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The 7 Christmas Dinner Shortcuts All Mums Need To Know

The 7 Christmas Dinner Shortcuts All Mums Need To Know

Eat, drink and be merry (minus the meltdown) with these festive menu time-savers

If cooking your average Sunday roast leaves your kitchen in complete disarray, a full Christmas dinner might be a tad daunting. Especially if you have relatives/friends/toddlers (delete or add as appropriate) to cater for.

But don’t stress. Some minor adjustments can save you time, energy and going into full meltdown mode. And no, we don’t mean Christmas dinner in a can (it does exist…).

Get sorted for the 25th with these tweaks and still produce a meal Jamie O would be proud of.

1. Get a turkey crown

Generally cheaper than a full turkey, a crown, which is the breast meat on the bone, is easier to carve and a great option if you haven’t got lots of guests. And it still gives you a juicy, delicious cut of meat.

Lots of supermarkets sell it with stuffing included. Warning: You may have fewer leftovers for that sandwich the next day.

2. Befriend your freezer

Both stuffing and gravy can be made in advance and frozen ahead of Christmas day – just remember to defrost in good time.

Frozen deserts are another mouth-watering option and are up to a seriously yum standard these days. Our vote goes to some sort of pavlova or cheesecake.

3. Make a cold starter

Asparagus with cured meats. Smoked salmon with melba toasts. Any sort of salad. A chilled starter saves you oven space when it’s chocca with turkey and veg.

4. Pick your veg wisely

Did you know you can buy certain types pre-chopped to save time? Genius.

A chilled starter saves you oven space when it’s chocca with turkey and veg

And really think about what you need – all the trimmings are lovely, but sticking to two or three sides (we recommend roasties, peas and parsnips, but that’s just us) could save you juggling endless pots and pans on the day.

5. Ask guests to bring a dish

When you’re cooking a big meal for family and friends, nobody can really be put out if you ask them to bring a pudding or some canapés.

Return the favour when they next host so it’s a win-win for everyone.

6. Embrace the pre-prepared

You’re not on Come Dine With Me and nobody’s going to mark you down for using Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshires, gravy granules or M&S canapés.

They’re quick, easy and delicious, giving you more time to focus on the main course – and the festivities.

7. Go to someone’s else’s house

OK, we’re joking. Unless they offer, of course.

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