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Supermarket Christmas food 2021: the ultimate guide to M&S, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl festive ranges – and more

We’ve pulled together the festive food specials hitting the supermarkets this year to help you plan your shopping

Supermarket Christmas food 2021: the ultimate guide to M&S, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl festive ranges – and more

From indulgent showstoppers to fun party pieces, there are plenty of enticing food options on offer this year, whether you’re looking for classic festive flavours or more unusual Christmas-themed creations (pigs in blanket sushi rolls, anyone?).

To help inspire your festive food planning, we’ve rounded up the standout Christmas specials from the major supermarkets, including starters and party food, showstopping desserts, cheese and more.

We also asked supermarkets to nominate their top turkey options (for small and large gatherings), alternative meat or fish options and vegetarian or vegan mains to help you track down your ideal Christmas Day centrepiece.

If you want to jump straight to a specific supermarket, click on the retailer name to skip to its Christmas food selection and availability info: Aldi, Asda, Coop, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose.


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Aldi Christmas food 2021

Aldi Exquisite Game Box

Christmas food order dates: available to order now from Aldi (though some food won’t be available to pick up / in store until nearer Christmas – this applies to all the supermarkets, dates given where known)

Aldi is tantalising our taste buds this year with a range of pigs in blankets-themed festive delights, including posh ‘stags in quilts’ and, if you’re craving festive flavours ahead of time, a pizza topped with maple-glazed turkey, garlic and herb-infused pork crumbs and cranberry sauce is available from the beginning of December.

If you’re foregoing the traditional turkey this year, Aldi has you covered with unusual upgrades, including pheasant and game selections, and showy vegan centrepieces.

Starters and sides

  • Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Pate Ingot, £4.99 (365g) Chicken and duck liver parfait topped with passionfruit and clementine jelly and a hidden cranberry centre. Available 10 December.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Baking Camembert with Sprout Pesto, £2.99 (290g) Molten and creamy baked camembert, perfect for dipping and dunking with a unique sprout pesto. Available now from Aldi.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Stags in Quilts, £2.49 (240g) Wild venison and pork cranberry chipolatas rolled in streaky bacon. Available 9 December.

Mains

  • Aldi Ultimate Stuffed Turkey Crown and Bacon Wrapped Thigh Fillets, £39.99 (serves 10-12) Turkey crown stuffed with pork, sage and caramelised onion stuffing, accompanied by two stuffed thigh fillets wrapped in bacon. Available 19 December.
  • Aldi Free Range Turkey Parcels, £24.99 (serves 4) Turkey breast fillets stuffed with pork, sage and onion stuffing, and wrapped in bacon. Available 19 December.
  • Aldi Exquisite Game Box, £29.99 (serves 8-12) Two plucked whole pheasants, two plucked whole partridges, four pheasant breasts, and two rolls of pork and cranberry stuffing. Available 19 December.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Vegan Festive Wreath, £3.99 (serves 4) Puff pastry wreath with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and chestnuts, drizzled in a cranberry glaze. Available 19 December.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Pigs in Blankets Festive Pizza, £3.49 (535g) Pizza topped with pigs in blankets, maple glazed turkey, garlic and herb-infused pork crumb, mozzarella and cranberry sauce. Available 1 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Aldi Specially Selected After Dinner Mint Layered Bar, £4.99 (350g) Chocolate sponge topped with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate chips, a mint chocolate feuillantine with meringue pieces and a mint fondant topped with rippled dark mint chocolate. Available now from Aldi.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Raspberry and White Chocolate Christmas Tree, £7.99 (serves 6) Filled with layers of mousse and sponge, this festive treat also comes in Black Forest flavour. Available now from Aldi.
  • Aldi Specially Selected Millionaires Mince Pies, £1.99 (pack of 6) Mince pies filled with salted caramel, chocolate and hazelnut sauce, and sweet, spiced mincemeat. Available now from Aldi.
  • Aldi Specially Selected British Flavoured Truckles, £1.99 (200g) Range of unique flavoured cheeses, including: caramelised onion & rioja mature cheddar; rosemary & truffle flavour mature cheddar; spiced honey & rum Yorkshire Wensleydale; raspberries & pink gin Yorkshire Wensleydale. Available now from Aldi.

