Genius Christmas Dinner Soup

Serves 5-6
Meal type Bacon, Cranberry, Garlic, Leek, Nutmeg, Onions, Potato, Turkey
Season Fall, Winter


  • 3 cups (600g) potato

  • 1 cup (400g) onion
  • 1 leek
  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 2 oz (50g) smoked bacon lardons, cooked till crisp

  • 1 pound (500g) turkey thigh meat, cooked and shredded

  • 6.76 oz (200ml) full-fat milk

  • Ham stock

  • Turkey stock

  • Dessertspoon of cranberry sauce

  • Good handful of dried cranberries

  • Sage

  • Nutmeg

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dessertspoon of goose fat


1 Roughly chop all veg and sauté in the goose fat.
2 Then add the milk and around 2 litres (aprx 8 cups) of the ham and turkey stocks.
3 Add 2 pinches sage and simmer for 30 mins.
4 Blend the soup, then add the cranberry sauce, the dried cranberries, the bacon, turkey, a pinch of ground allspice and a grate or two of nutmeg.
5 Season with pepper.
6 Leave for around an hour for the cranberries to swell and the flavours to meld. Adjust seasoning, adding salt, pepper, cranberries and sage if required.
7 The soup should be creamy, deeply savoury with a topnote of fragrant spice and an undercurrent of sage.
8 The cranberries give a sweetness while the sage and onion echoes traditional turkey stuffing.
9 The ham stock and bacon picks up on the fabulous 'pigs in blankets', without which no British Christmas dinner is complete.