It’s the most wonderful time of the year and indeed for many it’s the most important meal of the year. As a result, cooking Christmas dinner for your nearest and dearest still strikes fear into the hearts of many. I read recently that the average age for someone in the UK (and I can only assume a similar statistic applies to Ireland) to cook Christmas dinner is 34 which gives credence to people’s reticence about cooking this meal. This points to two obvious reasons for me:
Don’t be too quick to break tradition and yet don’t be too slow to find a technique or recipe that will improve the overall outcome of your meal. It’s certainly a balance but what I love most about Christmas dinner is the traditions that surround it, and each family has their own little idiosyncrasies that makes Christmas dinner so special to them and so odd to others. Embrace that, cherish that, but perhaps don’t be blind to the possibility that there’s a way or technique that will further improve that recipe to make it even more famous/infamous in your household! Hopefully the information that I’ve learned down through the years will provide for you some insight into transforming that tradition to legend. Obviously being just one day in the year must give cause for anxiety but I’m hoping to dispel some of those anxieties by giving my essential tips for Christmas dinner. I’m going to base this advice on a Christmas dinner by cooking turkey with stuffing, ham, roast potatoes, roast carrots and parsnips, Brussels sprouts, and gravy with cranberry sauce on the side. This may indeed be different to the traditions that you have at home but with so many different rituals it’s impossible to catch everyone so I’m going with what I serve on the big day. I’ll begin with my top tips to cooking “the biggest meal of the year”, by telling you first of all to calm down…
Coming later this week are my top tips for cooking the turkey and ham, and also how to make the best of your side dishes this Christmas season
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