Christmas recipes and ideas

Looking forward to the jolliest season of the year? Make this Christmas a truly delicious one with our festive recipes and Christmas dinner ideas. We’ll help you take some stress out of the big day with make-ahead starters and desserts, plus a pick-your-own Christmas menu that can be made almost entirely in advance. From the classic Christmas dinner to trifles, mince pies, party food ideas and Christmas cocktails, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also rounded up our best-ever Christmas baking recipes, as well as a new guide to cooking a zero-waste Christmas dinner and expert tips on how to make perfect roast potatoes to how to assemble a cheeseboard. Finally, come back for all the Boxing Day recipes you need, too…

Get ahead Christmas recipes

Planning your menu for 25 December is never a chore if you’re a food lover – we could spend hours poring over Christmas meal ideas. The good news is we can help you take the stress out of the Christmas Day cooking with our make-ahead Christmas recipes. Choose a spectacular dessert or special starter to get under your belt, spend a festive weekend making a Christmas pudding from scratch or create your own homemade gifts and condiments. Who wouldn’t want to find homemade chocolate coins in their stocking?

Festive bakes full of sparkle

Create a winter wonderland of snowy flour and sugar in your kitchen with our Christmas baking recipes. Take on a classic Christmas cake or try a twist on traditional mince pies – we recommend our new clementine and sloe gin numbers. Gingerbread fills the house with the scent of Christmas spice and is great fun for children to decorate. Why not make a gingerbread Christmas tree this year?

Vegetarian Christmas of dreams

It’s not all about the turkey! There’s no need for non-meat-eaters to miss out on the indulgences of the festive season with our vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, including mains, sides and canapés. Serve these special individual goat’s cheese, squash and mushroom pithiviers or feed a crowd with our plant-based wellington stuffed with parsnips and porcini mushrooms. We’ve even got vegetarian sausage rolls for your Boxing Day buffet. Too much choice? Browse our ready-made vegetarian menu or vegan menu for Christmas.

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