It is December again (yes, December!) and the festivities are just around the corner. Usually we would be reminded of upcoming festivities through our visits to the malls that are decked with Christmas decorations and Christmas songs blasting in the background. While we might lose track of time during this mostly stay-at-home-year, that doesn’t mean we should lose our Christmas spirit!
As with any festivities in Malaysia, food is the glue of the festivities that bond people together. If you’re still cracking your head over what to cook for Christmas, we’ve put together a simple Christmas menu ideas with a collection of Christmas favourites. No oven? No problem! This is the air fryer or microwave edition of your Christmas favourites.
Let’s get started!
1. Orange glazed turkey breast
Having a roasted turkey on your dinner table is a classic menu for the traditional Christmas dinner. The first thing you need to do is check if your turkey fits into the air fryer. And if your turkey is frozen, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before you cook it.
- Grind and combine thyme, salt, pepper and rosemary until fine and season the turkey breast using this mixture. Save some of the mixture to be combined with softened butter to make herb butter. Add a dash of chili powder to the seasoning to give it an extra ‘kick’ for the Asian taste buds.
- Coat the turkey breast in herb butter and place the turkey in the air fryer for 25 minutes at 178 °C. Prepare the orange glaze while waiting for the turkey to cook.
- Apply the orange glaze on the turkey when the time is up and continue cooking for another 30 minutes at the same temperature.
Pro tip: Baste the turkey with the glaze every ten minutes to give it that extra flavour and crisp
- Making the glaze: Squeeze in juices from an orange, mix it well with the herb butter mixture and some honey. Heat it until it starts to boil then set it aside to rest.
2. Thai-Glazed Chicken
While turkey is the traditional main for the Christmas dinner, chicken is by far the staple meat of the nation. No Christmas menu in Malaysia is complete without a chicken menu. You can either use wings, thigh or even chicken breast cut into smaller pieces for this mouth-watering recipe.
- Prepare the sauce: Combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, minced garlic and chopped bird eye chillies in a bowl.
- Marinate the chicken part with the sauce and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Those who are more patient can leave it to marinate for up to 24 hours.
Pre-heat the air fryer to 205°C and cook in batches (roughly about 14 minutes per batch). Remember to turn the parts about halfway through. And voila! Ready to serve.
3. Delicious healthy greens
Even though its Christmas, doesn’t mean you get to skimp on your veggies. Add a bit of colour to your meal with this simple recipe idea. We recommend using Brussels sprouts but you can also use green beans or carrots or whatever your heart desires.
- Pre-heat your air fryer to 190°C
- Cut your vegetables into bite size pieces and coat them with olive oil, honey, butter and a dash of cayenne pepper. Add salt and pepper taste.
- Let it cook in the air fryer for 12-15 minutes. Shake it about halfway to make sure it’s cooked evenly. And you’re done!
4. Mushy creamy potato goodness
No Christmas meal is complete without them potatoes! Here’s a quick one with just using the microwave.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into 3-inch chunks. Rinse and place them in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a cling film and cut small holes to help the steam escape in the microwave. Let it cook in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. You’ll know that the potatoes are ready when you can pierce it through with a fork easily. Put them aside once done.
- Warm heavy cream and butter in the microwave. If the butter is nearly melted, then it’s ready for the next step.
Add the heavy cream and butter mixture to the potato bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and mash them all together until you get the consistency you like.
5. Christmassy fudge
Instead of Christmas cookies or fruit cake, why not try this candy cane fudge for your dessert? It requires minimal human labour and only takes minutes to prep.
- Combine chocolate chips and condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. White chocolate goes best with the candy cane’s festive colours but you can also swap it with any chocolate type of your choice. Heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat the stirring process every 15 seconds until it becomes a smooth mixture.
- Cover your candy canes in plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin (or whatever useable household items near you). Make sure the pieces are not too big. Keep some at the side and pour the rest into the chocolate mixture.
- Take a baking pan (or something similar) and cover it with foil. Pour in the mixture into the pan and top it with the extra crushed candy cane. Refrigerate for two hours then it’s ready to eat!
6. Extra for the cheese lovers: Air fried mozzarella sticks
Just because … who doesn’t like cheese? Yup, that’s right. You can have a somewhat healthier version of this cheesy-goodness by using your air fryer. The secret is to double coat your mozzarella stick!
- Dip your chosen cheese stick with the beaten egg and then coat it with a pre-prepared mixture of Italian seasoning, salt and panko breadcrumbs.
- Line them up on a baking sheet-covered tray without touching and freeze them for up to an hour. By doing so, not only are u ensuring the coating doesn’t fall off, it also add an extra crunch to your mozzarella sticks!
- Repeat the process and freeze them again before putting your cheese sticks into the air fryer.
- Use non-stick cooking spray on your air fryer basket, set it to 198°C and air fry them for 6-8 minutes until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remember not to overcrowd your air fryer basket so work in batches if needed.
Although we might not be able to gather with all of our loved ones this year, you can still get into the Christmas spirits by organising a virtual dinner to enjoy your meal together. If there’s leftover food, you can always eat them as snacks while watching Christmas movies!