Last-minute Christmas menus
Breathe a sigh of relief, there’s no need for weeks of planning with these Christmas menus. The only do-ahead chore is shopping on the 24th. If you want a cake you could bake it then too, using our recipe for last-minute pineapple Christmas cake. Everything else can be made on the day — hopefully with a little help from your friends.
While everyone sips champagne you slice a baguette and top it with pecorino, salami, thyme and runny honey for a quickly grilled starter. Then it’s a nod to tradition for your main, individual bacon-wrapped turkey drumsticks and roasted spuds, served with char-grilled asparagus with almonds and olive. And lastly, a yummy cheat’s dessert which can be made on the spot: Annabel Langbein’s raspberry ripple ambrosia with crumbled meringue, marshamallows, nougat, cream, yoghurt and raspberries.
Main: Wrap turkey drumsticks in bacon and roast them (the cooking time will depend upon size). Serve with crispy roast potatoes and charred asparagus and olives with almonds and olives
Two speedy treats to serve on a platter to start - Angela Casley’s barbecued butterflied prawns and Annabel Langbein’s retro devils on horseback. Then on to Ray McVinnie’s impressive, hot-smoked salmon, leek and potato pie that’s made with bought butter puff pastry. Serve with a crisp green salad or steamed beans and finish with elegant but oh-so-simple panettone tiramisu.