Food galore, drinks a flowing and being surrounded by friends and family. Who doesn’t love this time of year? For many though, the thought of having to cook Christmas dinner can be a very daunting task, SO, Simply Me have put these tips together to help you provide the perfect, stress-free Christmas Dinner.
This is number one on our list, and the most important tip of all. In the days leading up to Christmas make sure you’ve got absolutely everything you need, from the obvious like a turkey, to checking you’ve got enough oil to cook with and plenty of salt and pepper for seasoning too.
Peel potatoes, carrots, parsnips and any other veg you’re having and leave them in pans of cold water overnight. This will save you a lot of faff and additional mess on Christmas morning. If you’ve got lots of space in your fridge (unlikely), you could even pre-cook your potatoes and parsnips on Christmas Eve to save even more time.
Plan exactly how long everything takes to cook and make yourself a to-do list. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE TURKEY!
First and foremost, a successful dinner party needs a relaxed and welcoming hostess. Settle on a menu, taking into account any special dietary needs, and don’t be afraid to ask friends for ideas. If you are enjoying yourself, your guests will be too.
Before you put the finishing touches to your table, try sitting down and testing the height of your centerpiece. Whilst fresh flowers and lit candles are picturesque, their scents can often be overpowering; when it comes to dinner, you want your food to be the most fragrant item in the room.
And of course, you just have to finish off with some delicious pie… Christmas baking can be a lot of fun for kids (and big kids), so why not have a go at trying out a pumpkin pie recipe to get them in the mood for Santa Clause’s arrival.
Your dinner party guests will be more than impressed with your festive dessert.