You’ve ordered the turkey and you’ve got your gravy recipe down to a tee, but you want to add something a little different to your festive repertoire? From sexier sides to vegetarian show-stopper alternatives to exciting new ways with leftovers, Jamie’s here to help with these Christmas recipes.
If you’re after a little extra help this year, check out Jamie’s Christmas Cookbook – packed with all the classics you need for the big day, you’ll find loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts and party food, as well as new ways with leftovers and party cocktails, too. These are a few of our favourite Christmas recipes from Jamie’s Christmas Cookbook and his most recent cookbook, Together.
Can’t decide what kind of roast you’d like to cook this Christmas? Jamie’s got you covered with this medley of succulent roast meats, best served with his crispy hasselback potatoes (below).
From the book
Together: Memorable Meals, Made Easy
Rediscover the joy of being together with 120 easy recipes for gatherings big and small
Find complete menus for every occasion with mix and match dishes
From summery feasts to winter comfort food, steak nights to picnics
Jamie Oliver’s Amazing Hasselback Potatoes with Special Pigs in Blankets and Walnut and Polenta Sprinkle
If you’re looking to switch up your traditional roast potatoes this year, look no further than these crisp, golden hasselbacks, sprinkled with a crunchy mix of polenta and walnuts, and cooked alongside pigs in blankets.
Made with slow-roasted vegetables, cheddar, and grains, Jamie’s stunning veggie crown rivals the classic turkey as a Christmas day centrepiece.
If Christmas pudding isn’t your cup of tea, try this festive take on bread and butter pudding, made with panettone, banana, and a golden sticky toffee sauce.
Yet another twist on the classic roast potato, these hasselbacks with a blue cheese and hazelnut crumb will make a perfect addition to your Christmas spread, and an equally good party canapé.
For a veggie alternative to the classic Christmas roast, try this flavour-packed stuffed squash. A real crowd-pleaser and a wonderful celebration of the season’s best ingredients.
Think nut roasts are all dry, lentil-packed stodge? Think again. Jamie has pulled out all the stops in this recipe, packing his vegetarian nut roast with squash, quinoa and chestnuts, apricots and spices, and cooking it in a spicy tomato sauce.
Get creative with your turkey leftovers and transform them into Jamie’s turkey sloppy joes, packed with succulent pulled meat, crunchy veg and plenty of gravy. It’s a creative twist on the classic Christmas sandwich, and will go down a treat on Boxing Day.
All-butter puff pastry encases sweet leeks, celeriac, mushrooms and blue cheese in this impressive-looking pie. Make the filling the day before, then finish baking it in on the day for a show-stopping vegetarian centrepiece.
With sticky, caramelised onions, sweet garlic, bay, fresh thyme and buttery puff pastry, this is Jamie’s easy and savoury twist on a tarte tatin. Top with goat’s cheese for some festive indulgence.
If burgers aren’t your thing, turn your leftovers into a hearty turkey stew. Topped with bacon dumplings and served in a sweet leek gravy, this is a real winter warmer.
Give up boring boiled Brussels and roast them instead with chorizo and chestnuts. This side dish is guaranteed to have your guests coming back for seconds.
The humble red cabbage is a classic Christmas side, and Jamie’s version is ramped up with crispy smoked bacon, rosemary, apple, fennel seeds and balsamic.
For a show-stopping dessert, try Jamie’s winter bombe. It’s a deceptively easy make-ahead alternative to traditional Christmas pudding, packed with a host of festive flavours, from chocolate sauce and cherries to Vin Santo and Panettone.
Loaded with sticky dates, raisins and cranberries, plump apricots, nutty pecan and fiery crystallised ginger, served with a swig of boozy bourbon and sweet golden syrup, Jamie’s Christmas pudding is the perfect way to round off your festive feast.