A turkey, bacon & chorizo bombe on a serving platter

Budget Christmas recipes

Put on a delicious Christmas spread without breaking the bank. These recipes make the most of smaller, affordable cuts of meat and simple flavour hacks.

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Inspired by the internet sensation that is the bacon bombe, we've devised a Christmas cracker of a roast turkey with a stuffing of bacon and chorizo

1 hr and 55 mins
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Marmite and sprouts may sound like a nightmare combination, but trust us: it works. Try our recipe and it's sure to become a Christmas tradition

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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Maximise your oven space by throwing everything into one dish and roasting with goose fat

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
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Try this twist on braised cabbage for Christmas Day, with juniper berries, orange zest, red onion and red apple for festive colour and flavour

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
9 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a full and flavoursome gravy on the table

10 mins
Easy
13 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy the best of Christmas in a traybake. A perfect Boxing Day feast for using up leftovers like potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts and pigs-in-blankets

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
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Finish your meal with this impressive dessert, with billowing cream and fresh summer fruit

2 hrs
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Make this vegetable tatin with nuts and cheese as a Christmas showstopper. Perfect for a veggie family, it also makes a great Boxing Day buffet centrepiece

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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Whet the appetite for the main event by serving guests this special chicken terrine with leeks and apricots. It can be made up to three days ahead

1 hr and 30 mins
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Adapt this festive rocky road however you like. It’s great for using up leftover Christmas sweets and biscuits, and you can get kids involved in making them, too

25 mins
Easy
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Unexpected guests and no Christmas cake to serve? This last-minute loaf tastes as if it had been made in November. Decorate with a snow shower of icing sugar

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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Looking for an alternative to turkey at Christmas? This festive lunch loaf is packed with flavour, plus it's cheaper and easier to prep and serve

2 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Cooking for a smaller crowd this Christmas? Try this roast turkey breast as an easy alternative to cooking a whole turkey for your festive dinner

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Make a fuss-free Christmas dinner with this two-tray method that includes stuffing, veg and the turkey. It's ideal if you have a small oven, and saves on the washing-up

4 hrs
Easy
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Love crinkle cookies? Try our extra-festive version for Christmas, with orange zest, mixed spice and cinnamon – and not forgetting the classic fudgy centre

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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Each piece of this pull-apart bread has a melted mozarella centre. Brushed with garlic butter and served with a tomato dipping sauce, this will be a hit at any Christmas party buffet table

1 hr and 40 mins
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A modern dinner party starter that’s great for a budget - salty feta, sweet grapes, tangy sumac and aniseed dill create contrasting yet complementary flavours

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
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Save precious time when planning a group meal by prepping and freezing your potatoes in advance.

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
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Looking for an alternative to turkey? The lush green pistachio stuffing in this spiced roast chicken is very festive, so it's ideal for Christmas lunch

2 hrs and 10 mins
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Make homemade mincemeat for your Christmas bakes. It's a lot easier than you might think, and the recipe can be scaled up or down. This works well as a gift, too

20 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
9 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Bake these lovely star-shaped biscuits to give as edible Christmas gifts for family and friends. They're easy to make, so kids can get involved too

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
35 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

These golden, honeyed parsnips have just the right mix of earthiness and sweet glaze to make a moreish Christmas side dish, and they’re quick to prepare

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

If you like the idea of Christmas turkey but often find it dry, then you must try this. The tender turkey is wrapped in bacon then braised in a slow cooker

5 hrs
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Save yourself time and washing-up on Christmas Day by cooking carrots, leeks and Brussels sprouts together along with butter and sage for a perfect side dish

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
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