Complete Christmas menu: Quick

Spare yourself hours of kitchen slog and use our time-saving Christmas menu plan.

It’s perfectly reasonable to want to avoid hours chained to the stove on the big day, and there’s no need to endure it. There are plenty of festive recipes that take minutes rather than hours, slashing cooking time and giving you more time to celebrate with your friends and family. Key to speedy delivery is minimum prep time. We’ve tried to keep it to an absolute minimum with our choices and have offered a selection of alternative recipes per course. 

Christmas morning

Ultimate French omeletteBase your breakfast around eggs. They cook in minutes and provide a suitably savoury start to a day of serious feasting.

For one (easily multiplied for more diners)...

Flash-fried smoked salmon & egg bagel
(Ready in five mins)

For one (easily multiplied)...

Smoked salmon & lemon scrambled eggs
(Ready in ten mins)

For one (easily multiplied)

Ultimate French omelette
(Ready in five mins)

For four...

Cheesy scrambled egg croissants
(Ready in ten mins)


Christmas dinner... 


Get ahead with dishes you can make in advance, or go luxury with your products- a classic cheat’s choice. Smoked salmon and fine cheese should do the trick.

Harissa bisqueFor two...

Seared garlic seafood with spicy harissa bisque
(Ready in 15 mins)

For four to six...

Baked Camembert
(Ready in 25 mins)

For six...

Smoked salmon with beetroot & vodka crème fraîche
(Ready in 15 mins)

For eight...

Smoked salmon flatbreads
(Ready in 8 mins)

Main courses

A huge joint of meat is always going to take hours roasting, so think outside the box when it comes to your choice of cut or alternative centrepiece.

Partridge with wine and cinnamonFor two...

Partridge with wine & cinnamon
(Ready in 55 mins)

For four...

Christmas poussin
(Ready in 45 mins)

For six...

Rain-or-shine leg of lamb
(Ready in 45 mins)

Side dishes

Creamy polentaFor two...

Glazed baby veg (Ready in 5 mins)
Crushed olive oil potatoes (Ready in 20 mins)
Garlic & shallot spinach (Ready in 20 mins)

For four...

Tenderstem broccoli with sesame (Ready in 10 mins)
Creamy polenta with spinach (Ready in 5 mins)
Simple green beans (Ready in 10 mins)

Garlic and shallot spinachFor six...

Brussels sprouts with pancetta (Ready in 10 mins)
Rosemary-spiked cabbage (Ready in 15 mins)
Garlicky green beans (Ready in 10 mins)
Fresh mint & raisin sauce (Ready in 10 mins)
Spinach with pine nuts & garlic (Ready in 5 mins)



Bellini granitaFor two...

Bellini granita
(Ready in 10 mins)

Inside-out Alaska
(Ready in 5 mins)

For four...

Chocolate soup
(Ready in 10 mins)

Banoffee trifles
(Ready in 5 mins)

Almond & apricot trifles
(Ready in 10 mins)

Sticky sultana puddingFor six

Sticky sultana pudding
(Ready in 10 mins)

Microwave meringues in minutes
(Ready in 5 mins)

After-dinner mint cream
(Ready in 10 mins)


Mini saltimbocca sandwichesFor two...

Mini saltimbocca sandwiches
(Ready in 10 mins)

For four to six...

Smoked salmon & rice salad
(Ready in 10 mins)

Smoked trout & horseradish pâté
(Ready in 5 mins)

Ricotta & spring onion dip
(Ready in 5 mins)

Choc & ginger dippers
(Ready in 7 mins)

Feta & cucumber bites
(Ready in 10 mins)


Pina coladaFor one...

Piña colada
(Ready in 5 mins)

For two...

Sloe Royales
(Ready in 2 mins)

For four...

Spiced Bloody Marys
(Ready in 5 mins)

For six... 

(Ready in 5 mins)

For a crowd...

Mulled pear & cranberry punch
(Ready in 10 mins)

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Comments, questions and tips

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23rd Dec, 2015
Small birds are all very nice, but surely one of the best things about the Yuletide Feast is the large amount of yummy leftovers to pick at for the next few days?
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