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Asda Christmas food 2021

Asda Bruce the Brussel Sprout cake

Christmas food order dates: some options available to order now from Asda. In store dates, prices and serving sizes still to be confirmed.

Asda has some fun party pieces on the menu this year, which should please little ones round the dinner table, as well as some treats more suited to grown-up tastes.

More zany options include a candy cane shaped sausage roll with sage and onion, and a rather cute Brussel Sprout cake (in case you’re wondering, Asda didn’t go that far – the cake itself is chocolate).

Starters and sides

  • Asda Extra Special Duck Liver Pate with Clementine and Armagnac Jelly Ingot Chicken and duck liver pate enriched with cream, topped with a clementine and Armagnac jelly.
  • Asda Candy Cane Pork, Sage & Onion Sausage Roll A fun and hearty party food (as long as you have a knife to hand), this giant candy cane shaped sausage roll has sage and onion flavouring and is topped with crunchy sprinkles.
  • Asda Extra Special Pigs in Blankets Fondue with Red Leicester Cheese & Sweet Chilli Dip Pigs in blankets with a chilli cheese fondue for another snacking treat.

Mains

  • Asda Extra Special Free Range & Corn Fed Stuffed Turkey Crown (serves 6) Turkey crown filled with pork, bacon, orange blossom honey and thyme stuffing, wrapped in double oak smoked dry cured bacon.
  • Asda Small Roast in a Bag Turkey Crown (serves 4) Roast in the bag for a fuss and mess-free turkey dinner.
  • Asda Extra Special Three Bone Rib Joint with Parmesan & Truffle Crust, £62 (serves 12) Try something different with this 21 day-aged British beef rib joint with Italian black summer truffle, and an Italian parmesan and herb crumb. Available now from Asda.
  • Asda Extra Special Beefless Wellington (vegan), £5 (serves 4) Soya-based ‘beef’ filling layered with a topping of mushroom duxelle and wrapped in vegan puff pastry. Available 22 November.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Asda Extra Special Chocolate Orange Bauble Hand-moulded Belgian dark chocolate shell, filled with fresh orange curd, chocolate sponge, blood orange caramel and chocolate mousse.
  • Asda Bruce the Brussel Sprout Cake Chocolate sponge filled with chocolate flavour frosting and covered in soft, green fondant icing.

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Co-op Christmas food 2021

Co-op GRO HO HO Spicy Fondue

Christmas food order dates: from December (exact dates TBC).

Co-op is mostly sticking to classic Christmas flavours with its festive range this year, although there are a few unusual options lurking around if you’re feeling brave, including some avant-garde Christmas dinner-flavoured spring rolls.

Vegans are well catered for, too, with a variety of festive offerings in it’s GRO HO HO range, including a spicy fondue made with vegan alternative cheeses and a soya-based Turk’y joint.

You can check how Co-op’s regular vegan offerings fared against rivals in our recent vegan burger taste tests and vegan sausage tests.

Starters and sides

  • Co-op Irresistible Beetroot Cured Smoked Salmon with Orange Liqueur, £4 (100g) Delicately smoked and matured over beech and oak. Garnished with beetroot, orange liqueur and orange zest.
  • Co-op Christmas Dinner Spring Rolls, £3 (148g) British turkey in a gravy sauce with cabbage and carrot, accompanied by a sweet cranberry dipping sauce. 
  • GRO HO HO Spicy Fondue (vegan), £3.50 (130g) A blend of vegan alternative cheeses with jalapeno chilli, spring onion, sweet roasted peppers and smoky paprika.

