Christmas dinner should be very special and very tasty, but we don't need too much stress either. This trio makes Christmas dinner taste as it should, but without too much standing over a saucepan deglazing and reducing and emulsifying or any of those other things Gordon Ramsey will be advising you to do in endless cookery programs this December.
Turkey and Stuffing - Chuck Rub
Simply mix half the Chuck Rub with some butter, olive oil, or rapeseed oil. Spread all over your turkey. Add a little salt and cook as per the instructions. If you want to make stuffing then add the other half of the bottle to a 400g bag of breadcrumbs (or make your own). Add lots of butter and garlic. Cook in the turkey or cook directly in the oven for about 30 minutes at the same temperature as the turkey. Turkey does not need to be dry and tasteless - this one is alive with herby flavour.
Christmas Ham - Gooseberry and Apple Glaze
Preheat the oven to 180C. Boil the ham as per the instructions (you can boil in water, cider, or Coke). Remove from the water and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Glaze with 1/3 of the ham glaze and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Glaze again with another 1/3 and leave for another 10 minutes. Repeat one last time. Rest and carve. This ham is way better than the famous Nigella Lawson ham - try it!
Roast Vegetables - Scotch BBQ
Cut parsnips, turnips, carrots, sweet potato, potato, or any other root vegetables into big chunks or batons. Coat in rapeseed or olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes at 180C. Pour over lots of Scotch BBQ and return to the oven until it is nice and caramelised. Be careful it doesn't burn. They are the best roast vegetables you have ever eaten and perfect for Christmas.