Tips for planning the ultimate festive feast
Christmas is all about sharing good food and great times with family and friends. Make sure it’s a stress-free experience with our tips for planning a delicious festive feast.
Plan out your meal and work out exactly what you’ll need to buy, so you don’t end up with wasted food that gets thrown in the bin. You should also try to do as much as you can the day before, such as chopping vegetables or baking desserts. This means you can relax and spend more time with your guests on the big day.
Share the load
Ask each guest to bring a plate and soon you’ll have a table full of food without having to do much at all. They might like to bring their favorite dish, or you can allocate them a task based on your menu. Just make sure there’s enough room in the kitchen to store, refrigerate and reheat anything that’s been prepared earlier.
To make sure leftovers are safe to eat, cook the dish at a safe temperature, store it in airtight containers and refrigerate it straight away. Depending on the ingredients, they can often be enjoyed for another three to four days. You can recreate the same Christmas meal, or use leftover ingredients to make a whole new dish.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, this Thyme Honey Glazed Ham recipe is one of our favourites and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
- 1 (12 to 14-pounds) boneless or semi-boneless fully cooked ham at room temperature 1 hour
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup Comvita UMF 5+ Manuka Honey
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Melt butter with thyme and let stand until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in lower third.
- Peel off and discard any rind or skin from ham, leaving 1/4 inch of fat on ham. Score fat on top of ham in a crosshatch pattern without cutting into meat. Put ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover ham with parchment paper, then cover roasting pan with foil. Bake for 1¾ hours.
- Meanwhile, boil vinegar in a small saucepan until reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Remove from heat and whisk in honey, Worcestershire sauce and thyme butter. Let honey glaze stand until ham has baked for 1¾ hours.
- Discard foil and parchment from ham. If there is no liquid in roasting pan, add 1 cup water (liquid will prevent glaze from burning in pan). Brush ham with half of honey glaze, then bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Brush with remaining glaze and bake until glaze is deep golden-brown and ham is heated through, for another 30 minutes.
Mix Comvita Natural Olive Leaf Extract with balsamic and olive oil and drizzle over a green salad, for a tasty side dish everyone will love.
What do you have planned for your festive feast? Do you have any favorite Christmas recipes to share?