Gordon Ramsay says you should start preparing your Christmas dinner today
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The Christmas dinner can feel like a daunting task, given that it’s the focal point of the big day. Sure, the presents are nice and all... But pigs in blankets will always mean more to people than personalised socks and novelty ties, so the pressure’s on.
To help put your mind at ease amid all the chaos, Gordon Ramsay has offered his top tips for prepping the feast – saying you should get started today.
According to Ramsay, making a dent in the prep on Christmas Eve will help ensure ‘huge success’ when everyone sits down together to tuck in, while also stopping you from getting too flustered the following day.
Ramsay said: “Top tips to make sure your Christmas Day goes down as a huge success – prep the day before.
“Christmas Eve, get all the family – uncles and aunties, grandmas, peeling the veg. Part cook the veg.”
He also believes there are a number of other simple tricks to help ensure you’re well organised, including with that turkey, which seems to be many people's nemesis.
Ramsay continued: “Everyone worries about that turkey. Honestly, first thing, half past five, six-o'clock in the morning, put the oven on low.
“Nip back to bed for a few hours, and get yourself a plan with an ABCD, 10 o’clock, 11 o’clock.”
Most importantly, however, is not letting the stress of it all get to you, as it’s supposed to be a fun day for everyone, including the cook.
“Stop worrying about calling lunch too early,” Ramsay said.
“Push it back to three or four o’clock. That way, you don’t stress out. You’ve got to enjoy it as well.”
In another video posted by the show, he also revealed his favourite part of the Christmas dinner - for which he had a very cheffy answer.
"The most amazing truffled stuffed turkey, with all the trappings," he said, before adding: "And every member of the family present."
Don't feel too bad if you haven't got your truffle stuffed turkey on standby this year; like I said earlier, we all know everyone's really there for the pigs in blankets - which, incidentally, was the answer astronaut Tim Peake and comedian Rob Beckett gave.