With Christmas almost upon us, now is the time to stock up on your favourite Christmas foods. From celebrated turkey dishes to moreish mince pies, an abundance of cheeses and a variety of sweet treats, there are a number of taste-tantalising items to choose from.
Here we’ve listed a few of the most popular British Christmas foods…
Most Popular British Christmas Foods
This one is probably one of the most prevalent dishes come Christmas time, as it makes up the main course! Other well-liked dishes include roast beef, ham or pheasant. You can either order a fresh turkey online or from your local butchers, or pick up a frozen turkey, thaw it, and then roast it in the oven for a couple of hours on the day. Toppings include a variety of garnishes, such as gravy and cranberry sauce!
Roasted potatoes make the perfect accompaniment to turkey and a variety of other meats! To create the perfect roast potatoes, cut into small squares, drizzle with a little olive oil, season with thyme, herbs or parsley, and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place in the oven and remove when the potatoes begin to turn golden brown. For a little extra crunch, just leave them in the oven for a few minutes longer.
Stuffing is a Christmas food that tends to vary from place to place. Some will serve traditional stuffing, which boasts flavours of thyme and rosemary, whilst others will try their hand at creating something more adventurous, such as chestnut stuffing. To create it yourself, simply mix chestnut puree with herbs, butter, breadcrumbs and onions. Stuffing can be placed inside the turkey or served as a side dish (or both).
Pigs in Blankets
Pigs in blankets are another characteristically British part of Christmas supper! These small sausages, which come enveloped in bacon, are said to have been around since the 1600’s.
When searching for the perfect Christmas foods to accompany the main, Yorkshire puddings are a popular choice. They originate from England, and are created using a batter of milk, eggs and flour. Not all believe Yorkshire puddings should have a place on the plate come Christmas time, yet as they’re enjoyed with a roast dinner at all other times of the year, more and more are serving them up in the festive season!
Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without lashings of gravy. Traditional gravy recipes are created from a sauce that comes from the turkey drippings. These drippings are combined with wheat flour to create a thick consistency, and then seasoned with salt and pepper. When poured over slices of delicious turkey and fragrant stuffing, this is a mouthful worth remembering. Try placing a vegetable trivet under your roast turkey, to give a moreish flavour base to your Christmas gravy.
Cranberry sauce, as the name suggests, is made from cranberries. For those who shy away from gravy, this is perfect condiment to complement Christmas turkey. Making your own cranberry sauce is easy and this is something that can be created a few days prior to Christmas Day. Combine a light muscovado sugar with fresh or frozen cranberries and a little orange juice. Once made, this sauce will keep for a week or so – giving you just enough to last for the festivities!
Many steer clear of Brussel sprouts, at least until Christmas time! There are a number of unique recipes used today, all of which promise to create the perfect, crunchy Brussel sprout. Whether you cook or sauté them, they make a delicious side dish, especially when teamed with bacon, brown sugar, butter and balsamic vinegar.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas pudding. This is one of the Christmas foods that makes up a traditional part of the Christmas dinner. The pudding is comprised of various dried fruits, held together by a mixture of suet and egg. Some will add molasses or treacle to this recipe and flavour it with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spices. This particular desert can be created in plenty of time, as its high alcohol content prevents it from spoiling.
Mince pies come in the shape of mini pies, brimming with various fruits, including raisins, cranberries and sultanas. Certain recipes also call for spices, such as nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon. To add a twist, add chopped nuts. Once baked, these sweet treats are dusted with icing sugar, and make the perfect treat when served with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.