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Christmas Dinner Prep and Festive Side Dishes with Hello Fresh

December 12, 2017

For the last couple of years I’ve not had to cook Christmas dinner. Which is great and sad all at the same time. Because well, yay I can enjoy a few more gins, but I also enjoy cooking. This is all change this year. Dr W and I are in charge of cooking Christmas dinner. Luckily Hello Fresh have us covered with help to prep this year.

We’ve been en-tasked on our side dishes, which are often the tricky ones to get right on Christmas Day. You have your oven at one temp for the main event. But that doesn’t always help with everything else. This is why being a serious list maker helps. But this year however, I have taken to using Hello Fresh‘s Christmas Dinner Cheat Sheets for help in my planning. These are useful sheets, which have great hints and tips for whatever you’re planning this Christmas!


So what side dishes have I been checking out? Thanks to some of my amazing Food Blogger friends as well as Hello Fresh I have some fantastic ideas. From the traditional to something different, Dr W and I have now got a plan for our Festive Christmas Day Side Dishes!



In the Hello Fresh Christmas Cheat Sheet there is a Braised Cabbage recipe. Now I have to admit I don’t usually put cabbage with my Christmas dinner, so this is a new thing for us. I also think it’s something I have to try as both Dr W and I really do enjoy cabbage. If you download the Festive Cheat Sheet it’ll give you the recipe for how to make!


Brussel Sprout and Comte Gratin


Now I am a sprout queen. I will never say no to sprouts, I even eat them at non-festive times of the year and so should you! This Brussel Sprout and Comte Gratin is perfect for those who maybe aren’t hugely into sprouts, because of the cheese. This has gone straight to my to make list for Christmas Dinner. If you don’t fancy cheesy sprouts, why not try Kirsty’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Pancetta or one of Cate’s (Veggie Friendly) Ways with Brussel Spouts?


Brown Butter and Hazelnut Carrots – Rocket & Squash


I love carrots, usually I par boil and let dry, then coat with flour and shake on some Chinese 5 Spice before roasting. It really works. But this year I’m game for trying something else. This Carrots with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts from Rocket & Squash looks like something I need to try out. Dr W and I are huge fans of hazelnut so I will be adding this to the Christmas day prep. I’m also very tempted by Charlotte’s Roasted Carrot and Swede Mash, something simple but tasty for the big day. Mash is very easy to keep warm as well!

Obviously you can’t forget roast potatoes, check out Foodie Quine’s Ultimate Roastie Recipe. I shall definitely be giving this a go this Christmas. Pershore Patty has made this Aubergine Gratin with Tomatoes, which is something different for the Christmas table, but looks seriously tasty! You could also make my Cauliflower Cheese to go with your dinner as something different!

Are you cooking this Christmas? What do you have planned? Will you be making use of the Festive Cheat Sheet to help you plan your day? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Post in collaboration with Hello Fresh. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.


  • Reply Jo December 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Those sides look fabulous, I will definitely check out the cheat sheets. I will be preparing my sides this weekend, including part roasting the spuds and parsnips and putting the in the freezer until Christmas Eve. So much less faff.

    • Reply MissPond January 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you – I hope you had a great Christmas x

  • Reply Ellie December 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

    This is such a good idea!!! Takes out a whole lot of hassle as well x

    • Reply MissPond January 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      It definitely helped us on Christmas Day 🙂

  • Reply Alice December 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This is a great post. I am exited for Christmas dinner already! Luckily I’m not cooking so i will definitely be having some of those gins!

    • Reply MissPond January 9, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      I’m hoping I don’t have to cook in 2018…!

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