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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Game terrine with brandy-soaked prunes

Game recipes

Game terrine with brandy-soaked prunes

Nicholas Balfe’s game terrine makes for a special Christmas dish. The rich, warming festive spices go beautifully with seasonal game...

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Clementine and sloe gin mince pies

Mince pie recipes

Clementine and sloe gin mince pies

Fancy making your own mince pie pastry – but not the mincemeat? Welcome to one of the easiest and tastiest...

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Black garlic and clementine nut roast

Nut recipes

Black garlic and clementine nut roast

Nut roasts get such a bad rep for being dry and tasteless, when they should be anything but! This isn’t...

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Braised red cabbage with pickled walnuts and tarragon

Red cabbage recipes

Braised red cabbage with pickled walnuts and tarragon

Red cabbage is an essential element of the festive plate, thanks to its sweetness and acidity. Make this Christmas side...

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Sprout and anchovy gratin with porcini crumb

Brussels sprouts recipes

Sprout and anchovy gratin with porcini crumb

Sprouts can soak up flavour yet stand up to bold, fierce cooking, thanks to their density. This side dish, with...

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Turkey schnitzel with cranberry ketchup

Turkey recipes

Turkey schnitzel with cranberry ketchup

Weeknight dinners can be festive too! Dish up golden turkey schnitzels with old-school Russian salad and a tangy cranberry ketchup...

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Green mac and cheese with bacon crumb

Macaroni cheese recipes

Green mac and cheese with bacon crumb

The cavolo nero leaves in this mac and cheese are whizzed smooth while the stems are quick pickled, then stirred...

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Sprouts in blankets

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Sprouts in blankets

Two Christmas icons combine…What’s not to love? As the bacon crisps up, the sprouts are almost confited in bacon fat,...

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Celeriac, sage and black garlic gratin

Celeriac recipes

Celeriac, sage and black garlic gratin

Earthy celeriac, woody sage and the powerful umami of black garlic create the ultimate winter dish. This absolute flavour-bomb of...

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Gingerbread s’mores tree

Gingerbread ideas for Christmas

Gingerbread s’mores tree

Forget gingerbread houses – this year, it’s all about the gingerbread tree! Break off a few pieces, sandwich one of...

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Black forest ‘forest’ trifle

Show-stopping Christmas dessert recipes

Black forest ‘forest’ trifle

This dramatic dessert embraces the elements of a black forest gateau – cherries, chocolate and kirsch – using layers similar...

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Sauerkraut-stuffed duck with roast apples and mulled wine gravy

Duck recipes

Sauerkraut-stuffed duck with roast apples and mulled wine gravy

This festive roast duck sings with mulled wine flavours. A cinnamon, clove, star anise and nutmeg rub spices the duck’s...

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Vegan cabbage cacciatore

Easy vegan recipes

Vegan cabbage cacciatore

Try this vegan cacciatore, a plant-based twist on the traditional Italian stew. Wedges of savoy cabbage absorb loads of rich,...

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Garlic butter sprouts

Brussels sprouts recipes

Garlic butter sprouts

Sprouts can still divide the dinner table at Christmas but, as with many things in life, a hefty helping of...

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Root veg in blankets

Christmas recipes for four

Root veg in blankets

Using an apple corer to cut out neat cylinders of celeriac is the key to giving these sweet, earthy bites...

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Christmas cabbage with hazelnuts, olives and raisins

Christmas trimmings, sides and sauces

Christmas cabbage with hazelnuts, olives and raisins

Jazz up your Christmas cabbage by treating it like a salad, combining shredded savoy leaves with a smattering of nuts,...

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