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 scrambled egg and a little Tabasco as an alternative option. This recipe is the perfect antidote to the morning after a big night!
Perfect paté, parfait and pickles
Paté, terrine or parfait is a perfect make-ahead starter. Pull it from the fridge just before serving and serve with toasts or, for even less hassle, oatcakes or crackers.
Retro prawn cocktails
Smoked salmon salads
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.
The main event
For some, there’ll never be any centerpiece that can replace turkey. Our newest version is brined to perfection, while our cider roast turkey is a big hit with our users.
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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.
Classic Christmas puds
Plum pudding perfection
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!
Layers of custard, cream, jelly and sponge… this retro treat comes in a rainbow spectrum of guises, but at Christmas we like ours with stone fruit and cherry brandy.
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.
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