We’re hosting Christmas Day this year, and it’s been a while since we’ve done that so I’ve been researching recipes to create a Traditional Christmas Dinner menu and I thought I’d share it with you.
Did you know that we consume more than 8,000 calories on Christmas Day? That’s four times our daily intake! Of course with all that great food around it’s hardly surprising is it?
A Traditional Christmas Dinner Menu
Traditional Christmas Starters
- The Ultimate Prawn Cocktail – I think Christmas Day is the only time anyone in my family eats a Prawn Cocktail, this recipe uses a secret ingredient to make it taste extra special!
- Smoked Salmon on Toast – If you’d prefer to serve salmon for a starter check out this Jamie Oliver recipe. Of course it is Christmas so there’s no reason you can’t serve a Prawn Cocktail and Salmon Bites!
- Holiday Roast Goose – Traditionally UK folks would eat a Goose for Christmas Dinner. They’re not actually that difficult to cook and this recipe has a wonderful ginger honey glaze to give the bird a wonderful taste and a fabulous shine.
- Roast Turkey with Pears & Sage – If goose just seems a little too extravagant you can still have a traditional dinner by roasting a turkey instead. For a twist this recipe includes a pear glaze and a pear and sage stuffing. Yum.
- Sage, Onion and Smoked Bacon Stuffing – If you prefer your stuffing to be the Sage and Onion variety why not try this delicious looking recipe that adds smoked bacon for extra flavour.
- Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Sausages – Speaking of bacon, no Christmas Day dinner is complete without sausages wrapped in bacon, and plenty of them! I can’t wait to try this recipe that adds brown sugar for extra sweetness.
- Oven Roasted Parsnips with Fresh Thyme and Sea Salt – Parsnips are a must have vegetable in the Traditional Christmas Dinner, and this recipe is so simple with some fresh thyme to bring out the flavour.
- Bread Sauce Traditional British Recipe – Ah bread sauce, the traditional accompaniment to a roast turkey and a must have Christmas Dinner sauce. I had to search long and hard to find this recipe so no twist here!
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples – Brussel sprouts are definitely an acquired taste but they are a key part of the traditional dinner. Mix things up a little by adding in some bacon and apples.
- Duck Fat Roast Potatoes – We always have to make extra roast potatoes because they are my husband’s favourite part of Christmas and if he gets to the bowl first no one else gets a look in! The absolute best tasting roasties are those cooked in duck fat just like this recipe.
- Delia’s Classic Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce – nothing says Traditional Christmas Dinner like a flaming Christmas pudding! Make sure you add a silver coin into the mixture as it will bring luck to the one who finds it (as long as everyone knows to look for one – we don’t want anyone choking at Christmas!). And according to this wonderful article here you should make your Pudding on Stir Up Sunday, stirring the mixture from East to West in honour of the Wise Men. Ask everyone in your family to stir the Pudding and tell them to make a secret wish.
- Mince Pies – And we can’t have Christmas Day in our family without the good old mince pie.
- For a truly traditional Christmas Dinner you need to give each guest a Christmas cracker, then have everyone link arms and pull them at the same time!
Preparing your Kitchen for Christmas Day
Make your time in the kitchen a little less stressful this Christmas with some of these trusty tools:
Carve your turkey like a pro with this carving knife set!
- Sturdy roasting pan – you’ll need a deep roasting pan to cook that turkey and this pan is a great choice because it’s perfect for cooking lasagne and other casseroles the rest of the year. Oh and it comes with a plastic lid too so you can leave the leftovers right there in the pan. If there are any leftovers of course!
- Professional carving set – there’s no point spending hours fussing over the turkey to make sure it tastes delicious if you then try and hack it up with an old carving knife. Treat your husband to a professional set like this one so he can serve up beautiful slices of turkey.
- Microwave safe baking dishes – a must have for baking your side dishes, this set from Pyrex is brilliant because not only do the dishes have lids there’s also a handled carrier which is perfect for taking dishes to a pot luck dinner.
- Stainless steel turkey baster – for keeping your turkey nice and moist while it’s baking. It is so much easier to use a baster than a spoon!
- Turkey thermometer – if like me you worry about serving an undercooked turkey this is a must have investment for your Thanksgiving dinner preparations.
- Carving board with a trench – I never really understood why my wooden carving board had a trench around the edge until I tried to carve a turkey on my flat plastic one, and all the juices ran off on to the counter.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
~Clare, currently pinning to Christmas Recipes