Top tips for cooking Christmas dinner

Top tips for cooking a stress-free Christmas dinner

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Wed 21st December 2022

Written by Julie Bailey, manager of the David Nieper café and owner of Just Add Candles

On Christmas Day no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen all day, so here are my top tips for a stress-free day.

1. Plan your menu for the day, starters, main and dessert in advance.

2. Make a list of all ingredients needed for your menu and ensure you have everything by 22nd December to avoid a last minute supermarket dash.

3. Make your starters ahead of time and refrigerate.

4. Prepare all the vegetables and stuffing the night before and refrigerate.

5. The day before, roast your potatoes as normal but take out of the oven when they are light brown. Take them out of the tin, place in a dish, cool and then refrigerate. On the day preheat the oven for 10 mins at 200°c/400°f and roast until golden brown and crisp – around 20 mins – delicious.

6. Ensure your turkey fits in the oven (this sounds silly but believe me, I know of someone who got caught out with this one year)

7. Keep it simple when cooking your turkey – no stuffing, no basting. Let the flavour of your turkey shine through. I season my turkey with salt and pepper and add a cup of stock to the roasting tray, cover in foil and pop in the oven. Remove foil for last 30 mins to brown the skin. When cooked leave to rest for 30 mins before carving.

8. Set the table ahead of time, this saves such a lot of time on the day.

9. Prepare your dessert ahead of time, such as trifle, cheesecake. Personally, I love Christmas pud.

10. Heat your plates – this is the secret to keeping your Christmas dinner hot, especially if you are serving a large family.

Most of all enjoy your day with your nearest and dearest.

Merry Christmas
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