December seasonal recipes

Apart from the fact that it’s a month for festivities and feasting…did someone say Christmas?… December is the perfect time to enjoy rich, deep meats – think turkey and game. You can also make the most of root veg (curried parsnip soup maybe), or try out a plump cabbage or pumpkin.

Eat fresh chestnuts while you can, and make sure to make the most of the season’s dazzling line-up of winter fruits, including cranberries and pomegranates.

And if you’re looking for Christmas inspiration, see our jam-packed section of Christmas recipes and ideas.

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Pork and rabbit rillettes

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Pork and rabbit rillettes

David Everitt-Matthias – head chef at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham – shares his recipe...

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Tray-baked chicken with parsley, pesto and sourdough croutons

December seasonal recipes

Tray-baked chicken with parsley, pesto and sourdough croutons

If you’re looking for an easy dinner that everyone will love, look no further than...

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Turkey cushion with fruity sausagemeat stuffing

December seasonal recipes

Turkey cushion with fruity sausagemeat stuffing

With a few simple techniques, this turkey cushion recipe show you how you can be...

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Curried celeriac, red cabbage, pear and walnut coleslaw

Celeriac recipes

Curried celeriac, red cabbage, pear and walnut coleslaw

”Crunchy, soft, sweet and subtly spiced, this coleslaw recipe delivers layers of texture and flavour....

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Roast sprouts, apples and pancetta

Make-ahead Christmas sides

Roast sprouts, apples and pancetta

You’ve probably had brussels sprouts and bacon with your Christmas lunch, but have you tried...

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Squash, spinach and chickpea filo pie

Filo pastry recipes

Squash, spinach and chickpea filo pie

Donal Skehan’s fantastic vegetarian pie, made with squash, spinach and filo, would make a great...

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Turkey and chorizo stew with chickpeas

Christmas leftover recipes

Turkey and chorizo stew with chickpeas

if you’re struggling to figure out what to do with leftover turkey, this stew recipe...

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Roasted caulifower and grain salad with pomegranate

Vegan dinner recipes

Roasted caulifower and grain salad with pomegranate

April Bloomfield shares her vegetarian recipe which is packed with cauliflower, grains, onions, pistachios and...

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The best apple pie

Fantastical recipes for World Book Day

The best apple pie

Our classic apple pie recipe is inspired by Edith Nesbit‘s The Railway Children in which...

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Rack of venison with haggis crust and rosemary jus

Burns Night recipes

Rack of venison with haggis crust and rosemary...

Cook up the flavours of Scotland with this recipe for rack of venison with  a...

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Spiced saffron and mussel soup

Winter soup recipes

Spiced saffron and mussel soup

Seasonal mussels work wonders in this fragrant and lightly spiced soup. Perfect for a starter...

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Charred sprouts with toasted brazils

Brussels sprouts recipes

Charred sprouts with toasted brazils

Add texture and depth of flavour to your sprouts on Christmas day by charring them...

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Ham, chestnut and bread sauce soufflé

Christmas leftover recipes

Ham, chestnut and bread sauce soufflé

This is one of those recipes that’s bound to impress and they use up Christmas...

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Roast chicken with chestnut and apple stuffing balls

December seasonal recipes

Roast chicken with chestnut and apple stuffing balls

A gorgeous autumnal roast chicken recipe that comes accompanied by full-of-flavour chestnut stuffing balls. It’s...

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Kale, chestnut and mushroom pie

Kale recipes

Kale, chestnut and mushroom pie

This vegetarian pie recipe with mushrooms and kale is perfect comfort food on a cold...

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Apple caramel layer cake

Celebration cake recipes

Apple caramel layer cake

Three moist, apple sponges are layered together with caramelised apples, salted caramel sauce and Greek...

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Christmas pavlova

December seasonal recipes

Christmas pavlova

This decadent, boozy Christmas pavolva is made with caramelised clementine and pommegranate and is perfect...

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Leek, kale and Gruyère tart

December seasonal recipes

Leek, kale and Gruyère tart

This tart recipe is a tasty update on the classic vegetarian quiche. Feel free to...

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Parsnip and bacon tartiflette

December seasonal recipes

Parsnip and bacon tartiflette

This twist on the classic French tartiflette recipe has earthy parsnips taking centre stage over...

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Caldo verde soup

December seasonal recipes

Caldo verde soup

Debbie Major’s cabbage soup is based on a traditional Portuguese recipe – caldo verde –...

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Toffee apple millionaire’s shortbread

December seasonal recipes

Toffee apple millionaire’s shortbread

A toffee apples and millionaire’s shortbread recipe that makes a wonderful sweet treat.

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Stir-fried red cabbage with juniper and pears

December seasonal recipes

Stir-fried red cabbage with juniper and pears

This stir-fried red cabbage recipe has the added flavours of succulent pears and fragrant juniper.

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Roasted parsnip and parmesan soup

Parsnip recipes

Roasted parsnip and parmesan soup

This deliciously sweet and creamy parnsip soup is an ideal starter recipe for a dinner...

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Cranberry fruit loaf with cranberry sauce

December seasonal recipes

Cranberry fruit loaf with cranberry sauce

This cranberry loaf is a gorgeous alternative to Christmas cake – and can be served...

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