How to Cook Your Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Whether it’s your first time cooking a three course meal for multiple guests or not; preparing Christmas dinner can be a very daunting task! That’s why here at Ovenu we have pulled together a list of top tips and recipes to help you cook a fantastically festive feast this year.

Cooking The Turkey

If you are unsure how long it takes to defrost and cook your Turkey on the day, the FSA have a very useful guide available.

To defrost in a refrigerator at 4ºc, allow around 10-12 hours per kilogram. However, not all refrigerators run at 4ºc, so refer to the above guide for more defrosting techniques.

In an oven pre heated to 180ºC (350ºF, Gas Mark 4):

  • allow 45 minutes per kg plus 20 minutes for a turkey under 4.5kg
  • allow 40 minutes per kg for a turkey that’s between 4.5kg and 6.5kg
  • allow 35 minutes per kg for a turkey of more than 6.5kg


Recipes and Methods

Starter: Prawn Cocktail

A festive favourite, the Prawn cocktail is very quick and easy to make!


  • 400g cooked prawns
  • 4 gem lettuces
  • 5 tablespoons of mayonnaise and tomato chutney each
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and creamed horseradish
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • A pinch of paprika

Break up the lettuces and place inside a small glass bowl. Add the prawns and season with black pepper. Mix the mayonnaise, chutney, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish together and spoon over the prawns. Sprinkle a pinch of paprika and serve immediately.

Main Course: Christmas Dinner


  • 1 large turkey
  • Chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon
  • Roast potatoes, peeled 2.5kg
  • Parsnips, chopped 1kg
  • Carrots 1kg
  • Sprouts 500g
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce

Once the turkey is thawed out, preheat the oven to 180ºC. Remove the giblets and season the inside of the turkey with salt and pepper then fill with stuffing. Place the turkey inside a large roasting tin and coat the outside with salt and rosemary. Use the FSA cooking guide to judge cooking time.

2 hours before the turkey will be ready, take your already peeled potatoes and chopped parsnips and parboil for 10 minutes. Add them to an oiled roasting tin and cook for an hour and a half. Roast your chipolatas wrapped in bacon along with your turkey for an hour as well.

Put the carrots and spouts on to cook 20 minutes before serving. They should only take around 8-10 minutes to cook.

Note: check that your turkey is piping hot all the way through before eating; there should be no pink colouring whatsoever.

To make your gravy, use the juices from your turkey: adding corn flour, chicken stock and a glass of red wine. Mix them together until a thick liquid forms.

Add a teaspoon of cranberry sauce to your turkey for added flavour.

Serve and enjoy.

Dessert: Christmas Pudding


  • Christmas Pudding
  • 1 pot of Cream
  • 1 pot of Custard
  • 1 tub of Brandy butter

Your Christmas pudding should come with microwaving instructions.

Prepare your topping of either: cream, custard or brandy butter and pour generously over the top.

Sit back, relax with a nice glass of wine and revel in your feeling of a job well done!

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