What are good potluck side dishes for your next Christmas party?
- Pan Fried Potatoes and Flaked Sardines
- Seafood and Vegetable Samosas
- Falafel with Yogurt Sauce
Christmas parties are one of the best parts of the holiday. You get to meet relatives, old friends while you eat and make great new memories together. Yet, all of us adults feel pressured whenever it comes around because of the food expectations. Most of us assume that Christmas food has to be of high standard, meaning difficult to make and expensive to create.
But delicious food doesn’t have to be costly or take so much of your time. In fact, a lot of people nowadays aren’t afraid to use canned food from sardines manufacturers in the Philippines to make the process of cooking faster and cheaper. In the end, what matters is that people actually like your dish.
Side dishes are an important part of the party. They bring more flavor to the whole menu. Instead of bringing a main entrée, you could offer to bring some side dishes. Here are some recipes that you can follow:
Pan Fried Potatoes and Flaked Sardines
Even kids will learn to love vegetables with this buttery treat fit to be part of your family’s meal.
- 155g Mega Sardines in Natural Oil
- 8 potatoes
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. dried basil
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 tbsp. calamansi juice
- 3 small red onions, minced
- 5 cups of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, chop medium potatoes into bite-sized pieces and then place the pieces on boiling water with some salt. Leave the potatoes to cook for 15 minutes. Once they are cooked but remain firm when touched, drain the vegetables and cool it under sink water to stop the cooking.
- Heat ½ tbsp. of the butter in a skillet until it melts, then add the chopped garlic cloves. Cook the garlic cloves in low heat for 1 minute. Next, season the cooked garlic with salt, pepper, paprika, dried basil, and oregano. Once all the seasonings are in the skillet, add the boiled potatoes. Stir everything continuously on medium heat for 10 minutes. When the potatoes look brown, place them on a plate and set them aside.
- With the same skillet, melt half of the butter. Once it turned liquid, place the sardine pieces in the skillet and fry each side for 30 seconds. Place the cooked sardines on a plate. Next, it is time to prepare the vinaigrette. Mix together the chopped onions, olive oil, calamansi juice, salt, and pepper in one small bowl.
- On your serving plate, arrange the dish by placing the potatoes at the bottom and topping them with the cooked sardines. Pour the vinaigrette over everything.
Seafood and Vegetable Samosas
A samosa is a traditional fried snack from India. It is made with pastry, vegetables, and meat. In this version, you can use canned tuna and sardines instead of meat
- 155g Mega Tuna Flakes in Oil
- 155g Mega Sardines in Natural Oil, smashed
- 155g Mega Prime Green Peas
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 tbsp. calamansi juice
- 4 potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 pack of puff pastry
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. dried coriander
- 2 cups oil
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 cup water in a bowl
- Start the recipe by boiling the potatoes for 10 minutes. Then, smash them and set them aside.
- In a skillet, fry the onion and cloves of garlic in ½ cup of the oil for 2 minutes. After the onions have a transparent color, mix in the peas, carrots, calamansi juice, chili powder, cumin, dried coriander, mashed potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook all the vegetables for 2 more minutes. Now, pour the tuna and sardines. Cook the seafood with the vegetables for 1 minute before place it in a medium-sized bowl.
- It is time to set up the samosa packets. Get one puff pastry and cut it into squares. In each square, place a small portion of the mixture in the square. Put some water in each of the edges and then fold the square into a triangle. Repeat this process until the mixture is finished.
- Lastly, fry the samosas with the rest of the oil for 2 minutes.
Falafel with Yogurt Sauce
- 225g Mega Prime Garbanzos, drained
- 5 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp. dried basil
- 1 tbsp. dried coriander
- 2 tsp. curry powder
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ½ cup flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 cup oil
- 2 tsp. garlic, mashed
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 tsp. salt
- First, make the yogurt sauce by mixing the mashed garlic, Greek yogurt, and half of the salt in a bowl. Leave the sauce in the refrigerator.
- Now, it is time to make the main star: The falafel balls. You will need to bring out your food processor and fill it with garlic cloves, dried basil, dried coriander, curry powder, chili powder, black pepper, and ⅓ of the drained garbanzos beans. Process first for 1 minute, then add some garbanzos and process a second time for 30 seconds. Now, pour the last portion of beans and process everything for one last minute. Afterwards, you should have a coarse paste.
- Next, place the paste in a medium-sized bowl. Mix the flour and baking powder together in another small bowl. Using your hands, slowly combine the flour mix with the falafel paste. After everything is thoroughly mixed, roll the paste into balls.
- In a saucepan, pour the oil. It should be high enough to cover the falafel balls. Heat the oil to 190 C before placing the balls in the saucepan. Once they are golden brown, place the food on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
- Serve the falafel balls with your refrigerated yogurt sauce.
Christmas parties bring adults anxiety because they often worry about the food they need to bring. But contrary to your fears, your food does not have to be expensive or hard to make. Instead, focus on making great food that you can actually enjoy this holiday.
These dishes above are far from the usual. But the ingredients you use to make them can be easily found in the nearest grocery store in your area. Each of them uses canned food from sardines manufacturers in the Philippines, saving you some money and time from cooking!