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Make-ahead Christmas recipes

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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.

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  • Tuscan sausage, kale & ciabatta stuffing served in a roasting dish

    Tuscan sausage, kale & ciabatta stuffing

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Feeding a Christmas cake with alcohol

    Make & mature Christmas cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.292 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

  • Herb-buttered baby carrots served in a dish

    Herb-buttered baby carrots

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    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

  • A turkey crown kiev served on a plate

    Turkey crown kiev

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    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

  • Irish cream tiramisu served in a baking dish

    Irish cream tiramisu

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.38 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

  • Sage & onion Yorkshire puddings served in a dish

    Sage & onion Yorkshire puddings

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • 10-minute mincemeat in a jar

    10-minute mincemeat

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    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

  • Cider-braised cabbage wedges served in a casserole dish

    Cider-braised cabbage wedges

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

  • Apricot & pistachio stuffing in a roasting dish

    Apricot & pistachio stuffing

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Save time on Christmas Day and make this apricot and pistachio stuffing on Christmas Eve. It makes an excellent accompaniment to festive turkey

  • Wild mushroom, port & thyme turkey wellington carved on a serving board

    Wild mushroom, port & thyme turkey wellington

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    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

  • Cheesy sprout gratin served in a baking dish

    Cheesy sprout gratin

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.7 ratings

    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

  • Make-ahead Prosecco & wild mushroom gravy 2016

    Make-ahead Prosecco & wild mushroom gravy

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 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

  • Spinach madeleine tart with a slice cut out

    Spinach madeleine tart with cheesy pastry

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 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

  • Cranberry & lentil bake served with vegetables

    Cranberry & lentil bake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.19 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

  • Freeze-ahead roasties

    Freeze-ahead roasties

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.15 ratings

    Save precious time when planning a group meal by prepping and freezing your potatoes in advance.

  • A plate serving buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

    Buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 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

  • Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding 2016

    Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 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

  • Red cabbage with port, prunes & orange served in a bowl

    Red cabbage with port, prunes & orange

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.7 ratings

    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

  • A bowl serving sloe gin cranberry sauce

    Sloe gin cranberry sauce

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 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

  • Easy-peasy fruitcake decorated with glacé fruit

    Easy-peasy fruitcake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.7 ratings

    Try this lighter version of a classic Christmas fruitcake, bursting with festive spice and juicy fruit. Decorate with candied fruit and glacé cherries

  • Coconut custard tart topped with roasted pineapple

    Coconut custard tart with roasted pineapple

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 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!

  • Triple pigs in blankets presented in a baking dish

    Triple pigs in blankets

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 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

  • A cake stand serving a layered lime cheesecake

    Layered lime cheesecake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.41 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

  • A collection of wild mushroom Yorkshire puddings

    Wild mushroom Yorkshire puddings

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 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

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