In the immortal words of Slade, it’s Christmasssss! Or at very least, Christmas is approaching at quite the rapid speed, meaning that we’re all starting to imagine what 25th December might look like this year in the face of the unpredictable rollercoaster that has been 2020.
The most reliable aspect of the festivities, however, is always the food, and this year the supermarkets are doing their best to lift our spirits with some of their most creative and delicious innovations thus far. And if Sainsbury’s Christmas food offering for 2020 is anything to go by, they’ve done a cracking job.
The store with the orange logo really has thought of everything, from turkey and the trimmings to all of the sweet treats you could dream of and even the Christmas Day breakfast spread. And while our parties may be limited in numbers, we’ll take any excuse to eat canapés, especially when they include delights like sweet chilli cauliflower bites and dim sum aplenty.
There’s also tons of plant-based vegan options, cute edible gifts to give to your secret Santa and of course, a selection of tipples to toast the season in style. Here’s the highlights of the Sainsbury’s 2020 Christmas food offering – we challenge you to scroll to the end of this page without feeling seriously hungry.
Sainsbury’s Christmas food 2020: What you’ll find on the shelves this December
Yes, Sainsbury’s has really thought about getting us through the entire day this year, with a spread that spans Gingerbread Porridge Sachets, Cranberry, Cinnamon and White Chocolate Granola, Bucks’ Fizz Marmalade to spread on your toast and even Mince Pie Filled Wheats.
The main event
Kick off the proceedings with individual smoked salmon terrines, made from a blend of steamed and honey roast salmon topped with Scottish smoked salmon and decorated with cream cheese, dill and pink peppercorns.
The range of turkeys this year at Sainsbury’s is vast, starting from £35 for a 4-4.99kg bird.
However, if you fancy something a little different, this rolled pork belly joint delivers on tenderness, succulence and flavour, handrolled with garlic, lemon & herb stuffing.
Another tasty alternative comes in the form of this beef wellington, with 21 day matured beef fillet with layers of chicken liver pâté and mushroom, wrapped in a flaky all butter puff pastry.
A pork, sage and onion stuffing wreath with pigs in blankets and decorative cranberries and rosemary – both of your favourite sides in one.
There’s absolutely no excuse not to wow any vegan guests or family members this year, with a spread that uses clever swaps like vegan puff pastry and soy milk sauce.
For an even more traditional plant-based take on Christmas Day dinner, try the No Turkey Parcels, with turkey-flavoured seitan, rich sage and onion stuffing and even a turkey ‘vacon’ rasher.
The sweet stuff
The lovechild of tiramisu and profiteroles – how did someone not think of this sooner?! It’s a blend of coffee-soaked sponge and Marsala & mascarpone mousse with pockets of rich Belgian chocolate mousse, topped with cream-filled profiteroles, Belgian chocolate sauce and bittersweet dark chocolate shavings.
Could we finally have a contender for Christmas Colin? This yule log-inspired festive pup is created with a soft and light chocolate sponge cake rolled in milk chocolate buttercream and covered in a smooth milk chocolate.
Filled with layers of luscious raspberry compote and sweet raspberry mousse in a crisp white chocolate and feuilletine shell – we can’t wait to crack it open.
A dairy-free alternative consisting of a rich and smooth panna cotta style dessert made with rich Belgian dark chocolate and caramel sauce.
A digestive biscuit base layered with baked chocolate chunk cheesecake, chocolate fudge topping and silver lustred white chocolate curls.
The sweetest addition to a Christmas stocking! Chilly is decorated with white and dark chocolate and a fluffy marshmallow belly, while the kitten is showered in a decadent silver shimmer for an added touch of luxe.
Another great addition to a stocking or Christmas Eve box – and one that will go perfectly with the store’s new orange hot chocolate.
The party food
These Asian-inspired canapés will take your tastebuds on an adventure – if you can bear to eat them that is, as they’re almost too pretty to tuck into (particularly the prawn roses).
Remember what we said about vegans not missing out this year? This is further evidence, as everything you see is totally plant-based.
A velvety filling of mushrooms and mellow French brie, enriched with black truffle sauce, encased in buttery puff pastry sprinkled with nutty-tasting mixed seeds for extra flavour and crunch.
Far more impressive than your standard sausage roll – the pork sausage meat is delicately seasoned with a blend of spices and mixed with sweet cranberries, before being encased in a butter-enriched puff pastry and topped with poppy seeds.
A cheeseboard is all well and good, but nothing will express like a tree-shaped tower. Serve with your favourite crackers and a great chutney.
Whether you’re drinking or not, there’s something delicious to sip at Sainsbury’s this year. The Berry & Clementine gin is bursting with flavours of fresh fruits, juniper, ginger and winter spice – ideal for Christmas cocktails – while the Chablis is a great opener for your Christmas Day meal. The non-alcoholic mulled punch, meanwhile, has all of the traditional flavours, no alcohol required.
You can see more of the Sainsbury’s Christmas food 2020 range at food-to-order.sainsburys.co.uk