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The Handbook

Let the supermarkets take the hassle out of Christmas this year and order in some of the finest festive flavours, traditional turkeys with a twist and dessert showstoppers that’ll wow the guests round the dinner table.

Swap your overcooked turkey for Waitrose’s fresh butter basted turkey breast in smoked bacon, your Christmas pud for ALDI’s Ferrero-inspired chocolate and praline dome and top off Christmas with Tesco’s mega croquembouche, here’s what to feast on this Christmas.

Marks & Spencer

Christmas comes early to Marks & Spencer this year, with their festive foodie favourites launching back in October. In true M&S style, they’ve gone totally flamboyant on the food front, with boozy puds, indulgent turkeys and festive treats for all to enjoy. 

On the savoury front, we totally eyeing up the Brie en Croute that’s encased in a handcrafted all-butter puff pastry and topped with rosemary and garlic. It’ll be the ultimate crowd pleaser come Christmas eve or for a buffet centrepiece. For the sweets, we’re loving the sound of the new Plant Kitchen Vegan Festive Wreath, perfect for any plant-based fiends in your social bubble and of course, top off Christmas day with the Collection Chocolate & Orange Christmas Pud. Yum. 

A celebration wouldn’t be a celebration without a Colin the Caterpillar cake, and in true Christmas spirit, Marks & Spencer has launched a festive version of the famous furry critter. Order one in and indulge in its choc-covered sponge roll with chocolate buttercream, that’s decorated with edible presents and decorations. 

ALDI

For those looking for something that’s both affordable and delicious, should take a look at ALDI’s epic Christmas range. 

Those who love a buffet but can’t handle the faff will love their canapé range, from Indian-spiced parcels to a Lets Party Prawn Lollipop, to Christmas favourites in mini form, including mini beef wellingtons and mini steak and ale pies. If you’re a lover of pastry, these nibbles are for you. 

For the dessert, the pièce de résistance has to be their Ferrero Rocher-inspired Chocolate and Praline Dome. Expect layers of salted butter caramel mousse, chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate and hazelnut mousse and a rich dark chocolate outer shell.

Waitrose

From fresh butter basted turkey breast in smoked bacon to a silky-smooth duck parfait stuffed with a mushroom and truffle centre, truly indulge this Christmas with Waitrose’s festive range. 

This year they’ve enlisted help from none other than Heston Blumenthal, so you can expect innovative and complex culinary delights, including a handcrafted seafood selection packed with Heston Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon, Heston lemon gin smoked salmon and Heston Bloody Mary prawn cocktail and a fig and port cheese cake. It’s a lemon shortbread based, layered below a tangy cheesecake made with soured cream and a hidden fig and port compote inside. 

Other newbies include the adorable Chocolate Rudolf Cake that’s packed full of creamy chocolate buttercream, plus a delicious Salmon en Croûte, with a zesty tarragon, lemon and watercress sauce, wrapped in all butter puff pastry.

Get your orders in by 15th December to guarantee your goodies come Christmas Day.

Harrods

Stock up on the family favourites from Harrods. While you might not want to nip into Central London right now, you can order in all of your favourites for the big day online. 

From classic mince pies to a chocolate selection fit for a royal, Harrods has some beautiful treats to be enjoyed on the big day. We’re also eager to try out their alcohol-free vegan Christmas pud, perfect if you’ve got any vegans round over the festive season.

Tesco

We knew we could count on Wicked Kitchen to bring out an incredible feast for the vegans out there. We’re already dreaming about their ‘No-Beef’ wellington. It’s packed with seasoned pea protein, topped with onion, garlic sautéed porcini and chestnut mushroom duxelles and packed inside vegan puff pastry. 

For a showstopper dessert, order in the Chocolate Orange and Maple Bauble Cake, that’s literally topped with an edible bauble. Cut open and Tesco’s take on Malteasers will come rolling out. Or, let the giant profiterole stack take the centre stage and wow all of the family.

Fortnum & Mason

Go big or go home this Christmas with a little help from Fortnum & Masons. Of course they’re famous for their luxury hamper selections, but we want to steer your eyes towards their festive feasting options too. 

For the meat lovers, appease your cravings with a slice of their Christmas Pie, that’s jam packed with turkey, ham, dried cranberries and sage and onion stuffing. Let Fortnum & Mason’s Ultimate French Cheese Selection elevate your cheese board set-up to a whole new level, filling it with truffled soft cheese, blue and soft ring cow’s milk cheese. Yum. 

Fortnum & MasonFortnum's Fruit Cake

Price: £15.95
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Fortnum & MasonChristmas Pie

Price: £29.95
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Sainsburys

We’re seriously impressed with Sainsburys’ vegan Christmas range, and can’t wait to get our hands on the BBQ No Pork Belly Bites, made out of a blend of jackfruit and king oyster mushrooms and coated in a sticky hoisin and fragrant spice sauce. 

For something classic with a twist, try Sainsburys’ Festive Turkey, Bacon & Chestnut Pie. All of your favourite Christmas flavours packed inside flaky, all-butter shortcrust pastry. Yum.


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