Here at Keats we know how important it is to get that Christmas dinner perfect. Your family will be waiting expectantly for the most anticipated meal of the year and you’re frantically checking your shopping list twice to make sure you’ve got everything you need for that perfect Christmas feast!
Making the Christmas dinner can be the storm before the calm! But, we’ve got some tips to help you make your Christmas dinner perfect and as stress-free as possible!
Keats Top 7 tips for creating the perfect Christmas Dinner
Plan your menu
You know what goes into a Christmas dinner, you don’t need to plan it…right?! Even the most seasoned Christmas dinner cook can forget key ingredients. By writing down your menu you can make sure you remember to do everything, and more importantly buy everything!
2. Roast two small turkeys instead of a large one
Smaller turkeys roast more evenly than large ones, so for feeding a crowd, two small turkeys are a better option. They’ll cook quicker, too.
3. Prep that veg!
Christmas day is one to spend time with the family, not peeling veg! Peeling and chopping potatoes the night before will save you loads of time on the day. Simply pop them in a pot, cover with water, and perhaps add a little seasoning for extra flavour! Most hard root vegetables will also last well over night, so you could also prep your parsnips and carrots too!
4. Perfect roast potatoes
The secret to a perfect roast potato is to get the oil/fat you’re going to cook them in searingly hot! Also don’t cut them too big, the ratio between fluffy center to crunchy outside needs to be even.
5. Make your gravy ahead of the day
Delicious gravy can be prepared ahead of time and frozen down for the day. You can add your turkey juices before you serve to give it that extra punch of flavour!
6. The pre-cooked sprout!
Love or hate them, Brussel Sprouts are part of Christmas dinner. Save time by using what chefs call “blanching and refreshing” – boil the sprouts, drop them in cold water to stop the cooking process, then the next day just reheat them in a pan or in the microwave. You can do this with most other vegetables too.
7. Perfect yorkshires need rest!
Yorkshire batter mix needs to rest to help make the batter lighter, meaning they’ll rise better. Half hour should do it, but you could make the batter the night before so it has 24 hours resting. You could also make the yorkshires before the day and freeze them, on the day they will simply need 5 minutes in the oven to warm through.