The great Christmas dinner checklist

The great Christmas dinner checklist

It’s the best part of Christmas – Christmas dinner.

And inevitably you’ve lost every Christmas cracker you’ve pulled, and you want to win that tiny notepad and read that rubbish joke. But with your mighty pull you’ve sent your elbow into the cranberry sauce and made your Mum’s dress look more like dressing. Uh oh.

But it’s ok! It’s Christmas! Here’s our Christmas dinner checklist that you can keep year after year. Just don’t let your Dad spill gravy all over it like he does with the tablecloth every year.

Your Christmas dinner shopping list

Gobble, gobble, don't forget the turkey! The first part of Christmas dinner preparation is getting together the list of everything you need.

Cooking essentials

  • Foil roasting tins: if you want to save time on washing up.
  • Tin foil: the only thing you should be burning is logs on the fireplace.
  • Kitchen roll: because cooking is a messy process, but Plenty Original 200 sheet will help sort out any messes.

The main meal

  • The main attraction: Traditionally a turkey makes its way onto our Christmas plates; but some people opt for a large ham or vegetarian option instead.
  • Homemade roasted tatties: Obviously you need a bag of potatoes, Maris Pipers are best for roasting! For the ultimate crispy Christmas roasties use beef dripping. Yum.
  • The veggies: Sprouts may give you gas but they're also a popular choice at Christmas. Other great additions to your Christmas dinner table include broccoli, carrots, and parsnips.

Extra trimmings

  • Stuffing: Stuff your bird or make a stuffing side dish with onion, sage and breadcrumbs and egg.
  • Pigs in blankets: They're the best part, right? You'll need streaky bacon and sausage meat.
  • Make or buy your sauces: Cranberry sauce, apple sauce and mustard are popular choices, so don't forget to add them to your list. Alternatively pick up ingredients to whip up your own homemade sauces.


  • Christmas pudding: Traditional, fruity Christmas pudding is an obvious choice. Don't forget the brandy!
  • Alternative dessert: If lighting blue flames on fruity puds isn't your thing, why not pick up an alternative option such as trifle, or even make your own?

How to make Christmas dinner easy

Give yourself time to roast chestnuts on an open fire with these top tips for making Christmas dinner easy.

  1. Plan ahead. This includes:
    • Writing up your shopping list.
    • Reduce the mess by clearing space and cleaning out your fridge – ready to fill it up again!
    • Set out your cooking times.
    • Consider having a practice run and cooking up your meal ahead of time, to check your timings. And also, so you can have Christmas dinner twice. Yum.
  2. Beat the rush and shop early in the morning. Don't leave it until the last day either. And always check expiry dates go beyond Christmas day. Can’t blame the smell of off-food on your mate having too many sprouts.
  3. Involve the whole family. Each and every member of your family can take part from prepping the veg to setting the table.
  4. Simplicity is key. You don’t need to create a banquet. Choose your family favourites and cook them up.
  5. Prepare in advance. Not everything has to be prepared and cooked on Christmas day. Chop your carrots, peel the sprouts and make up your stuffing in the days leading up to Christmas.
  6. Cheaters DO win. There is nothing wrong with picking up some things premade. Choose what you want to make from scratch and what you're happy to purchase ready to go.

From a Christmas food checklist to getting your family involved, there are plenty of ways to make any Christmas dinner mess into another great story!

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