Your so-simple Christmas menu planner
First, make these food items in advance, then freeze. Just get them out on Christmas Eve and they’ll be ready to cook and eat on the day!
✽ The best ever rosemary roasties
✽ Baileys Christmas pudding ice cream (without the chocolate sauce)
Prepare these two days before:
✽ Meringue for berry burst vanilla pavlova (keep in an airtight tin)
✽ Bread sauce and cranberry sauce (keep in the fridge)
On Christmas Eve, make these and then pop them in the fridge overnight:
✽ Prepare and cook the red cabbage & apples side dish
✽ Prepare sprouts and carrots
✽ Prepare stock for gravy
✽ Prepare chocolate sauce for Baileys Christmas pudding ice cream Here are your food preparation plan and timings for Christmas Day! This meal plan and all the timings are for a lunch you would be planning to eat at 2pm.
9.30am Heat the oven to 200C/gas 6.
9.45am Put turkey in oven.
12 noon If you haven’t followed Step 9 (see left), then lay the table. Pour some drinks – it is Christmas Day, after all!
12.55pm Take out turkey. Rearrange the oven shelves so a tray of potatoes can fit on the top shelf and the turkey on the bottom shelf. Put 1tbsp goose fat in a roasting tin and pop it in the oven to melt. Then turn the turkey and return it to the oven.
1pm Add your boiled potatoes to the tin of hot goose fat in the oven. Remove foil from turkey.
1.30pm Turn potatoes and add parsnips to oven. Take out turkey. 1.40pm Cook your carrots. Pan-fry bacon for the sprouts. Blanch Brussels sprouts. Warm through red cabbage.
1.45pm Transfer turkey to serving platter. Ask helpers to wash up pans. Finish and warm gravy.
1.55pm Put everything that’s ready in serving dishes.
2pm Stir-fry your sprouts to warm through, then serve the main course.
3.15pm Fill the pavlova and warm the chocolate sauce.
3.30pm Serve desserts, drizzling over chocolate sauce on Baileys Christmas pudding ice cream.