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6 great tips for your Christmas cooking

PUBLISHED: 12:37 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 13 December 2017

Whether it's a turkey or goose, the bird is the centrepiece of any Chritsmas dinner Getty Images/iStockphoto/AlexRaths

Whether it's a turkey or goose, the bird is the centrepiece of any Chritsmas dinner Getty Images/iStockphoto/AlexRaths


We've compiled a guide of top tips from culinary experts to help you with your festive feast.

Photo: Kelly Cline.Photo: Kelly Cline.

The Bird

Traditionalists will opt for a goose on Christmas day, and when it comes to this particular poultry, the Swarbricks are renowned for their geese and supply some of the best restaurants in the country. This traditional method by Winnie Swarbrick should help you achieve the best result.

Most of us will opt for turkey this Christmas and this guide to choosing, preparing and cooking your turkey is a must see. If you can’t decide either way, perhaps a three bird roast can give you a bit of everything.

Sprouts, chestnuts and pancetta – this is the recipe that will make even the most vociferous sprout naysayers change their waysSprouts, chestnuts and pancetta – this is the recipe that will make even the most vociferous sprout naysayers change their ways

The Sprouts

Love them or hate them, they are a permanent fixture on the Christmas dinner table.

The main reason why many people don’t like sprouts is that they are often overcooked which turns them to mush. This simple recipe of sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts should make them more palatable.

One of Lishmans Great Yorkshire Hams. Photography by Andy Bulmer.One of Lishmans Great Yorkshire Hams. Photography by Andy Bulmer.

The Ham

There are few finer sights on a Christmas dinner table than a beautifully cooked ham adorned with cloves and a golden glaze.

This baked with spiced fruits recipe is a perfect addition to your range of meat, and great for leftover sandwiches.

Spiced Cranberry ChutneySpiced Cranberry Chutney

The Cranberry Sauce

While gravy and bread sauce are the traditional accompaniments to the Christmas meats, cranberry sauce is really an American import where our friends across the pond eat it with their Thanksgiving turkey.

This cranberry chutney is a nice and spicy condiment to eat with your Christmas turkey.

Last minute Christmas cakeLast minute Christmas cake

The Cake

Some people bake their Christmas cake months in advance and spend the rest of the year feeding it with feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to produce something that has more alcohol content than your drinks cabinet.

If you didn’t have time this year and don’t fancy buying one in, this last minute Christmas cake recipe can save the day.

Traditional Christmas puddingTraditional Christmas pudding

The Pudding

Plum pudding is the perfect end to a Christmas dinner, this Christmas Pudding recipe contains a mixture of dried fruit, carrots, mixed spice and black treacle.

It takes a while to prepare and cook, so plan well in advance.

If you’ve cooked too much, don’t worry. We have some great recipes for your Christmas leftovers.

And if you’re looking for some drink ideas, here are some cocktail ideas you can try

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