Rachel Allen's Christmas lunch menu

Christmas is the perfect time of year to indulge her twin passions – food and family. Follow Rachel Allen's recipes for a seamless meal.

Rachel Allen's Christmas lunch menu

The Allen family are based at the Ballymaloe cookery school in County Cork, where those passions have been intertwined for generations. The story began with a restaurant run by Myrtle Allen, the grand-dame of Irish cooking.

Under Myrtle’s daughter-in-law, Darina, it became a world-famous cookery school. Rachel married Darina’s son Isaac, and now teaches at the school, appears on TV and writes best-selling cookery books. The couple have two sons, Joshua, nine, and Lucca, six. “We all love Christmas – it’s our favourite time of the year.”

Rachel's timeplan

Make your life easier by using Rachel‘s timeplan to get ahead for Christmas and to help you get everything ready at the right time on the big day.

Up to six weeks in advance

Make your Christmas pudding up to six weeks in advance. Keep in a cool dry place.

Two days before

Make the sugar syrup for the cocktail, then chill.

Make the turkey stock for the gravy and chill.

Make the herb stuffing for the turkey.

Christmas eve

Peel the potatoes, place in a bowl and cover with cold water.

Make the smoked salmon terrines and chill.

Prepare the turkey, stuff, weigh and calculate the cooking time and cover with its butter-soaked muslin. Place in the roasting tin and chill.

Make the Brussels sprout mash, cool and cover with cling film, making sure the film settles on the mash so the mash doesn’t discolour, then chill.

Make the trifle and chill.

Make the brandy cream for the pudding.

Christmas day: Breakfast at 10am; Lunch at 3pm

09.00 Make up the pancake mixture and set aside.

09.30 Cook the pancakes and keep warm while you cook the bacon.

10.00 Serve breakfast.

11.00 Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Parboil the potatoes, drain, rough up and set aside.

11.30 Put the turkey in the oven. Make the dressing for the salmon terrine starters and chill.

13.50 Heat the oil or fat for the potatoes, add the potatoes and place in the oven.

14.00 Make the cocktails and pause to enjoy them!

14.40 Remove the turkey from the oven, place on a warmed serving platter, cover and keep warm to rest. Turn the oven up to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6 to crisp up the spuds. Turn the spuds at this point. Make the gravy. Remove the terrines from the fridge and assemble the starters on plates, ready to serve.

14.55 Put the pudding onto reheat.

15.00 Keep everything warm while you serve and eat the starter.

15.15 Take the trifle out of the fridge. Reheat the sprouts and gravy. Remove the spuds from the oven. Carve the turkey and serve the main course.

16.00 Serve the trifle and Christmas pudding.


Christmas morning brunch

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup

Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup

Rachel Allen's American-style pancakes are ideal for a special breakfast or brunch.

Campari and grapefruit fizz cocktail

Campari and grapefruit fizz cocktail

Chef Rachel Allen serves this refreshing Campari, grapefruit and sparkling wine cocktail as an alternative to Champagne.

 


Rachel's lunch menu

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.

Old-fashioned roast turkey with fresh herb stuffing

Old-fashioned roast turkey with fresh herb stuffing

A big bird at Christmas is an absolute must. The stuffing in this recipe is moist and full of fresh herbs.

Granny’s roast potatoes

Granny’s roast potatoes

Everyone should have a great family recipe from a granny, and when the granny in question is Myrtle Allen (celebrity chef Rachel Allen's gran), you can’t go far wrong! Her recipe for roast potatoes is perfect.

Brussels sprout mash

Brussels sprout mash

If you’re making this mash in advance, just heat it up briskly in an uncovered dish – prolonged covered heat will make the sprouts dull in colour. But it’s also a great lifesaver if you overcook your Brussels on the day itself.

Classic trifle

Classic trifle

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

Rachel Allen's Christmas pudding

Rachel Allen's Christmas pudding

This is a variation on a traditional Christmas pudding – the dates give it great texture, and the cranberries add a delightfully zingy flavour.

 

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