Our guide to the perfect Christmas roast, including a foolproof Christmas turkey recipe and easy recipes for all the trimmings
A little organisation and getting ahead with the prep will result in a fantastic lunch. Start with our recipe for the perfect roast turkey, before moving onto all the tasty trimmings of your choice.
Make sure you take the turkey out of the fridge ahead of time so that it comes up to room temperature. Oven temperatures can vary so keep an eye on your turkey and use a meat thermometer to check when it’s done – as long as it’s over 72C, you’re fine. Don’t forget to rest your turkey for best results, so take it out of the oven when it’s ready, cover it loosely with foil and set aside while you cook the trimmings.
Get ahead by preparing red cabbage and bread sauce the day before, then just reheat for Christmas dinner. Have a make ahead starter ready to go so it’s one less thing to think about on the day.
Most of all, remember to relax and enjoy yourself! Have a glass of fizz all round.
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It isn’t a proper Christmas roast without all the trimmings. Put these delicious balsamic-glazed parsnips, or Brussels sprouts with bacon on your menu – they’ll convert even the most anti-sprouts among your guests.
Forget over-complicated side dishes with lots of ingredients – a balance of flavour and ease of preparation is what we want. Make ahead and freeze red cabbage, bread and cranberry sauces and stocks for gravy.
Enhance the flavour of root vegetables like parsnips and carrots with a hit of caramel and plenty of thyme.
Update red cabbage with our new recipe for braised red cabbage with cranberry, which bring an extra festive spin to a traditional side.
Try a modern twist on everyone’s favourite trimming with our nre recipe for chorizo in blankets, which are bursting with flavour and will make an unusual addition to the Christmas table.
Make braised chicory for a sweet and sharp flavour combination that works well with Christmas dinner.
Got any vegetarians coming for dinner? This rich, boozy pie with deeply flavoured mushrooms is just the thing for a really special celebration. A truly decadent meat-free main course.
Need more meat-free inspiration? Take a look at our vegetarian Christmas recipes that everyone can enjoy.
Looking for more Christmas recipe ideas? Take a look at our Christmas recipe collection