So it’s nearly Christmas and after all of the fun to choosing the perfect gifts for people, my thoughts turn to Christmas dinner. For the last 3 years we have had people over to us for Christmas dinner. It’s just easier to enjoy the morning at home drinking bucks fizz while the children open their presents, it then means we don’t have to drag them away from all of their new toys to visit the rest of the family.

This year we are catering for 5 adults and 2 children. We will have my sister, her partner and little one coming around later in the day for tea, plus I guess we might have my brother in law and his partner who will just turn up if they haven’t had to much to drink during the day.

I always cook a big turkey crown. It’s become tradition that I do a massive turkey curry on the 27th so I make sure that we have enough for that and also a few turkey sandwiches, which I love.

Growing up we always had 3 courses for Christmas dinner, normally avocado and prawns for starter followed by the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and then a pudding of some kind. A couple of years ago we decided not to do a starter mainly because we just do not have the space for all of the roast dinner and the puddings.

I thought I would share with you my menu for this years Christmas dinner.

Main course

Roast turkey crown topped with bacon and a roast beef joint.

Roast Potatoes cooked in goose fat. Roasted carrots, onions, parsnips and garlic.

Brussel sprouts and bacon. Broccoli, leaks, cauliflower cheese and red cabbage in a port sauce.

Pigs in blankets, stuffing and Yorkshire puddings.

Mash potatoes, are being added this year although I don’t normally do them, I really fancied adding them to the menu.

On the table will be, gravy, bread sauce, horseradish for the beef and cranberry sauce.

Puddings

As I love a chocolate pudding there is always something chocolatey, something fruity and then of course the Christmas pudding which I to be honest don’t like but my Hubby loves it.

Cream and brandy sauce to go with it all.

Drinks

I love a glass of champagne so we have a couple of bottles chilled for the table, along with white wine, red wine for my Dad then then children will have sparkling fruit juice or pop (as a treat). As the day carries on my Hubby will generally drink beer before getting the whiskey out in the evening.

As a child my Mum always used to prep all of the food on Christmas eve, we used to help peel the vegetables and leave it out for the reindeers when they stop by with Santa. I now do the same with my children. For the last few years my sister has been on hand to help me on christmas eve, this year however she is a Mummy for the first time and will be spending Christmas Eve making their own family traditions. So my sous chief will be my best friend who is going to help me drink a couple of bottles of prosecco as we prep the veg.

What do you eat for Christmas dinner? Do you have the traditional turkey like me or go for something else?

Whatever you are doing for Christmas I hope you have a wonderful time, make amazing memories and enjoy your self.

*This post was made in collaboration with Real Foods Online. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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