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6 ways to do Christmas dinner at home in Dubai

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Dubai isn’t short of places for eating out on Christmas day (if you don’t believe us, click here). But if you’d rather serve up your own festive feast, here’s the ShortList guide to pulling it off… Whether you cheat a little and order in, or actually cook it yourself.

Order in…

The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
The Ivy’s takeaway feast comprises hampers of roast turkey or beef with all the trimmings for up to 10 people, from AED899.
Call: +9714 319 8088

The Gramercy, Dubai
Blending a bit of leftover Thankgsiving into their Christmas offering, your meal comes with pumpkin pie, all for AED790.
Call: +9714 437 7511

Jones the Grocer
Including sage and apricot stuffing, roast potatoes, pumpkin puree, chestnuts, honey glazed carrots and cranberry infused gravy for AED750.
Call: +9714 388 1038

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Fratelli La Bufala, The Beach
Two sizes of turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas cake are on offer from the beachside Italian. AED850 for 7kg.
Call: +9714 430 3497

Latitude Creations, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Ending with a yule log, the Festive Ready Made Gourmet Roast Turkey comes in two sizes, with the 11kg bird for AED1,100.
Call: +9714 348 0000

Do it yourself…

Scott Stokes, head Chef at Rivington Grill, offers his tips on cooking the perfect turkey.

1. Plan your menu well in advance. You don’t want
to have any last minute surprises and you should be enjoying Christmas along with your guests.

2. On December 23, prepare the turkey. Remove from the packaging then remove the innards, the wishbone and trim off any feather stems. Rub softened butter under the skin and over the breast meat then stuff the cavity with half an orange, half a garlic bulb, a bunch of thyme, some rosemary and sage. Place back in the fridge.

3. At 6am on December 25, remove the turkey from the fridge. At 8:30am, preheat the oven to around 200 degrees. Start cooking at 9am. It will need turning at 10.30am, and should be ready by 12pm. Insert a small knife into the leg joint at the thickest part. If the juices run clear, the turkey is cooked. Merry Christmas!

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