Dominic's roast Bronze turkey with all the trimmings

Christmas

by Great British Chefs 1 November 2019

Christmas is coming, and so are the unexpected visitors! Get ahead of the game this festive season with our Christmas tips, features and recipes and keep your potatoes crisp, cocktails punchy and the biscuit tin filled with festive bakes.

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For those of us on kitchen duty over Christmas, the festive period can be a blessing and a curse. Many Christmas recipes are a joy to make and we can experiment and indulge unashamedly in what we eat and drink, but let’s not forget that everyone’s favourite time of year can bring with it everyone’s least favourite things — tricky timings, multi-pan dinners and one too many sherries making everything just that little bit trickier. More than a few of us are kept up at night throughout December, haunted by the ghost of underdone turkeys past and cold roasties, fearful of what this year's festivities may bring.

This year is certainly going to be a little different than normal, with various tiers and lockdowns preventing almost all of us celebrating in the regular way. But even with less people around the table, eating and cooking at Christmas should be a joy, and with a little menu planning you can be ready to take it all in your stride. We have all the necessary recipes for the perfect Christmas dinner, along with all the other festive accoutrements you might need including Christmas biscuits, cranberry sauce, dinner party ideas and wickedly potent Christmas cocktails.

Looking to up your side dish game? We asked a whole host of the UK's best chefs for their favourites, and we've got plenty of recipes to browse if you're after a little Italian flavour this year over on Great Italian Chefs. Read on; from icing the cake to keeping stockings stuffed with edible gifts, our guides, recipes and menu ideas will see you through every stage of the Christmas season.

Make-ahead magic

The gift that keeps on giving

DIY Christmas

Bit on the side

A very veggie Christmas

Desserts with a difference

On the menu

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas dinner, or do you prefer something a little different? Do you or someone you know follow a specific diet and you're wondering what to serve up? Fear not – our all-encompassing Christmas dinner menus have got you covered

And to drink…

Make sure your cocktail cabinet is fully stocked – when entertaining during the festive season, it's almost a sin not to mix, shake and stir up a few special drinks for your guests. Take a look at our tasty recipes for some inspiration.

Searching for an easy yet impressive festive canapé to serve guests this year? Look no further than Josh Eggleton's sumptuous scallop pops.

The essentials

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