Whip Up a Winning Christmas Feast Without Splashing the Cash
Preparing a delicious Christmas feast can get tricky, especially if you’re planning to cook for a big group without splashing the cash.
Don’t you worry. You can make it happen. You just need to set a budget and plan ahead.
Here are some helpful tips:
Check what you have.
Before anything else, do a quick kitchen inventory.
Do you have any ingredients in your cupboard that you could possibly use for your Christmas recipes?
Get creative with your pantry staples, seasonings and stocked up tins. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Do the numbers.
Decide on how much you’re willing to spend. Once you’ve set a budget, plan your menu and make a list of ingredients that you’ll need to buy.
Having a handy app like Zilch will be helpful because you’ll have a personalised balance, allowing you to spend responsibly.
Mix and match.
Making everything from scratch yourself can be time-consuming.
Buying ready-made food, on the other hand, is more expensive and lacks the heartwarming effect that only homemade food can give. So do a bit of both. That way, you’ll be able to save time and money.
Presentation is key.
You can make any dish look fancy by the way it’s presented. Serve each course on pretty plates with matching cutlery. H&M Home has a lot of affordable dinnerware options. Make it a candle-lit dinner too to create a cosier ambience.
And here’s a budget-friendly Christmas sample menu for you:
Drinks: Mulled Wine, Mocktails and Hot Chocolate
– Impress your family and guests by making your own mulled wine. You get away with using a cheap bottle because mixing it with sugar, spices and everything nice will make all the difference. Check out this recipe.
– Melt some chocolate – dark, milk, white, chocolate orange or whatever you fancy and boil with your choice of milk for a few minutes to make hot chocolate! You can also use cocoa powder too instead of melted chocolate. Check out this simple recipe.
Starters: Crackers with Homemade Salmon Pate and Cream of Tomato Soup
– This 5-minute and 5-ingredient salmon, lemon and dill pate is easy to make and easy on the pocket. Follow this fun recipe.
– Upgrade store-bought tomato soup with a dollop of crème fraiche and garnish with parsley. Yum!
Mains: Roast Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast and Mushroom Wellington
– Iceland’s bacon-wrapped turkey breast serves 4 and is ready to roast. Give it a brush of honey before popping it in the oven for a Gordon Ramsay-approved caramelised glaze.
– Give your guests a veggie option too. This melty mushroom wellington recipe has less than 10 ingredients and can be prepared in less than 90 minutes.
Sides: Roasted Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, Gravy and Lingonberry Jam
– In a lined baking pan, toss in any mix of veggies you want with olive oil, salt, pepper and honey. Add a pinch of cayenne for an extra kick. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes. Done!
– These luxury beef dripping Yorkshire puddings from Iceland are life-changing!
Dessert: Chocolate Yule Log
– Did you know that a chocolate Yule log has less than 10 ingredients and takes less than an hour to make, from preparation to baking time? It’s true. Check out this recipe.
See, whipping up a budget-friendly Christmas feast is easier than you think. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Please spend responsibly. Credit is subject to status, 18+, UK residents only. T&Cs apply.
Zilch No fees, 0% APR at all eligible stores. Zilch Anywhere is £2.50 fee per transaction, 11.5% APR Representative at non-eligible stores.