Sausage, kale and ciabatta stuffing in a rectangular serving dish

Make-ahead Christmas recipes

80 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

5

(1 rating)

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

4.713415

(164 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

Herb-buttered baby carrots

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(0 ratings)

Make the herby mustard butter a few days ahead, then microwave your carrots on the day for a speedy vegetarian side. It's the perfect dish for Christmas dinner or a Sunday roast...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Turkey crown kiev

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(0 ratings)

Apply the flavours of a chicken kiev – garlic, parsley and butter – to a succulent turkey crown, and you'll be in for a treat. It's a great Christmas main...
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • More effort

Irish cream tiramisu

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(18 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

Sage & onion Yorkshire puddings

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(1 rating)

Add sage and onion to Yorkshire pudding batter for a delicious side dish to go with a Sunday roast or your Christmas dinner
  • 35 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

Cider-braised cabbage wedges

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Make these cider-braised cabbage wedges up to three days ahead for a stress-free Christmas dinner. The dish makes an ideal accompaniment to festive turkey
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Apricot & pistachio stuffing

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Save time on Christmas Day and make this apricot and pistachio stuffing on Christmas Eve. It makes an excellent accompaniment to festive turkey
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Wild mushroom, port & thyme turkey wellington

5

(1 rating)

Looking for a stress-free main course for Christmas? It has to be this mushroom and port turkey wellington. The assembly can be done a day or two in advance
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • More effort

Cheesy sprout gratin

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(1 rating)

Wondering how to make winning sprouts for your Christmas menu? Try our cheesy sprout gratin and you'll convert anyone who previously snubbed this festive veg...
  • 50 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

Spinach madeleine tart with cheesy pastry

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(3 ratings)

Try this tart as a veggie course at Christmas or other celebration. With cheesy pastry and a cheese and spinach filling, it's sure to be a crowdpleaser...
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cranberry & lentil bake

4.5

(8 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

5

(11 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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(0 ratings)

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

4.23077

(13 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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(1 rating)

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

4.5

(2 ratings)

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

4.666665

(3 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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(0 ratings)

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

5

(2 ratings)

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

4.04762

(21 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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(0 ratings)

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

5

(6 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

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