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Make-ahead Christmas recipes

57 Recipes

Avoid the stress and make it ahead.

Turkey & chestnut gravy

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Make this rich turkey and chestnut gravy to accompany your Christmas dinner. If you use goose fat or butter, it can be made ahead, chilled and frozen
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

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Make these salmon, buckwheat and spelt chrain blinis ahead and heat them up as a hassle-free party canapé or plated as a starter. They freeze really well, too
  • 30 mins
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Layered lime cheesecake

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Make this stunning layered, citrussy dessert ahead of time if you're entertaining. It's a crowd-pleaser that's part key lime pie, part cheesecake, part trifle...
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Sloe gin cranberry sauce

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No festive meal is complete without cranberry sauce. Try this version, which includes sloe gin for a modern twist on the classic Christmas relish
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Teriyaki tempeh with peanut dip

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Make these tasty teriyaki tempeh canapés ahead of a party and rewarm them in the oven when your guests arrive. Serve with our moreish peanut dipping sauce
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

4.583335

(6 ratings)

A twist on the classic Christmas pudding, our cherry version is served with silky dark chocolate, a rich brandy sauce and a dollop of double cream
  • 3 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Mince pie baklava

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When a mince pie meets baklava, it’s a match made in Christmas heaven. Serve warm with ice cream for dessert, or cut into smaller bites to enjoy with coffee...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Beetroot & squash Wellingtons with kale pesto

4.6875

(8 ratings)

Put some welly in your Christmas dinner. Make these vegan Wellingtons ahead of time for a less stressed Christmas dinner. Even the meat eaters will love them!
  • 2 hours
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  • Vegetarian

Sourdough bread sauce

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Try a sourdough twist on classic bread sauce. Serve with your Sunday roast or to impress friends and family at Christmas. Can be made up to two days ahead
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Make-ahead Prosecco & wild mushroom gravy

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Add some sparkle to this rich gravy in the form of a dash of Prosecco, to intensify the flavour. Get ahead of the game and make your gravy in advance
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
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Freeze-ahead roasties

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Save precious time when planning a group meal by prepping and freezing your potatoes in advance
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Ginger beer & tangerine glazed ham

4.391305

(23 ratings)

This warming ginger beer-spiced ham is great for Christmas entertaining as it's simple to prepare ahead of time
  • 4 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Lobster & celeriac remoulade

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This festive make-ahead starter is perfect for a Christmas meal for two. Serve with crunchy toast and a scattering of dill for an impressive seafood dish
  • 35 mins
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Christmas pudding cheesecake

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(7 ratings)

Cross a Christmas pudding with a cheesecake and what do you get? A fantastic alternative festive dessert with a crunchy ginger base and creamy filling
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Spiced salmon coulibiac

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This make-ahead main of pastry-wrapped fish and rice is an extra-special way to serve seafood for a dinner party, spiced with cardamom, cloves and chilli
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
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Alaskan yule log

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Arctic roll meets baked Alaska in this ice cream filled chocolate log topped with meringue - an impressive dessert to make ahead for a dinner party
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
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Red cabbage with mulled Port & pears

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This braised cabbage side is a super healthy and versatile dish with a rich, deep-red colour enhanced by the addition of the Port
  • 2 hours and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Ham hock & pistachio roll

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If you're looking for a Christmas classic with a twist, this French ham hock and pistachio terrine, transformed into a modern make-ahead starter is for you...
  • 5 hours
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Chocolate orange cheesecake

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(4 ratings)

This decadent, make-ahead dessert is perfect for a festive dinner party or buffet, with a zesty cream cheese filling and dark chocolate biscuit base
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
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Luxe fish pie

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Salmon and smoked haddock are perfect partners in this creamy, cheesy fish dish - freeze ahead and thaw for a make-ahead dinner party main
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy

Millionaire’s ice cream bombe

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(7 ratings)

This spectacular Christmas showstopper is covered in crunchy Maltesers and makes for an enticing alternative pudding to end your festive feast
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
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