Top tips for a stress free Christmas Dinner

Here are our top tips for stress free entertaining this Christmas. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect – there’s nothing that a glass of fizz and a smile can’t fix.

Have fun….

Streamline and focus - Keep your menu focussed and don’t go overboard with side dishes – keep to seasonal classics.

Lay the table first thing or the day before - Or better still get someone else to do it for you!

Keep glasses and drinks out of the kitchen - Set up a mini bar in another room so everyone can help themselves without getting under your feet. 

Enlist helpers - Get some festive tunes on and hand out a few glasses of bubbles…. peeling vegetables becomes fun! 

Cook the veg and roasties while the turkey is resting - No more said.

Peel and prep vegetables the day before - Once prepped you can blanch vegetables such as sprouts and carrots a day early. Add the veg to a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and cook to almost ready. Run them under colder water to cool, then drain and store in the fridge wrapped in damp kitchen towel.  A few minutes before serving, heat the veg in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes or toss in a frying pan with a knob of butter for 3-4 minutes.

Re-steam the Christmas pud early - Stops you from worrying about hob space. The pudding will sit off the heat over the hot water for 2 hours after re-steaming.

 

 

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