Mains

  • Co-op Irresistible Organic Pembrokeshire Turkey, £45 (serves 6-10) Reared in Wales and slowly grown for fuller flavour and tenderness. Available 19 December.
  • Co-op Small Turkey Crown, £17.50 (serves 2-4) Fresh turkey breast crown with prime wings. Available 19 December.
  • Co-op Irresistible Beef Picanha Joint with Porcini Butter, £17.50 (serves 5) 28-day-matured succulent beef Picanha joint seasoned with salt and pepper and served with a porcini butter. Available 15 December.
  • GRO HO HO Turk’y Joint (vegan), £4.95 (serves 3) Turkey alternative made from soya, finished with a bay leaf, and a herb and garlic melt. Available 15 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Co-op Irresistible Belgian Chocolate Orange Wreath Cake, £8 (739g) Chocolate sponge with clementine filling, topped with orange milk chocolate ganache buttercream, and decorated with milk chocolate rice balls, milk chocolate curls and dark chocolate pine needles.
  • Co-op Irresistible Millionaire’s Roulade, £4.50 (430g) Slow-baked soft and chewy chocolate meringue filled with toffee sauce, caramel cream and biscuit crumb. Finished with a Belgian milk chocolate drizzle and a dusting of gold shimmer.
  • Co-op Irresistible Bourbon & Bitter Orange Mince Pies, £2 (pack of 4) All-butter mince pies, filled with bourbon and bitter orange mincemeat, topped with clementine flavour buttercream.

Iceland Christmas food 2021

Iceland Luxury Mac & Cheese Pie

Christmas food order dates: order now from Iceland. Some in store availability and prices still TBC

Iceland’s Christmas range features a range of indulgent frozen favourites, including a mac and cheese pie with vintage cheddar, and a chocolate layered dessert with brownie, peanut caramel and chocolate mousse.

It’s also offering a fishy take on pigs in blankets, switching out the sausage for tail-on king prawns.

Starters and sides

  • Iceland Luxury King Prawns in Blankets, £5 (pack of 10) Raw tail-on king prawns wrapped in smoked streaky bacon. Available now from Iceland.
  • Iceland Luxury Mac & Cheese Pie, £3 (serves 2) Puff pastry tart filled with cooked macaroni pasta in a creamy vintage cheddar cheese sauce, topped with toasted breadcrumbs and red Leicester cheese. Available now from Iceland.

Mains

  • Iceland Perfect Turkey Crown, £16 (serves 8-10) Easy carve turkey crown marinated in oil, herbs and spices. Available now from Iceland.
  • Luxury Aberdeen Angus Beef Dripping Joint, £16 (serves 4-6) Aberdeen Angus beef seasoned with beef dripping. Available now from Iceland.
  • Luxury Festive Roast for one (vegan), £2.50 (serves 1) A pre-cooked combo of brown rice, red lentils, parsnip, spinach, potato, carrots and mushrooms topped with sunflower seeds, and a cranberry and onion chutney.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Iceland Luxury Chocolate & Peanut Bar £6 (serves 8) Brownie base layered with peanut caramel, topped with a milk chocolate mousse and coated in milk chocolate. Available now from Iceland.
  • Iceland Luxury Black Forest & Chocolate Mousse, £5 (serves 8) Chocolate flavoured sponge layered with cherry fruit, topped with dark chocolate mousse, and coated with cherry and kirsch flavoured glaze. Available now from Iceland.

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Lidl Christmas food 2021

Lidl Gammon with mulled wine glaze

Available in store (Lidl doesn’t sell food online)

Lidl’s Christmas range features plenty of luxurious options to enjoy over the festive period, from fancy seafood starters to indulgent cheesy dishes such as brussels sprout gratin and shellfish mac and cheese.

Plus, there are puds to please everyone, including a rich melting chocolate and salted caramel sponge and a passion fruit, raspberry and prosecco pavlova stack for those who fancy something fruitier.

Starters and sides

  • Scallop & Champagne shells, £3.49 (serves 2) A stylish starter for two – scallops in a champagne and butter sauce topped with a regato cheese crumb. Available at Lidl.
  • Lobster, crayfish & crab mac & cheese, £5.99 (serves 2) A trio of shellfish with macaroni in a west country cheddar cheese sauce. Available at Lidl.
  • Brussels Sprout & Bacon Gratin, £1.99 (serves 4) Sure to divide opinion. Brussels sprouts and smoky bacon in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with breadcrumbs. Available at Lidl.

