Sausage, kale and ciabatta stuffing in a rectangular serving dish

Make-ahead Christmas recipes

72 Recipes

Save time and stress on Christmas Day with our make-ahead dishes. These stuffings, sauces, sides and desserts can be prepared in advance, then kept in the fridge or freezer.

Tuscan sausage, kale & ciabatta stuffing

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Prep this sausage, kale and bread stuffing up to two days in advance, then bake on the day. If your favourite part of stuffing is the crispy bits, you’ll love this recipe...
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Make & mature Christmas cake

4.70968

(124 ratings)

Bake this festive fruit cake in advance of Christmas and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

Irish cream tiramisu

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(4 ratings)

You can make this no-cook tiramisu ahead to save on time when hosting a party. Made with Irish cream liqueur, it's a truly grown-up dessert...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

10-minute mincemeat

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Make your own mincemeat this Christmas – and not just for mince pies. Try it in Chelsea buns or sweet samosas. You could also give jars of it away as gifts...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Make-ahead Prosecco & wild mushroom gravy

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(1 rating)

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
  • More effort

Cranberry & lentil bake

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Double or triple the quantities of this festive cranberry and lentil bake to serve more people, if you like. You can make it up to two days before serving
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Freeze-ahead roasties

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(9 ratings)

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

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

4.375

(8 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

Red cabbage with port, prunes & orange

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Flavour red cabbage with port, prunes and orange for an indulgent festive side dish that delivers two of your 5-a-day. It can be made in advance and frozen for up to three months
  • 2 hours and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sloe gin cranberry sauce

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(1 rating)

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

Easy-peasy fruitcake

4.5

(2 ratings)

Try this lighter version of a classic Christmas fruitcake, bursting with festive spice and juicy fruit. Decorate with candied fruit and glacé cherries
  • 3 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Coconut custard tart with roasted pineapple

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This custard tart has a tropical twist with sunny Caribbean flavours. Bake it for your next dinner party and we guarantee your guests will go back for a second helping!
  • 2 hours and 10 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Triple pigs in blankets

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Pack in three times the flavour with these triple pigs in blankets. You can prepare them a day or two in advance and keep on a baking tray in the fridge
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Layered lime cheesecake

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(15 ratings)

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

Wild mushroom Yorkshire puddings

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Add an extra oomph to your Yorkshire puddings by flavouring the milk with wild mushrooms. These can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced salmon coulibiac

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(4 ratings)

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
  • More effort

Beetroot & squash Wellingtons with kale pesto

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(15 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
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Rocky road cheesecake pudding

4.75

(4 ratings)

We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert, perfect for festive entertaining...
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

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

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

White forest meringue roulade

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(1 rating)

Try this ultimate make-ahead dessert for Christmas: meringue, white chocolate, cream and cherries are combined to make a luscious centrepiece
  • 1 hour
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mince pie brownies

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(11 ratings)

Combine two favourites in this clever mash-up of brownies and mince pies. These sweet treats will prove a big hit throughout the festive season
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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