How to get Christmas right: our ultimate easy guide

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    Easy Food Christmas mains

    From festive bakes and edible gifts to the big feast, we’ve pulled together all the answers, tips, recipe inspiration and advice you need for a delicious and stress-free Christmas.

     

    Planning

    This month-long checklist will see you through December and ensure you’re prepared for the big day!

    Looking for some homemade decorations to get things going? This stunning wreath is the ideal way to welcome guests to your home.

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    Dried orange wreath

    Now, onto the really important stuff — the food!

     


    Party favourites

    It’s just not a party without some great food and drink. No matter what kind of shindig you’re throwing, our easy party nibbles, drinks and cheeseboard ideas will make sure everyone leaves happy.

    Canapés

    Kick the festivities off with some easy-to-make nibbles that’ll have everyone impressed.

    Fried halloumi with honey harissa drizzle
    Halloumi sticks with honey harissa drizzle
    Drinks
    Merry mimosas Easy Food
    Merry mimosas
    Cheeseboard

    Is it even Christmas without a cheeseboard? (Spoiler: no.) Whatever your preference, here’s how to curate the right cheeseboard for you and your guests. First, check out our tips for putting it together, then choose one of the styles below!

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    Regular-strength cheeseboard

     


    The Christmas feast

    Before you embark on making the most special meal of the year, read through our top tips for making sure you time everything right.

    Starters

    Have you thought about what you’ll serve for your Christmas starter? Here’s some food for thought to help you choose, and some recipe inspiration below.

    Classic prawn cocktail Easy Food
    Classic prawn cocktail
    The turkey
    Roast lemon herb turkey Easy Food
    Lemon and herb roast turkey
    The ham
    • There’s nothing more mouthwatering than a rosy pink, perfectly cooked ham with a sweet, sticky glaze. This back-to-basics recipe is ideal for beginner cooks and can be tweaked to fit your preferences.
    • This sweet and sticky option uses pineapple juice to add a mild tropical sweetness — we guarantee you’ll love it!
    • For a more adult flavour, check out this whiskey-glazed ham, one of our all-time favourites.
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    Whiskey-glazed ham
    Alternative mains

    If you’re looking to change it up this year, look no further.

    • Never made roast beef before, or struggle to get it right? Follow our back-to-basics roast beef for mouthwatering results, or add a flavour-packed herb crust.
    • For more inspiration on adding that little something extra to your roast beef, click here.
    • A whole salmon always makes an impressive main course. A whole salmon packed with lemon, herbs and spinach, then wrapped in puff pastry? Even better! Our salmon en croute is a genuine showstopper.
    Salmon en croute
    Salmon en croute
    Getting it right for meat-free eaters

    Whether you’re hosting vegan or vegetarian guests, or you’re a meat-free visitor to someone else’s home, make sure you take these things into consideration. Ready to get menu planning? Nobody will feel left out with one of these gorgeous meat-free main ideas:

    Butternut Squash and Spinach Gratins Easy Food
    Individual butternut squash and spinach gratins
    The potatoes

    Anyone in Ireland will tell you the spuds are one of the most important components of any dinner, including the Christmas feast. Follow our easy recipes below to make sure yours are the talk of the table.

    Hasselback potato bake Easy Food
    Hasselback potato bake
    The veg
    Tarragon mustard roasted vegetables Easy Food
    Tarragon mustard roasted root vegetables
    The extra bits
    • Get stuffed: Unsure whether to cook your stuffing inside the bird? This article has everything you need to know, as well as plenty of recipe ideas to get you started.
    • It’s all gravy: whether you’re after a traditional turkey gravy, a vegetarian alternative or a smart veggie-based saucethat’s suitable for vegans, the most important thing is to make more than you think you need — people will want seconds!
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    Easy turkey gravy

    Baking up a storm

    Christmas cake: Making your Christmas cake ahead of time is one of the nicest way to get into the festive spirit. Here’s our best basic recipe and some tips to help you get started. Left it too late? This cheat’s version will save the day!

    Gingerbread house: Making a gingerbread house is a fun activity to do with the kids. Make sure your foundations are solid with our easy guide! Need your gaff to be gluten-free? No problem.

    Gingerbread house Easy Food
    Gingerbread house

    Christmas pudding: Purists can find our traditional pud here, or try this extra fruity spin on it using apple cider. Not a fan of the usual puds? Find three of our favourite alternatives here, or treat the grown-ups to this Baileys and coffee delight!

    Mince pies: There’s nothing better than the smell of homemade mince pies wafting from the oven! Here are a few of our favourite versions:

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    Meringue-topped mince pies

    Trifle: Find our traditional sherry trifle here, or try one of our fun alternatives below!

    Showstopper cakes: Many people aren’t fans of the traditional Christmas cake — so why not pull out all the stops and create a real showstopper instead?

    Chocolate hazelnut drip cake
    Chocolate hazelnut drip cake

    Edible gifts

    We love a good homemade present here in Easy Food HQ, and — of course — ours are always, always food-related. If you love the idea of making something tasty for that someone special, read on for inspiration…

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    Homemade chocolate bars

    Wishing you a wonderful, food-filled festive season, from all of us here at Easy Food.