If you have a crowd of loved ones to feed on Christmas Day, we have some menu ideas that should keep everyone happy.
If responsibility for the big family Christmas meal falls on your shoulders this year we have lots of ideas for how to keep your crowd happy. Our recipes are designed to serve over eight people and where there are several dishes listed, these are alternative ideas, not an entire course.
If you want to serve up something savoury, get prepared for a marathon egg cracking session. Pick your dishes wisely - starting the day poaching dozens of eggs is not the way to go. Batches of muffins, breakfast bread buns or individual omelettes are ideal alternatives. Stack them high and let everyone dig in.
Sharing dishes work well when feeding large numbers. Try making a large terrine, pâté or dip, or serve up a selection of nibbles and let everyone help themselves – it saves plating up lots of individual dishes before the chaos of the main course ensues.
By its very nature, the turkey is the ultimate roast for feeding a crowd. A 5kg whole turkey should comfortably serve eight people.
Turkey for eight, plus leftovers:
Turkey for ten:
If you’re catering for a large group of vegetarian diners, try this distinctive rice cake.
Apricot & hazelnut stuffing
Lightly spiced Christmas stuffing
Rustic chestnut stuffing
Brussels with hazelnut & orange butter
Sticky spiced red cabbage
Golden spiced roast potatoes
Winter root mash with buttery crumbs
Most of our whole festive cakes and puddings serve around ten people. Here are some of our favourite versions.
Or try making a large dessert, such as a cheesecake or trifle – or a hybrid of both…
A 4kg ham should serve around 12 people. Team with a crunchy Christmas slaw then a classic mince pie for dessert number two.
Avoid having to make individual drinks by serving up large jugs of cocktails and bowls of punch.
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