Tips for a stress-free Christmas

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

1st December 2020

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

The bustle of Christmastime can sometimes get the better of us all. From events to gifting, there’s a lot going on. But one thing you can simplify is your Christmas dinner. We asked our head chef for his tips on how to have a more stress-free cooking experience. Plus, he’s shared a great side dish you’ll want to try this year.

  • Be organised. Make a list of everything you need on the day from place settings to ingredients and get everything in advance.
  • Prep before you start to cook. Chop, dice and slice vegetables. Measure out ingredients. Do everything you can to start the dishes from a strong place.
  • Put on some holiday music. Songs can brighten our mood and make the workload seem lighter. Channel the Christmas spirit with some classic songs.
  • Have a glass of wine to relax yourself, if you enjoy alcohol.
  • Have a balance of dishes, both hot and cold. Consider the oven and hob space you have for heating up items.
  • Pre-cook as much as you can. Many dishes can be mostly made the night before and finished on the day

Classic sprouts recipe

Now for our classic sprouts recipe for you to make at home for your guests:


500g brussels sprouts (blanched and cut in half)

50g shallots, peeled and sliced

200g streaky smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

2tbsp Dijon mustard


Add bacon to pan over medium high heat and cook till bacon is just starting to brown.

Add shallots and cook another 4-5 minutes.

Add brussels sprouts and cook another 5 minutes till sprouts start to brown on edges.

Drain off fat from pan and take off heat.

Add mustard and mix to coat.

Serve warm.

Read more on our blog

Read more recipes from Chef Bruce. Keep up to date with recipes and everything going on at our restaurant.

The Clevedon Blog