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Making The Perfect Christmas Dinner

Christmas should be a fun, happy time. Unfortunately for the people making Christmas dinner, it can be very stressful. At Gaterells we know it can be tough so we’ve put together a few tips to help
you make the perfect Christmas dinner (and hopefully enjoy yourself in the process).

Be Practical

Remember to measure out the size of your oven, consider the pots and pans you’ll need and work on the timing. If you are cooking Christmas dinner for the first time don’t be afraid to practise a few things first- this will make it easier on the day!

Also, remember to have a checklist of what you need to do, checking things off as you go. This will help break it down a bit and help you focus rather than thinking about everything at once.

It is also worth planning how much you serve- it is better to do a few vegetables or side dishes well rather than trying to do loads “because it’s Christmas” (if you don’t like sprouts don’t have them!).

Try To Do As Much In Advance As Possible

Think about things you can do in advance- for example making a gravy and then freezing it a day before means you don’t have to worry about it on the day. It also helps when ordering meat how many guests you have coming, so that we can recommend the appropriate amount for them.

Get Help

There is nothing wrong with asking for help- whether it’s peeling potatoes, stirring sauces or anything else a bit of delegation is fine. Also, think of ways to reduce mess you need to deal with later- for example, disposable trays for the turkey will mean less washing up!


It’s worth emphasising you don’t necessarily need turkey at Christmas- some people prefer chicken or combining the meat with pheasants or grouse (or if you prefer beef or other meat as opposed to poultry).

Remember if you serve turkey it should be at room temperature before you cook it and the neck and all the giblets should be removed. There are different ways to stop it drying out- start cooking breast side down, smear under the skin or simply baste it on a regular basis.


Jazz It Up

The veg served on the side can be delicious too- cheesy leaks, sprouts served with bacon and garlic, flavoured mash potato or carrots with honey and ginger are just a few of the ways you can add a little extra flavour.

Don’t Worry Too Much About A Schedule

The big problem people have during Christmas is they think certain things need to be done at certain times. However, the best way to make the perfect Christmas dinner is to keep calm and to do things at your pace rather than trying to have everything ready before the Queen’s speech.

At Gaterells we are a family butcher so we have had plenty of experience at this- as well as our range of meats we have plenty of other sauces, ready made items and more to help you enjoy the festive season.

We would just like to say on behalf of all our team a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers- cheers!