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Prime picks: make-ahead Christmas | RecipeTin Eats

In my final put up the place I shared my (secret!) suggestions for how I make Christmas cooking simpler, I promised to share my record of go-to recipes which might be both completely make-ahead, reheat extraordinarily effectively or with excessive ranges of prepare-ahead elements and minimal meeting on the day-of.

Right here’s the record!

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Snack monsters unite! Numerous vibrant choices right here for nibbly issues which might be straightforward to move and no fiddly work on the day-of.

Festive Italian Cheese Log

Tastes even higher than it appears! Simply take it ready-made to wherever you’re going and add an enormous pile of Jatz on the aspect. I really like that that is one thing a little bit completely different, simply an concept that popped in my head at some point!

Vacation Crostini

Make the crostini forward (retains for days!), spreadable toppings in piping luggage, garnishes and pre-chopped toppings in containers prepared to make use of. Glorious canapé choice – and one thing for everybody with EIGHT topping choices in my recipe!

Cheese truffles

I really like the kaleidoscope of colors you will get by utilizing completely different coatings for these lovely mini cheese balls! I wish to serve these with a pile of Jatz for a nostalgic contact.


Any dip that’s served fridge chilly or at room temperature is a terrific starter that’s mobile-friendly! As for easy methods to hold everyone’s favorite guacamole inexperienced? Simply cowl the floor with a skinny layer of olive oil or water. Avocado is so dense it received’t soak up the liquid in any respect, and it’ll keep inexperienced for two entire days!

Cucumber with smoked salmon mousse

Glorious low-carb choice that’s a little bit bit fancy and is totally prepare-ahead. Minimize the cucumber the day earlier than and hold it in an hermetic container with the smoked salmon mousse in a piping bag. Pipe on demand – it’s tremendous fast!

2 minute baked Brie

Unwrap brie, stick in oven for quarter-hour or 2 minutes within the microwave (nobody will EVER know!). Prime with honey or maple syrup for a killer flavour mixture. Dunk with crostini (selfmade or retailer purchased) or different sturdy crackers. Dunk and put together to swoon.

Prawns with Dipping Sauces

It doesn’t get any extra Aussie than an enormous bucket of prawns together with your favorite dipping sauces! The great factor is the sauces might be made days upfront. And also you don’t even have to peel the prawns… although in case you are feeling beneficiant, you possibly can peel them the day earlier than.

TIP: The Marie Rose is the best (least components + basic) and the RecipeTin Household Favorite is my, effectively, favorite. 🙂

Make-ahead Christmas Mains

On the subject of make-ahead mains, the one factor that issues is how effectively it reheats. And these are crackin’ Christmas mains that reheat so effectively, nobody will ever know you made it the day earlier than!

12 hour lamb shoulder – juiciest roast lamb ever

That is one of the best recipe I do know for making a roast the day earlier than that can reheat 100% completely on the day of. Cooking meat at a very low temperature for 12 hours ensures extremely juicy meat as a result of the decrease the temperature, the much less meat juices evaporate.

It’s a stunner. It truly is.

Christmas Glazed Hen

Marinated then glazed with a sticky sauce paying homage to everyone’s favorite Maple Syrup Glaze for ham! Utilizing bone-in thighs ensures they’re nonetheless juicy the following day. Simply reheat within the microwave adopted by 5 minutes within the oven to resurrect that sticky glaze!

The truth is, this works so effectively, I simply did a demo of this on a TV present final week utilizing hen I made the day earlier than. Watch it right here!

Christmas Glazed Ham!

YES you possibly can bake your ham the day earlier than to glazed perfection then reheat it on the day-of! Considered one of my prime tricks to make Christmas cooking simpler, discover the instructions right here.

12 hour pulled pork

Usually talking, I discover that pork roasts don’t reheat in addition to even a entire roast hen. It simply doesn’t appear to carry in juices in addition to different meats.

That is usually talking, in fact, as a result of there’s at all times exceptions to the rule. However relating to giant format pork for festive gatherings, one of the best make-ahead pork dish I do know is my 12 hour BBQ pork as a result of it reheats 98% completely the following day. Like I spoke about within the 12 hour lamb above, roasting at an extremely low temperature ensures tremendous juicy meat as a result of much less juice evaporates whereas roasting.

Served with a selfmade BBQ sauce that everyone loves!

Christmas Baked Salmon (reader favorite!)

That is one which’s commonly requested at gatherings and I’m joyful to oblige as a result of it’s so handy to make forward! Assemble the salmon wrapped in paper and foil able to bake the following day. Make the creamy dill sauce and the nut-dried-fruit “tapenade”. On the day, bake salmon, then prime with sauce and tapenade. How straightforward is that??

Stuffed Pumpkin (OMG it’s VEGAN!)

A cookbook unique recipe from the Larger Issues chapter, this can be a stunner of a vegetarian centrepiece for particular events that’s glorious made forward! Filled with a lentil, pumpkin, herb and nut filling, it may be totally assembled the day earlier than then simply reheated within the oven.

You possibly can watch the way it’s made within the recipe video however the recipe is just out there within the cookbook. 🙂

However wait! The place’s the……??


Sorry people. Being a lean chicken, I simply can’t advocate turkey as top-of-the-line dishes to make forward for the massive day! But when turkey is what you’re after, discover all my recipes right here!

Crackling pork!

