Let the supermarkets take the hassle out of Christmas this year and indulge in some of the most delicious festive tasty treats arriving at your local in the run up to the big day. From twists on the classic turkey to dessert showstoppers that are sure to impress everyone at the dinner table, here’s what to serve up this yuletide season.
This isn’t just any Christmas food, it’s M&S Christmas food. And they’ve certainly blown away our expectations once again this year – but hurry, as some of their goodies have already started selling out.
Choose from starters like the carving smoked salmon complete with a wooden board and knife or the sharing style brie en croûte that’ll please any dinner guests, before indulging in one of their turkeys with all the trimmings.
For the veggies, there’s a Plant Kitchen vegan beef wellington that looks just as succulent as the real thing. The mushroom, camembert and parsnip pie also looks like it’ll be a hit with the table.
But M&S really steals the show with their dessert offerings. Expect an Elf version of their famous Colin the Caterpillar – complete with chocolate presents, candy canes and an elf hat. Plus, a cake that’s made for smashing and some edible chocolate pine cones made from mousse and filled with a chocolate sauce centre.
Keep things traditional this Christmas and opt for a classic praline yule log from Fortnum’s. Its sponge is light and airy, while the praline ganache is rich and indulgent – the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea after the Christmas lunch. Or, perhaps keep it even more traditional with a Christmas pud – this plum number might be on the pricier side but it’s definitely worth it with its rich damson gin flavour.
For a buffet edition, try Fortnum’s black pudding scotch eggs. A fun twist on the original, these are crisp and made with a free range egg and British outdoor-reared pork and black pud.
For the pescatarians, there’s the salmon en croute that’s made in house and laced with a savoury filling on salmon and sautéed spinach. Not forgetting the flaky golden brown puff it’s encased in.
Waitrose’s selection of Christmas treats won’t fail to impress. There’s a whole host to tuck into, from breaded stuffed olives, perfect for pimping up your antipasti board, to a Bloody Margaret prawn cocktail, a twist on Nan’s favourite.
For the roasting joints, look to Waitrose’s three fish roast built with Scottish salmon, cod and smoked haddock with a zesty lemon and dill butter, and the Duchy organic free range feathered turkey crown for something more classic.
The standout dish that’ll win over any cheese and garlic bread lover has to be the Waitrose baking camembert with garlic dough ball wreath. Perfect for tearing and sharing all Christmas long.
Heston is back and he’s brought with him a range of delicious goodies too, including the giant cracking penny. Inspired by the childhood favourite chocolate coins, this bronze Belgian chocolate shell surrounds a rich mousse with hazelnut ganache. The espresso martini chocolate torte isn’t a bad shout either.
You might have to wait a few more days to get your hands on Aldi’s range but we guarantee it’ll be worth the wait. Expect to see everything from Pâté Ingot to the ultimate grazing platter to be lining the shelves come middle November until late December.
There’s plenty of veggie and vegan delights to go around too, including the delectable dim sum selection. It’s packed with char sui mushroom and jackfruit bao buns, five spice jackfruit dumplings, and purple spicy shumai – a blend of jackfruit, king oyster and shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots and red chilli. Bite size and delicious.
For desserts, there’s the honeycomb chocolate cracker cake that’s bound to bring some laughter and fun to the table. It’s a golden Belgian chocolate sponge filled with a hidden golden honeycomb centre and topped with a sticky Belgian chocolate sauce and edible gold stars. The raspberry and white chocolate Christmas tree is super sweet too.
Keep your eyes peeled in your local Aldi for their Christmas food drop, starting from next week…
Harrods is the place to go for the classics. From Christmas cakes to mince pies, biscuits to nuts, you’ll find all of the festive essentials in one place.
We’re loving their miniature selection of sweet treats, including these mini mince pies perfect for the small ones and leaving out a small treat for Santa on Christmas Eve. There’s also the Fiona Cairns mini Christmas cakes, infused with French brandy – these are great for gifting or pulling out with a cuppa in front of the roaring fire.
Has Rudolf ever looked as cute as this chocolate cake from Tesco? We think not. You can expect to be devouring a sponge, hand-decorated with edible antlers, nose and sugar paste eyes, before being topped with a rich chocolate frosting.
Other festive favourites arriving this Christmas include this easy carving duck with maple and orange glaze. A perfect contender for the Christmas Day table or one to indulge in the festive season as you please.
Tesco has also introduced an uber indulgent macaroni cheese laced with succulent Canadian lobster. Serve this as a side or dish it out at one of the endless buffets you’ll be hosting.
Let Sainsburys do all of the hard work for you this buffet season with their seriously tasty festive range. We can’t wait to get our hands on the Taste the Difference pork and cranberry wreath that’s a true star-shaped centrepiece encased in buttery puff pastry. There’s also the Taste the Difference chicken waffles that are an American classic making their name for themselves across the pond this year.
Don’t miss their treat section either. The cheerful snowman cheesecake will bring a smile to everyone’s faces as soon as you bring it out to the table. While the yule pups will make for a perfect packed lunch treat in the run up to the Christmas break.