Christmas Dinner Tips
Posted 20/12/2016 by BrightHouse Social Team
Whoever is given the job of cooking the Christmas dinner on the big day carries a great responsibility on their shoulders. Once the presents have been torn open and a couple of toys already broken, everyone’s thoughts turn to this festive feast. If the task falls to you, we’ve got a few tips to hopefully make things a little easier, or give you some inspiration to wow the family with new ideas.
If you’re trying to save money and time, “your best friend at this time of year is your freezer
” says Nigella Lawson. You can buy a frozen turkey well in advance of the big day as long as you remember it will take a long time to defrost. The price of turkeys and other popular Christmas meats tend to rocket nearer the day itself, so it’s a good one to get sorted early on.
Possibly the most controversial thing about Christmas dinner is the sprouts. You either love them or loathe them, but they tend to turn up on your plate either way. If you want to make this unloved vegetable a bit more appealing this Christmas maybe try adding some extra flavour with bacon and chestnut
or perhaps hazelnut and orange
. You might just convert some sprout haters with these delicious variations.
Christmas is all about tradition and familiarity, but it’s good to throw a few curveballs in too. Everyone expects the usual trimmings with their dinner, but you can mix things up with some new twists on other classic recipes as well as the sprouts. How about some parsnip croquettes
or spiced red cabbage
for some gorgeous colour and flavour. You could also add some Christmassy warmth to carrots with this ginger and orange glaze recipe
Cooking a turkey can be straightforward and stress-free as long as you follow some simple steps. Naturally there are plenty of recipes and different ways of preparing your turkey, but we’re turning to a safe pair of hands with Delia Smith’s advice:
- Take the turkey out of the fridge last thing on Christmas Eve so that it gets hot immediately when you cook it.
- Calculate your cooking time beforehand and give yourself 30 minutes from finish to when you plan to eat. This gives the turkey chance to rest and become nice and juicy, as well as giving you extra time if it needs more cooking,
- Turn the oven high for the first 40 minutes, then lower to cook completely.
- Rub the turkey with butter before cooking, and cover with bacon to keep it moist during cooking.
- To test if it’s cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. The juices should run clear and golden.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at BrightHouse!