Mains

  • Lidl Deluxe Silver Slate Free Range Turkey (serves 4-6) A traditional heritage breed that reaches full maturity before slaughter for a rich flavour. Available 19th December.
  • Lidl Deluxe Mulled Wine Gammon Joint (serves 6-8) Gammon joint with a sticky mulled wine glaze. Available 19th December.
  • Lidl Deluxe Wreath (vegan), £3.99 (serves 4) A festive pastry garland with a vegan sausage and cranberry filling. Available at Lidl.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Passion fruit, Raspberry & Prosecco Pavlova Stack, £4.99 (465g) Meringue layered with prosecco cream and passion fruit sauce, finished with whole raspberries and Belgian white chocolate curls. Available at Lidl.
  • Salted Caramel Melting Pudding, £5.00 (serves 7) Belgian chocolate sponge with a salted caramel melting centre, enrobed in chocolate ganache and finished with chocolate baubles and sparkling shimmer. Available at Lidl.
  • Gingerbread Dairy Ice cream, £1.99 (480ml) Ice cream swirled with gingerbread flavour sauce and ginger cookie pieces. Also available in mince pie flavour. Available at Lidl.

M&S Christmas food 2021

M&S Plant Kitchen Vegan Beef Wellington

Christmas food order dates: no longer available online. Fresh turkeys now in-store (2 Dec)

M&S has produced a typically luxurious-sounding festive spread. Its range features a variety of tempting options, including a salmon platter, vegan wellington and brie en croute.

Plus, a festive version of the much-loved Colin the Caterpillar to rival Asda’s cheery Brussels Sprout cake.

Starters and sides

  • M&S Collection The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Platter, £18 (serves 4) One for serious salmon fans. A selection of oak-smoked, whisky-smoked and honey roast hot smoked salmon, and smoked salmon pate. With caper berries and fresh dill to serve. Available in-store from 18 December.
  • M&S Collection Brie en Croute, £14 (serves 6) Creamy Brie wrapped in all-butter puff pastry studded with rosemary and garlic. Available in-store.

Mains

  • M&S Collection Turkey & Ham Christmas Pudding Pie, £20 (serves 6) Fancy something a bit different but with the traditional bases covered? This all-butter shortcrust pastry pie filled with British turkey, pulled ham hock and fruity pork stuffing, fits the bill – it’s finished to look like a Christmas pudding. Available in-store.
  • M&S Collection The Perfect Turkey Joint, £45 (serves 8-10) Turkey with pork, chestnut, cranberry and sloe gin stuffing, topped with apple wood-smoked streaky bacon and topped with a bouquet garni and goose-fat butter. Available in-store.
  • M&S British Oakham Turkey Breast Joint, £12 (serves 2-4) Boneless turkey joint basted with buttermilk and stock. Available in-store from 18 December.
  • M&S Collection Ultimate Pork Crackling Joint, £10 (serves 8) Salt-matured and deeply scored for guaranteed crackling and basted with pork stock. Comes with an umami flavour bombe to make a jus. Available in-store from 18 December.
  • M&S Plant Kitchen Vegan Beef Wellington (vegan), £15 (serves 4) Wheat- and pea-based vegan Wellington topped with mushroom duxelle and wrapped in puff pastry. Available in-store from 18 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • M&S Collection Golden Blond Chocolate Star Christmas Pudding, £12 (serves 8) Fruity pudding with blond chocolate and fudge, enriched with brandy and rum, and finished with a blond chocolate and rum sauce. Available in-store from 18 December.
  • M&S Elf Colin the Caterpillar, £10 (serves 10) Chocolatey sponge roll with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate and finished with edible decorations. Available in-store.
  • Also in store from 2 December are M&S Colin the Caterpillar Candy Canes (2 for £3), mint-flavoured gummy sweets in a candy cane shape, and Very Merry Munch (£8) a festive tin snack mix of chocolate covered nuts, popcorn and pretzels.

Morrisons Christmas food 2021

Morrisons The Best Best Sloe Gin Baking Brie

Christmas food order dates: order most items now from Morrisons.

Morrisons is offering a fruity twist on the Christmas classics this year, including a smoked ham pie with orange jelly and cranberries, panna cotta flavoured with raspberry and prosecco, and a baking brie with cranberries, sour cherry and a sloe gin glaze.

Vegans are also well catered for, with vegan salmon and an enticing veggie wellington in the line-up.

