Posted:15th December, 2023

The top 5 ultimate Christmas recipes to make in your new kitchen

Cooking in your dream kitchen this Christmas.

Mince pies

There’s two cliches that make sense to us:

  • The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach
  • The kitchen is the heart of the home

At Russell Homes, we are firm believers in both of these, so we’d like to give you some festive feasts to try this year!

Whether you’ve just moved into your own brand new Russell Home or you’ve had the keys for a while now, we’ve put together the top 5 Christmas season recipes to make in your new kitchen. Let’s dig in!

1. Mulled wine-braised venison cobbler

No one can resist the look of these delicious pillowy, crispy-topped cheese scones sitting golden on a deep, slow-braised venison stew.

Mulled wine and venison are the perfect pair, with the fruity and warming flavours complementing the rich and earthy venison. The braised meat is tender to the fork, and the buttery and cheesy scone lid feels like the most sinful treat.

This winter warmer is ideal for a dark and frosty night or even as your Christmas Eve meal, and it’s a great recipe with plenty of steps for you to enjoy discovering your new dream kitchen

2. Brandy butter & bay roast turkey

What is Christmas dinner without a turkey? Though an iconic festive choice, many find it a difficult bird to cook right - and a dry turkey leaves the dinner table feeling a little bah humbug.

But this sweet and salty brandy butter is a silky, buttery blanket to keep the turkey nice and moist with a scrumptious, crispy skin. You also get the delight of carving into your turkey and finding a soft sage and onion stuffing that compliments that brandy butter base, creating that irresistible turkey.

This recipe makes roasting a turkey simple and delicious, so you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the process in your brand-new kitchen - what more could you want?

3. Onion and porcini gravy

The turkey might be the star of the festive table, but the unsung hero is undoubtedly the gravy. We’ve all got a preference on it, but we can promise this delectable onion and porcini gravy will be a hit on your dining table during Christmas dinner.

The rich and woodsy flavours of the porcini mushrooms balance out the natural sweetness of the onions, all slowly simmered in meat juices (or vegetable stock for vegetarians). This gravy packs a big burst of flavour for your plate. It’s a sure way to make your new kitchen smell delicious and put a smile on your dinner guest’s faces.

4. Mary Berry’s Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

It’s not Christmas without a Yule log or Mary Berry, so this recipe is a simple way to tick both festive boxes.

This French Christmas classic adds a bit of chic to the end of your Christmas dinner, and this one combines chocolate, chestnut and coffee for a delightful sweet treat.

Taste aside, nothing impresses guests quite like a well executed Yule log, and your new kitchen has beautifully finished countertops that are perfect to show off your baking skills!

5. Festive rum & ginger punch

Christmas calls for a fittingly festive tipple, and we know that eggnog can be a divisive choice, so here’s a recipe for an all-round crowd pleaser.

It can be made with spiced rum, or if you want to go the extra mile, you can make your own mince pie rum - spiced with all those familiar winter flavours that we know and love. Topped off with orange slices and ginger beer, it’s a proper winter warmer.

This festive punch can also be made ahead of time, meaning extra time to spend with your family and friends!