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Countdown to Christmas - Christmas Planner

Christmas Lunch

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The countdown to Christmas is almost at the end on Christmas Day but there's one last hurdle - the Christmas lunch itself. Planning is key to the success of Christmas day and here's a simple hour by hour Christmas cooking planner to help you on your way.

Christmas Time Planner

Christmas Day
7.00am Take the turkey from the fridge to bring to room temperature
7.30am Preheat the oven to 425F/220C/Gas 7
8.00am Start cooking the turkey as per recipe
8.30am Lower temperature to 325F/160/C/Gas 3 and cook for 3 1/2 hours
Noon Put Christmas pudding to steam. Open any red wines to allow the wine to breathe.
Turn back the foil on the turkey and turn heat back to 425F/220C/Gas 7 for 30 mins to crisp the skin.
Put sausages and bacon rolls into the oven and cook until crisp - 45mins, then keep warm.
12.30pm Check the turkey is cooked and remove from the oven wrap in foil as the recipe
Make gravy as per recipe and keep warm
12.50
Place roast potatoes, precooked on Christmas eve, into the hot oven.
1.10pm Put parsnips, precooked on Christmas eve, into the oven with the potatoes. Heat serving dishes and plates
1.20pm Cook Brussels sprouts as per recipe , warm already prepared red cabbage, and bread sauce
1.30pm Take time for a quick cuppa, glass of wine or a sit down. Plate the salmon and dill sauce and set on the table.Open white wines or Champagne.
1.45pm Carve the turkey
1.50pm Place everything into warmed serving dishes
2.00pm Time to eat.
Make sure there is enough water in the steamer.Enjoy!!!

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