Plan your Christmas lunch

A step-by-step plan to serving up a sumptuous Christmas meal for 8 people, from freezing ahead to Christmas Eve prep, parboiling to plate warming. Find a time plan, all the recipes, plus more tips and inspiration below....

Your Christmas timeplan...

Christmas lunch without the fuss

1.40pm

The final flourishes
Cook the Brussels and carrots for 20 mins. Reheat the red cabbage, gravy and bread sauce. Everything will now stay warm in a hot kitchen for 15 mins while you eat the starter.