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One Tray Christmas Dinner

One-tray Christmas dinner

Published: December 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Not cooking for a crowd this Christmas? Our all-in-one dinner includes every festive favourite (and there’s much less washing-up!) from brussels sprouts and baby parsnips to classic pigs in blankets. This recipe will serve at least two (if not three)



  • 3 tbsp duck fat
  • 1 turkey leg
  • a few sprigs thyme
  • 400g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into 4cm cubes
  • 1 small (about 750g) turkey breast, skin on
  • 150g baby parsnips, halved
  • 150g baby rainbow carrots
  • 250g pigs in blankets
  • 6 stuffing balls
  • 100g brussels sprouts, halved
  • to serve cranberry sauce


  • 1 tbsp duck fat
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 150ml Marsala
  • 500ml chicken stock


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put 3 tbsp duck fat into a large shallow roasting tin, then into the oven to heat.

  • STEP 2

    Season the turkey leg heavily, and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Add to the tray, toss in the duck fat, then roast for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, put the potatoes into a large pan of lightly salted cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes, then drain really well. After the 30 minutes is up, tip the potatoes into the tray and toss them in the fat. Season the turkey breast heavily and add this to the tray, and roast for 20 minutes.
    Give all the potatoes a turn and add the parsnips and carrots, toss well in the duck fat and roast for another 15 minutes.

  • STEP 4

    Tip in the pigs in blankets, stuffing balls and brussels sprouts. Cook for 25 minutes.

  • STEP 5

    For the gravy, put the duck fat and bacon into a pan, and cook until really crisp and the fat has rendered. Scoop out onto a plate. Tip in the flour and cook for a few minutes, stirring, until nutty brown. Mix the marsala and chicken stock together, and slowly add to the flour while whisking. Season and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened, then tip in the bacon bits and keep warm.

  • STEP 6

    Remove the turkey leg and breast to a plate, and cover loosely with foil to rest for 15 minutes.

  • STEP 7

    Either keep cooking the veg until everything is golden and crisp or, if ready, turn the oven down to very low, cover with foil and keep warm.

  • STEP 8

    Joint the leg and slice the breast, then serve with the veg, gravy and cranberry sauce, if you like.

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