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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Whisky Aperol hot toddy

Winter cocktail recipes

Whisky Aperol hot toddy

Cold nights call for warming cocktails. This whisky Aperol hot toddy with Aperol, whisky and...

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Cock-a-leekie traybake with croutons

Midweek meal recipes

Cock-a-leekie traybake with croutons

Cock-a-leekie is a traditional Scottish soup, typically consisting of leek and chicken stock. This tasty...

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Vegetarian carrot toad in the hole

Vegetarian comfort food recipes

Vegetarian carrot toad in the hole

This quick and easy vegetarian toad in the hole uses heritage carrots instead of bangers...

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Charred chicken ramen bowls

Noodle soup recipes

Charred chicken ramen bowls

These quick chicken ramen bowls by Donal Skehan are by no means traditional but with...

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Cheese, cranberry and thyme fondue star

Christmas baking recipes

Cheese, cranberry and thyme fondue star

This fun, savoury Christmas bake is indulgent, comforting and equally delicious served as a snack...

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Pigs in blankets sausage rolls

Christmas canapés

Pigs in blankets sausage rolls

What do you get if you cross pigs in blankets with sausage rolls? These Christmassy...

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Baked camembert bread bowl

Recipes using sourdough bread

Baked camembert bread bowl

This camembert bread bowl works as a hearty starter, informal tear and share lunch, or...

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Reindeer cupcakes

Christmas baking recipes

Reindeer cupcakes

Get the kids into the festive spirit with a spot of Christmas baking – they’ll...

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Porcini mushroom and vegetable nut roast

Vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes

Porcini mushroom and vegetable nut roast

Forget those uninspiring veggie offerings of Christmases past – this updated porcini mushroom and vegetable nut...

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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

On a budget? With a few simple techniques, this turkey cushion recipe show you how...

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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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Lighter Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding recipes

Lighter Christmas pudding

Debbie Major’s fruity, chocolatey take on traditional Christmas pudding is made with panettone for a...

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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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Red cabbage in pomegranate juice

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Red cabbage in pomegranate juice

Adding sweet-sharp pomegranate juice and warm spices to this easy red cabbage Christmas side dish...

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Mulled pear cider

Christmas cocktail recipes

Mulled pear cider

This mulled cider recipe made with perry (pear cider) is a fruity, devilishly drinkable alternative...

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Honey and balsamic roasted heritage carrots with hazelnuts

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Honey and balsamic roasted heritage carrots with hazelnuts

These sweet-roasted carrots with an added hazelnut crunch are a fantastic side dish for any...

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Roast pork with smoked ham and gruyère stuffing

Impressive recipes for a special occasion

Roast pork with smoked ham and gruyère stuffing

This stuffed roast pork with crunchy golden crackling is perfect as a centrepiece for special...

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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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