Make ahead Christmas lunch recipes

There's no need to wait until the last minute to prepare Christmas lunch. The idea of these recipes is that you make them in advance, then freeze them until you need them for your festive spread. Or, if you prefer, keep in the fridge for a day or two, ready to finish off when needed.

Make ahead Christmas lunch recipes
Beetroot and apple soup with Lancashire cheese scone fingers

Beetroot and apple soup with Lancashire cheese scone fingers

This light vegetarian soup is a perfect starter for Christmas Day because it's appetizing but not too heavy.

Bread sauce

Bread sauce

Bread sauce is a delicious addition to a poultry roast or Christmas lunch and can be frozen in advance. Try making with half brown breadcrumbs for a nutty taste.

Spiced red cabbage

Spiced red cabbage

This cabbage dish can be made up to two days ahead. Simply cover and chill until needed. Try it with Roast goose and Hasselback potatoes.

Classic trifle

Classic trifle

This old-style trifle recipe is so easy to make a day ahead, and it tastes amazing.

Glazed ham

Glazed ham

This glazed ham recipe is an ideal dish for a buffet or for Boxing Day. Get ahead and cook this on Christmas Eve.

Sprouts with lemon parsley crumbs

Sprouts with lemon parsley crumbs

Crunchy lemony crumbs add flavour to a traditional sprout recipe. This dish can be frozen ahead.

Cranberry and orange vodka

Cranberry and orange vodka

The cranberries give this vodka a brilliant ruby colour that looks so Christmassy. It needs two weeks before it can be bottled, and 3-4 weeks before it can be drunk. It will keep in the freezer almost indefinitely. Give as a home-made gift.

Classic roasties with garlic and rosemary

Classic roasties with garlic and rosemary

These classic roast potatoes are perfect sides for your Christmas lunch and can be frozen ahead to make your life easier.

Christmas pudding with muscovado brandy butter

Christmas pudding with muscovado brandy butter

A straightforward-to-prepare yet traditional yummy Christmas pudding. Can be made ahead.

Individual smoked salmon terrines

Individual smoked salmon terrines

On Christmas Day, you want something special but easy to prepare – and this festive smoked salmon starter ticks both boxes.


More Christmas inspiration

Homemade Christmas gifts

Homemade Christmas gifts

What are your favourite homemade edible gifts? Try these inspirational homemade treats, including pannetone, snowflake biscuits and Christmas fig and nut cakes.

Celebrate game

Celebrate game

Bring in the game birds and light the Christmas candles – we’re heading for the country. Make the most of British comfort food with these hearty game recipes.

A beautiful Christmas dinner for two

A beautiful Christmas dinner for two

For those dining à deux this Christmas, this sophisticated menu from hot young Scottish chef Tom Kitchin is (almost) all you’ll need for a perfect lunch together – just add fine wine and enjoy a stress-free afternoon.

A Christmas lunch menu and timeplan

A Christmas lunch menu and timeplan

This Christmas menu and timeplan is from the December 2009 issue of delicious. magazine. Some of these recipes can made in advance then frozen, to minimise stress over the festive period.

Vegetarian Christmas recipes

Vegetarian Christmas recipes

These simple vegetarian dishes are quick and easy to make for when you’re ready to bring your special meat-free feast to the festive table.

 

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