The countdown to Christmas is almost at the end on Christmas Day but there’s one last hurdle – the Christmas lunch itself. Planning is key to the success of Christmas day and here’s a simple hour by hour Christmas cooking planner to help you on your way.
Christmas Time Planner
|7.00am||Take the turkey from the fridge to bring to room temperature|
|7.30am||Preheat the oven to 220°C|
|8.00am||Start cooking the turkey as per recipe|
|8.30am||Lower temperature to 160°C and cook for 3½ hours|
|Noon||Put Christmas pudding to steam. Open any red wines to allow the wine to breathe.
Turn back the foil on the turkey and turn heat back to 220°C for 30 minutes to crisp the skin.
Put sausages and bacon rolls into the oven and cook until crisp – 45 minutes, then keep warm.
|12.30pm||Check the turkey is cooked and remove from the oven wrap in foil as per the recipe.
Make gravy as per recipe and keep warm
|12.50||Place roast potatoes, precooked on Christmas eve, into the hot oven.|
|1.10pm||Put parsnips, precooked on Christmas eve, into the oven with the potatoes. Heat serving dishes and plates|
|1.20pm||Cook Brussels sprouts as per recipe , warm already prepared red cabbage, and bread sauce|
|1.30pm||Take time for a quick cuppa, glass of wine or a sit down. Plate the salmon and dill sauce and set on the table. Open white wines or Champagne.|
|1.45pm||Carve the turkey|
|1.50pm||Place everything into warmed serving dishes|
|2.00pm||Time to eat.
Make sure there is enough water in the steamer. Enjoy!!!