Top 10 dis­as­ter so­lu­tions for Christ­mas din­ner

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Feature -

★The tur­key has de­frosted quicker than ex­pected Once thawed, a tur­key can be kept for up to two days in the fridge. Place in a roast­ing tin, cover loosely with cling­film and store be­low 4°C. ★The tur­key won’t fit in the oven or in a roast­ing tin Cut the legs off, then cook the breast as a crown. Cook the drum­sticks separately once the crown is ready. ★Can’t fit it all in the oven Cook sausages and stuff­ing balls af­ter the tur­key has come out. If you let the tur­key ‘rest’ it makes it eas­ier to carve. ★Can’t get the pota­toes crispy Only open the oven when re­ally nec­es­sary to avoid the tem­per­a­ture drop­ping. You can also brown spuds un­der the grill for a few min­utes.

★Too much left­over tur­key Freeze left­over cuts as soon as pos­si­ble with a lit­tle gravy or stock to keep them moist.

★The gravy’s too runny If you’ve sim­mered it for too long, gravy thick­ened with corn­flour can go runny again. Add more corn­flour and sim­mer for a few more mins.

★ For­got to steam the pud Don’t worry, Christ­mas pud­ding can be re­heated in a mi­crowave (but not for too long or it will dry out).

★Loads of veg­eta­bles left Puree them with any left­over gravy or some veg­etable stock, to make a thick, hearty soup. ★For­got to chill the wine Put some ice in a bucket, pop the bot­tles in and pour in some cold wa­ter. ★Din­ner is ready, but my guests are late A tur­key can stay warm for quite a while if wrapped well in foil. Re­move the veg­eta­bles from the heat, drain and set aside, then boil or mi­crowave them for a cou­ple of min­utes when your guests ar­rive.

Merry Christ­mas from the food team here at

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