Christmas lunch menu and guide

Christmas lunch is without doubt the one meal each year that we try our hardest to do perfectly.  We have spent quite a few pounds on the turkey, food, drink, etc., put lots of thought and preparation in, invited friends and family and then start to worry whether we can cope with it all.

Don’t worry – here is your essential Christmas lunch menu and guide.

Top tips for Christmas lunch

Beyond any doubt, the most important thing to create that extra special lunch on Christmas Day is the amount of preparation (mise en place) you put in beforehand.  Your top tips for Christmas lunch are as follows:

  • Ensure that the turkey you have bought will fit in your oven and that you have a roasting tray big enough to cook it in
  • On Christmas Eve evening, peel your potatoes, cover them with ice cold water and add a slice or two of lemon to help them keep white.  You can also wash, peel and prepare all your vegetables, place them in bowls and cover with lids or cling film and store them in the fridge if possible or in a cold room
  • Ensure that, if using a frozen bird, the turkey is well defrosted
  • Prepare the stuffing, bacon rolls and chipolatas in advance
  • Get your crockery and cutlery ready!
  • Make a bain marie that will sit over a low heat on the top of the stove, as this will be very useful in keeping the gravy and sauces hot without burning in the saucepans

You may surprise yourself and find you even have time on Christmas morning to help the little ones open their presents and enjoy playing with their new toys.  Then, after lunch when everyone is stuffed and telling you that was the best Christmas lunch ever, you can smugly think to yourself how good you were and wonder what all the fuss was about. But, do insist on someone else doing the washing up!

Christmas lunch menu

Here is a simple menu that a great many of us will be tucking in to on Christmas Day.

Starter

Prawn Cocktail

Main course

Roast Norfolk turkey with sage and onion stuffing balls, bacon rolls and chipolatas

King Edward potatoes roasted in goose fat

Glazed carrots

Brussels sprouts

Honey-roasted parsnips

Braised red cabbage

Turkey gravy

Bread sauce

Cranberry sauce

Dessert

Christmas pudding

Brandy sauce

Mince pies

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