Sausage, kale and ciabatta stuffing in a rectangular serving dish

Make-ahead Christmas 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.

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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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
194 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
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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
Gluten-free
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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 hrs and 45 mins
More effort
27 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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
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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
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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
Gluten-free
2 ratings 2.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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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 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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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 hrs and 20 mins
More effort
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star 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
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star 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 hr and 50 mins
More effort
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
14 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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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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
14 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star 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 hrs and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star 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
Vegan
Gluten-free
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 10 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
31 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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
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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
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