Starters and sides

  • Morrisons Vegan Smoked Salmon (vegan), £5 (serves 2) Carrot cured in salt and Nori, then sliced and marinated in apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika and mirin. Available from Morrisons.
  • Morrisons The Best ‘Rock Pool’ Seafood Medley with Garlic Butter, £10 (serves 4) Celebrate Christmas like they do on the continent with this seafood special. Mussels, king prawns and langoustines with garlic & herb butter. Available 13 December.
  • Morrisons The Best Best Sloe Gin Baking Brie, £6 (serves 12) Baking Brie from Normandy with dried cranberries, and a sour cherry and sloe gin glaze. 590g. Available from Morrisons.

Mains

  • Morrisons The Best Pork, Smoked Ham & Orange Jelly Wreath Pie, £10 (serves 6-8) Crisp pastry filled with British pork, beech wood smoked British ham hock and orange jelly, topped with cranberries. Available from Morrisons.
  • Morrisons The Best Free Range Whole Bronze Turkey, £14.98-£48.69 (serves 6-12 depending on size) Reared slowly for a rich, full flavour. Available from Morrisons.
  • Morrisons The Best Turkey Parcel, £10 (serves 4) Turkey breast wrapped in smoked streaky bacon with pork, sage and onion stuffing. Available 19 December.
  • Morrisons The Best Lightly Smoked Scottish Salmon Side with Cranberry & Orange, £15 (serves 6) Lightly smoked salmon garnished with orange zest, cranberries and warming seasonal spices. Available 19 December.
  • Morrisons The Best Vegan Vegetable Wellington (vegan), £5 (serves 3) Vegetable and butternut squash joint, wrapped in a cranberry, apricot and chestnut duxelle with a wholegrain mustard melt, encased in puff pastry. Available from Morrisons.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Morrisons The Best Chocolate Orange Melt in the Middle Pudding, £6 (serves 8) Belgian chocolate and orange sponge with an orange sauce centre, topped with dark chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, dark chocolate decorations and gold sparkle. Available from Morrisons.
  • Morrisons The Best Vanilla, Raspberry and Prosecco Panna Cotta Star, £7 (serves 8-10) Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry jelly and raspberries, finished with a prosecco glaze. Available from Morrisons.

Sainsbury’s Christmas food 2021

Sainsbury's Pig in blanket Christmas tree

Christmas food order dates: order now from Sainsbury’s.

Like Aldi, Sainsbury’s has come up with various creative ways to jazz up the traditional version of pigs in blankets, including pigs in blankets sushi rolls and a giant metre-long pig in blanket Christmas tree decorated with cranberry baubles.

It’s offering plenty of tempting vegan options, too, with a plant-based gammon alternative, a chocolate and salted caramel dessert, and it’s first entirely vegan cheese board.

Starters and sides

  • Sainsbury’s Bucks Fizz Scottish smoked salmon, £13.50 (serves 6) Slices of mildly smoked Scottish salmon, soaked in a prosecco and orange glaze with festive gold sparkle. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s Pigs in Snowy Blankets (Dragon Sushi Rolls), £3 Pigs in blankets with a smooth cranberry sauce and nori seaweed, wrapped in sticky, sushi rice blankets. Topped with cranberry sauce and crispy onions. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s Pig in blanket Christmas tree, £7.50 (serves 6) Metre-long pig in blanket Christmas tree wrapped in oak smoked streaky bacon, decorated with cranberry baubles and rosemary tinsel sprigs. Available from Sainsbury’s.

Mains

  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference ‘Roast in the bag’ British Free Range Bronze Turkey with Sage and Onion Stuffing, £44-£54.78 (serves 6-8) Turkey filled with sage and onion stuffing designed to be cooked in the bag for extra succulence. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s British Turkey Parcels, £18 (serves 4) Individual portions of turkey breast with a pork, sage and onion stuffing, wrapped in strips of smoked bacon topped with butter and cracked black pepper. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Stuffed Salmon & Trout Roast, £20 (serves 6) A lighter alternative to turkey: salmon and trout fillets with white wine and herb stuffing, and a tangy blood orange & cranberry glaze. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Plant Pioneers No Gammon with Maple Glaze (vegan), £5.50 (serves 4) An easy-to-carve meat substitute made from wheat and pea protein coated in a sticky and sweet maple glaze. Available 8 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Sainsbury’s Yule Dog, £8 (serves 14) Another Colin Caterpillar competitor. This soft, light chocolate sponge cake is rolled in milk chocolate buttercream and covered in a milk chocolate shell. Decorated with festive sprinkles and edible candy canes. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s Chocolate & Salted Caramel Star (vegan), £8 (serves 5) Panna cotta-style dessert made with Belgian dark chocolate and salted caramel sauce. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Sainsbury’s Frangipane Mince Pies, £2 (pack of 4) All-butter shortcrust-style mince pies filled with brandy laced vine fruit and a hint of orange, finished with frangipane topping. Available from Sainsbury’s.
  • Plant Pioneers Cheese Selection (vegan), £4.50 An entirely vegan cheese board featuring four dairy-free options: caramelised onion cheddar-style; traditional cheddar-style; Wensleydale-inspired with cranberries; and a plant-based blue. Available 1 December.

