How To Cook The Perfect Meal On Christmas Day

No­ one wants to spend the whole of Christmas Day in the kitchen preparing the meal and missing out on the fun with the rest of the family. Planning and preparation are key to ensuring the cook gets to enjoy Christmas Day too!

Plan your menu now

Consider who you are cooking for. Christmas brings family and friends together so it is likely you will be cooking for more than your usual number. Check out in advance any special dietary needs – you don’t want to find out when you’re dishing out the turkey that your brother’s new girlfriend is a strict vegan! Think about how many courses you wish to serve and whether you want to have starter, main and dessert or perhaps dispense with starters and have a cheese course instead?  Or even as well as? Write out each course broken down into its key ingredients so you can easily make up your shopping list.

Think about logistics

Do an inventory of your crockery, cutlery, glassware and serving dishes and replace or arrange to borrow any missing items. Make sure your knife is sufficiently sharp to aid carving and a meat thermometer can be a godsend when cooking a large turkey or other joint of meat. Whilst you may never use it the other 364 days a year, a gravy boat is an essential item on a Christmas table. Will you need to extend your dining table to accommodate all of your guests? And don’t forget about the chairs! Thinking about it now and perhaps delegating tasks to another member of the household means you have no nasty surprises on the day and you can concentrate on the fun stuff!

Get ahead with the cooking

Some parts of the Christmas meal can be prepared well in advance and frozen:­ roast potatoes can be par boiled and put in the freezer ready to be cooked straight from frozen. Stuffing, cranberry sauce and even bread sauce can be made in advance and frozen for up to a month.  Good gravy comes from good stock and making up your stock in advance can save you another job on the day ­ it can be frozen and defrosted the day before you need it. Vegetables can be prepared the day before and kept in the fridge. Desserts such as trifle can be assembled in advance ready to be brought out after the meal.

Put your Christmas in the hands of an expert

You’ll be pleased to hear there is an alternative to fighting your way through the supermarket crowds! Here at the Raven we offer a complete one stop shop for your Christmas meal:­ from whole turkeys, crowns and breasts to 4 bird roasts, starters through to cheese boards, Champagne to port we have the whole thing covered. Locally sourced meats, hand prepared vegetables and carefully chosen wines to take the stress out of Christmas. Simply choose from our comprehensive menu, tell us how many you are feeding and we will box the whole lot up ready for you to collect on Christmas Eve!

The smart way to a delicious and relaxed Christmas celebration – check out our Christmas ­In­ A Box menu now.

 

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