Christmas food has evolved well past the delicious staples of pigs in blankets and mince pies; though of course they both are essential to a festive feast.
Each year, ever more creative and experimental dishes are created to delight our tastebuds with both new and traditional flavours. We've had a glimpse of what Waitrose will be offering up in 2020, and it certainly doesn't disappoint.
It might seem far away but once you've seen some of what's coming in Waitrose's Christmas food range you'll be counting down the days.
Even your 4th Christmas party of the week will be a delight with Canapés as delicious sounding as spicy Pork and 'Nduja Croquettes with red pepper flakes, or Maple Bacon Whorls with tender pork sausage meat, smoked bacon and sweet maple syrup.
And you can really wow your guests with Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-vents; lobster and king prawns in a creamy white wine sauce laced with Cognac.
Mains and Sides
Even trying to say Châteaubriand with Porcini and Truffle Butter without your mouth watering is a challenge, so just imagine tasting the tender cut of British beef.
Meat-eater or not, the Moroccan inspired Vegan Festive Filo Swirls with apricots, raisins and squash sounds equally moreish.
But the main we're super excited about is the No.1 Venison Wellington. A timeless puff pastry Wellington but reinvented with Venison loin topped with a porcini mushroom duxelle, with brandy thyme, juniper and blackberry to bring out the venison’s unique flavour. Just imagine that with a perfectly paired glass of red. How many sleeps till Christmas?
For those days stretching out between Christmas and New Year, when left overs and cold meats are standard meals, Waitrose has really gone to town with its buffet offerings to breath some excitement into festive spreads.
Prime pork topside is apple glazed for the supermarket's Cider Cured Ham with Apple and bay, and the No.1 Duck Parfait has a secret centre of oven roasted mushroom and truffles, all topped with a Madeira wine glaze.
Even those of us without a sweet tooth find ourselves indulging over Christmas because there are just too many delicious desserts and puddings to be devoured.
Waitrose has transformed the ageing trifle to create the Queen of Trifles, sherry soaked sponge, vanilla custard, jelly, meringue and pistachio crumb. Or if you're after a real centre piece, the Raspberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta is a stunning star shape.
For those who favour chocolate, the Cherry and Amaretti Tiffin adds sultana and sweet cherry to rich chocolate biscuit, all shaped like a snowflake with a golden shimmer.
Cakes and bakes
When it comes to the mince pies, Heston From Waitrose: The Night Before Christmas Mince Pies are a lovely touch with their tiny clock faces.
Then, there's this impressive assortment of three classic Christmas cakes, including a golden sponge with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream and soft icing; a adorable Rudolph chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream, and a rich fruit cake, laced with brandy and covered with marzipan and icing.
Who can forget about the cheese? Delicious in so many ways and varieties, we've got our eyes on the Cheese Nougat, Wensleydale cheese dotted with Madeira-soaked raisins and berries, and the hot gooey Breaded Vegan Melts with Redcurrant Relish.
But the cheese there will always be room for no matter how much we've already eaten is this incredible looking Ready-to-bake Gruyère Fondue. A blend of cheese, cream and wine, the melty creamy deliciousness is perfect for sharing and dipping, but might in fact be too tasty to share if it's anywhere near as good as it looks.
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