Jamie Oliver has been cooking Christmas for his family for 20 years. In that time, he’s experimented with loads of different ways of cooking the classics. But this year, he wants to show us his ultimate recipes – the ones he’s decided that really are the very very best for Christmas. These are the dishes he’ll be cooking on the big day for his own family this year!
Jamie’s goal is for all of us to have as much time as we can on Christmas Day with our friends and family, and for no-one to be stuck in the kitchen away from the party.
The starting point is what Jamie calls ‘the three foundations of Christmas’: turkey, gravy and roast potatoes. He reckons that your guests will forgive you any mistakes as long as the turkey’s succulent, the gravy’s tasty, and the spuds are perfect. Jamie’s serving it up with glorious Brussels sprouts with chorizo and chestnuts.
As a canape or starter, he shows us how to cure our own Gravadlax, steeped in a beetroot, horseradish and vodka marinade. And for the end of the meal, Jamie’s got a fantastic alternative to traditional Christmas pud – super-gooey chocolate pots.
And it doesn’t stop with Christmas Day, as Jamie knocks up a great Boxing Day leftovers recipe – turkey risotto. There are also cocktails and a classic Beef Wellington from the archives.
A book to accompany the series – Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook – is published by Michael Joseph/Penguin.
Jamie Oliver is a global phenomenon in food and campaigning. Over a 17-year television and publishing career, he has inspired millions of people to enjoy cooking from scratch and eating fresh, delicious food. His charity, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, is leading the charge on a global, ongoing Food Revolution, aimed at improving everyone’s health and happiness through food.
Jamie connects with audiences across multiple digital platforms, creating and appearing in exclusive content for jamieoliver.com, the Jamie Oliver Food Tube network on YouTube and a variety of growing social platforms.