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Tesco Christmas food 2021

Tesco Finest Black Forest Christmas Pudding and mince pies with salted caramel

Christmas food order dates: 23 November (Delivery Saver customers can order from 16 November).

If you fancy a change from traditional mince pies and Christmas pudding this year, Tesco has switched things up for something sweeter, with Black Forest Christmas pudding and salted caramel mince pies on the menu.

It’s also got plenty of options on the cheese front, including a baking brie topped with festive fruits and a vegan fondue.

Starters and sides

  • Wicked Kitchen Mature Cheddar Alternative & White Wine Bake (vegan), £3 (serves 3) Vegan fondue made with a smoked coconut alternative to cheddar cheese, infused with white wine. Available 15 November.
  • Tesco Finest 3D Giant Xmas Tree Stuffing with Crunchy Herb Topping, £5 (serves 6) Pork, plum, date and brandy stuffing shaped like a Christmas tree and garnished with a herby crumb and cranberry hearts. Available 22 November.
  • Tesco Finest Baking Brie with Festive Fruits, Brandy Glaze and Walnuts, £12 (serves 16) Baked Brie with a brandy glaze, fig and fruit peel, topped with walnut kernels. Available now from Tesco.

Mains

  • Tesco Finest British Free Range Bronze Stuffed Crown with Tender Cooked Stuffed Thigh, £35 (serves 8-10) Turkey crown with pork, sage and onion stuffing, topped with smoked bacon and bay leaf, paired with slow cooked turkey thigh with pork, sage and onion stuffing. Available 13 December.
  • Tesco St Clement’s Trio, £13 (serves 6) A selection of smaller cuts. Turkey breast joint basted with turkey stock, turkey boneless rolled thigh with pork, orange and cranberry stuffing, turkey breast rolled around a pork, sage and caramelised apple stuffing topped with smoked streaky bacon. Available 13 December.
  • Tesco Finest Maple Wood Smoked Scottish Salmon Side with an Orange Glaze, £18 (serves 4-6) Scottish salmon smoked using maple wood chips, glazed in honey and orange marinade and finished with caramelised orange slices and zest. Available 17 December.
  • Wicked Kitchen No-Turkey Roast Crown (vegan), £5 (serves 4) Wheat protein faux turkey crown topped with sage and onion stuffing and bay leaves. Available 13 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Tesco Finest Black Forest Christmas Pudding, £10 (serves 8) Christmas pudding with juicy vine fruits, Belgian chocolate chunks, purple glacé cherries and a shot of kirsch, topped with whole natural red glacé cherries and blanched almonds.  Available from Tesco.
  • Speculoos Profiterole Gateau, £4 (serves 10) An on-trend treat for fans of the small spiced caramel biscuits. Sponge layered with vanilla mousse, caramel biscuit sauce and cream filled profiteroles, topped with a speculoos drizzle and biscuit crumb. Available now from Tesco.
  • Tesco Finest Crumble Topped Mince Pies with Salted Caramel & Festive Spice, £3 (pack of 4) Fruity mincemeat and indulgent salted caramel sauce encased in pastry, topped with a buttery crumble. Available now from Tesco.

