This Croatian sour cherry strudel from Rick Stein's From Venice to Instanbul is an excellent store-cupboard dish: tinned cherries, walnuts and frozen filo pastry combine to create an easy, fuss-free, delicious Christmas dessert. What more could you want?
If you want something that you can put in the oven and forget about while you prepare everything else, then pork belly is your friend. I love the sound of this Roast pork belly with apple, sour cherry and fennel chutney. If you really want to break from tradition, serve it shredded (or pulled), with a wintry slaw and roasted sweet potatoes.
Or could make something chocolately like these sour cherry and stem ginger florentines? Thing is don't want to make extra work for myself or have anything left to the last minute. Not sure if could make something that froze and then defrosted. Doesn't sound fresh and tasty! Plus there's already chocolate on the table so don't really need food at this point.