Christmas Dinner is the best meal of the year !
However, it doesn’t happen by magic and requires a lot of care and attention to arrive at your table on December 25th. If you’ve made this dinner before, you’ll know what to expect but if it’s your first year in charge, we’ve got a few tips to help you achieve culinary success!
1. Make a food list (whether you check it twice is entirely up to you)
Being organised is essential when it comes to cooking a successful Christmas Dinner. There are a lot of components to keep track of so knowing exactly what ingredients you need is vital.
2. Write down the order you need to cook things in
As we stated above, Christmas Dinner has a lot of different parts so ensuring they’re all done at the same time is no mean feat.
Write out exactly how long each part – veggies, stuffing, gravy, meat – will take to cook and then decide what time each thing needs to start cooking.
3. Keep plates warm
Depending on how many you have over for dinner, it can take a while to get everyone settled with a plate of food.
So, by the time everyone is sitting down, the meal might have started to go cold and then people are up and down to the microwave which is not ideal! Have the plates warming in the oven before serving and you’ll be sorted!
4. Raise a glass!
Making the Christmas Dinner is a mammoth task so treat yourself to a glass of your favourite tipple as you toil away in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to be alcoholic, but if it is, stick to the one to make sure that you remember to keep an eye on those all-important timings!
5. Keep your sense of humour
Not everything will go according to plan and that’s okay. If you forget to close the oven door or have a power outage or realise that you’ve boiled the turkey instead of the ham, it’s not the end of the world.
It might feel like it at the time but trust us, any Christmas cooking disasters you have will end up being the best memories and turn into stories that will be told for years afterwards!