Top tips to make your Christmas dinner a breeze

If you are planning a festive meal for family, friends or colleagues, we’ve gathered a list of our top 5 Christmas dinner tips, to ensure that your meal is a total success.

1. Create a little turkey perfection…

Stuffing butter (we like it flavoured with a squeeze of fresh lemon) under the skin of the turkey before cooking makes for an extra succulent bird…or why not try Heston’s brining technique? Our turkey guide is full of delicious recipes, tips and advice to make the main event a success, just remember to order your turkey before the 15th of December.

Visit our turkey guide >


2.  Let the bubbles flow

Who would have thought a rich and toasty champagne could have been such a good match for turkey? Or that a bubbly red could be a delight with Christmas pudding? Our wine experts Cat Lomax and Ken Mackay MW, match all Christmas dinner courses with the perfect sparkling wines…

> View our wine guide


3. Add a unique twist to your traditional recipe

Liven up your traditional meat with a modern and delicious twist. From oven-poached salmon with fennel and beetroot to turkey with pomegranates and spiced nuts, we have lots of Christmas dinner ideas to bring exciting new flavours to the table, whatever meat you are planning to cook. Your guests won't be able to resist a second helping.

> See Christmas recipes


4. Make the fun last all night

From Heston's unmissable ultimate chocolate bar to our very own Dundee cake, you can find the perfect pud and give your meal the finale it deserves. We have a huge variety of desserts and puddings so that you can really spoil your guests.

> See our cakes & desserts


5. Make it vegetarian…

Add a little extra veg this year with a mouth-watering vegetarian dish this Christmas. If you need a helping hand, we have an excellent choice, suitable for all tastes. From parsnip and leek tarte to mushroom, shallot and chestnut parcels, you'll find the perfect recipes to please everybody.

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Terms and conditions

If in doubt, we would recommend catering for more people rather than less - there are plenty of  delicious ways to use up those leftovers!

We have approximated portion sizes per person based on quantities recommended for party catering. In some cases, the recommended serving sizes on the back of pack may differ slightly from the quantities we have recommended here.

The weights of the turkey and vegetables have been given as sold, prior to preparation and cooking.

We recommend approximately 500g of turkey per person, based on whole turkey weight.

These recommendations are based on adult portion sizes.

Looking for vegetarian dishes? See our recipe ideas here >

If you have a nutrition or diet question, get in touch with one of our nutritionists here >