How much of Christmas Dinner can be made the day before?
December 22, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
How much of Christmas Dinner can I precook?
posted by wwax to food & drink (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Due to family members working and a need to be in certain places at certain times for family events I am only going to have around 1.5 to 2 hours to cook dinner on Christmas Day. I really enjoy doing it. The main problem is that the meal pretty much has to include Turkey, my husband doesn't ask for much over Christmas and puts up with all my craziness all year all he asks for is a turkey will all the trimmings at Christmas
I have the 24th free and can spend the day cooking my brains out and getting set up and would like to get as much done then as possible.
Coming from Australia, we usually had cold ham and seafood for Christmas so I am still getting used to the whole full cooked Christmas Dinner so if these questions seem obvious I apologize.
Is it possible to precook turkey and reheat it? I have an electric roaster pan and was thinking cutting the turkey into large joints, say thigh & leg and breast and reheating on a rack in the roaster over chicken stock to keep it moist. Would that work? How long roughly do you think it would take. Any other ideas on how to do this?
I am also going to do roast sweet & normal potatoes, I normally part precook these a little and then toss in oil and roast would these be OK part precooked the day before? Alternatively can you peel potatoes for mash the day before and leave them sitting in water or would they get too soggy or even make the mash the day before and reheat?
I make a killer Apple and sausage sage stuffing which is in high demand so need a lot of it, can I make this up the day before and just add the stock just before putting this in the oven, or would the bread get too soggy overnight in the fridge?
My MIL is bringing her lovely glazed ham and some other sides to help out but I am stuck for dessert ideas. I was thinking after all that food just some really nice fancy ice cream but all the Americans in my family think that's not enough and are offering to bring desserts what should I ask them to bring?