Recipe: Honey Roast Chicken | Top Tips to make Christmas Entertaining Easy!


Ingredients
• 2 whole fresh chickens
• Generous bunch of fresh rosemary
• 2 onions cut into segments
• 2 lemons cut into segments


• ½ cup of honey
• 50g of softened butter
• A handful of parsley for garnish
• Sea salt


Method
1. )
Preheat oven to 200ºC. Rinse the 2 chickens and with a paper towel, pat dry. Lay some rosemary twigs onto roasting rack, then thoroughly rub the chicken skin with butter and sea salt before placing in roasting rack.

2. ) Place an onion, lemon and a small bunch of rosemary inside each chicken to infuse the flavours while cooking. Roast for 1 hour, then remove from oven and drizzle honey equally over both chickens and roast for a further 30 minutes. To check that the chicken is cooked, pull a leg away from the body and juices should be running clear. Rest for 10 minutes before carving.

3.) Serve with roasted veggies.

HANDY HINT: A great tip is to use a thermometer and you will get perfect results everytime.
We also have a great range of thermometers in the Soffritto range!

Top Tips to make Christmas Entertaining Easy!

captureTis the season to eat, drink and be merry! But if it’s your turn to host Christmas this year you may feel more stressed out than festive. That’s why we’re here to share some of our top tips to keep Christmas entertaining fun, easy and as stress-free as possible!

Start your preparation early!
There are 8 weeks left until Christmas. (Yay!) This seems ages away but before you know it, we will be celebrating the new year! Start your party preparation early so you won’t feel overwhelmed closer to Christmas. For instance, decorate weeks ahead of time, shop for groceries a couple of days advance and plan your menu.

Make-Ahead Appetisers
Make your appetisers ahead of time to save you time and energy on the day of the party. There are plenty of delicious appetisers that can be made in advance so you just have to take out of the fridge or freezer on the day.

Simple Christmas Decorating
Keep it simple and opt for a simple colour scheme when decorating such as a silver theme with accents of red and gold. For a great looking centerpiece with minimum fuss. Fill a glass hurricane, vase or candy jar with red and white peppermint balls or colourful Christmas candy . This sweet arrangement will add a pop of colour to your table while sticking to a festive theme.

Set up a Self Serve Cocktail Bar or Drink Station
Set up a cocktail bar or drink station with mixers, spirits, wine, water etc. so guest can help themselves to whatever they would like. This will take the pressure off  and allow you to have more time enjoying yourself rather than fixing up everyone’s drinks.

Delegate
Whether you need help cleaning the yard, making a Christmas playlist or getting the menu – ask your friends, family or kids to help you out so you aren’t stuck doing it all. If you’re not a baker, ask one of your guests if they wouldn’t mind helping you out to make a Christmas dessert to lighten up your cooking load.

Twas the Night before Christmas
Set everything up the night before. That way on the day you just have to put the foods and drinks out to save yourself stress. Rearrange the furniture, set the table, stock the bathroom with toilet paper and have whatever else you need to do that will save you time and stress on the day.

For more Christmas Tips, tricks and recipes – follow our Christmas Entertaining board on Pinterest

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