Easy and Cheap Christmas Dinner

Homemade Christmas Crackers
Homemade Christmas Crackers

Easy and Cheap Christmas Dinner

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am not keen on mentioning the word Christmas before December. However this year I have decided to abandon my normal rules and bring it up in November and not only that, I am attempting an easy and cheap Christmas dinner.

In an attempt to keep with the remit of the blog, I decided to attempt a budget Christmas dinner, that while not breaking the bank, still had enough glitz and glamour to be served on the big day. I wanted something more than just another roast. 

With all this in mind, I started searching in the yellow sticker section in the supermarket for appropriate meat to serve. It became fairly clear early on, that this Christmas we were going to go turkey-free. 

Belly pork is a fairly cheap cut of meat anyway, but when you find 1.1kg for £3.48 it is even better value for

Reduced Price Belly Pork
Budget Christmas Dinner starts with Belly Pork

money. So I grabbed it and chucked it safely into the freezer for a later date. 

Planning the Easy and Cheap Christmas Dinner

The next step was how to build a nice meal around roasted belly pork. It had to stand out. I wanted glitz and glamour! With the words ‘more than just a roast’ swirling around in my head. I started to make plans. 

If you’re like me, you would rather spend more time with the family over Christmas and less time in the kitchen. I wanted something that elements of it could be prepared the day before and cooking on the day kept to a minimum amount of time. I also was mindful of my £5 budget. Is it even possible to cook a Christmas dinner for four people and keep to a budget of a fiver?

  • Jazz up a roast dinner
  • Keep to a budget
  • Spend minimal time cooking and prepping

How hard could this be?

Not that hard as it turns out. 

To cut down the amount of time spent in the kitchen I would keep the pork fairly simple and just roast it and make sure that plenty of crackling would be available for all to enjoy. For some extra flavour, I wouldn’t just steam the vegetables. I would add subtle yet festive flavours using different methods of cooking them instead. 

Let me present to you;

Easy and Cheap Christmas Dinner
Easy and Cheap Christmas Dinner

Roast Belly Pork on a bed of mustard cabbage, with carrots with a ginger and orange glaze, together with steamed tender stem broccoli, fine beans and pigs in blankets.  Served with homemade apple sauce and homemade gravy.

With the roast belly pork taking the longest to cook, I started by placing that into a heated oven. I then started on the potatoes. And finished with the vegetables. The apple sauce and gravy had been made previously. Total time in the kitchen was around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Time could be cut even more, by prepping all the vegetables the night before. 

All the recipes I used can be found here. 

Easy Apple Sauce
Simple, cheap and a lot better than the stuff you find in jars. I needed something to accompany the belly pork I recently cooked as part of my budget Christmas dinner recipe. So thought I would share it with you guys too.
Check out this recipe
Easy Apple Sauce
How to cook the perfect roast potatoes
Check out this recipe
The Perfect Roast Potatoes
Orange and Ginger Glazed Carrots
If you want to jazz up you Sunday roast then check out these amazing and simple orange and ginger glazed carrots. This time I used some sweet baby carrots because they were on a yellow sticker and cheap. But you can use any variety of carrot for this recipe. I am always looking at ways to get the kids happily eating more vegetables and this recipe didn't fail. It added a delicate extra flavour to the plate and all three of them asked for more. If you don't like ginger, you could always experiment with other flavours. We have cooked similar but used honey instead. I also plan to try to experiment with garlic in the future.
Check out this recipe
orange and ginger glazed carrots
Easy, healthy and delicious cabbage
Easy, healthy and delicious cabbage. Kids won't eat cabbage? Want to add some sparkle to dinner? Try this tasty cabbage that the kids will love. Give cabbage a fresh new look with this easy and quick recipe.
Check out this recipe
Ginger and mustard cabbage

 

Roast Pork Belly
We are fairly traditional at Dad's Delicious Dinners HQ and tend to go for a roast most Sundays. I found this piece of belly pork in the yellow sticker section of the supermarket and decided to keep the meat element simple and bring other flavours to the plate with the vegetables. With this roast pork recipe going down so well, I decided to use it for my budget Christmas recipe also. Are you bored of turkey every year for
Fancy something different? Do you find yourself getting frustrated with the price of meat and poultry in and around December? To fit with the remit of the blog, I decided to attempt to make a Christmas Dinner for a budget price. Over the last few weeks, I have been eagerly studying the contents of the yellow sticker section in the supermarket. Patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to arrive. Belly pork is a relatively cheap cut of meat anyway, but when reduced can be even better value for money. But when I saw a 1.1kg piece for £3.48, I knew that I had found my budget Christmas meat.
Check out this recipe
Roast Pork Belly

Time Table

I thought it may help and make it easier for you. So have included a timeline of cooking times.

  1. 00.00 Pork into the oven
  2. 00:20 Start potatoes
  3. 01:25 Start carrots
  4. Pigs in blankets in
  5. 01.30 Meat out and set to rest
  6. 01:38 Steam broccoli and beans
  7. 01:45 Serve

 

So, did I manage to cook a Christmas dinner for £5? In short, no! 

This is the cost of each item;

  • Belly Pork – £3.48
  • Potatoes – 20p
  • Carrots – 10p – 20p to make recipe
  • Cabbage- 49p about 60p to make recipe
  • Pigs in Blankets – 85p (cooking bacon and chipolatas from yellow sticker)
  • Broccoli and beans -79p
  • Apple Sauce & Gravy – 30p – both batch made and frozen

In total, it came to £6.42. Savings could be made with different yellow sticker items. But in all honesty, a full Christmas dinner for less than £6.50 isn’t bad and with a bit of organisation, minimal time can be spent cooking. Which in turn means you get more time with your family. 

If you like this, don’t forget to check out my other affordable home-cooked recipes. Also, check out my social media. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you’re seeking cook jobs, consider browsing job boards like Jooble to pursue opportunities in this field.


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