Is Christmas dinner all down to you this year? Then you’re going to want to impress your family with the most delicious Christmas dinner they’ve ever eaten. I know what it’s like to make Christmas dinner for a large family, so I thought I’d share my tips with you. Check them out and see what you think.
Prepare/Make Some Things in Advance
If you want to make a delicious Christmas dinner, it’s best if you’re as prepared in advance as possible. This way you won’t have very much to stress about on the day! There are lots of things you can make in advance, like your canapes and sauces. If you’re on a budget, it’s best if you make the canapes and sauces from scratch – store bought Christmas foods are much more expensive. Plus, your homemade versions will probably be tastier. You can find recipes online to try out. Donald Russell recommends preparing the bird you’re cooking in advance so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven on the big day. Make sure you go shopping for ingredients early so you don’t feel too stressed! Just check the dates on your items.
Cater to Vegans and Veggies Too
Make sure you’ve catered to vegans/veggies if you have any in your family. They aren’t going to want to eat gravy that has been made with meat, even though they are not physically eating meat. You’ll also need to be careful when it comes to using dairy products and eggs. Some products can be deceiving too. For instance, marshmallows look innocent, but many of them contain gelatine which is taken from animals. You’ll need to think about all of this if you’re having non-meat eaters over for Christmas.
Create Your own Christmas Cocktail
What could be more exciting than your own Christmas Cocktail? You can find lots of festive recipes online that contain fruity, bubbly, spicy ingredients for you to serve with dinner. You could even make one up on your own if you feel confident! Make sure you serve them in nice glasses with fresh fruit to garnish.
Focus on Presentation
People eat with their eyes just as much as their mouths. Focus on your presentation and your Christmas dinner will automatically seem more delicious. Use fresh herbs to decorate, and make sure you use nice plates/cutlery. Lay the table nicely too. You can find more tips for presenting your food nicely online.
The Shorter the Menu, The Better the Food
Don’t try to cook too many foods at once. Many people try to cook up to 15 foods on Christmas day! Can you believe it? This could mean compromising the tastiness of certain foods if you’re not careful! Keep your menu as short as you possibly can, so you can focus on making the foods you do cook delicious. You’ll be able to relax more too!
Ready to master the Christmas dinner once and for all? Leave your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!