Crisp, golden roasties, plates heaving with your favourite flavours and a stunning centrepiece with lashings of rich gravy. Christmas might look a little different this year, but we’re here to help you put together the perfect festive feast. No matter how big or small the get-together, don’t miss out on a classic Christmas dinner.
Check out our menu plan for six below, or find all our complete Christmas menus to cater for every crowd. From a cosy dinner for two, to a last-minute time-saving spread for the whole family, BBC Good Food’s got you covered. Use our genius roast timer tool to make sure you get the perfect roast every time.
Christmas starters for six
Whet everyone’s appetite with a range of seasonal starters and impressive nibbles. Our eye-catching plates will have everyone coming back for more. From firm favourites like twisty cheese straws and super sausage rolls to cauliflower cheese rolls, these bites will disappear in no time.
Spend a grand total of 5 minutes prepping our baked camembert, and choose from a variety of tasty topping ideas. Put together an instant crowd-pleasing sharing starter in minutes. Prep our luxurious celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soup ahead of time, or serve up a smooth chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche.
Christmas dinner for six
Pile your plate high with roasted veg, pigs in blankets, sauces and slices of a magnificent centrepiece. Grab a slab of a vibrant veggie tart, a chunky wellington or a terrific turkey crown. Whether you’re a stickler for tradition or want to try an alternative Christmas dinner, make sure it’s worthy of the season.
We pay just as much attention to our Christmas side dishes as the main event.
Our parmesan-roasted potatoes make a delicious, cheesy addition to your table. Try pairing with our three-in-one brown buttered winter vegetables. Don’t forget the sticky honey-roasted carrots and crunchy parsnips for good measure. Convert even the most stubborn sprout-haters with a helping of our Brussels sprouts with pancetta.
Don’t be stressed about cooking for a crowd. Our easy Christmas turkey makes tackling a magnificent main easy as pie. It also makes a delicious gravy in the tin. Not up for the full turkey experience? Try your hand at our succulent turkey crown kiev with garlic and parsley.
You’re bound to want leftovers of our cola ham with maple & mustard glaze. We can’t resist a sample slice before taking it to the table. Peruse our top 10 Christmas ham recipes for sensational crackling and sticky glazes galore.
No one needs to miss out with our hearty vegetarian and vegan mains. Perfect your pastry skills with this beetroot & squash wellington with moreish kale pesto, or turn out our picture-perfect root vegetable tatin with candied nuts & blue cheese. Either way, jaws will drop.
Christmas desserts for six
Decadent desserts can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Try our quick Black Forest Christmas fool for a 10-minute treat, or bake a tray of mulled wine brownies and serve with scoops of ice cream. Save time in the kitchen with our boozy no-cook Irish cream tiramisu, or satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a square of Christmas rocky road.
If you’ve gone for a traditional pud and couldn’t finish it all, try our favourite leftover Christmas pudding recipes.
Dive into our easy Christmas desserts collection for more cheesecakes, brownies, cakes and cookies.
Christmas cocktails and mocktails
If you feel like cracking out your cocktail shaker and showing some festive flair, try our best ever Christmas drinks & cocktails. Try a more traditional mulled wine cocktail or classic bellini, or branch out with a St Nick’s flip.
Want to make a crowd-pleasing cocktail guests can serve themselves? Try our top Christmas punch recipes and mix them up en masse, then sit back and relax.
Christmas leftover recipe ideas
Try our best leftover ham recipes and our top 10 turkey leftover recipe ideas, or give our family dinner ideas for Christmas leftovers a go. Enjoy lazy post-Christmas lunches and easy throw-together suppers.
Christmas dinner leftovers are without doubt the undisputed king of leftovers. Put your cheese, meats and veggies to good use with our bumper Christmas sandwich recipes. These comforting, cheesy doorstop sarnies are sure to satisfy the turkey shaped hole in your Boxing Day.
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