Waitrose Christmas food 2021

Waitrose Vegan Jewelled Roast with a Fruity Centre

Christmas food order dates: order now from Waitrose (though you may have to wait for a cancellation). Some product availability dates still TBC

The Waitrose range features contemporary and upmarket twists on Christmas favourites, including a ‘Bloody Margaret’ prawn cocktail with gin-infused jelly, Wensleydale with chocolate-coated coffee nibs and coffee liqueur, and a vegan roast with a clove-spiced apricot centre.

Starters and sides

  • Waitrose Bloody Margaret Prawn Cocktails, £6 (serves 2) Prawns in cocktail sauce with cucumber, spiced tomato and gin-infused jelly, topped with smoked salmon pieces and finished with lovage.
  • Baking Camembert With Garlic Doughball Wreath, £6.50 (675g) Dipping Camembert with tear and share wreath glazed with olive oil, parsley and garlic. Served with a caramelised red onion and sherry vinegar chutney. Available 8 December.
  • Pork & Game Pie, £7.50 (serves 8) Outdoor-bred pork with venison and pheasant in rich hot water crust pastry, finished with savoury bone stock jelly. Available 17 December. 

Mains

  • Waitrose Duchy Organic Free Range Bronze Feathered Turkey Crown, £63-75 (serves 5+) An easy-to-carve organic free range turkey crown. Available from Waitrose.
  • Waitrose Free Range Stuffed Turkey Breast, £25 (serves 4) Turkey breast with a traditional stuffing of pork, shallot and herbs, wrapped in bacon. Available from Waitrose.
  • Waitrose Three Fish Roast, £40 (serves 8) Scottish salmon fillet, cod and smoked haddock with baby spinach in lemon and dill butter. Available from Waitrose.
  • Waitrose Vegan Jewelled Roast with a Fruity Centre (vegan), £5.99 (serves 4) Mushroom-based roast with caramelised onions and chestnuts with a clove-spiced apricot centre topped with apricots, cranberries, crushed chestnuts, sunflower seeds and pine nuts. Available 22 December.

Desserts and sweet treats

  • Waitrose Vegan Winter Pudding, £5 (serves 4) Apples, blackberries, raspberries and blackcurrants layered with bread, and soaked in a lightly spiced fruit sauce.
  • Heston’s The Giant Cracking Penny, £20 (serves 10) Belgian chocolate shell surrounding a rich chocolate mousse with hazelnut ganache on a chocolate and hazelnut base. Available 17 December.
  • Waitrose Chocca Mocha Wensleydale, £3 (200g) A three-in-one post-dinner treat to cover all your cravings. Creamy Wensleydale studded with chocolate-coated coffee nibs, and a dash of coffee liqueur.

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When to buy your Christmas food and how to store it safely

person taking food out of freezer

Getting ahead on Christmas food shopping can help spread the cost and save you stress in the days leading up to to the big day, especially when things are a bit more uncertain this year.

Plenty of festive staples are relatively long lasting and can be bought in advance, including store cupboard and frozen foods.

These include:

  • Biscuit/chocolate selection boxes
  • Christmas pudding
  • Christmas condiments, eg cranberry sauce
  • Savoury nibbles, eg nuts, crisps
  • Mincemeat (if making your own mince pies)
  • Crackers (for cheese)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen party food

Fresh food such as chilled desserts, cheese, meat and fish may only keep in the fridge for a few days. Some may be freezable, but you’ll need to check the packaging to be sure and it may affect the texture of some products.

If you’re doing an online shop, you can order fresh foods in advance for delivery or collection closer to Christmas.

Prepping and freezing festive favourites

Most Christmas foods can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the freezer. Dinner items such as turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and stuffing are usually suitable for freezing up to three months in advance (make sure you always check the pack instructions).

But some foods may lose some of their sparkle when frozen. For example, it’s best to avoid freezing your cheeseboard selection.

Freezing can affect the texture of cheese, particularly soft cheeses, such as brie or goats cheese, which may lose their creaminess and become grainy. Harder cheeses can become very crumbly, which won’t make for a star slice on the day.

More food prep and storage tips:

We’ve tested wine, champagne, mince pies, cheese and much more to help you find the best-tasting Christmas food – look out for our recommendations coming soon.

In the meantime, take a look at our guide to the best food and drink, featuring our top picks for everyday staples such as coffee, cornflakes and pizza.


*Story originally published on 29 October 2021, but updated 2 December to flag some booking services are now full

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