I do know I do know, all of us need that superior crackling on Christmas Day! The crispy crackling pork stomach and crackling pork roast are huge favourites round right here over the Christmas interval! However sadly, they aren’t ultimate for making forward.

The logistics are just a bit troublesome when coping with crispy pores and skin on giant roasts as a result of it is advisable to stability reheating the flesh with out compromising the crackling. The entire thing within the oven to reheat = burnt crackling. Separate crackling from flesh = doesn’t current as properly dangerous to take away in as soon as piece.

Additionally, whereas pork stomach flesh stays good and juice for days (with all that fats, how can it not!), roast pork does generally tend to dry out, until you employ the 12 hourBBQ pork roast listed above.


As with roast pork, I discover that roast beef simply doesn’t reheat completely! Good high quality beef isn’t low-cost, so if you indulge, I actually suppose it’s greatest to take pleasure in it freshly made. For the greatest roast beef, look no additional than standing rib / prime rib. For those who’re on the lookout for an awesome economical model, use my roast beef marinade (provides flavour and tenderises).


Nicely! Let me inform you, that was on my schedule to share for this Christmas. However I’m a little bit pressed for time proper now so I can’t match it in!!! Subsequent yr, I promise. I’ve so many suggestions and so many sauces to share!


Listed below are my go-to desserts that I make for gatherings that may be made completely forward or might be largely prepared-ahead however are fast and straightforward to assemble simply previous to serving.

By no means-Ending Meringue (EASY – 1.6m/5 ft lengthy!)

Named as such as a result of you may make it so long as you need! Mainly, it’s simply meringue bases which might be secured subsequent to one another with cream. You may make the meringue bases a couple of days upfront, whip the cream the day earlier than, then chop fruit on the morning-of.

When that’s prepared, meeting is a breeze. Pipe the cream on, sprinkle with fruit and bask within the applause!

Bonus: Tremendous economical, a 1.6m/5 foot tart requires simply 6 eggs, cream, sugar, 600ml cream and greatest worth fruit in season.

Christmas Trifle

This yr, you possibly can even prime your trifle with stabilised whipped cream the day earlier than! Then on the day-of, simply add a handful of berries then it’s able to serve. How good is that!!

Christmas Cake!

How can we’ve a Christmas dessert record with out Christmas cake! This lasts for weeks and is simple to make. The truth is, you may make it this afternoon and it’ll nonetheless be contemporary for Christmas Day!

Mango Cheesecake

Scorching summer time Christmas’ right here in Australia means huge, ripe, juicy mangoes! This one is a agency favorite with Australians over Christmas, a dessert that showcases one of the best of mangoes: the juiciness, flavour and hanging yellow color. Have you ever tried it but?? It’s a stunner!


One other huge Aussie favorite! Bake it the night time earlier than as a result of it’s greatest left in a single day within the oven. Retailer in an hermetic container then assemble simply previous to serving. With my make-ahead Whipped Cream (a secret tip that I shared in my How I Make Christmas Cooking Simpler Checklist) pulling collectively a Pav on Christmas Day was by no means really easy!

Freezable Desserts

As listed as a prime tip in my How I Make Christmas Cooking Simpler put up, most truffles are freezable! I obsessively freeze stashes of my basic Vanilla Cake and Chocolate Cake, undecorated, prepared to drag out on demand. They’re like freshly made! (See a extra intensive record within the How I Make Christmas Cooking Simpler put up)

With these plus make-ahead Whipped Cream (one other secret tip that made my How I Make Christmas Cooking Simpler Checklist) making freshly adorned truffles on demand was by no means really easy.

Freezable lemon cheesecake!

For these of you who have already got the cookbook, a helpful tip: the Lemon Cheesecake freezes completely! I do know, I couldn’t consider it both. I used to be certain the cream cheese filling would break up or be watery. It doesn’t in any respect.

Sorry to say this can be a recipe unique to the cookbook. However in case you’d like a preview, watch the recipe video!

Oh – additionally, this one could be a very good one for Christmas – the Loss of life by Chocolate Caramel cake on web page 311 of the cookbook. If there was ever a day for outrageous indulgence, that will be Christmas Day.

Make it right now, serve it tomorrow. 😇

Honourable Mentions

Pavlova Christmas Tree – a visible stunner, that is simply pavlova rounds which might be stacked with cream and fruit. Whereas all elements might be ready forward, meeting on the day-of does take care and time (round 20 minutes) although it’s an awesome one to get everybody concerned in serving to!

Gingerbread Males – simply don’t put them on the Christmas tree you probably have scavengers in the home, like I do.

Christmas Cookies – basic vanilla cookies which might be designed for Christmas cookie cutters!

Cookie Combine in a Jar – Simply add egg and butter, then bake! My vacation model has white chocolate and cranberries. Nice present concept!

Vacation Popcorn – Assume, your favorite caramel popcorn, plus cinnamon and different vacation spices plus slivered almonds. Lasts for weeks – in case you can hold your hand out of the jar!

And there you’ve it, my record of (present) favorite make-ahead / largely put together forward meals for the festive season. I hope you discovered it helpful!

Again subsequent week with a model new Christmas recipe that I believe you’ll love. – Nagi x

Lifetime of Dozer

That point the arm of a gingerbread man mysteriously went lacking…..

Dozer gingerbread man Christmas tree ornament
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