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Being organised well in advance gets rid of the hassle and any pressure.
To help reduce the stress levels, SuperValu and I have made some simple videos with an abundance of tips, hints and recipes to help you prepare for one of the most special days of the year. Everything from how to make the perfect gravy, stuffing and roasties, to some fantastic easy to follow desserts, definitely worth a look. There’s also some fantastic Christmas recipe ideas in the SuperValu Fresh Christmas magazine, but if you’re under major time constraints check out our ‘Prepared By Our Butcher’ range, which offer the highest-quality ingredients for the festive season.
We like to enjoy Christmas Day as a family so Catherine and I do most of the prep work on Christmas Eve; peeling the potatoes, making the stuffing, mulled wine etc.
We get the children to set most of the table, well at least the cutlery and the condiments, A final polish of the glasses and we’re ready! This year we’re having a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, ham and all the trimmings, so here’s how it goes for me.
Firstly, the turkey - it’s vital that it’s kept in the bottom of the fridge to prevent it dripping on to other food, which may cause contamination. When you’re ready to stuff and cook it, loosen the skin and then using your hands slide some softened butter underneath and massage carefully into the breasts. This helps to keep the meat moist and adding a few slices of streaky bacon also prevents the meat from drying out. A good sprinkling of salt and pepper gives a lovely crispy skin.
After that, here’s my Christmas Eve to-do list:
It’s usually an early start in our house on Christmas morning as Tom, Sophie and Emily are eager to open their presents, so at this stage I get the turkey ready for the oven, bringing it to room temperature for about half an hour before placing in a preheated oven. Once it’s on, it’s a pot of tea and a light breakfast before heading off to Mass. After Mass we make some eggnog and open our presents, then it’s time to get cooking. We don’t do the champagne or Prosecco cocktails until after the cooking is complete, it’s better to be safe than sorry!