Doing Xmas on a simple stovetop setup
- allisonw Sep 21, 2008 11:07 AM
My SO and I are going to a pretty magical place (www.scottishlakes.com) for a few days around Xmas for some skiing and R and R. We would like to have something special for Christmas dinner, but will be limited by a propane stovetop setup (no oven) so it will be a lot like car camping in our little cabin. Anyone have great ideas for a special meal we can whip up with no oven and minimal burners?
Duck confit, prepped ahead. Prebaked potatoes that you can saute in some of the duck fat. Haricot vert, mushrooms. Fresh oranges and pomegranates for a salad. Something bubbly. Something chocolate. Haave a Merry!
not to be nosy, but maybe you could get access to the main lodge's kitchen? (i see its available for weddings and the like...) maybe there will be some others looking for similar comfort on christmas....
or maybe there is already an event planned (with dinner) in which you can join in and share the wonder of christmas with others who also enjoy the great outdoors.
not a sermon, just a thought. ;-)
Four words - Cast Iron Dutch Oven. That will do a lot of things on a stove top that an oven will.
If I were in your place I think I would do a nice Seafood Paella - lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams or mussels if you like; artichoke hearts or hearts of palm, tomatoes. Probably the most elegant one-pot dish I know. Having a paella pan is nice, but for two you can use an ordinary 12" covered skillet. Hollar if you want my recipe <grin>
These are lot of great ideas. I especially like the Dutch oven and confit ideas. One year when we had family Christmas at a mountain lodge, I cooked the turkey at home and served it chilled. I pre-made the gravy, as well. You can boil potatoes, some veggies, make a salad. Take a pie for dessert. Also, chill and take dressing for turkey.
But I think a couple of cornish game hens in a Dutch oven would be a heavenly one pot meal. Add potatoes and root veggies to same pot.