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I’m a chef – now you can make this for Christmas dinner so you can put your feet up for the day

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CHRISTMAS is often a busy time for parents.

As much as we enjoy seeing our children’s faces as they open presents, there’s a lot to prepare for the big day.

Tristan Welch reveals the six dishes you can prepare ahead of time for Christmas Day
Each recipe includes time-saving tricks to help you put your feet up on Christmas Day
Tristan Walch

But a celebrity chef tells Fabulous what to make ahead of time so you can actually put your feet up and enjoy Christmas with your kids.

Tristan Welch is a celebrity chef who has appeared on Snackmasters, The Great British Menu and Cooking With the Stars.

The chef also shares recipes to reduce food waste on his TikTok account @chef_tristan_welch.

But he does share with Fabulous six Christmas dishes you can prepare to make life a little easier.



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You can now prepare your roast potatoes and freeze them for the feast[/caption]

Fried potatoes without stress

Let’s face it, we all love a good roast.

But pre-cooking potatoes and making sure the oil is hot before popping them in the oven can be stressful — especially when you’re trying to cook ten other things.

But Tristan reveals that there are two completely hassle-free ways to make them either on the day or in advance without compromising on quality.

He explains: “To reduce the stress of roast potatoes, try baking the potatoes in their skins and then slicing them into quarters before sautéing them in some duck fat.

“Or you can just make them ahead of time. Peel, boil and roast them until half done.

“Then put them in the freezer and on Christmas Day just brush them with oil and leave them in the oven for another 20 minutes.”

Red cabbage done

Would it be a roast without red cabbage? We didn’t think so.

And luckily, red cabbage is a vegetable that freezes really well, allowing you to sort out the side dish weeks in advance.

The chef recommends: “Slice the cabbage and give it a nice shine with some brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and cloves.

“Then put it in the freezer and just reheat it on Christmas Day.”

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Vegetables can be prepared ahead of time so all you have to do is pop them in the oven[/caption]

Pre-roast vegetables

Luckily, you can also prep your root vegetables ahead of time to make Christmas dinner fuss-free.

Tristan adds, “Now if you want to prep your roasted veggies ahead of the big day, just pick, peel and cut into even sizes.

“Add the garlic, herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper and wrap in a tinfoil packet.

“The packet can be placed in the freezer completely raw and uncooked.

“Then on Christmas Day, pop the tinfoil packet in the oven for an hour and your roasted veggies will be perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious.”


Save yourself the hassle of filling by simply heating it up during the day[/caption]

Fast filling

Fed up with sausage on a turkey, pigs in blankets and a plethora of side dishes is the last thing you want to do on Christmas morning.

So you’ll be happy to know that this can also be made ahead of time and popped in the freezer for the big day.

The chef reveals: “Take your sausage meat and add a third of stale breadcrumbs and add some nuts, sage and apple for moisture, if the mixture seems dry you can add a dash of water and it will bring it all together nicely.”

“Then take a sheet of aluminum foil and place your filling on top before rolling it up into a sausage and baking in the oven at 160C until done (about 25-30 minutes).

“Let it cool and then slice it and put it in the freezer. On Christmas Day you can just put the slices in a casserole dish and reheat.”


Is it even Christmas dinner without these on the plate?[/caption]

pigs in the blanket

For many of us, these little morsels of meat are the quintessential Christmas meal.

But instead of spending ages wrapping each tiny sausage individually in bacon, Tristan recommends making larger ones to cut down on prep time.

He says: “When it comes to pigs in blankets, I say go big or go home.

“Get awesome big bangers and wrap them in a whole slice of bacon.

“That way you don’t have to make as many of those time-wasting little piglets!

“You can make one of these jumbo piggies between two and they look amazing on the Christmas table.”

Christmas pudding ice cream

For those of us who can’t eat a full piece of Christmas pudding, Tristen’s ice cream might just hit the spot.

All you need is a clementine, Christmas pudding and some vanilla ice cream.

He reveals: “Buy a single serving of Christmas pudding and toast it in the oven until lightly crispy.

“Crumble and add a sprinkling of clementine zest before folding in some vanilla ice cream — you can even add a dash of brandy (if it’s just for the adults).”

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