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5 festive make-ahead marvels

Let us introduce you to our ‘freezeables squad’. This selection of freeze-ahead dishes are here to help you save time on the big day, so Christmas dinner goes as smoothly as possible! Find out what’s worth making and freezing ahead of the big day, saving you time and oven space. From bake-from-frozen mince pies to the crispiest ever roast potatoes, you’re going to love our make-ahead marvels.

  1. Pigs-in-blanket stuffing balls

    An all-time Christmas favourite, these pigs-in-blanket stuffing balls are a great low-fuss side dish. Sausage meat and cranberry sauce are rolled into balls, before being wrapped with bacon. Freeze for up to 3 months, then simply cook from frozen until the bacon is crispy. Serve alongside all the trimmings.

    Pigs-in-blanket stuffing balls
  2. Chocolate fondant

    This super-quick chocolate fondant is a great Christmas dessert. Whip up the cake batter in 10 minutes, then freeze. These delicious puddings can be baked from frozen and don’t need to be defrosted. You’re going to love the gooey, chocolatey middle.

    Chocolate fondant
  3. Braised red cabbage

    Cook this braised red cabbage ahead of time to intensify flavours. This festive side is easy to prepare; simply cook your cabbage with apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Leave in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for 3 months. This will be a terrific timesaver for when you’re cooking up a storm on the big day.

    Tip: Try making your braised cabbage in a slow cooker then freezing it to get extra flavour. Simply reheat on the day and enjoy! See Adam’s slow cooked braised red cabbage recipe here.

    Braised red cabbage
  4. Make-ahead roast potatoes

    Our crispiest ever roast potatoes. Give yourself more time by parboiling, then freezing the potatoes. Cooking these roasties from frozen makes them extra-crunchy. Once golden and crisp, scatter with sea salt and thyme.

    Make-ahead roast potatoes
  5. Mince pie stars

    These mince pie stars are great for when you need a festive treat or have guests over. Prepare the pies in advance, then freeze. Bake from frozen when you fancy, until the pastry is golden and the filling is warm. These mince pies can be frozen for up to 3 months, so you can stay festive all winter long.

    See our top tips on freezing food this Christmas here

    Mince pie stars