Keep things traditional with our Christmas Day menu filled with classic dishes and failsafe favourites.
We’re all for breaking with convention and trying something new on special occasions, but sometimes only classic dishes will do on Christmas Day. We’ve put together a menu of our favourite traditional festive recipes for inspiration. This menu serves eight, but we’ve also included alternative options if you’re catering for less or more guests.
Start the day as you mean to go on. A lot of people like smoked salmon as part of their Christmas breakfast, but we’ve also included traditional Italian bread as an alternative option. Serve the fruit loaf toasted with lots of butter.
Who can say no to Marie Rose sauce? We certainly can’t, and prefer to serve this seafood starter in unadulterated fashion.
The main event
If turkey is not your thing, roast beef with Yorkshire puddings should fit the bill without straying too far from tradition.
Serve your centrepiece with all the trimmings. It wouldn’t be Christmas without the much-debated Brussels sprouts, but parsnips, carrots, potatoes are all solid choices, along with one of our favourite parts of Christmas- pigs-in-blankets.
Bread sauce seems to be a divisive accompaniment, but we love this recipe with added shallots. Add a dollop of cranberry sauce and that lynchpin of Christmas dinner – perfect gravy.
Try plum pudding instead. You can even add a coin in line with tradition – just ensure your guests know it’s embedded in their dessert!
A bottle of fizz will serve eight if you add some juice or fresh fruit to the glass.More cocktail and drink recipes
If you can manage to make room for a nibble, nothing says nap on the sofa like the failsafe mince pie.
Do you go classic at Christmas? What do you like to serve up? If you're still stuck for inspiration, visit our Christmas dinner page...