Christmas Recipes

best christmas recipes

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas if you didn’t over indulge a little on the day. And what better way to do so than with some cracking recipes that don’t skimp on the calories?
From the classic dishes served every year to a few more alternative options, we’ve got something for everyone on our list of the best Christmas recipes.
Check out our foodie Christmas gift guide for even more inspiration.

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christmas recipesStilton and Leek Tartlets

These lovely little tartlets from Mary Berry are full of sweet soft leeks and tangy Stilton. They’re perfect as a light and delicious starter on the day, or to hand out as little treats at your Christmas party. Let the compliments roll in!

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christmas recipesNut Roast with Wild Mushroom Gravy

Take the usual bland and boring nut roast and pimp it up this Christmas! This delicious meat alternative is packed with nuts and spinach for a savoury tang, served with meaty mushroom gravy too. Veggie Christmas has never been easier.

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christmas recipesRoast Turkey

Fanfare please…. It’s the king of Christmas, the roast turkey! This magical centrepiece is a Christmas staple, with crispy golden skin, juicy meat and all the trimmings! This particular recipe may be fiddly, but you’ll be talking about it for years to come (especially that giblet inspired stuffing!).

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christmas recipesDeep Fried Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts have had a bad rap over the years as those soggy sad miniature cousins of cabbage that your mum always forced you to eat. Well not anymore my friends! These delicious deep fried brussel sprouts may not be angelic with their calorie content, but they’re crispy, nutty and utterly delicious, just the kind of indulgence you need over the festive period.

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christmas recipesRoast Pork Fillet with Cranberry and Madeira Sauce

Not everybody likes turkey, so it’s always a good idea to have a good alternative up your sleeve. This wonderful rolled pork fillet is packed with a festive stuffing of chestnut mushrooms and herbs. Serve it up with a sweet and sour cranberry and madeira gravy and you have the perfect alternative to turkey!

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christmas recipesCranberry Mince Pies

Mince pies are an absolute must at Christmas (we’re pretty sure it’s the law), but we do love to add a twist to ours with Gordon Ramsay’s tangy cranberry version. Packed with those ultimate festive fruits, these mince pies feel slightly less stodgy, and are perfect with a dollop of brandy spike cream – because, you know, you can never be TOO decadent.

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christmas recipesChristmas Pudding

The ultimate dessert on Christmas Day, Mary Berry has made a normally technical pud super simple! This one has to made in advance to mature, but it can’t be beat when it’s placed in the middle of the table engulfed in a bright blue flame.

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christmas recipesChristmas Cake with Toasted Almond Paste

Because Christmas pudding, mince pies and Yule logs aren’t enough, have a Christmas cake too! This deliciously boozy cake is topped with a nutty sweet toasted almond paste, giving it a wonderful festive flavour.

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christmas recipesChocolate Log

Dried fruit based puds aren’t for everybody, so a naughtily decadent Christmas chocolate Yule log is just the ticket to satisfy your sweet tooth instead. Stuffed with smooth chocolate cream and topped with popping pomegranate seeds, it’s the perfect way to finish off your Christmas lunch.

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christmas recipesMulled Wine

Mulled wine is the ultimate festive tipple, steeped in tradition and served by the barrel full at this time of year. The Hairy Bikers have a lovely classic recipe, packed with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, lots of citrus and of course good quality red wine. Warming doesn’t even cover it!

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