We all know and love the traditional Christmas dinner. Roast turkey cooked to perfection with all the trimmings. Fluffy roast potatoes. Rich, nutty stuffing. Cranberry sauce. Even Brussels sprouts. It’s no surprise some people look forward to this meal more than any other in the whole year.
You really can’t beat it.
But what about the other meals of the day? (If you can manage anything else, that is.) We’ve put together a list of terrific alternative Christmas recipes to help stave off hunger pangs on the day. Or, you could get in the Christmas spirit early and give some of them a go over the next few weeks. Take a look at 4 of our favourites below:
This BBC Good Food recipe is a brunch classic – and would be the perfect way to get set for all the festivities. Salmon is an elegant and traditional way to kick off proceedings, and if your poaching skills are up to scratch you’ll have a delicious Christmas breakfast ideal to whet your appetite.
If you’re entertaining in the days after Christmas or need to take a plate to a New Year’s Eve celebration, these Perfect Mince Pies by Jamie Oliver are guaranteed to impress. Made using filo and puff pastry, they make for a light and fluffy alternative to traditional shortcrust pies. Ready-made pastry makes this recipe easier than you might expect!
Not too keen on Christmas pudding? Not to worry, Nigella’s luxurious Chocolate Fruit Cake is the perfect alternative. Prunes, raisins and currants keep this cake traditional, and it’s straightforward to make – just bung the ingredients in a pan and stir. Like any fruit cake it’ll last for days afterwards, unless you eat it all as soon as you take it out of the oven!
What’s Christmas without the odd tipple here and there? When all the festivities are over and you’re relaxing by the fire or in front of the TV, you might just fancy this twist on a classic winter warmer. You can even skip the alcohol if you like, but not the dulche de leche – the thick caramel transforms a traditional hot chocolate into a luxury treat.
CareCo offer a variety of eating aids to help you enjoy your Christmas feast in as much comfort as possible. If you have trouble holding cutlery, our Arthritis Friendly Cutlery fits comfortably in the hand to make carving that turkey a lot easier. Our range of specially designed openers and turners will also help you to get into that jar of mincemeat!