Budget Christmas dinner menu
Want to enjoy a festive feast without breaking the bank? Follow our impressive yet low-cost Christmas menu and timeplan, complete with turkey and all the trimmings.
We all know Christmas can be a expensive time, but that doesn't mean you need to splurge on a fancy festive menu. With a few simple tricks and shortcuts, you can put on a showstopping Christmas dinner spread without compromising on quality or flavour. We've put together the ultimate budget-friendly menu to feed eight people, along with a convenient timeplan to cover all your organisational needs on the big day.
Your timeplan to eat at 2pm
The day before
- Make your turkey and bacon bombe, wrap well and keep in the fridge (can be done up to two days ahead).
- Make the Marmite butter and chill until needed.
- Cook the red cabbage and cover and chill until needed.
- Make the red wine gravy and cover and chill until needed.
On the day
- 11:55am Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
- 12pm Boil the roots for 3 mins, drain, toss in flour and set aside.
- 12:30pm Remove the cling film from the bacon bombe, then brush with a little oil, put it seam-side down on a baking sheet, and roast for 30 mins.
- 12:50pm Warm the goose fat for the roasted roots in the oven.
- 12:55pm Put the roasted roots in the oven.
- 1pm Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the turkey bombe with the maple syrup to give it a sticky finish, and continue to roast for another 45 mins or until the middle of the bombe reaches 75C on a digital cooking thermometer (check after 30 mins as oven temperatures do vary).
- 1:30pm Check the temperature of the turkey bombe.
- 1:40-1:45pm Take the turkey bombe out of the oven and leave it to rest for 15 mins, then slice. Turn the oven up on the roasted roots if needed.
- 1:45pm Cook the sprouts. Reheat the red cabbage and the gravy on the hob or in the microwave.
- 2pm Start taking dishes to the table.
Get your turkey, pigs-in-blankets and stuffing fix all in one with this stunning turkey, bacon and chorizo bombe. Cooking turkey breasts is much cheaper and easier than roasting a whole turkey, and the sausagemeat and bacon wrapping helps keep it moist and full of flavour.
Throw your potatoes, carrots, celeriac and parsnips into one tray and roast with goose fat for an irresistible trimmings traybake. It’ll free up some much needed space in your oven, too.
Here's a dish that's sure to get your guests talking: charred sprouts with Marmite butter. It’s cheaper to make than traditional chestnut and bacon sprouts and you only need a small amount of Marmite to add a super savoury umami flavour.Juniper & apple red cabbage
No Christmas dinner is complete without a side of braised red cabbage. Try this striking twist on the traditional dish with juniper berries, orange zest, red onion and red apple for even more festive flavours. Easy red wine gravy
This gorgeously rich and boozy gravy makes the perfect accompaniment for a Christmas feast and can be stirred up in just 10 minutes. Make stock up to 800ml as you won’t have meat juices from the turkey. We've added fruity redcurrant jelly, which can double up as a turkey condiment.
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