Make-ahead Christmas menu

From freezable roast potatoes to our get-ahead gravy, this make-ahead Christmas menu means you can spend less time cooking and more time with friends and family over the holidays.

And, depending on the latest Government coronavirus guidelines for 2020, this time with family is likely to be even more important than ever.

Make-ahead Christmas menu

Apart from the turkey which, let’s face it, has to be cooked on the day, every dish on this menu can be made in advance to save you any last-minute hassle.

make ahead menu

Nibbles and starters

A choice of ideas to start off this three-course menu, beginning with the all-time favourite:

Cheese straws

Salmon terrine  (we have the individual versions too)

If you’ve got some great bread to hand, why not go for one of these?

Ham hock terrine

Potted crab

The main event

That’s what we’re all here for…with our pick of the turkey flavouring being citrus and herb. Everything else for the main course can be made in advance, and most can be frozen too.

Clementine, thyme and bay roast turkey

Freeze-ahead roast potatoes

Freeze-ahead pigs in blankets

Freezable braised red cabbage

Get-ahead gravy

The pudding

If you’re not going traditional pud, then how about these twists on trifles?

Make-ahead Baileys tiramisu


Panettone vin santo berries and zabaglione trifle

Check out the rest of our complete Christmas menus, here:

Classic Christmas menu
Last-minute Christmas menu
Vegan Christmas menu
Vegetarian Christmas menu
Christmas menu for two people

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