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Everything you need for Christmas from Great British Chefs

Christmas

Get ahead of the game this festive season with our Christmas tips and recipes – helping you to keep your potatoes crisp, cocktails punchy and the biscuit tin filled with festive bakes.

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 unexpected visitors turning up at tea time. More than a few of us are kept up at night throughout December, haunted by the ghost of underdone turkeys past and the guests who went without mince pies, fearful of the impromptu cocktail parties yet to come.

This year, however, it’s time to banish your festive fears; 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. 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.

Once the big day is over with and you're wondering what to do with all those leftovers and how on Earth you'll have enough food for that New Year's Eve party you agreed to host, we'll also have plenty of ideas, recipes, tips and inspiration to see you through to January.

Get inspired...

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

Dinner is served

Our Christmas pudding taste test

Which figgy puddings stand out from the rest this year? We ate our way through dozens to find our favourites for 2017. Take a look at the results.

Put to the test

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.

Christmas shopping

The essentials

Pop art

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

The gift that keeps on giving

DIY Christmas

Our favourite Christmas menus

Whether you're looking for a celebratory meal in the run-up to Christmas or are happy to let someone else do all the hard work on the big day itself, these are the British restaurants going the extra mile and serving incredible festive menus throughout the season.

Make-ahead magic

How to make Christmas special

Sherry is back

2017 seems to be the year sherry finally gets the recognition it deserves, and there's no better time of year than Christmas to explore this fantastic, versatile drink. Take a look at the best bottles to stock up on.

Christmas around the world