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Food

The recipe to your flat Christmas dinner

By MParish 07 Dec 2017

Wouldn't it be great if you could get all the flavours of Christmas without the hours of prep and cooking time? 

Whether you're staying in halls or going home for Christmas, you'll want to have a festive feast with your flatmates before the big day.

And here's how it's done!

Easy Christmas Dinner (serves 6)

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour 

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What to do:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and put a large roasting tray with a little oil in the bottom into the oven to heat up
  • Wash the 2 large carrots, parsnips and 3-4 potatoes (no need to peel) then chop into 'large bitesize' pieces
  • Remove the roasting tray with an oven glove then add the veg and potatoes to the hot oil. Be careful not to splash the oil and burn yourself! Put the tray back in the oven and cook for 45-60 mins 
  • Meanwhile, take the turkey breasts and wrap each one in 2 rashers of bacon, securing with a toothpick. After 15 minutes, add the turkey to the roasting dish with the veg. Continue cooking for 40-45 minutes. If you're using Quorn, put it on top of the veg and drizzle with oil 

  • Next = mash. For a great potato peeling hack, watch this video. Once de-skinned, chop into 4 and add to a pan of cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes
  • Slide a fork into a potato, if it goes in easily, they're cooked. Strain off the water then add a knob of butter, salt and pepper to the pan and use a potato masher until you have a lump-free consistency 

    If you want to make your mash even creamier, add cream cheese or pouring cream 
  • Once the carrots have been cooking for a few minutes, add the sprouts to the pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Once the sprouts are nearly done, drain them, setting the carrots aside.
  • Transfer the sprouts to a frying pan with a knob of butter and fry for about a minute 

    TOP TIP: Something cooked too soon? Cover it in tin foil to stop it going cold
  • Last but not least, gravy! Just add boiling water, stir and serve. Easy.

Optional extras: Stuffing and cranberry sauce, or extra vegetables (peas are always good).

To finish off, go traditional with Christmas pudding or Trifle. (You don't have to make these - we aren't judging!)

The trick is to make sure everything is ready at the same time, which is why everyone needs to pitch in and help!

Merry Christmas Masterchefs!

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