Christmas will be here before we know it. Gift buying is probably driving you crazy already. That’s not the only thing you need to consider before the big day, though! Christmas dinner is one of the highest pressure meals of the year. Are you the chosen one this Christmas? You’re probably already having nightmares about the things that could go wrong. Fear not! Here’re some tips on how to blow everyone away with your Christmas meal.
GET THE MEAT RIGHT
Getting the meat right is most of the battle when it comes to Christmas dinner. Whether you’re sticking with a turkey, or going all out with your meats, it’s crucial to get these right. If anything else goes wrong, at least you’ll have your centerpiece. Cooking a turkey can be a real challenge, and everyone seems to have their own way of doing things. You might want to cook it on a slow heat overnight and wake up to the smell of turkey on Christmas morning. Or, you might want to cook it in the morning. Whatever you do, take into account the size of your turkey and the amount of time it’s going to take to cook. The good thing about cooking overnight is that you know it’ll be done! No one likes a dry turkey, either. Make sure you cook your turkey in a puddle of broth and baste it throughout the cooking process. If you’re doing a variety of meats, work out timings and what’s going in which oven. It might be worth preparing some of your meat the day before to save stress on the day!
With the meat out of the way, you’ll need to focus on the vegetables. Doing something a little different with your veg can be a sure way to host a blow away Christmas dinner. Experiment beforehand with things that could shake the veg up a little. This can be an especially good idea with those notorious brussels sprouts. Try roasting them and give your guests an entirely different experience. You never know, you might just convert them! Get to grips with the perfect glaze for your parsnips. Make sure you perfect a crisp potato. A little forethought and practice can ensure your veg gets your guests talking! It’s also worth preparing as much of the veg the night before as possible. The less you have to do on the day, the better.
It can be so easy to get caught in that Christmas dinner stress that you forget to enjoy the day completely. Remember, this is a time for family and love. Nobody is going to hold it against you if the dinner goes wrong. They will hold it against you if you spend the day grumpy and unsociable. Make sure to have fun and spend plenty of time with your guests. Maybe even get them involved, if you think you can trust them. And remember not to snap at anyone for stepping into your kitchen!
How To Host. Top Tips For A Christmas Dinner To Remember
November 7, 2016 By 5 Comments
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