Try this Christmas dinner-in-a-jar recipe if you're working through the holidays or saving leftovers
Save leftovers this way to feed anyone who can't stop by for supper this holiday season
By Julie Van Rosendaal, CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2017 2:06 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 05, 2017 2:30 PM MT
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Julie Van Rosendaal shares recipes and cooking tips with the Calgary Eyeopener every Tuesday at 8:20 a.m. The cookbook author explores Calgary's culinary wonders in her column Food and the City.
Christmas Tinner, a nine-layer holiday meal packaged in a tin can, was a brief sensation back in 2013 with a limited release by retailer GAME in the United Kingdom.
It was manufactured for gamers too busy on their consoles over the holidays to spend time making an elaborate meal.
Christmas Tinner was made up of, from top to bottom, scrambled eggs and bacon, mince pies, turkey and gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts (or broccoli) with stuffing, roast carrots and parsnips, and Christmas pudding on the bottom.
I couldn't resist making my own version for David Gray on the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday morning.
Although you could layer your favourite ingredients in any order you like (considering which flavours might best complement each other), this is what I assembled in a wide glass jar from top to bottom:
Puff pastry lid
This is sort of a deconstructed mince pie.
To do this, unroll a sheet of puff pastry and cut circles slightly larger than you want. I did this by putting a plastic lid on the sheet and cutting around it with a paring knife.
Place as many as you want to bake on a cookie sheet.
Cut a couple slits in the top. Crush lightly with beaten egg.
Bake at 400˚F for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
I had a container of homemade in the fridge, but store-bought works just fine.
Chopped or shredded leftover roasted turkey
Mincemeat almost comes across as cranberries when eaten alongside the meat.
It needs to moisten the turkey.
You could do Brussels sprouts cooked any way you like them, but I find peas easy, friendly and easy to layer. They also look nice and bright green through the jar.
Red and green!
Carrots and/or rutabaga
I cut mine into chunks and cooked them on the stovetop with a splash of water and lump of butter until they were soft enough to roughly mash with a fork.
I decided to put them alongside the fruitcake on the bottom because carrots and butter also go in cake.
Fruitcake or plum pudding
The ingredients are almost identical, only plum pudding is steamed on the stovetop instead of baking in the oven. Dessert on both ends!
So there you go, a complete dinner you can eat with a fork from a jar, sitting on your couch.
It would be a great way to pack up the leftovers or send someone who might be working and unable to sit down to a proper dinner.
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