13 fun, festive reasons to get the Easy Food Christmas Annual

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021

    Our biggest, brightest, most beautiful issue of the year hits the shops on Monday 8th of December! Do you plan on keeping it intimate this year, or having the extended family around? Feeling tempted to mix up your menu, or do you only have eyes for the traditional feast? Are you veggie, vegan, living that gluten- or dairy-free life, or a true omnivore? No matter what your Christmas looks like, there’s something in the Easy Food Christmas Annual to make this festive season extra special.


    1. Bite-sized beauties

    Get the party started with a selection of simple-yet-stunning canapé options, guaranteeed to impress your guests.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 canapés Prawn Tikka Bites

    2. Feeling festive

    You’ll need a festive beverage to wash down your party food. For flavour-packed cocktails — both with and without alcohol — look no further!

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 canapés Prawn Tikka Bites

    3. Reinventing the (cheese) wheel

    Make a single good-quality cheese the star of the show with these clever serving and pairing ideas.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 cheeseboard

    4. Kiddie bakes

    Get the kids in the Christmas spirit (and keep ‘em occupied for an hour or two!) by baking some of our oh-so-cute bakes.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 canapés Prawn Tikka Bites

    5. Mince pies

    Whether you’re after traditional mince pies or some with a bit of a twist, we’ve got you covered! From Viennese whirl-topped pies to this Portuguese-inspired custard version, there’s something here you’ll love.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 canapés Prawn Tikka Bites

    6. Free-from and fabulous

    Discover the versatility of free-from bakes and desserts with these flavour-packed sweet treats.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 free from bakes Gluten_Free_Chocolate_Pudding

    7. At the starting line

    Begin the dinner of the season on a high note with one of our beautiful starter ideas, from spicy crab parcels to this luxurious celeriac and Camembert soup.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 starters Celeriac Camembert Soup

    8. The main event

    Whether you’re dishing up the classic turkey and ham or taking a non-traditional route, our main courses are guaranteed to please. From a selection of mouthwatering ham glazes to showstopping salmon and beef options, you’ll find your perfect Christmas dinner here.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 main courses Pyrex_Ham

    9. Meat-free magic

    We haven’t forgotten the meat-free eaters! This year, we’ve created a new range of inspiring vegan and vegetarian main course ideas to please everyone at the table.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 meat-free main courses Parsnip and Parmesan sausages

    10. Finishing touches

    No dinner is complete without sauces, stuffings, veggies and those all-important spuds. Mix and match your favourites from our easy recipes for those finishing touches.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 Sides and sauces

    11. The stars of the show

    Ready to impress? Food Stylist and resident cake queen Shannon is sharing her best advice for working with fondant, and we’re serving up a collection of simply incredible showstopper cakes — including the Christmas pavlova we couldn’t help but put on our front cover! Trust us, the hardest part will be choosing which one to make.

    12. Incredible edible gifts

    If you’re looking for a homemade gift idea for your favourite foodie people, you’ll want to check out our edible gift recipes, including both sweet and savoury options.

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021 edible gift Christmas Panettone

    13. The Easy Food Christmas Gift Guide

    Speaking of gifts, we’ve collected a wide range of ideas to suit any budget, plus Deputy Editor Jocelyn is sharing the Irish and artisan gifts she hopes to give and receive this December.

    The Easy Food Christmas Annual is in shops from Monday, December 8th — don’t miss your guide to all things food, drink and festive fun!

    Easy Food Christmas Annual 2021