Crispy roast potatoes, moist turkey and tasty gravy are the hardest parts of a Christmas dinner to master according to a recent poll of 2,000 adults.
Despite 76 per cent claiming it’s one of their favourite things about Christmas, 49 per cent are relieved when it’s not their turn to host, with 46 per cent saying expectations are always set too high.
Laura Rowe, gravy guru and food expert at Ocado Retail, which commissioned the survey, said: “For many people, Christmas dinner is their favourite part of the big day, however, being responsible for such an eagerly awaited meal can come with high expectations from guests.
“We believe there’s a fun side to festive cooking so want to encourage the nation to enjoy the cooking just as much as the eating.”
Gravy is part of Christmas dinner people are most likely to have to start again after messing up on the day – with Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes also causing a yuletide problem.
To combat this problem Ocado Retail has teamed up with scientist, Mark Miodownik, to help the nation crack the code for the perfect gravy this Christmas.
In analysing the research findings, Professor Miodownik found the perfect jug of gravy should be:
115ml in volume – enough to coat the centrepiece and all the trimmings. Stirred for 2.5 minutes resulting in a velvety smooth, lump-free consistency. Depth of flavour on a scale of one to five should be the highest at five, which means including all the juices from your roast plus additional seasoning. Served at a temperature of 69°C.
Laura Rowe added: “To make it a little easier to perfect even the trickiest of elements, such as the gravy, we’re sharing our favourite flavour-enhancing ingredients.
“We’ve even teamed up with a scientist to crack the code for the perfect jug of gravy, every time.”
So do you find that the gravy has to be started again? or is there another element of the Christmas day dinner that isn’t just the way you want it? This follows a previous poll that crowned roast potatoes the UK’s favourite part of Christmas dinner.