How to Cook for the Holidays

Easy Holiday Cooking Recipes

We love to entertain During the day, it is the Christmas tree that is the gathering place for family –unwrapping presents and enjoying each other’s company. But it’s when everyone is assembled around the dinner table, dishing up the roasted meats and side dishes that make up the annualfeast, that it truly feels like Christmas. Cooking is a vital part of the holiday season.

This is where we really connect with our loved ones, over a plate of delicious food. The Christmas dinner is a key part of the season, but there’s no needto panic. We have all the recipes and tipsright hereto make creating a memorable meal stress free.



Small foods to nibble while everyone mingles before the feast are a great way to whet the appetite. Our appetizers and cold and hot dips are perfect to enjoy while opening presents or at events throughout the holiday season, whether you’re entertaining or just spending time with family. For those of you who like to plan ahead, we have a collection of recipes that can be prepared and set aside in the freezer for the big day. All our other recipes are great to make just before serving. No matter what you whip up, keep in mind that you’ll want about 3 to 4 cold and 6 to 8 hot appetizers per person.

Here, you can also find some great cocktails andnon-alcoholic drinks to serve alongside.



Holiday Dinner

Truly the main event of the Christmas season, this is the meal we most love to tuck into. We love a combination of family favourites, but also welcome a chance to have something new to serve. Looking for straight talk about turkey? Head to our Turkey and the Trimmings page to learn about everything from how to buy, store and roast turkey, including recipes for cooking the bird, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauceand what to do with leftovers.

Here, we’ve gathered our favourite non-turkey main dishes, along with dishesto serve alongside. Cap off the meal with a fantastic dessert.

Printable Guides

Download our Turkey for all Seasons PDF guide to have our buying and storing, thawing and roasting information right at your fingers tips. Making turkey dinner with all the fixings? Make sure to also download our Holiday Turkey Guide for additional information on making stuffing and gravy.