Much like a Sunday roast, Christmas dinner is all about timing. Though unlike the Sunday dinner, there are many more things to be thinking about and sorting. From extras like cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets, there is a lot more to be thinking about and coordinating. And you can’t go without them right? It just wouldn’t be the same! Which is why prepping the night before (or even a couple of days before), can be one of the best things to do, so that you’re not spending half of your day in the kitchen on the day itself.
There are plenty of things that can be prepared in advance.
From the sprouts, carrots, desserts, and sauces, you can get a lot of the prep done in the few days before Christmas (plus, you can always buy things like cranberry sauce rather than making it yourself)! But HelloFresh, the gurus behind the meal packs that you can have delivered, have put together a ‘cheat sheet’ or dinner guide, to help you with your timings when it comes to your Christmas dinner. Checkout this hellofresh discount code to start your subscription service.
Having a copy of my own, you can request a copy of the Christmas dinner on their website, is really hand to have pinned up in the kitchen. From different ways to prepare Brussel sprouts, to the steps to take to get the best roasties, as well as the best things to prepare in advance, it is all there.
Getting the turkey right is key with Christmas dinner.
And you can also get the HelloFresh tips and tricks for getting your roast turkey just right. If it is too dry, it can be a massive disappointment – the piece de resistance on 25th December is a perfect turkey, right? It is on our house anyway! Plus, no one wants to get sick from it being undercooked either; it really is a fine art.
If you need a quick few tips and tricks to get the best carrots and parsnips, along with the extra tips you can get from HelloFresh, then I would recommend:
- Maple Syrup
- Glaze carrots and parsnips with maple syrup. Then pop in a roasting dish to cook until soft. It will caramelise them beautifully and bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
- I love rosemary with my roast potatoes, but the combo also works well for when you are roasting carrots and parsnips. It gives the whole thing a real good flavour. For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without plenty of rosemary involved. You could dd a hint of time if you’d like too.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas dinner? Being organised is important, as well as getting everything in order. Assign out tasks to people (especially things like drinks and laying the table) so that you can get on in the kitchen with minimal fuss.
Wow. That looks delicious. I’m off to check out the HelloFresh cheat sheet.
You should come and make my Christmas Dinner 🙂
Great tips! I love Christmas dinner. I’ve just learned a new tip, to cook the turkey outside in the BBQ, which frees up soace in the oven for the vegetables, potatoes and trimmings!
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Brilliant tips. You’ve made me really want a Sunday roast now! There’s nothing better than Christmas dinner is there?
My favourite thing about Christmas dinner is the usually the people around the table. We have lived abroad for the last 7 years, arriving back in the UK in January. I think we had 3 Christmases on our own in that time and it was just so quiet! Lots of great tips there, we usually do our turkey on the bbq to save space in the oven! 🙂
I so agree that it is ALL about timing! This is a great set of tips. I’m actually thinking of getting a Hello Fresh box for Christmas to get rid of all the stress!
How yummy does this look! That range of veggies looks yummy. I love Glazed carrots and parsnips with maple syrup 🙂 x
I could literally eat that right now, I find it quite relaxing to have everything cooking and have most of the timings in my head x
This sounds like my idea of a Christmas dinner, the whole process seems complex especially when you’re adding lots of extra mouths. Adding garlic to the roasted root veg sounds like a dream!x
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