Food photographer and content creator, Mahima aka diningwithdhoot shares two easy to make recipes for Christmas and we can’t wait to give these a try!
When you think of Christmas, what does it remind you of? For me it’s the smell of cookies, lights everywhere, sipping on hot chocolate, and binging on Christmas movies. It’s about staying in and rocking your favorite pyjamas and of course, eating lots and lots of good food while doing it! I’ve always been fond of cooking for my family and myself but I’m not one to spend all day in the kitchen. For me, my recipes have to be quick and easy. So I bring to you two of my favorite recipes for Christmas. Passed down to me by my masi. They’re quick, easy, and just the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones.
You always need appetizers to start the celebration and my go-to for Christmas parties or Christmas at home is stuffed mushrooms. It’s warm, comforting, cheesy and so good! It takes no effort and definitely leaves you wanting more.
Here’s how you make stuffed mushrooms!
200 gm button mushrooms (1 packet)
1 onion finely chopped
3 to 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
1/2 cup grated paneer
1/2 cup grated cheese
some parsley, salt and chilli flakes to taste
– Wash and dry your mushrooms. Then carefully remove the stems from the mushrooms so it’s hollow. Don’t throw the stems away though, we will use these at a later stage.
– Then bake them in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees. It’ll release a lot of water in the tray that you can throw away. While this is baking, in a pan heat some olive oil and add your onion and garlic along with your mushroom stems, finely chopped, and allow it to cook on medium heat.
– Add some salt, parsley, and chilli flakes to taste.
– At the final stage, add your grated paneer and grated cheese while leaving a little to add on top and remove from flame. Your stuffing mixture is ready.
– Then go on to stuff your mushrooms with the mixture, top with some more cheese, and bake again until the cheese melts. Your stuffed mushroom is ready!
Tip: If you’re pressed for time, you can avoid double baking it and only bake it at the final stage.
Once you indulge in this savory dish, it’s time for dessert. My biggest struggle is getting up after we’re all oh-so-full and heading to the kitchen for fresh dessert. So I present to you a 5 minute Apple Crumble. It takes no effort, leaves you so satisfied and your home smells of cinnamon.
Here’s how you make a 5 minute Apple Crumble!
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rolled oats
– Peel and cut one apple into thin slices.
– In a bowl, add your apple slices, 1 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tbsp butter, 1/4 tbsp cinnamon, and mix them all.
– In another bowl, add, 3 tbsp rolled oats, 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder and mix them together.
– Then take your microwave-safe mug, add one layer of apple slices and oat mixture and keep layering it. Microwave for 3 minutes
– Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like!
Looking forward to trying these quick recipes for Christmas? Us too! For more of Mahima’s content, you can follow her work here.