Christmas food

Updated on 17 December 2018

Christmas 2018 recipes, cooking tips and food gifts

From Christmas dinner recipes for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans to baking, taste tests and gift ideas, this is your essential Christmas food guide.

Christmas baking recipes

From mince pies to Christmas cake, there's nothing as satisfying as stirring up your own bakes during the festive season. We've got all the recipes you need.

Mince pie recipes

Traditional mince pies recipe

Vegetarian mince pies recipe

Orange and cinnamon mince pies recipe (with video)

Mincemeat recipe (with video)

Christmas cake recipes

Rachel Allen's Christmas cake recipe

Simple cinnamon Christmas cake recipe

Fig, port and star anise Christmas cake recipe

Christmas cake

Other bakes

Panettone recipe

Mini panettone recipe

Gingerbread house recipe

Gingerbread house

Cranberry and amaretto stollen cake recipe

Christmas pudding biscuits recipe (with video)

Christmas wreath éclairs recipe

Mulled wine and pear sticky ginger cake recipe

Apple and mincemeat frangipane tart recipe

Reindeer biscuits recipe

Baileys cake with caramel almond crunch recipe

Taste tests: our Christmas food favourites

It's a tough job but someone's got to do it. We've taste tested mince pies, Christmas puddings, Christmas sandwiches and even Christmas crisps so you know what to spend your money on.

Best mince pies

Mince pies

Best Christmas puddings

Best alternative Christmas puddings

Best high street Christmas sandwiches

Our favourite Christmas crisps


Get the party started right with these delicious dips and nibbles.

Three-ingredient dips you can make in minutes

Mackerel pâté recipe

Chorizo sausage rolls recipe

Nadiya Hussain's Wellington sausage rolls recipe

Lorraine Pascale's mini toad in the hole recipe

Ham and stilton tartlets recipe

Whipped smoked salmon

Goats curd crostini with beetroot and honeycomb recipe

Salmon rillettes with melba toast recipe

Apricot jam and stilton canapés recipe

Avocado and salmon canapés recipe

Spicy paneer and spinach bites recipe

Mini calzones recipe

Mini blueberry cheesecakes recipe

Mini orange and almond friands recipe

Christmas starter recipes

From traditional favourites to some more exotic dishes, start your Christmas meal with a flourish with these recipes.

Whole camembert baked with garlic and rosemary recipe

Smoked mackerel pâté recipe

Raymond Blanc's ham hock terrine recipe

Valentine Warner's duck soup with a Christmas kick recipe

Baked camembert

Tomato and pesto tarts recipe

Cheese soufflé recipe

Watercress, potato and shallot soup recipe (with video)

Christmas main courses

Whether you want a meaty feast or a vegan spectacular, here are all the recipes you need for your best-ever Christmas lunch.

Turkey recipes

Roast turkey with traditional stuffing and cranberry sauce recipe

How to cook a turkey (video)

How to carve a turkey (video)

Brines, marinades, rubs and glazes for turkey

Christmas roast turkey

Vegetarian recipes

Nutty pithivier with watercress and pistachio pesto recipe

Nut roast recipe

Butternut squash, sage and Comté risotto recipe

Vegan recipes

Vegan chestnut and butter bean wellington recipe 

Cauliflower dhansak recipe

Vegan wellington

Other recipes

Baked Christmas ham recipe

The best glazes for ham

Honey-glazed ham recipe

Mary Berry's beef wellington recipe

Oven-baked salmon with a dill glaze recipe

Christmas meal side dishes

From traditional to with a twist, here's our very tasty selection of side dish recipes.

How to make perfect roast potatoes (with video)

How to cook Brussels sprouts (with video)

Ultimate Brussels sprouts recipe

Glazed carrots recipe

Roasted purple sprouting broccoli recipe 

Roasted purple sprouting broccoli

Roasted vegetable medley recipe

Roasted root vegetables with labneh recipe

Comté and Brussels sprouts gratin recipe

Black cherry mulled red cabbage recipe

Sauces and condiments

Leave the jars on the supermarket shelves and have a go at making your own sauces this Christmas. 

Cranberry sauce recipe (with video)

Bread sauce recipe (with video)

Christmas apple pickle recipe

Christmas puddings and desserts

Make your own Christmas pud or go for something a little less traditional but just as indulgent with our dessert recipes.

Christmas pudding recipes

Mary Berry's Christmas pudding recipe

Christmas pudding with dark chocolate and stout recipe

Brandy butter recipe

Christmas pudding

Other dessert recipes

Luxury Christmas trifle recipe

Salted pecan praline yule log recipe

Christmas chocolate roulade recipe

Eric Lanlard's yule log recipe

Eric Lanlard's white chocolate yule log recipe

White chocolate yule log

Clementine sponges with cranberry sauce recipe

James Martin's baked double chocolate pudding recipe

Black Forest chocolate cherry cheesecake recipe

Chocolate ganache tart recipe

Caramel peanut butter pudding recipe

Raspberry ice cream and meringue recipe

Salted caramel and chocolate tart recipe

Individual chocolate mousses recipe

Plum and apple crumble recipe

Vegan fudgy espresso brownies recipe


Christmas evenings aren't the same without a great cheese selection to enjoy. 

How to make the perfect Christmas cheeseboard


Christmas drinks

Toast the season with something traditional or impress your guests with our cocktails and mocktails.

Alcoholic drinks

Mulled wine recipe

Mulled wine hot chocolate recipe

How to make the perfect martini

How to make a Bloody Mary

Eggnog recipe


Baileys spice on ice recipe

Almande apricot flip cocktail recipe

Mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks

Snickertini mocktail recipe

Apple mockjito recipe

Raspberry and pomegranate fizz recipe

Lemongrass lemonade recipe

Luxurious chilli hot chocolate recipe

How to use up Christmas leftovers

Make sure you make the most out of any leftovers you have with our great ideas for Boxing Day (and beyond).

Leftover turkey recipes

Turkey and ham pie recipe

Turkey bubble and squeak cakes recipe

Christmas mac 'n' cheese recipe

Christmas mac 'n' cheese

One-pot turkey pilau recipe

Turkey, chorizo and avocado hash recipe

Turkey and sprouts thoran recipe

Turkey and squash laksa recipe

Confit turkey burger with fig ketchup recipe

Leftover sides recipes

Christmas leftover tart recipe

Celeriac, sprouts and bacon soup recipe

Comté and Brussels sprouts gratin recipe

Comte and Brussels sprouts gratin

Broccoli and gorgonzola quiche recipe

Champ cakes with poached eggs and bacon recipe

Leftover desserts recipes

Christmas pudding crumble recipe

Christmas pudding cake pops recipe

Leftover cheese recipes

Potted stilton recipe

Cheese soufflé with smoked salmon recipe


Looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? Look no further.

The ultimate Christmas gift guide

The best Christmas hampers


Fabulous festive biscuit decorating kits


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