Christmas at Donald Russell
Let us help you achieve your perfect Christmas meal
A delicious roast turkey dinner, surrounded by all the trimmings really epitomises the festive season. Ours are the finest free-range turkeys, from the Loué farmers of France, and you will not be disappointed! Complete your feast with our butchers’ finest hand made meaty chipolatas, pigs in blankets and sausagemeat for the stuffing.
To download our printable turkey cooking guide Click Here. For our head Chef's 'how to' videos, see below.
Before cooking: Gently pat dry your defrosted turkey with kitchen paper and allow to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes - this will help it cook evenly.
We recommend you cook your turkey unstuffed as being stuffed lengthens the cooking time. Instead stuff the cavity with 2-3 peeled and halved onions and bunch of herbs eg. thyme, marjoram and parsley for extra flavour.
Test for doneness:
Chef's Tip: You can rest your bird in a warm oven (without fan) at 60ºC for up to 60 minutes. This will allow you time to get all your trimmings and accompaniments ready and will reduce stress for the cook.
Leftovers: For tips on what to do with your leftovers, read our blog post Here
Alternative Main Courses
If you want to add more choice to your Christmas dinner table or simply fancy a change from turkey, we have plenty of choices for an alternative festive main course.
Our Most Popular Alternatives
Easy Carve Roasts
Slow Cooked Roasts
Bone in Roasts
We all love a party. Friends, music, drinks and nibbles. But who feels like spending hours at the cooker when they want to entertain? Don't worry, we're here to help with some perfect canapés and party food so that you can focus on making sure your guests are enjoying themselves.
• Keep everything easy to handle – people will probably have a drink in one hand and want to eat with the other, so while your speciality casserole might be absolutely delicious, it’s probably not going to be the easiest to juggle. And spare ribs won’t be so popular when the sticky sauce is all over your guests’ party clothes!
• Include some food that’s best served cold. . This can be arranged in advance and simply left on platters throughout the evening. Keep some back in the fridge so you can replenish the platters with nice fresh snacks as they get eaten. Cut slices of buttered rye bread into quarters and pile high with smoked salmon and soured cream, or salt beef, mustard and dill pickles.
• Stagger your dishes. s. If some food is better served hot, don’t put it all out at the beginning of the night. Prepare a batch of baked goods together, to present at the start of the evening while you’re busy welcoming guests, taking coats and making introductions.
• Later, when everyone has settled in, nip through to the kitchen to fry up some crunchy treats, and hand them round while they’re still hot to get the best oohs and aahs! You can spear things with cocktail sticks and hand them round together with a bowl of dip, so people can dunk as they go.
• Include something sweet. Sweet treats go down particularly well with designated drivers, who are often drinking sweet juices or cups of coffee – or maybe, your guests will simply have a sweet tooth.
Our suggestions: Miniature Patisserie Selection
So there you are - all the ingredients to turn your bash into a banquet, while making sure you get to enjoy yourself too!
Now, where’s that fizz?
Here to help...
We will be delivering Tuesday to Saturday throughout the festive season until the 23nd of December. (Saturday delivery is postcode applicable).
Festive Opening Hours
We’re here to help you achieve your perfect Christmas, and are only a phone call away. Our friendly advisers are ready to assist with everything from helping you put together your ideal Christmas menu, to cooking and carving advice. After a short break for Christmas dinner, we’re back on Boxing Day, should you need any suggestions for what to do with your leftover turkey!
Call us on 01467 629666