The 20 best Christmas recipes – our all-time favourites

Presenting Nigella’s drunken devils on horseback, Simon Hopkinson’s prawn cocktail, Edson Diaz-Fuentes’s Mexican bacalao. Feast on Lindsey Bareham’s foolproof turkey, trimmings and gravy, Trine Hahnemann’s salmon and Andi Oliver’s glazed ham. We have mince pies, a sherry trifle, Elizabeth David’s definitive St Emilion au chocolat. Plus, of course, Nigel Slater’s essential cake, without which Christmas is incomplete.

Happy holidays all, from all at OFM.

 

Simon Hopkinson’s prawn cocktail

The classic, crowd-pleasing start to a Christmas dinner

 

Prawn cocktail.

Prawn cocktail. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Claudia Roden’s roast belly of pork with baked apples

Celebrate with this fruity, meaty centrepiece

 

Roast belly of pork with baked apples.

Roast belly of pork with baked apples. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Blanche Vaughan’s mince pies

A festive treat or gift for guests, packed with homemade mincemeat

 

Mince pies.

Mince pies. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Simon Hopkinson’s sherry trifle

Fruit, booze, custard and cream – a perfect end to a celebration meal

 

Sherry trifle.

Sherry trifle. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Nigella Lawson’s drunken devils on horseback

Armagnac lifts these canapes to another festive level

 

Drunken devils on horseback.

Drunken devils on horseback. Photograph: Martin Poole/The Observer

Mandy Yin’s coconut and lemongrass roast duck

A hot and spicy Malaysian way of cooking a festive roast duck

 

Coconut and lemongrass roast duck.

Coconut and lemongrass roast duck. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Edson Diaz-Fuentes Mexican bacalao a la vizcaina

A traditional Mexican fish and rice dish for Christmas Eve – just like abuela makes

 

Mexican bacalao a la vizcaina.

Mexican bacalao a la vizcaina. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Andi Oliver’s brown sugar, cranberry and rum-glazed ham

An easy, show-stopping ham to impress friends and family

 

Brown sugar, cranberry and rum-glazed Christmas ham.

Brown sugar, cranberry and rum-glazed Christmas ham. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Elisabeth Luard’s rice pudding with honey and bay

What better than this comforting, creamy dessert to end the festive banquet

 

Rice pudding with honey and bay.

Rice pudding with honey and bay. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Lindsey Bareham’s roast turkey, chestnut and sausage stuffing and gravy

Everything you need for the classic Christmas centrepiece

 

Roast turkey, chestnut and sausage stuffing and gravy.

Roast turkey, chestnut and sausage stuffing and gravy. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Yotam Ottolenghi’s black miso sticky rice with sprouts and peanuts

Make the sprouts sparkle with this Asian take on the prep

 

Black miso sticky rice with sprouts and peanuts.

Black miso sticky rice with sprouts and peanuts. Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian

Rory O’Connell’s roast potatoes

One of the star dishes of the Christmas meal – and here’s how to make perfect ones

 

Roast potatoes.

Roast potatoes. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Anna Jones’s celebration celeriac and sweet garlic pie

A cheesy, festive pie for the vegetarians at the table (and probably a few meat-eaters, too)

 

Celebration celeriac and sweet garlic pie.

Celebration celeriac and sweet garlic pie. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Jane Scotter and Harry Astley’s baked squash with celery and herb cream

A winter-warming take on the fondue for a holiday supper

 

Baked squash with celery and herb cream.

Baked squash with celery and herb cream. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Nigel Slater’s Christmas cake

Prepared well in advance and packed with fruit and nuts, the star of the festive dinner table

 

Christmas cake.

Christmas cake. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

Jeremy Lee’s baked salsify

The root veg is centre stage in this party snack

 

Baked salsify.

Baked salsify. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Trine Hahnemann’s Christmas salmon

Try this citrussy, peppery Danish-style starter to the main event

 

Christmas salmon.

Christmas salmon. Photograph: Martin Poole/The Observer

Elizabeth David’s Saint Emilion au chocolat

 

A rich and indulgent French dessert from the queen of continental cooking

Saint Emilion au chocolat.
Saint Emilion au chocolat. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

Nigel Slater’s warm marzipan buns

A sweet toasty treat for breakfast the day after the main event

Warm marzipan buns.
Warm marzipan buns. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

Tom Kerridge’s steamed ginger puddings with vanilla custard

Spicy little sponges for a change from the traditional fruited version

Steamed ginger puddings with vanilla custard.
Steamed ginger puddings with vanilla custard. Photograph: Kate Whitaker/The Observer
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