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You'll want about 15 kilos of potatoes for each person, so that equates to about 180 kilograms of potatoes. 

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39 minutes ago, Gus Mears said:

You'll want about 15 kilos of potatoes for each person, so that equates to about 180 kilograms of potatoes. 

Veer on the safe side and go for 200 kilograms. Last thing anyone wants is to be short on potatoes for Christmas. 

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5 hours ago, Chest Rockwell said:

I have a potato question, @Onyx2  - how many kilos of potatoes will I need for 12 people? I have no idea. 

I'm doing 5kg for 12 (two ordinary bags) but I like having leftovers for bubble and squeak on Boxing Day. That's just over 400g per person, or 1.5 normal size potatoes. My guests are fairly hearty eaters. 

Best to buy too many, but as you peel and chop push them into portions. You can guage for yourself as you go. It'll depend on how many adults to children for example. 

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I'm doing my first Christmas Dinner this year,just for four of us. I make a decent roast, bit have only done turkey once before (thanksigivng for 6 last month). Freezing par boiled potatoes ahead of time is such a good idea. 

 

Think we'll go fairly standard, small turkey, roasties, pigs in blankets, might go full sized, haven't thought it through yet (I could do boerewors in blankets because we live in Wimbledon! I've just thought of that and it's either genuis or terrible! ), honey carrots, brocolli and proper gravy. Open to other ideas though! 

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Trying a couple of bits today to try them out for the big day.  Just cooked a few sprouts in the Instant Pot for 2 minutes, and am going to sauté off some bacon and throw them in with some chestnuts.  Never tried them before like this as I hate the bastard things, but you have to give it a go I suppose.  Also I cooked some little parsnips at the same time, and am going to air fry them tossed in a little oil, as I can never to get them quite right in the oven.

Apart from that, usual stuff this year.  Aldi Free-Range Roly Poly Turkey (nice big, juicy breasts), my grans sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets made by me with double bacon, roast spuds, mashed spuds, a veg bake which is mashed parsnip and swede mixed with sour cream and horseradish sauce and topped with a fried breadcrumbs and a little Parmesan, M+S yorkies, my bread sauce, my cranberry sauce, and mixed carrot and turnip, chopped together in a hand food processor so it stays a bit chunky.

Fills a gap.

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9 hours ago, Gus Mears said:

You'll want about 15 kilos of potatoes for each person, so that equates to about 180 kilograms of potatoes. 

This has absolutely killed me!

I absolutely adore roast potatoes. To be honest, I’d be happy with just a plate of them. The best bit of Christmas Day is when I just dunk left over roasts in a cup of gravy like a fat Caligula.

I haven’t had Christmas Dinner since 2015 so I am made up to be spending the day with the girls and their mum, who makes the best roast dinners.

I can’t really cook, but I did once make the Cranberry sauce when we hosted and spent the whole meal making really elaborate “mmm” noises and “Ooof, this sauce is AMAZING isn’t it?” Was just cranberries and sugar if I remember correctly, but it was banging. 

I had those Waitrose Heston Mince Pies last night. Lemon ones are awesome. The chocolate and cherry ones are vile if anyone was thinking of getting some.

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So far Ive found that Morrisons The Best all butter mince pies to be the best.. Nice light crumbly buttery pastry and the filling isn't too sweet with a bit of a brandy kick. 

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1 hour ago, SuperBacon said:

I had those Waitrose Heston Mince Pies last night. Lemon ones are awesome. The chocolate and cherry ones are vile if anyone was thinking of getting some

Does Heston still knock out the dust with pine scented icing sugar ones?  It was like Jingle All the Way the Christmas the Mrs sent me out for those.

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2 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

Does Heston still knock out the dust with pine scented icing sugar ones?  It was like Jingle All the Way the Christmas the Mrs sent me out for those.

Not too sure, but the lemon ones are pretty low on stock. I think it was the orange chocolate pudding that was the one that was going for stupid money a few years ago when they sold out. They’re also doing these earl grey flavoured stollen slices which are really nice too. 

I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding or cake so a stollen or pannetone will do me. What does everyone else prefer?

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