Jamie Oliver and his family invite us to get into the Christmas spirit as they prepare for their own family celebrations, offering us a helpful guide to the whole festive season. From creating edible presents for those who we can’t meet in person and ideas for a gorgeous Christmas dinner with our more immediate family to ways of reinventing leftovers, Jamie has loads of handy hints and tips for a bespoke Christmas 2020 as we navigate such unprecedented times. In the first part of this two-part special, Jamie looks at ways to make cracking Christmas gifts to share with our loved ones. We might not be able to sit around a table all together as normal this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share gorgeous festive food, starting with a sumptuous roasted mulled wine ham that’s cooked and glazed in all the flavours of Christmas. Accompanied by cheeses you can flavour and deliver ready to be baked, it’s the perfect gift for those who we might be missing this year. Jamie and the children also create the ultimate yule log for their grandparents. For the big day itself, Jamie’s been thinking about ways to plan ahead, even if we’re not yet sure how many people we’ll be cooking for. Whether you’ve bought a turkey crown or the whole bird, Jamie shows us how we can make a beautiful sage, onion and apricot stuffing that that can be rolled and placed in the oven at the same time or saved for another day. Served with a simple but phenomenal chestnut gravy, and with a lesson in the best way to layer flavour with your veg, this is a Christmas dinner that’s perfect for whatever we need this year.
Jamie: Keep Cooking At Christmas – Sunday 8pm on Channel 4