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4 Oven-less Christmas recipes

Are you spending Christmas in hostels rather than at home? Have you only got a backpack and passport to your name? Are you going to be missing the comforts of roast dinners that normally symbolize the holidays? If you answered yes to the previous questions, I dedicate this post to you!

Food and family sum up the holidays for me, and if I can’t afford a ticket home to Vancouver this year to see my parents and sister, well I simply refuse to also forgo stuffing my gut with delicious Christmas grub.

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As such, I have developed FOUR holiday recipes that can be made with very few supplies, and best of all, NO OVEN NEEDED! You can make ALL of these recipes with only a frying pan or pot, a knife for chopping, a spoon for stirring, and a stove top. Each recipe calls for very few ingredients and is cheap and quick to make. Make them for your Couchsurfing host, or gather your hostel buddies together for a globetrotter Christmas feast!

Tip: If you can only buy one spice, I recommend “herbes de provence” which works with all of the recipes below.

1. Pan-roasted Potatoes

You can’t have Christmas dinner without spuds! In my family there is always a debate over which type of potatoes should be on the table – mashed or roasted. I’m totally #TEAMROASTEDPOTATOES, and these are conceptually challenging without an oven. However, making them in a skillet was really easy! I also tossed in some sweet potatoes to bring in a sweet element and boost the nutritional value of the dish.

Throwing some whole garlic cloves into the pan is a must! The cloves turn golden and gooey, melting in your mouth. Yes, you can eat them whole because when cooked, garlic won’t leave you with awful breath.

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Pan-roasted potatoes
Who needs an oven to achieve delicious roast potatoes? These spuds can be made anywhere, even in a hostel with sparse cooking supplies. Throw in some yams to take this dish to the next level!
xmas Pan roasted potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
xmas Pan roasted potatoes
Instructions
  1. Scrub your potatoes clean and chop into bite-sized chunks. Separate and peel your garlic cloves.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a non-stick pan. Once hot, add potato chunks, cut side down, as well as garlic cloves. Cook for 10 minutes, turning potatoes and garlic cloves occasionally so that they colour on all sides.
  3. Add rosemary and 1/2 cup of water to the pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until water has evaporated and spuds are tender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Best eaten with gravy poured over!
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2. Scrumptious Stove Top Stuffing

Bread stuffing is always the favourite at Christmas dinner. This one is also vegan, but nobody need know! Usually stuffing is jammed up the rear end of a poor bird to keep it moist, but this  version achieves the same consistency with the help of copious amounts of (vegan)butter and vegetable stock.  It ain’t healthy, but damn is it good! It’s holiday time, bring out the “fat pants”, you have my permission!

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Scrumptious stove top stuffing
Bread stuffing is always the star of the side dishes at Christmas. Make extra because people will always battle each other for seconds!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt your butter in the pan and throw in your celery, onion and garlic and sautée on medium heat until onions are translucent. Add herbes de provence, salt and pepper and lower the heat, cooking for 5-7 more minutes.
  2. While your onions and celery are sautéeing, rip your baguette into small cubes and place in a bowl. Once your sautéed mixture is done, pour it over the bread and add broth little by little. The texture should be moist, but not soupy.
  3. Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil or vegan butter in the same pan on medium-high heat. Transfer your stuffing to the pan and cook until golden brown (4-5 minutes). Flip like a pancake to toast the other side.
  4. Break up your stuffing in the pan with a wooden spoon. You should have crispy parts and gooier moist parts - the perfect stuffing texture. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl and devour with gravy.
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3. Boozy Onion Gravy

No Christmas dinner would be complete without gravy, and let’s be real for a second: everything is better with sauce! I pretty much drown my dinner into an unrecognizable swamp with this stuff. It’s silky, savoury and made even more seductive with the help of my friend, red wine!

TIP: This gravy brings any regular joe sandwich up a level and a half. What a great way to use leftovers!

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Boozy Christmas gravy
Silky, boozy gravy that brings me back home for Christmas, even if I'm far away.
Boozy onion gravy
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Boozy onion gravy
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of butter and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan. Slice onion very finely, and add to melted butter and cook until translucent on medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in herbs and a pinch of salt and papper. Let cook for 2 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup of red wine and increase heat to medium until wine has reduced (about 5 minutes). Set onions aside.
  3. In the same pot, melt the remaining butter. Create a roux by adding the flour, one tablespoon at a time and whisking together. Once your roux is golden in colour, slowly pour in the vegetable broth while whisking until the gravy thickens. For a thinner gravy, add more broth.
  4. Stir in the onions and add more wine to taste. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste and serve over your Christmas goodies!
  5. Option: You can also blend this gravy to make it smoother.
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TIP: If your hostel doesn’t have a whisk, a fork is a suitable substitute.

4. Maple Parmesan Green Beans

Maple parmesan green beans

I have my aunt to thank for this recipe which has now become a Christmas staple. It may sound weird to mix maple syrup with parmesan, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the delightful salty-sweet combination. It only takes 10 minutes to make, and only 3 ingredients! Much healthier than a green bean casserole, and way easier too!

Tip: Make sure your parmesan is vegetarian! Many hard Italian cheeses use calf rennet, the enzyme found in the lining of baby cows to help them digest milk. Look for cheese that uses vegetarian rennet.

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Maple parmesan green beans
An original and quick way to eat your green beans. The sweet maple syrup combined with the salty parmesan is unexpected and delicious.
Maple parmasan green beans
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Maple parmasan green beans
Instructions
  1. Prepare your green beans by washing and cutting off the ends.
  2. Bring a medium-large pot of water to a boil. When bubbling, throw in your beans and cook until tender but still crisp (about 4 minutes).
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and toss with maple syrup. Grate parmesan cheese overtop and serve immediately.
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Are you away from home this holiday season? Where will you be and what will you be cooking up? 

Happy Holidays! xo

 

1 Comment

  1. I never meet anyone in a hostel who can cook delicious looking food like this! I’ll get lucky one day, for me the pan fried potatoes seemed like the best idea. Adding sweet potatoes into the mix and topping it with gravy which has red wine in is a great idea.

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