Christmas cooking should be something enjoyable, rather than a stressful experience.
And if you are planning your Christmas dinner or holiday cakes, we have some tips for you to try.
From new sprout shapes to cool hacks for crispy roast potatoes, your holiday dinner set has taken a whole new level.
And we also have some classic recipes for you to follow when it comes to desserts, mince pies, and Christmas cake.
Plus, some of the best tips to make sure you’re organized, ready, and in control when it comes to your holiday cooking.
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Here are 11 classic Christmas cooking recipes and hacks to get you through the festive season.
1. Roasted potatoes
A good Christmas dinner should have perfectly crispy roasted potatoes, and they’re not that hard to come by.
Nigella Lawson Baked potatoes are perfectly crispy with a fluffy interior, just the way they should be.
And a top secret trick for the perfect roasts every time? According to Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, adding baking powder to drained potatoes makes the potatoes crisp every time.
2. Brussels sprouts
Not a fan of boring and steamed sprouts? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to cheer them up!
By Gordon Ramsay The favorite way to cook them is with chestnuts and bacon for a delicious side dish.
Or for a vegan twist on this holiday classic, try this Bosh Recipe serving sprouts with crushed chestnuts and caramelized shallots.
3. Pigs in blankets
Do you want to try making your own pigs in blankets instead of buying them in stores?
It’s really not that difficult, all you need is some cocktail sausage and striped bacon.
Or for an extra special touch, try Jamie Oliver’s pigs in blankets for a perfect festive accompaniment.
Want a twist on the standard bulk sauce?
Instead of reaching for a jar, make yours with the juices from the roast beef and the water from the vegetables.
Add a splash or port for that special touch, or even make your own sauce like this one. Jamie Oliver prescription.
5. Get the slow cooker ready
Not sure there is enough space in the oven for everything? Time to befriend your slow cooker!
Whether you use it to cook a ham, heat up the sauce, or cook up some baked potatoes for Boxing Day, it’s a useful Christmas dinner tool.
6. Chop cakes
Making mince pies is a beautiful Christmas tradition, and the perfect gift to put aside for Santa.
Of course queen of the kitchen Delia smith has a failsafe mince pie recipe to follow, and if you want to make your own mincemeat you can follow By Mary Berry delicious recipe.
Supplying dietary needs? Do not worry – Underwear have a great vegan recipe or follow Gluten-free blogger gluten free mince pie recipe too.
7. Christmas cake
The Christmas tradition is to prepare the cake well in advance on Stir Up Sunday, but what if you want a last minute one?
Save time soaking fruits throughout the day by simmering them in rubbing alcohol to infuse them with flavors.
And be sure not to add too much alcohol once the cake is baked, otherwise the frosting may not stick as well.
8. Christmas trifle
The trifle is always a big hit when it comes to Christmas dessert, but it can be made ahead of time and also very simply.
Cheat by using store-bought sponge fingers, a packet of gelatin mix, canned or frozen fruit, and a can of whipped cream.
This easy hack is a trifle of @SimplementeFoodsByMandy Using store-bought Swiss rolls and ready-to-use custard is also a great option.
9. Thaw your turkey
It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’ve bought a frozen turkey (or any meat roast for that matter) remember to defrost it ahead of time.
If you forget to take your turkey out of the freezer at least a day before cooking, it could cause serious problems.
Thaw it slowly in the fridge a day or two before Christmas so it’s ready to pop in the oven when it comes to making Christmas dinner.
10. Take the cheese out of the fridge.
Did you know that cheese should be served at room temperature?
Whether you’re planning a cheese board dessert or a ‘dainty dinner’ after a hearty Christmas lunch, it’s best to be prepared.
It is always advisable to remove the cheese from the refrigerator a few hours before eating it, to be able to enjoy it at room temperature.
11. Advance and freeze
Did you know that you can make much of your Christmas dinner ahead of time and freeze it?
Yorkshire puddings, blanket pigs, stuffing, sauce, and cauliflower cheese are just a few of the recipes you can make and freeze.
Then simply defrost on Christmas Eve and heat them up to lighten your workload on Christmas Day.