Christmas dinner planner

Lindsey Bareham / 26 November 2014

There's nothing like planning ahead when you are hosting a houseful for Christmas. Here's how to run Christmas dinner without dropping a sprout.

7 days in advance

Make and freeze the stuffing - try this recipe for pork and chestnut stuffing

Make and freeze breadcrumbs for bread sauce

Make and chill the cranberry relish - try this cranberry sauce recipe

24 hours in advance

Peel, blanch and half cook the parsnips  - find a recipe for honey-roast parsnips

Prepare the potatoes and soak in cold water - try these tips for perfect roast potatoes

Cook and cool the cocktail sausages

Soak the prunes in Armagnac and tea for devils on horseback - try this recipe for devils on horseback

While the turkey cooks

Make the giblet stock for gravy - read these expert tips for making Christmas gravy

Prepare then chill the seasoned milk for bread sauce - find a bread sauce recipe

Trim and quarter the sprouts, shave the nutmeg - try sprouts with nutmeg or sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta

Wrap the cocktail sausages with Parma ham or bacon - find a pigs-in-blankets recipe

Stuff and wrap the devils on horseback

Hosting Christmas? 

Take a look at our Christmas guide and planner

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