Boozy cranberry Sauce

Best ever Christmas trimmings recipes

Christmas side dishes make a Christmas dinner even better. Try our 12 best ever Christmas trimming recipes to serve alongside turkey, from cranberry sauce, to simple stuffing recipes and sourdough bread sauce

Looking for Christmas dinner ideas? Try our best pigs in a blanket recipe, Christmas stuffing and gravy recipes, and other Christmas trimming ideas.

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Our Christmas stuffing recipes are easy to make, from sausage meat stuffing to chestnut stuffing recipes. We also have Christmas side dish recipes for cranberry sauce and bread sauce using sourdough bread.

Try our fab gravy recipes below to go with our best turkey recipes here.

Check out our best ever roast potato recipes to serve with Christmas dinner here.


Pigs in a blanket recipe with sage and apple

We love pigs in blankets! This is a classic Christmas side dish with a twist. Crisp bacon, sweet and sour apple and aromatic sage, what more could you want from your piggies at Christmas?

Sage and apple pigs in blankets

Christmas condiment recipes

Make-ahead gravy

Our easy gravy will save you juggling pans on Christmas day and you can even make and freeze it if you want to get really ahead. Add any last-minute juices from the turkey to this when you reheat it for an extra bump of flavour.

Make-ahead gravy

Easy cranberry sauce

Made with red wine and port, this tangy and indulgent cranberry sauce makes a perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey or goose for Christmas dinner.

Boozy cranberry Sauce

Sourdough bread sauce

A nice twist on an old classic, this sourdough bread sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas day feast. Pile your plate high and enjoy a good spoonful of this alongside all the trimmings.

Sourdough bread Sauce

Bacon butter

Looking for ways to pimp up your butter? Try our quick and easy bacon butter, it adds extra savoury flavour to have alongside your bread or to add flavour to roast chicken.

Bacon Butter Recipe

Christmas butter

Want to jazz up your turkey this Christmas? Try self-basting your turkey with our quick and easy sweet Christmas butter.

Christmas Butter Recipe

Easy gravy recipe

The trick to fantastic gravy is good ingredients. Real gravy needs the tin a roast has been cooked in for real flavour. Make sure you pour off any excess fat before you start and take your time stirring the roux to avoid lumps! This gravy will be great over the Christmas turkey or Sunday roast.

Easy Gravy Recipe

Christmas stuffing recipes

Stuffing recipe with pancetta and sage

An absolute cracker of a recipe, even if we do say so ourselves. Instead of same-old stuffing balls, make your own stuffing cakes with sausage, chestnuts, pancetta and sage. Plus, they can be made a day ahead and then chilled until Christmas Day itself.


Bubble and squeak stuffing 

This is two dishes in one, making Christmas even easier. Plus, you can make this stuffing recipe the day ahead.

Bubble and squeak stuffing

Ciabatta and rosemary stuffing

An easy Italian-style stuffing. Prep this ahead, then cook while the roast is resting. For a veggie stuffing, just leave out the pancetta. Ciabatta will give the stuffing a great chunky texture. Goes well with all roasts, especially turkey.

Ciabatta and rosemary stuffing

Cranberry and chestnut stuffing

Festive stuffing bites for your Christmas dinner. Balls of dried cranberry, sausagemeat, and chestnuts, wrapped in streaky bacon. Pop these in the oven during the roast potatoes’ last 30 minutes of cooking and watch everyone devour them when you bring them to the Christmas table.

Cranberry and chestnut stuffing

Other Christmas trimmings recipes

Yorkshire puddings

We love Yorkshire puddings for Christmas dinner, and cookery writer Adam Bush shares his pro tips and tricks for making the best Yorkshire puddings to serve at you festive feast.

Best Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

Bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade

This recipe for bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade comes from Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle and makes for a great festive canapé or Christmas dinner side dish. They look really impressive but are actually very easy to make. Check out our best Christmas canapés here.

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Bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade

olive magazine podcast ep78 – Christmas condiments, fancy brunches and our foodie guide to eating and drinking in central London

This week on the olive magazine podcast we talk Christmas condiments, the rise and rise of fancy brunches, and where to grab the best food and drink in central London while Christmas shopping.