on the table/dresser and spread the dough on it (or in a form). Put the stuffing (spinach mix) in it and cover it with dough, so that it now is some sort of package. Make some small holes on the top with a fork. Melt the rest of the butter and spread it over the dough. Put it in the oven for about 50 minutes. You can serve this cold, lukewarm or warm πŸ™‚

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Extras

Besides all of this, which was indeed already quite a lot, we served Piccolinis (which are small pizzas that you can buy at the supermarket) and pasta with meatballs and red sauce, both mostly for my brothers-who-dislike-mushrooms, garlic bread, a fruit salad, insalata caprese, and risotto balls, of which I don’t have a photo since that was the only thing that went slightly wrong. However, it did taste great, so maybe I’ll try to make it one more time (we think we accidentally put it in the fryer a little too long, which caused that it weren’t exactly balls anymore) and then I’ll also share that recipe with you guys.

All of the recipes above are definitely delicious things that I’d recommend everyone πŸ™‚ So, try it! What did you eat during Christmas?

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Author: Marle

Msc Strategic Management student at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Blogger at dutchfashiongirl.com, passionate about food, fashion, perfume, books..

3 thoughts on “Cooking Special| Kerst lukte! [Christmas succeeded]

  1. Beautiful pics!
    For Xmas day I cooked a delicious parmigiana di melanzane, I’ve never done it before actually, but this first attempt was great! :p

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