We’ve worked out the perfect running plan for your Christmas Day. It’s a foolproof timetable of exactly what to do and when, designed to remove any stress from your Christmas cooking.
Christmas Day cooking just got a whole lot easier! This is a foolproof timetable of exactly what to do and when, designed to remove any stress in the kitchen. Use this as a principle running plan – we’ve gone with Christmas dinner at 2pm, but you can easily push it earlier or later. Just work backwards from the time you’d like to tuck in. We’ve even created the Masterplan shopping list – feel free to tweak and tailor it to suit you.
These are Jamie’s ultimate festive recipes, all from Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook. Buy your copy today – it’s packed with super-useful tips and clever recipe ideas for a truly memorable Christmas!
GET-AHEAD – CHRISTMAS EVE JOBS
Do all the prep for your stuffing the day before, reserving 250g of the mixture to stuff your turkey. Cover the raw recipe with tin foil and pop in the fridge, ready for tomorrow.
Get your bird ready by following all the PREPPING steps in the recipe, then cover with tin foil and refrigerate overnight.
Prep and line these up in a tray, then cover with tin foil and pop in the fridge, ready to cook tomorrow.
Follow the recipe until you have parboiled and fluffed-up spuds covered in your chosen fat, then cover with tin foil and leave somewhere cool overnight.
This is a quick job that’s easy to get done in advance. Reheat it tomorrow if you want a warm sauce, or enjoy it cold.
Prep the table
Now is a good time to get creative and set your Christmas table, ready to go. Delegate this job to the kids or ask another family member to help you out, if you can. Or, get yourself a glass of bubbles and enjoy it!
CHRISTMAS DAY – LUNCH AT 2PM
Jamie’s Christmas turkey: Bring your turkey out of the fridge and let it come up to room temperature, before beginning the recipe for COOKING your bird.
Begin Christmas turkey recipe, by preheating the oven to specified temperature
Put your bird in the oven
Remove the foil covering from your bird
Take the turkey out of the oven and test whether it’s cooked, according to the recipe tips. Leave to rest for up to 2 hours, according to recipe instructions
Christmas gravy: Complete Jamie’s Christmas turkey instructions, by turning the vegetable trivet into your Christmas gravy, according to the turkey recipe
Best roast potatoes: Continue this recipe where you left off yesterday and put the potatoes in the oven
Christmas gravy: At this point, you should finish the gravy recipe and have it ready to reheat when you serve
Cranberry sauce: If you’ve not made this in advance, it’s a good job to get done now while you’ve got some free time
Best roast potatoes: Take your spuds out of the oven and complete the recipe instructions, before returning them to the oven
Christmas gravy: Heat up your gravy. Warm up your serving jug separately by filling with boiling water
Cranberry sauce: Now’s the time to reheat your sauce if you’d like it hot
CHECK EVERYTHING! If your carrots, sprouts, stuffing and pigs in blankets are ready – great. If not, you’ve got a few minutes to finish things off. Start taking what you need to the table, ready to serve Jamie’s Christmas turkey. Carve your bird according to instructions.
Happy Christmas – tuck in!