Complete Christmas menu: Classic

Keep things traditional with our Christmas Day menu filled with classic dishes and failsafe favourites.

Roast turkey dinner with trimmings on a plate

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.

Christmas morning

Bloody Mary scrambled eggs

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!

Bloody Mary scrambled eggs & smoked salmon
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Superfood scrambled eggs
Breakfast bagel club

Christmas dinner


Perfect paté, parfait and pickles

Chicken liver pâté with pickles and toast

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.

Chicken liver pate
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Retro prawn cocktails

Prawn cocktail lettuce cups
Who can say no to Marie Rose sauce? We certainly can’t, and prefer to serve this seafood starter in unadulterated fashion.

Prawn cocktail cups
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Smoked salmon salads

Smoked salmon salad

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.

Smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche & beetroot
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The main event

Brined turkey

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.

Brined roast turkey crown
Cider roast turkey
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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.

Rare beef with mustard Yorkshires

Side dishes

Bacon, sausage and prune rolls

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.

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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Cranberry sauce in dish
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.

Creamy bread & shallot sauce
Port & cranberry sauce with juniper
Make-ahead gravy

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Classic Christmas puds

Christmas pudding with pecans
Love it or hate it, a fruity basin pudding embodies the spirit of Christmas. Serve with rich and luxurious brandy butter.

Classic Christmas pudding
Brandy & vanilla butter

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Plum pudding perfection

Plum pudding

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!

Plum pudding
Homemade custard

Fruity trifles

Cherry trifle in serving dish

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.

Royal cherry trifle
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A bottle of fizz will serve eight if you add some juice or fresh fruit to the glass.

Cranberry, fresh pear & cinnamon bubbles
Raspberry Champagne cocktail

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Mince pie on plate
If you can manage to make room for a nibble, nothing says nap on the sofa like the failsafe mince pie.

Mince pies
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If you're still stuck for inspiration, visit our Christmas dinner page, or browse more Christmas menus...

Complete Christmas menu: Vegetarian
Vegan Christmas menu
Gluten-free Christmas menu
Complete Christmas menu: Quick
2 hour Christmas menu
Complete Christmas menu: For a crowd
Complete Christmas menu: For two

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