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Best Christmas Day recipes

Fill the festive table with celebratory dishes with our pick of the best recipes for the big day, from sticky pigs in blankets to classic gravy

MAINS

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Fennel and citrus roast turkey

This Italian-inspired recipe is a game-changer – cooking the bird in wine results in juicy, flavoursome meat, while the herbs and fennel seeds add freshness and aroma

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Smoked paprika and maple glazed ham

The paprika-spiked glaze gives this magnificent ham a sweet smokiness. Serve alongside your turkey on Christmas Day or cold on Boxing Day

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Mushroom and chestnut Wellington

Rich, hearty flavours like mushrooms, chestnuts and goat’s cheese mean everyone will want a taste of this impressive meat-free Christmas main

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sides & sauces

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Heston's ultimate roast potatoes

Heston Blumenthal’s roasties are crisp and crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy in the middle, with hints of garlic, rosemary and thyme

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Stove-top sage & onion stuffing

Whether you like yours meaty, full of herbs, slightly sweet or a tad crispy, our stuffing recipes are sure to please. Try this traditional flavour combination, cooked on the hob

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Braised red cabbage

No festive table is complete without a gorgeous plummy mound of sweet and sour cabbage. It’s best made the day before and left overnight for the flavours to develop

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Stir-fried sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta

The humble Brussels sprout divides opinion across the country. But we think this recipe, combined with sweet chestnuts and salty pancetta, is pretty irresistible

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Honey mustard roast carrots & parsnips

This recipe results in crisp, caramelised edges and the deliciously sticky glaze is no more demanding than a salad dressing

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Bread sauce

The secret to a rich bread sauce is to allow plenty of time for the flavours to infuse into the milk – this one has festive notes of bay leaf, nutmeg and clove

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Cranberry sauce

This Christmas favourite works well with an injection of citrus or a few drops of port

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Sticky pigs in blankets

Succulent sausages tucked tightly in a bacon blanket are one of the best things about Christmas. Follow this simple recipe for perfect pigs every time

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Classic gravy

A rich gravy elevates the plate, so make sure you have lots to go round. Follow our simple gravy recipe, full of flavours from your chosen bird or joint, and just two other ingredients

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Desserts

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Classic Christmas pudding

If you’ve never tried making your own, give this recipe a go – nothing gets you in the seasonal spirit quite like stirring up a traditional Christmas pud

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Meringue, madeleine and winter berry trifle

With its layers of custard, fruit compote and cream, and scattering of meringue and roasted hazelnuts, this trifle is as pretty as a picture

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Chocolate Yule log

The light sponge is a cinch to roll, meaning you can achieve that satisfying swirl of rich buttercream without the stress

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