Make a showstopping Christmas dinner with all the trimmings with our extra-special seasonal recipes. Create a feast for the senses with stunning centrepieces, mouth-watering side dishes, drinks and desserts that are sure to impress your guests. Whether you need a classic roast turkey or a simple vegan main course, we have delicious options for everyone.


Put your roast ingredients to good use and try our creative Christmas leftover recipes for satisfying dinners in a flash. Use up everything from your cheeseboard to your stuffing in our innovative dishes. Alternatively make a chunky doorstop sarnie with our best Christmas sandwich recipes, or opt for fuss-free entertaining this Christmas with our effortless Christmas entertaining ideas and Christmas buffet ideas.

Best Christmas recipes

Christmas desserts

Whether you're a fan of a traditional Christmas pudding, a showstopping chocolate roulade with amaretto cream or a lusciously layered classic trifle, there's a festive dessert to suit everyone's taste. Our Christmas desserts are a vibrant mixture of family favourites and modern twists. We even have make-ahead Christmas dessert recipes to help make the big day a breeze. Add a seasonal boozy kick to your sweets with our best Baileys recipes, or feed a crowd with an impressive bowlful from our best trifle recipes.

Profiterole tower with dark chocolate and hazelnut topping

Homemade food gifts for Christmas

Edible homemade gifts are the perfect way to show someone you care this Christmas. Add your own personal touch with our Baileys chocolate tiffin or a batch of classic gingerbread with plenty of seasonal spice. A jar of homemade Christmas chutney will never go unappreciated, or demonstrate your decorating skills with our spiced Christmas biscuits.

Gingerbread squares on a platter

Christmas baking

Fill your kitchen with the smells of freshly baked classic mince pies or stuff your biscuit tin chock-full of honey-sweetened lebkuchen. Our best ever Christmas baking recipes are the perfect seasonal indulgence. Flex your skills in the kitchen and try our classic stollen or rustle up our make-ahead Christmas cake. It's spiked with ginger wine for an extra layer of spice. Dive into our alternative festive cake recipes for something a little different.

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Christmas dinner trimmings

Put the finishing touches on the best meal of the year with our favourite Christmas trimmings recipes. A dollop of easy cranberry sauce, a drizzle of rich make-ahead gravy and scoop of sourdough bread sauce can transform a standard roast into something special. Don't neglect one of our top sides of all time and try our best ever Christmas stuffing recipes. Try classic sage and onion stuffing or go all out and make our epic pork stuffing with miso for extra umami flavour.

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Christmas dinner side dishes

Sometimes the sides are even better than the main event and it wouldn't be Christmas without red cabbage, parmesan-baked parsnips and Brussels sprouts. Our best Christmas side dish recipes are sure to jazz up any Christmas table. Make the most of colourful wintry veg with our best red cabbage recipes and seriously indulgent cauliflower cheese recipes. Make sure to try our roast potato recipes for crispy, golden-brown nuggets of deliciousness. Give your parsnips to VIP treatment with our top parsnip recipes and let this nutty root veg shine. If you're a die-hard sprout hater, we bet our best brussels sprouts recipes can change your mind.

11 Red Cabbage Recipes served in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white table cloth surrounded by decorative pine cones

Christmas turkey

The crowning glory of many a Christmas dinner, our best Christmas turkey recipes are sure to please everyone's palates. Try all our tips and tricks for a perfect roast turkey, or branch out and bring the spice with our jerk Christmas turkey. If you're cooking for a smaller crowd this year, or don't fancy the hassle of a full roast bird, try our easy turkey crown recipes.

Whole roast turkey on a plate stuffed with thyme

Christmas ham

Glorious gammon is a must-have centrepiece for any festive dinner table. Our Christmas ham recipes have a range of tasty glazes and side dish accompaniments. Try a roast gammon in cider with brown sugar glaze, or let your kitchen kit do the work with our slow cooker gammon.

Glazed Gammon with Pineapple Relish

Vegetarian Christmas dinner

Create a marvellous meat-free feast with our best vegetarian Christmas recipes. The big day isn't all about turkeys and pigs in blankets, switch things up with a savoury spiced baklava or a colourful Christmas nut roast that's anything but boring. Even the carnivores will be craving a slice of our squash and ricotta croissant wreath. We also have decadent vegan Christmas recipes worthy of such a special occasion. Layer up chestnut, squash and sweet potato to make a vegan nut roast, or a pastry covered vegan wellington.

Smoky squash, lentil and date nut roast

Christmas drinks and cocktails

Mix up some sparkling Christmas cocktails and add some festive fizz to everyone's night. Try a creamy godfather cocktail in place of a dreamy dessert, or a celebratory kir royale. For creative non-boozy options, try our best Christmas mocktails, like a sweet and sharp passion fruit martini mocktail.

Get everyone in the party spirit with our best Christmas punch recipes, from moreish mulled port to hot spiced cherry brandy that'll warm you from the inside out. Toast to a fun-filled family Christmas with our fabulous champagne cocktails, and prosecco cocktails that'll make your evening pop. Shake up your favourite selection from our easy gin cocktails or put a stray bottle to good use and crack on with our best brandy cocktails.

Godfather Cocktail Recipe with Whisky

Christmas canapés and starters

No party should suffer from a lack of nibbles. Get some inspiration from our favourite Christmas canapé recipes. Bake up a tear and share sausage roll, complete with melty camembert and a dollop of cranberry sauce. If you're feeling daring, try our golden-brown crispy bread sauce and stuffing croquettes. Or, get your dinner party off to a flying, fuss-free start with our Christmas starters.

Stuffing Croquettes with Bread Sauce

Christmas day breakfast

Start your Christmas day off right with our sumptuous breakfast spreads. Dive into a stack of fluffy Christmas pancakes, an epic full English croissant or a posh breakfast muffin complete with wafer thin smoked salmon. Set yourself up for a whirlwind of festivities with chunky breakfast baps or elegant plates.

Breakfast Muffins with Smoked Salmon


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