Little-Known Trick Guarantees A Perfectly Cooked Turkey This Christmas
For many people, the highlight of Christmas Day is, of course, the dinner. Unlike most meals, people go all out for the holidays to prepare a lavish feast that could leave even Mr. Claus feeling that his suit is too tight. But just like when it comes to presents, a lot of thought and preparation is required if you want to get things right on the big day.
I mean, let's face it. A lot that can go wrong. From turkey that tastes like cardboard to sprouts that taste like vegetable farts, good cooking has the potential to make or break one of the most important meals of the year. And because so many items in Christmas dinner aren't cooked yearly, it's particularly easy to get things wrong - but that doesn't have to be the case.
So, without further ado, here are six incredible Christmas dinner hacks that will ensure you have a feast to remember!
1. How to stop your turkey from tasting dry
There's a lot of rumors about what you can and can't do in the turkey department. And given that we only cook it once or twice a year, most of us are novices. But chef Phil has shared his tips for getting a succulent bird on Christmas Day! After all, turkey can be delicious, but when it's badly cooked, it can taste like cardboard - and no amount of cranberry sauce can solve that!
2. Brussels sprouts don't have to be disgusting
While most of us recoil in horror at the sight of sprouts at Christmas, that doesn't have to be the case. Forget steaming your sprouts this Christmas, blow your family's minds with this Jamie Oliver recipe. Add just Worcestershire sauce and voilà!
3. Make the perfect mince pies at home
One of the best things about the holidays is that they're a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy time with family. And what better way to spend time than making your own mince pies? When you make them yourself, you can get just the right flavor to satisfy your tastebuds long into the New Year. If you follow this recipe, you'll learn just how useful rose water can be in their creation...
4. Make a light and delicious Christmas pudding
It's no secret that Christmas pudding is delicious, but traditionally, it's a very rich dish, and after eating a large meal beforehand, it can leave you feeling more than a little bloated. Thankfully, chef Gordon Ramsay has come up with a modern, lighter alternative A sealed container is the key to stopping your Christmas pudding from leaving you with an unbearably large food baby.
5. And finally, get a festive Christmas table on a budget
Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the most expensive. Even when you save up, there's inevitably unexpected expenses, which is why most of us try and save money where possible. So why not create an expensive-looking table for a fraction of the cost? In the video above, you'll get all the tips you need to make it happen.
So there you have it - six incredible Christmas dinner hacks that will ensure you have a feast to remember. How many will you be using this year? I for one will be upping my sprout game this year as I want to make sure my family all clear their plates!