10 Delicious Make Ahead Christmas Recipes

10 Delicious Make Ahead Christmas Recipes

Cooking Christmas Dinner for the whole family can be ultra stressful, so this year, why not get ahead of the game and try some of our tasty make ahead Christmas recipes that we’ve gathered from all over the web just for you? Your guests will never know that parts of their meal has just come out of the microwave…

Starters

1. Cream Of Winter Squash Soup

There’s nothing better than a thick, creamy soup on a cold winter’s day and this delicious recipe is no exception! It only takes around an hour and 15 minutes to prepare, then you can siphon it off into freezer-safe containers and simply heat it up just before serving. It’s an easy dish to serve as a starter for your main Christmas dinner, or as a warming supper on Christmas Eve.

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What You’ll Need: Delicata Squash, Onions, Vegetable Stock, Whipping Cream, Butter, Salt and Ground Black Pepper.

Find the full recipe at All Recipes

2. Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Meatballs aren’t a dish that you would traditionally associate with Christmas, but this recipe made with a cranberry sauce will definitely help you get into the festive spirit! They can be served as a classy starter on the big day or as nibbles at a Christmas party.

What You’ll Need: Mince, Breadcrumbs, Eggs, Soy Sauce, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Ketchup, Cranberry Sauce, Barbeque Sauce and Lemon Juice.

Find the full recipe at All Recipes.

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3. Freeze Ahead Roasties

No Christmas dinner is complete without roast potatoes! Save time this Christmas day by doing all your prep beforehand by freezing your potatoes and simply roasting them in the oven for 25 minutes before serving. Freezing will make no difference to the taste and texture of the potatoes and can actually improve the crispiness and fluffiness of the finished dish!

What You’ll Need: Maris Piper or King Edward Potatoes, Plain Flour, Duck or Goose Fat and Sunflower Oil.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

4. Mashed Potato With Roasted Garlic

If you’re a family that likes to double-carb, these mashed potatoes with roasted garlic are an absolute must-have addition to your Christmas dinner this year. They’re smooth, creamy and ever-so-tasty! Best of all, you can store it in your freezer and simply defrost and reheat in the microwave when you’re ready!

What You’ll Need: Garlic, Olive Oil, Ground Pepper, Unsalted Butter, Maris Piper Potatoes, Sea Salt and Double Cream.

Find the full recipe at Food Network.

5. Beetroot & Squash Wellingtons With Kale Pesto

If you’re worried about catering for a vegetarian or vegan member of your family this Christmas, this alternative to a traditional Beef Wellington is here to alleviate your worries. They’re so delicious, even your most carnivorous guests will want more! They can be frozen for up to 3 months, so even if you start to make them in November, they will still be fresh for Christmas Day.

What You’ll Need: Red Onions, Beetroot, Butternut Squash, Garlic Cloves, Olive Oil, Thyme Leaves, Sumac, Puy Lentils, Whole Chestnuts, Kale, Lemon, Puff Pastry (Vegan-friendly) and Almond Milk.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

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6. Chestnut & Pork Stuffing

Stuffing is one of those parts of a Christmas dinner that is often overlooked, but it adds such flavour to your dishes you’d be a fool not to have a go at making some this year. This chestnut and pork variety is warming, meaty and a must-have for your plates!

What You’ll Need: Sausage Meat, Pork Mince, Unsalted Butter, Olive Oil, Chestnuts, Nutmeg, White Breadcrumbs, Parsley, Sage, Garlic Cloves, Eggs and Pancetta Rashers.

Find the full recipe at Delicious Magazine.

7. Apple & Cranberry Chutney

Christmas is the time for sauces: bread sauce, mint sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy… but what about chutneys? Chutney gift sets and tasters are popular gift to give out to friends and family, but why not have a go at making your own? They’re super easy to make and they actually improve with age! Pair with a cheeseboard for a posh after-dinner snack, or with leftover roast meats for delicious Boxing Day sandwiches!

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What You’ll Need: Cooking Apples, Eating Apples, Onions, Root Ginger, Peppercorns, Granulated Sugar, Cider Vinegar and Cranberries.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food

Desserts

8. Christmas Stollen

A firm favourite of Christmas markets all over the UK, this classic German recipe is a crowd pleaser and is sure to be demolished by your dinner guests by Boxing Day! The stolen dough can be stored in a freezer for up to 3 weeks, but you can also bake the stolen then freeze it in order to keep it for up to a month.

What You’ll Need: Raisins, Sultanas, Dried Cranberries, Mixed Peel, Flaked Almonds, Lemon Zest, Dark Rum, Strong White Flour, Yeast, Whole Milk, Ground Ginger, Ground Cardamom, Ground Cinnamon, Caster Sugar, Egg Yolks, Unsalted Butter, Icing Sugar, Lemon Juice and Vanilla Pods.

Find the full recipe at Delicious Magazine.

9. Jewelled Mince Pies

Mince pies are a British Christmas staple and this recipe adds another bit of luxury to the classic that we all know and love. Freeze the pies before you bake by storing them in freezer-safe containers, where they can be kept for up to 3 months.

What You’ll Need: Plain Flour, Ground Almond, Butter, Orange Zest, Golden Caster Sugar, Eggs, Jewelled Mincemeat and Icing Sugar.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

10. Mandarin-In-The-Middle Christmas Pud

Finally, the crowning glory of the meal: Christmas Pudding! But this recipe contains a secret surprise… a hidden Mandarin! It adds a lovely citrus liqueur flavour and is the perfect Christmas centrepiece! Serve with brandy butter for the ultimate luxury pudding.

What You’ll Need: Raisins, Sultanas, Currant, Glacé Cherries, Blanched Almonds, Bramley Apples, Orange Liqueur (such as Cointreau), Sweet Sherry, Oranges, Butter, Dark Muscovado Sugar, White Breadcrumbs, Self Raising Flour, Ground Mixed Spice, Eggs, Granulated Sugar, Cream (or Brandy Butter) and a Mandarin.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food

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