Traditional Christmas dinner menu
Serve a traditional Christmas dinner menu filled with classic dishes, including smoked salmon starters, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.
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.
For even more inspiration, see our Christmas dinner hub and more Christmas menu ideas.
Christmas morning ideas
Bake this Middle Eastern-inspired loaf to serve for a festive brunch. To make things extra-indulgent, spread thick slices with our moreish honey & tahini butter.
- Twisted spiced bread with honey & tahini butter
- Cured salmon build-your-own bagel board
- Gingerbread pancakes
- Mushroom brunch
- Brioche breakfast bake with crispy bacon
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Christmas dinner ideas
Perfect pâté, parfait & pickles
Pâté, terrine or parfait are perfect make-ahead starters. Take them out the fridge just before serving and put on a serving platter with toasts or, for even less hassle, oatcakes or crackers. Our homemade fig chutney is also a sweet and sticky accompaniment.
- Port & chicken liver pâté
- Chicken liver pâté
- Faux gras with toast & pickles
- Duck & pork terrine with cranberries & pistachios
Breathe new life into prawn cocktail, a classic Christmas starter. With the addition of some Cajun spices, it's a flavour-packed modern twist.
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Keep things light before the onslaught of roast dinner with all the trimmings. Stocking smoked salmon in your fridge is a wise choice at Christmas. Make a canapé classic of salmon & herb blinis, which you can rustle up in less than 20 minutes using four ingredients.
- Smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche & beetroot
- Smoked salmon pâté with tear & share brioche buns
- Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad
- Pastrami-cured salmon
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Serve a warming bowl of soup for a light yet satisfying Christmas starter. This creamy celeriac and hazelnut soup includes a drizzle of truffle oil for added luxury. Or, capture more seasonal flavours by blitzing chestnuts and parsnips into a silky-smooth blend and topping with crispy bacon pieces.
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Traditional turkey ideas
For some, there will never be a centrepiece that can replace turkey. If you want to stay traditional, make our classic roast turkey recipe with a rich red wine gravy. Placing pancetta under the skin will keep the meat beautifully succulent and add a hint of saltiness.
If you're serving fewer people, a turkey crown can often be more suitable than a whole bird. We've added flavour and moistness to our turkey crown with a dry-brining recipe.
If turkey isn't your thing, roast beef with Yorkshire puddings should fit the bill without straying too far from tradition.
- Roast turkey
- Perfect pancetta & roast shallot-stuffed turkey
- Brined roast turkey crown
- Cider roast turkey
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Watch our video on how to carve a turkey:
Side dishes and trimmings
Serve your centrepiece with all the trimmings. It wouldn’t be Christmas without the much-debated Brussels sprouts, but parsnips, carrots and potatoes are all solid choices, along with one of our favourite parts of Christmas: pigs-in-blankets.
- Brussels with chestnuts & sage
- Chunky roast potatoes
- Honey-roast carrots
- Crisp honey mustard parsnips
- Christmas spiced red cabbage
- Bacon, sausage & prune rolls
- Caramelised shallot mash
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Elevate bread sauce by adding buttery, crisp onions. It's an ideal condiment for the Christmas dinner table or to serve with your Sunday roast.
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Christmas dessert ideas
Love it or hate it, a fruity basin pudding embodies the spirit of Christmas. Serve with rich and luxurious brandy butter.
- Classic Christmas pudding
- Vegan Christmas pudding
- Christmas sticky toffee pudding
- Lighter Christmas pudding
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Take trifle to the next level for the festive season. Make the jelly with raspberries and enrich the custard with clotted cream for ultra indulgence.
See more Christmas trifle recipes.
Christmas drink ideas
A bottle of fizz will serve a crowd if you add some juice or fresh fruit to the glass. Alternatively, get your spices melding and stir up some fragrant mulled wine. We also have a mocktail version for non-drinkers.
- Amaretto fizz
- Cranberry, fresh pear & cinnamon bubbles
- Easy mulled wine
- Raspberry champagne cocktail
- Non-alcoholic mulled wine
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Want a plan that takes all the stress out of Christmas dinner? Try our easiest ever, next level or budget menu plans, complete with time plan, shopping list (to print out or use for online shopping) and all the recipes you'll need for the big day.
If you're still stuck for inspiration, visit our Christmas dinner page or browse more Christmas menus...
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