How to make a three-course Christmas dinner for under £2.50 a person

You don’t have to increase your budget to eat well on Christmas Day (Image: Getty)

Food costs can add up around Christmas, especially if you’re feeding a larger group.

With a constant emphasis on lavish ingredients (and high prices to prove it), it feels like you need to go broke to serve a top meal. But that’s not the case at all.

Use some understanding buy Tips and pre-planning can save you a lot of money on Christmas dinner without sacrificing the usual decorations you’d expect.

In fact, you can make a three-course feast for as little as £2.50 a head, more than half the average cost per person.

Fiona Hawkes, 34, from Somerset, set herself the challenge of feeding her family of four with a ten-year-old, creating an impressive Christmas Day meal on a budget.

She shared her recipes and tips with us so you can do the same. Here’s how to do it.

Christmas dinner menu at £2.49 per person

Start-up: Winter vegetable soup

Main dishes: Turkey breast fillet stuffed and wrapped in bacon served with blanket pork, roasted potatoes, carrots, sprouts, roasted beets, stuffed balls and gravy.

Desserts: Mince Pie and Custard

Mother-of-two Fiona made her family a Christmas dinner with leftover change from a renter (Image: Fiona Hawkes / Beanfortea)

Fiona’s Christmas Dinner Shopping List

  • Small Turkey Breast Fillet 400g £3.50 (by Sainsbury’s)
  • Streaky Bacon 275g £1.25 (Tesco)
  • 8 sausages 80p (Tesco)
  • Potatoes 2.5kg 91p (Tesco)
  • Parsnips 500g 42p (Tesco)
  • Sprouts 500g 95p (Tesco)
  • Carrot 200g 30p (Asda)
  • Grannuels gravy 200g 30p (Tesco)
  • Mixed stuffing 170g 32p (Asda)
  • 6 Mince Pies 99p (Morrisons)
  • Soursop instant 70g 19p (Asda)

Total: £9.93 / £2.49 per person

While Fiona has been shopping around with all of her ingredients, her pricing is based on purchasing the full item, not per 100 grams.

You will also need a few materials to make a storage cabinet; cooking oil, salt and pepper, and a braised meatball.

Beginner: Winter vegetable soup leftovers

Food waste can be a big problem around Christmas, with many families buying more food than they need and much of it thrown away.

Ending up with a lot of food waste is literally throwing money in the bin.

Fiona tells the money-saving platform NHS discount offer: ‘I used all the peels from carrots, sprouts, radishes and two potatoes to make an easy and delicious vegetable soup, the only additions being a stock block and some seasonings from my cupboard.

Shopping around and planning ahead allows her to get the best value for money (Image: Fiona Hawkes/Beanfortea)

‘I think having an appetizer with Christmas dinner adds a sense of holiday and ensures that everyone is full if you serve less of the main course.’

If you don’t want to serve the soup at Christmas dinner, it can be set aside later in the day or even later during the festive season.

Main: Turkey breast with all trimmings

Even if you’re trying to keep your spending under control, you can still enjoy Christmas classics like turkey.

Fiona says: ‘Buying a small breast fillet is the best way I can still get my annual turkey repair done without having to spend a fortune buying a turkey crown or buying a whole chick.

She added: ‘When the turkey fillet is stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon, I still feel as though I’m enjoying the traditional Christmas flavors, just like with a whole turkey. but much less stressful.

Using leftover vegetables for a hearty soup is a smart idea for beginners (Image: Fiona Hawkes/Beanfortea)

‘If you like your plain turkey, you can simply roast the breast fillets as small as they are.’

Using small fillets reduces waste if your guests prefer brisket or thigh meat, and using smaller portions also helps alleviate any worries about whether the poultry will be defrosted. in time for the big day or not.

Fiona’s bacon-wrapped turkey breast takes just half an hour to cook, which means your oven will turn on in less time, saving fuel.

Plus, if you don’t like turkey, you can always switch to whole chicken for the same price, and add a jar of cranberry sauce for an extra 59p.

As for vegetables, Fiona bought a 2.5kg bag of baked and baked potatoes, planning to save the leftovers for a snack or Holiday Gifting.

After a hearty meal, you don’t have to indulge in the luxury of pudding – meat pies are cheap, fun and delicious (Image: Fiona Hawkes / Beanfortea)

She manages to find cheap vegetables for side dishes by shopping around. Many supermarkets cut vegetable prices in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, with in recent years the price of carrots, sprouts, radishes and potatoes falling to as little as 20p a pack.

Then for the pigs in the blankets and stuffing, the mother-of-four made her own, saying it’s a great way to save a little cash because she can split a valuable pack of hot dogs between two side dishes. ‘

Fiona adds: ‘I use leftover turkey bacon to wrap around the four sausages and then use the rest of the sausages for stuffing’

Dessert: Meat pie

Desserts after Christmas dinner need not be extravagant, as most people will be pretty full from their grill.

Mince pies are a simple and inexpensive way to round things up, and serving them warm with some instant custard will feel more festive.

Fiona managed to buy a pack of her Christmas Day desserts from Morrison’s for just 99p and most supermarkets will have similar deals this time of year.

If you want to switch to Christmas pudding, there is an additional cost of £1.01, bringing the cost per person up to £2.74.

Top tips for smarter food shopping this Christmas

Busy mom Fiona has a few more tips to save on your food bills this holiday season:

‘While you can easily buy pre-prepared vegetables to save time, preparing your own will certainly save you money. You can prepare them on Christmas Eve and store them in water overnight – or have your family brew them on Christmas morning. ‘

‘Avoid buying foods that won’t be eaten – while nuts in shells and Christmas cakes may be traditional, it’s not worth it if no one eats them.’

‘Don’t be tempted to buy premium brands when value brands often taste great. I used value sausage, bacon, stuffed meat, gravy and instant custard for my menu. ‘

‘Shop around for the best deals and get an early start so you don’t panic buying Christmas Eve. Remember Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones, not about how much money you spend. ‘

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