A poll of 2,000 adults who celebrate the festive season found 13 per cent struggle with the stuffing and 23 per cent make a lumpy sauce for the cauliflower cheese, resulting in them having to start from scratch.
When it comes to vegetables, sprouts seem to be the biggest struggle for 12 per cent while 11 per cent said carrots are their downfall.
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.
It emerged nearly a quarter (24 per cent) struggle to get Christmas dinner timings right with 32 per cent admitting they’ve had to make something again from scratch after messing it up.
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.”
The average Yuletide celebrating adult will prepare for the dinner seven days in advance, with it taking them a total of 5.6 hours on the actual day to get everything from pots to plates.
Two thirds prefer to be left alone in the kitchen while cooking the meal, with 64 per cent feeling happy once it’s finally been served, and a further 47 per cent feeling relieved.
Gravy (31 per cent) is the element of Christmas dinner people are most likely to have to start again after messing up on the day – with Yorkshire puddings (28 per cent) and roast potatoes (27 per cent) falling shortly behind.
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