Get ahead with three of the key elements of Christmas lunch.

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Get ahead with key elements of Christmas lunch to enjoy a stress-free day, by making 3 key items ahead of time that can be stored in the freezer and forgotten about until Christmas day.

What you’ll take away:

  • Prepare the perfect roast potatoes
  • Make a chicken jus that will transform your roast dinner
  • Make cranberry sauce flavoured with port and cardamom

Serves: We are preparing enough chicken jus & roast potatoes to serve 6 people, plus 500ml cranberry sauce.

Duration: This session lasts approx. 1 hour.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small leek
  • 1.5kg Inca Bella roasting potatoes
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 300g cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 orange
  • 475g chicken wings
  • 1L fresh chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 40ml ruby port
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 100g goose fat
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes


  • 2x large saucepans
  • Medium saucepan
  • Tongs
  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Sieve
  • Colander
  • Mixing bowl

About your instructor: You’ll be led through this class with one of our experienced chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School.

Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.

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