Roast potatoes are the UK's favourite part of Christmas dinner

Ross McGuinness

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine.

But first it’s food, food, food. And in the UK that usually means turkey, right? Wrong.

Britons have picked their favourite part of Christmas dinner, and they’re not overly keen on gobbling gobbler.

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Instead, the nation’s favourite festive food is the humble roast potato.

It’s almost time for Christmas dinner (Picture: Rex)
It’s almost time for Christmas dinner (Picture: Rex)

Cast off to the side of the plate for decades, it has finally taken its place in the Christmas limelight.

According to a poll by YouGov, roast potatoes are the most popular part of Christmas dinner among Britons, with 85% of eaters including them in their ideal festive feast.

They came out on top after a poll of 1,611 adults.

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After roasties, the next favourite Christmas trimming was gravy at 75%, a justifiably high position, given that it goes all over everything.

Roasties are the kings of Christmas (Picture: Rex)
Roasties are the kings of Christmas (Picture: Rex)

Third place when to stuffing with 66%, followed by carrots on 65%.

Perhaps surprisingly, Brussel sprouts was next, with 62% saying they’d want the often derided greenery on their Christmas plate.

Brussel sprouts are more popular than you might think (Picture: PA)
Brussel sprouts are more popular than you might think (Picture: PA)

This put sprouts ahead of pigs in blankets (61%), parsnips (57%) and Yorkshire pudding (47%).

In a separate question, participants were asked to name their favourite meat on Christmas Day.

Although it was still the most popular meat, only 52% chose turkey, followed by beef with 10% and chicken with 8%.

Another 8% would opt for a vegetarian alternative.