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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?

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    nemo RE: allisonw Sep 21, 2008 04:15 PM

    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!

    1. paulj RE: allisonw Sep 21, 2008 06:26 PM

      This snow camping thread from last spring might give you ideas
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/489833

      1. alkapal RE: allisonw Sep 23, 2008 06:01 AM

        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. ;-)

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          KiltedCook RE: allisonw Sep 23, 2008 06:18 AM

          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>

          1. sarah galvin RE: allisonw Sep 24, 2008 11:57 AM

            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.

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              normalheightsfoodie RE: allisonw Sep 24, 2008 12:20 PM

              Chinese Take Out!
              You could warm up the left overs on the stove prior to skiing the next morning.

              1. Miss Needle RE: allisonw Sep 24, 2008 12:56 PM

                Not sure exactly how far scottishlakes is from where you live. But I would make something like cassoulet at home and bring it to where you are staying. And if you are in the need of more burners, bringing a crockpot can be useful.

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                  allisonw RE: Miss Needle Oct 1, 2008 04:38 PM

                  Unfortunately, I don't have a propane-powered crock pot, otherwise that would be a great idea!

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                  VeniceBchKing RE: allisonw Sep 24, 2008 01:08 PM

                  oh man already thinking about christmas...I guess that mean I ought to start thinking about my dessert for the family dessert contest...

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                    pengcast RE: allisonw Oct 2, 2008 01:41 PM

                    As someone who couldn't imagine Christmas or Thanksgiving without turkey, gravy and stuffing, I would make it all ahead and freeze it. Do the mashed pototoes and veg there. Serve the turkey cold and sliced. But warm the gravy and stuffing on top of the stove.

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                      Querencia RE: allisonw Oct 2, 2008 05:49 PM

                      In a similar situation, camping with a small portable gas stove, I found the pressure cooker was my friend. Any stew-type thing like beef Burgundy works fine.

                      1. waver RE: allisonw Oct 2, 2008 07:00 PM

                        Game always seems like a special occasion fare and has a pretty high elagance/ease of prep ratio. We always look forward to duck breasts for Christmas dinner. Or you could prepare some kind of game stew ahead of time, depending on availability. When I was young (in Europe) it was usually hare, but maybe venison is more available here?

                        1. paulj RE: allisonw Oct 2, 2008 07:25 PM

                          It may be a good occasion to indulge in items that can be eaten cold or at room temperature. I'm thinking for example of pate, cheeses, jars and cans of delicacies from The Spanish Table, and breads like brioche and croissants (if you can protect them from crushing), dried fruit, nuts, chocolates.

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