Make ahead food for Christmas Day
If you'd rather spend 25th December opening presents than slaving over a hot stove, read on...
Dishes you can make ahead and freeze
Chesnuts (for the sprouts)
Pigs in blankets
"Make and freeze sausage wrapped in bacon. Freeze in foil trays that can go
in oven. Cook on Christmas morning and then reheat for 10 minutes or so
Braised red cabbage
"I also do my red cabbage and shove it in the freezer. Just defrost it and put it in a pan then reheat it through."
Even the turkey. Yes, really.
"Get a boned and rolled turkey breast from the butcher, cook it in
advance and slice it, freeze it in gravy."
Dishes to prepare on Christmas Eve
"Make the gravy the day before and add the meat juices on the day. I always
use Jamie Oliver's make-ahead gravy."
Sprouts and other veg
"Peel and cut sprouts and carrots and put them in a ziplock bag ready for
cooking. No need to freeze, just refrigerate (or in our house, leave in the
utility room as it's like a coldbox). Who needs an extra fridge in this
As for the turkey, you can prep it
"To prep my turkey I put my onion and oranges inside the cavity, grease the
skin, plaster it in bacon and wrap the bird up in the baking tray and foil so
it is 100% ready to just be whacked in the oven on Christmas morning."
Or actually cook it the day before
"I cook my turkey on Christmas Eve. I make a thin stock using some of the
juices from the turkey pan and, about an hour before dinner, I put my slices of
turkey with stock poured over in a shallow baking tin, cover with foil and
reheat. It makes the turkey really juicy. Also this is the way most hotels
prepare turkey for large numbers."
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