No time to bake a traditional Christmas cake? Make these dishes in a jiffy

There are few places where Christmas is celebrated more heartily than at the dining table. Eggnog, turkey roast and flambéed rum cake jostle for space with apples and prunes. But if you've not had time to soak fruit and stuff your turkey, whip out your apron and dish out these easy to make delicacies on Christmas Eve.

Beef wrapped lavosh

What you need

Cream cheese -120 gm

Mayonnaise -15 gm

Horseradish – 30 gm

Green onions, sliced – 30 gm

Black olives – 50 gm

Beef roasted and sliced – 240 gm

Provolone cheese slices – 8

Lettuce – 200 gm

Tomato, sliced thin - 6

Lovash (or) flat bread - 1

Cooking instructions

Blend cream cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish until smooth. Fold in green onions and black olives.

Spread cream cheese mixture on the lavosh bread. Add roast beef, provolone cheese, spinach and tomato.

Fold in half to serve. For appetisers, roll and slice crosswise.

Parmesan puffs

What you need

Milk – 1/4 cup

Water - 1/4 cup

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Salt - 1/4 tsp

All-purpose flour – 1/2 cup

Eggs, large – 2

Parmesan, freshly grated -1 cup

Freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Cooking instructions

In a small heavy saucepan combine the milk, water, the butter, and the salt and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the flour all at once, and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it leaves the side of the pan and forms a ball.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, whisk in the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Stir in the Parmesan and pepper to taste.

Drop the batter in eight mounds on a buttered baking sheet and bake the puffs in the upper third of a preheated 400F (205C) oven for 20 minutes, or until they are crisp and golden.

Store overnight in an airtight container.

This recipe makes eight puffs.

(The writer is Executive Chef, Courtyard Marriott)

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