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What are you prepping on Christmas Eve?

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Alicia870 Mon 23-Dec-19 11:19:50

Here's my list so far:

-make cauliflower cheese and keep in fridge overnight
- wrap pigs in blankets
- par boil potatoes, put in roasting tray covered in oil and pop in fridge
- coat mushrooms in breadcrumbs for starter

Anything else people do Christmas Eve to save cooking time and space on the day?

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Polkadotdelight Mon 23-Dec-19 11:23:29

MIL bringing stuffing and cauliflower cheese. Roasted squash in freezer to make the veggie main and veg gravy in freezer. Will parboil the potatoes and sprouts and peel carrots, parsnips etc.

Unescorted Mon 23-Dec-19 11:24:31

Turkey legs & gravy
Chocolate parfait
Salmon mouse and Dill & cucumber gel
Par boil spuds, carrots & parsnips so they can be nice and dry for the oven
Trim the sprouts
Prep stuffing

LBOCS2 Mon 23-Dec-19 11:25:37

Red cabbage, because it takes a lot of oven time. Other than that I'll do everything else on the day. We eat baked ham, cauliflower cheese and jacket potatoes on Christmas Eve anyway so that will all be 'done', I just make a massive batch of cauliflower and use the other half on Christmas Day.

pontiouspilates Mon 23-Dec-19 11:26:26

Make the nutroast, prep and par boil potatoes, parsnips and carrots. We also set the dining room table.

Trewser Mon 23-Dec-19 11:28:24

Done the red cabbage
Will make the gravy today
Sticky toffee pudding today
Will lay the table today as we have a dining room
Xmas eve
Cauli cheese
Sticky toffee sauce

LifeInAHamsterWheel Mon 23-Dec-19 12:25:08

I will be:

Cooking my ham
Prepping the potatoes, carrots and parsnips for roasting
Making the custard and adding the jelly to the sponge for my trifle which will be finished on Christmas morning**
Making a lemon meringue roulade
Setting the table (well, the kids will do this!)

**I don't care who thinks you shouldn't have jelly or sponge or whatever in a trifle - we have madeira cake soaked in raspberry jelly, then (when set) a layer of custard and then a layer of vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of bashed up flake bar!!

missyB1 Mon 23-Dec-19 12:28:01

Not much. Dh will prep the gammon. I will feed the trifle sponges with sherry. Dh likes to do the veg on Christmas morning.

Natsku Mon 23-Dec-19 12:40:57

Cooking the potato casseroles and the swede casserole and taking the ham out of the fridge when I go to bed so it will have warmed up enough to go in the oven when I get up. So tomorrow I'll just have to cook the ham and reheat the casseroles and plate up the cold foods.

Doing it all today as we celebrate tomorrow. Already done the casseroles.

Mia1415 Mon 23-Dec-19 14:34:43

I'll be cooking the ham, preparing the veg and par-boiling the potatoes

YuletideFairy Mon 23-Dec-19 14:41:19

Cooking the ham
Prepping the veg
Making the trifle
Wrap the chipolatas

Ffsnosexallowed Mon 23-Dec-19 14:42:46

Only doing pudding, so a pavlova an NHS custards for tiramisu trifle

popcorndiva Mon 23-Dec-19 14:48:04

Parboil all veg ..leave potatoes on hob with a splash of milk. Carrots and parsnips in zip lock bags.
Set table and make sure all foil, trays, dishes are washed and ready.

Twickerhun Mon 23-Dec-19 14:50:54

If you keep and pat boil potatoes, parsnips and carrots how do you keep them overnight? Do they no lose all their goodness?

Twickerhun Mon 23-Dec-19 14:51:17

*Prep and par boil

IdblowJonSnow Mon 23-Dec-19 14:53:45

Might peel n cross a few sprouts, that's it! My dh does the cooking bless him and I just help out a bit and then clean up. fsmile

LifeInAHamsterWheel Mon 23-Dec-19 15:09:49

@Twickerhun how would they lose their goodness? Where would it go?! Absolutely fine, no loss of flavour or anything just much quicker and less mess on the day.

Just make sure they're in an airtight container and they'll keep fine until roasting on Christmas Day fsmile

CroissantsAtDawn Mon 23-Dec-19 15:14:07

Peel and chop potatoes and carrots.
Make gravy.

Most of all I need to sit down and work out the timings and temperature of everything cos our starters go in the oven too.

Cant lay the table as
A) the 24th we have a nice meal too
B) we use the table for breakfast the next day....

TheDuchessofDukeStreet Mon 23-Dec-19 15:18:23

Oh Hamsterwheel, that sounds like my kind of trifle. Sadly no one likes it but me so I never make any. I will be boiling a piece of ham and roasting beef for Christmas Day.

motherofmincepies Mon 23-Dec-19 15:29:48

Make mince pies and meringue for pavlova
Prep swede, red cabbage and cauliflower cheese

Seeline Mon 23-Dec-19 15:30:02

Boil ham
Cook all sausages, stuffing etc.

Wrap all the above in foil to reheat in the oven while turkey is cooking (takes up far less room)

Peel and chop potatoes, parsnips and carrots.
Prep all other veg and put in pots in the fridge

Make bread sauce

Boil the pudding for a few hours.

motherofmincepies Mon 23-Dec-19 15:30:56

Also peel and chop all veg!

There's always much more to do than I realise 😓 fgrin

hopeishere Mon 23-Dec-19 15:32:29

Prep veg
Peel potatoes
Make trifle
Do prawns

BeeFarseer Mon 23-Dec-19 15:36:01

Cooking the ham, a.k.a. whacking it in the slow cooker in some stock until it disintegrates into pulled pork, or shredded ham, if you like.

That was my only plan until I saw someone post about stuffing, which is an excellent idea so I'm going to do that too.

I might peel and chop the carrots too.

pinkyboots1 Mon 23-Dec-19 15:40:56

I'll be up early cooking the turkey and a mustard gammon, making the stuffing and bread sauce, prepping all veg and putting into the steamer trays ready, making the gravy. Then on Christmas Day I can chuck stuff in the cooker, flick a few switches and spend the time with the family and kids and not in the kitchen.

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