Christmas doesn’t have to mean towering trays of washing up, endless ingredients and stressful serving. We’ve nailed the art of the easy Christmas dinner, so you can choose between a turkey, ham or veggie centrepiece with no fuss.
Find even more easy Christmas recipes to take the stress out of the big day in our ultimate collection. From more terrific turkeys to fabulous fruitcakes and decadent desserts, these fret-free recipes are sure to make Christmas easier!
1. Two-tray Christmas dinner
If you have a small oven, you’re a Christmas dinner beginner or you’re just not keen on washing up, our two-tray Christmas dinner is the answer to your prayers. This genius recipe has everything you need, including a succulent golden brown turkey and bacon-wrapped stuffing balls. You can even make your own rich, port gravy in the pan itself. Top off your meal with an easy Christmas dessert, like our mouth-watering mulled wine brownies or a super-simple fruitcake.
2. Easy turkey crown
Our easy turkey crown recipe is the perfect way of doing traditional turkey without the accompanying fuss and faff. If you’re entertaining a smaller crowd, a crown is usually the right amount without being swamped in leftovers. Use the sticky honey and mustard glaze to add flavour and a gorgeous golden colour. It will caramelise in the oven and flavour the juices for a stunning gravy. Serve with our parmesan-roasted potatoes and roast vegetables.
3. Cola ham with maple & mustard glaze
Cook up a festive alternative to turkey with our cola ham with maple & mustard glaze. The slow cooking in cinnamon-spiced cola adds a subtle sweetness and keeps the joint juicy. Serve in thick slices as part of your roast dinner, the leftovers (if there are any) are delicious in chunky Christmas sandwiches. Want to put your kitchen kit to good use? Try our slow cooker gammon. For a change to roasties and sprouts, try our roast bubble & squeak.
4. Easy Christmas turkey
Take just 20 minutes to prep our easy Christmas turkey. It’s cooked high and fast like a chicken, giving it extra cirpsy skin. The cabbage wedges, shallots and white wine make for an extra rich gravy. Pair it with our all-the-trimmings traybake for an easy way to roast up flavouful veg in a flash. Or, try our crispy roast potatoes cooked with seasonal chestnuts and cocktail sausages.
5. Cranberry and lentil bake
Our flavourful cranberry & lentil bake is the perfect quick-fix vegetarian option or stuffing alternative to bring a pop of colour to your table. It can be doubled or even tripled to serve as many guests as you like and can be made in advance up to two days ahead. Stuffed with cranberries, red wine and Christmas spices, this is the ideal festive main. A splash of soy sauce adds a savoury edge to the sweet cranberries. Choose your favourite Christmas side dishes from our top recipes.
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