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How to prepare the perfect family Christmas dinner

How to prepare the perfect family Christmas dinner
How to prepare the perfect family Christmas dinner

Christmas is a time for family, friends and, of course, food - but preparing the festive feast can be quite daunting.

However, the prospect of serving the perfect family dinner doesn't have to be a nightmare before Christmas - not if you follow a few simple rules.

And, thanks to Lidl's Deluxe range, there's plenty of delicious food items on offer to make your dinner the best yet without the stress.

So how do you make the perfect family Christmas dinner? Well it all starts with the turkey...

Lidl's Deluxe Fresh Turkey Crown (2.2kg / 1.8kg) - see in-store for pricing

  1. Remove turkey from the fridge at least 30 minute before cooking, but ideally two hours. You want the bird to be at room temperature before you put it in the oven - this ensures it is cooked evenly.
  2. Keep the turkey moist during cooking by rubbing butter under the skin before placing in the oven. Use your hands to loosen the skin away from the flesh and ensure the bird is evenly covered. You can also rub more butter over the skin.
  3. Pre-heat your oven for 20 minutes before cooking the turkey.
  4. Calculate your cooking time beforehand. A general rule is to cook for 40 minutes per kilogram at 190°C/170˚C fan/gas mark 5.
  5. Place in a roasting tin. Cover loosely with foil and cook in the preheated oven for calculated cooking time.
  6. For the last 40 minutes of cooking time remove the foil.
  7. Checking your turkey is thoroughly cooked by piercing the thigh with a knife or skewer and check if the juices run clear. Alternatively use a meat thermometer.
  8. Always rest the turkey for at least 20 minutes after you have taken it out of the oven. This allowed the juices to soak back into the flesh.

For the best accompaniment to your turkey, why not try:

Lidl's Deluxe Unsmoked Half Horseshoe Irish Gammon Joint - £3.99 per kg

  1. Place ham in water (or orange juice as an alternative) and place on a gentle simmer for about 2 to 2.5 hours and leave to rest overnight, ideally boiled on Christmas eve.
  2. Once the ham is cooked, keep the stock. Ham stock is invaluable for all sorts. It’s beautiful for making soups, it’s fantastic for putting through casseroles or for braising, and it’s actually good for just cooking vegetables.
  3. Score a cross shape into the top of the ham and stud cloves into the scored fat. Top tip here – Use a dry clove rub so you don’t have to worry about removing whole spices once cooked. 
  4. Cover the ham in honey and any other spices to add to flavour and crispness.
  5. Loosely cover the ham in foil and place into the oven for 1 hour at 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2
  6. Remember to keep basting your ham every 10-15 minutes as your glaze is slowly reducing. There’s a risk of burning with all glazes as they’re high in sugar.
  7. Take off the foil and place ham back into the oven and turn up the heat
  8. Return to the oven and leave for 30 minutes or to desired colour and crispness.
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The perfect Christmas dinner sides:

  • Lidl's Deluxe Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Cranberries & seasonal butter, 280g  – £1.99
  • Lidl's Deluxe Roasting Parsnips Side, 520g - £2.29
  • Lidl's Deluxe Roasting Potatoes with Goose Fat - £1.39
  • Lidl's Deluxe Cranberry Port & Sauce - £1.99

Find everything you need and more this Christmas with Lidl's Deluxe range.

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