Gordon Ramsay on planning your Christmas dinner
I love the magic of Christmas. We usually have a large gathering and I get everyone to join in with the cooking. The traditional turkey is always popular, but I prefer the other courses to be less predictable.
Well in advance?
The day before...
- Prepare the devils on horseback, ready for cooking. Keep refrigerated
4 or 5 hours in advance...
- Bring the turkey to room temperature
3 hours ahead...
- Put the turkey in the oven remembering to baste it occasionally
- Prepare all the vegetables. Blanch the sprouts, carrots and parsnips and keep immersed separately in chilled water. Toss the peeled potatoes in oil, ready to roast.
- Make the stock for the gravy
An hour ahead...
- Prepare the ingredients for your starter ready for cooking
About 15mins ahead...
- Cook the devils on horseback
- Put the potatoes in the oven
- Assemble the starter
Just before serving...
- Rest the turkey while eating the starter
- Finish cooking the carrots, parsnips, and sprouts. Finish the gravy.
- Carve the turkey and serve with the accompaniments
Gordon Ramsay, celebrity chef
Adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Sunday Lunch published by Quadrille, £19.99.
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