Complete Christmas menu: For a crowd

  • By Natalie Hardwick - Senior writer -

If you have a crowd of loved ones to feed on Christmas Day, we have some menu ideas that should keep everyone happy.

Salt and pepper turkey

If responsibility for the big family Christmas meal falls on your shoulders this year we have lots of ideas for how to keep your crowd happy. Our recipes are designed to serve over eight people and where there are several dishes listed, these are alternative ideas, not an entire course. 

Christmas morning

Banana and cinnamon whirlsIf you want to serve up something savoury, get prepared for a marathon egg cracking session. Pick your dishes wisely - starting the day poaching dozens of eggs is not the way to go. Batches of muffins, breakfast bread buns or individual omelettes are ideal alternatives. Stack them high and let everyone dig in. 

Fruitburst muffins
Banana & cinnamon whirls
Cake of kings
Mini smoked haddock omelettes

Christmas dinner


Baked artichoke dipSharing dishes work well when feeding large numbers. Try making a large terrine, pâté or dip, or serve up a selection of nibbles and let everyone help themselves – it saves plating up lots of individual dishes before the chaos of the main course ensues. 


Baked artichoke dip
Spicy potted crab
Duck & pork terrine with cranberries & pistachios


Smoked mackerel & horseradish cups
Chicken skewers with satay dip
Thai chicken skewers

Main course

Scandinavian roast turkeyBy its very nature, the turkey is the ultimate roast for feeding a crowd. A 5kg whole turkey should comfortably serve eight people.

Turkey for eight, plus leftovers:

Scandinavian roast turkey with prune & juniper stuffing & caramelised apples
Roast turkey with pecan, sausage & chestnut stuffing


Turkey for ten:

Mustard butter-basted roast turkey with bacon
Salt & pepper turkey

More turkey recipes... 

If you’re catering for a large group of vegetarian diners, try this distinctive rice cake.

Creamy risotto layer cake

Chestnut stuffingSide dishes

Apricot & hazelnut stuffing
Lightly spiced Christmas stuffing
Rustic chestnut stuffing
Brussels with hazelnut & orange butter
Sticky spiced red cabbage
Golden spiced roast potatoes
Winter root mash with buttery crumbs


Cranberry sauce with port & star anise
French bread sauce
Easy red wine gravy


Mint loaf cakeMost of our whole festive cakes and puddings serve around ten people. Here are some of our favourite versions. 

Chocolate mint loaf cake
Piernik (Polish gingerbread)
Bûche de Noël
Light & fruity Christmas pudding

Or try making a large dessert, such as a cheesecake or trifle – or a hybrid of both…

Glam trifle slice
Iced chestnut ripple cheesecake
Trifle cheesecake
Simply stunning chocolate fridge cake
Christmas buns

Later on...

Baked hamA 4kg ham should serve around 12 people. Team with a crunchy Christmas slaw then a classic mince pie for dessert number two.

Baked ham with brown sugar & mustard glaze
Spiced Christmas gammon with membrillo glaze
Apricot & ginger ham
Festive red salad
Crumbled top mince pies


Avoid having to make individual drinks by serving up large jugs of cocktails and bowls of punch.

Rumberry punch
Ginger, apple & vanilla punch
Winter Pimm's punch

Are you feeding a crowd this Christmas? How do you approach the mammoth task? Visit our Christmas section for recipes, tips and guides... 

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