Christmas

Christmas

by Great British Chefs29 November 2021

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.

Christmas

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.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

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.

After last year's lockdown Christmas, we're all eagerly looking forward to something a little less solitary (or most of us are, anyway!). Whether you're cooking for two or twenty, with just 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. You could be after something new and unusual or just looking to hone the traditional Christmas dinner to perfection; either way, read on for everything you need. 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

There are all sorts of tasty treats you can prepare in advance for Christmas. From your own cured salmon for Christmas dinner to jars of mincemeat that can be turned into some incredible mince pies, make the most of December and whip up some magic in the kitchen.

The gift that keeps on giving

Making your own gifts might take a little longer than buying them all online, but they're the perfect way to show someone you care. Take a look at our favourite edible gifts for the season and create something full of love.

Bit on the side

You've probably already decided on the centrepiece for your Christmas Day dinner, but the side dishes are where you can let your creativity run wild. We asked some of the top chefs in the UK to share their favourite festive trimmings, ranging from classics with a twist to deliciously leftfield creations. Take a look at them all and make the side dishes the star this Christmas.

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.

Christmas around the world

We might have some deep-rooted Christmas traditions in the UK, but the vast majority of countries have their own customs and dishes associated with the season. Learn more and inject some international influences into this year's festivities.

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