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Mary Berry recipes to make your Christmas Day even more special

by Malou Herkes

published on 22 October 2018

Christmas Day is around the corner. You’ve wrapped the presents, you’ve got the pigs in blankets and you’ve even thought about what you’ll do with the leftovers, but what about those extras that can turn your Christmas Day cooking from standard to special? A filling breakfast before the Christmas presents, a teatime treat, or a sumptuous starter to kick off proceedings? Mary Berry has got you covered – scroll on for a selection of Mary’s best recipes for Christmas Day. 

Eggs Benedict with Spinach

Eggs Benedict with Spinach

from Classic

Kick off Christmas Day with a classic Eggs Benedict – fluffy English muffins, perfect poached eggs, streaky crispy bacon, spinach and homemade Hollandaise sauce.

Smoked Fish Plate

Mary Berry’s Balsamic Beetroot, Quail’s Egg and Smoked Fish Plate

Mary’s sophisticated smoked fish plate is deceptively simple to put together, making it a brilliant make-ahead and assemble on the day starter.

Mary Berry’s Rustic Smoked Trout and Anchovy Pâté

Mary Berry’s Rustic Smoked Trout and Anchovy Pâté

This smoked trout and anchovy pâté is full of flavour, but light enough to not spoil your appetite ahead of the big feast. Serve it with toasted sourdough or seeded crackers.

Mary Berry’s French Onion Soup with Mustard Cheese Croûtes

Mary Berry’s French Onion Soup with Mustard Cheese Croûtes

from Classic

For a more substantial starter, pair sweet, caramelised onions with punchy mustard and rich Gruyère cheese to make Mary’s French onion soup with mustard cheese croûtes. 

Mary Berry’s Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter & Melting Onions

Mary Berry’s Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter & Melting Onions

Ditching the turkey this year in favour of a smaller bird? Your Christmas dinner will be just as special with Mary Berry’s flavoursome recipe for roast chicken slathered in tarragon butter and cooked on a bed of meltingly soft onions. 

Mary Berry’s Orange-Glazed Ham with Mango and Orange Salsa

Mary Berry’s Orange-Glazed Ham with Mango and Orange Salsa

Another excellent alternative to the traditional roast bird, Mary Berry’s orange-glazed ham makes for a crowd-pleasing centrepiece, especially when served alongside the zingy orange and mango salsa. 

Wild Mushroom Galettes

Wild Mushroom Galettes

from Classic

Swap the turkey centerpiece for a vegetarian vol-au-vent. This Wild Mushroom Galette recipe celebrates garlic mushrooms in a delicious creamy sauce filling with flaky puff pastry.

Crispy Parnsips

Mary Berry’s Golden Crunchy Thyme Parsnips

Give your roasted veg the Mary treatment with these extra golden, extra crisp thyme-scented parsnips.

Roasted Sweet Potato

Mary Berry’s Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Why only have white potatoes when you could have sweet potatoes too? Coated in semolina to make them extra crisp, Mary’s chunks of sweet potato are the perfect reason to go double potato this year.

Mary Berry’s Simmered Red Cabbage and Cider

Mary Berry’s Simmered Red Cabbage and Cider

If you’re looking to change up your side dishes, try Mary’s tangy recipe for simmered red cabage, made with redcurrant jelly and cider. 

Chocolate Truffle Pots

Chocolate Truffle Pots

from Classic

A velvety smooth, light and chocolatey mousse, topped with homemade truffles for extra crunch, Mary’s chocolate truffle pots are well worth a go. Make them ahead, store them in the fridge and they’ll be ready for when you need them.

Mary Berry’s Ginger Spiced Ring Cake

Mary Berry’s Ginger Spiced Ring Cake

from Classic

This simple spiced cake is the perfect festive bake. Mary says, “this cake is light, moist and well-risen, and has a lovely combination of spice to complement the stem ginger”.

Mary Berry’s Chocolate Steamed Pudding with Chocolate Sauce

Mary Berry’s Chocolate Steamed Pudding with Chocolate Sauce

Not a fan of the traditional Christmas pudding? This light and fluffy chocolate pudding from Simple Comforts is a crowd-pleasing alternative. You might not be able to set it on fire, but you will get to drench it with a rich, gooey chocolate sauce. 

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