This most unusual of years is speeding past and Christmas is already in sight. Getting ready to ring in the end of 2020, we've already got the festive season on our minds... And that means food.
As the major supermarkets begin to announce their festive food ranges, we're here to pull out the cream of the crop for you.
Aldi's range has some returning favourites, some ultimate classics and some brand new additions.
Here are our top picks from Aldi's Christmas food range...
Party Food and Starters
Meat lovers can look forward to Mini Beef Wellingtons, Cranberry and Port topped Pork Pies, and the spectacular-looking Pulled Pork and Pancetta Cracker with pulled pork, pancetta and seasoned British pork sausage meat in a buttery, flaky and light pastry shaped like a festive cracker.
The supermarket's popular Duck and Amaretto flavour Paté is joined this year by a very festive Brussels & Mulled Wine Paté, made from a rich pork liver paté infused with mulled wine and seasonal spices.
And there's a solid vegan offering too, including Vegan Cocktail Sausages, No Duck Spring Rolls, Vegetable Tempura Nests. Plus, the new for 2020 Vegan Thai Roses – handmade red and yellow roses made with vegetable filling, curry paste, spices and wrapped in filo pastry. They almost look to perfect to eat, but we're sure we'll manage.
Mains and sides
As well as its Bronze or Roly Poly Free Range Turkeys, and a Vegan Turkey too, the retailer is offering a range of mains, including a spectacular-sounding Multi Bird Roast with turkey, duck and pheasant or, new for 2020, a Whole Cockerel.
Steering away from poultry, there's a mouthwatering British Beef Rib Joint with Salt and Pepper Seasoning, or a 30-Day aged Sirloin Joint.
And those pigs in blankets devotees have everything they could possibly dream of – Truffle Pigs in Blankets, Frankfurters Wrapped in Bacon, Loaded Pigs in Blankets, Vegan Pigs in Blankets, Three Little Pigs in Blankets (cocktail sausages), and even a 2m Pig in Blanket.
Another tempting product is the very fancy-sounding Whiskey Infused Smoked Salmon, with responsibly sourced fresh Scottish smoked salmon slices, cured with sea salt and sugar and infused with oak barrel whisky.
The supermarket's Exquisite Cheese Selection is made up of artisan cheeses like the silky-smooth Kidderton Ash Goats cheese – matured with ash for a distinctive taste.
The Continental Cheese range picks out tasty favourites like Brie with Truffles – a delicate Brie flavoured with Italian truffle.
Meanwhile, the British Cheese Selection champions cheeses from closer to home, such as Gould’s Farmhouse Cheddar – made in Somerset using cow’s milk from the producers own and neighbouring farms, and matured for up to 12 months to develop a strong and slightly fruity flavour.
Deserts Cakes and Confectionary
New for 2020 are some serious Christmas deserts. Aldi is introducing a Vegan Chocolate Orange Melt in the Middle Pudding with gold shimmer, a Chocolate Dome with hazelnut mouse and chocolate sponge, and a Maple and Cinnamon Parfait with a cinnamon crunch and Bourbon caramel drizzle.
Chocolate Geometric Domes in Black Forest or Lemon and Berry are a sight to be seen and make an impressive centre piece.
Boozy deserts include Sloe Gin Mince Tarts, Infusionist Sloe Gin &Elderberry Cheescake, and a Damson Plumb and Pink Gin Pudding.
And, for littler family members, new Chocolate Snowmen will melt as you submerge them in hot milk, not only making hot chocolate but revealing marshmallows and chocolate drops hidden within the hollow snowmen's bellies.
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