After a tumultuous year to say the least, we might not know quite how our Christmases will look this year, but we do know one thing for sure: we’re already very excited about Waitrose‘s Christmas food line-up for 2020.
Perhaps sensing our current need for something to look forward to, the supermarket has shared a preview at its festive range, from showstopping centrepieces to sides, puds and even party food (much of which, of course, has a heavy Heston influence).
Is it the tastiest offering so far? That’s for you to decide – scroll on for your first look at the dishes that could be sitting on your dining table this December.
Waitrose Christmas food 2020: Here’s what you’ll see on the shelves this winter
Heston from Waitrose Citrus Gin Smoked Salmon, £6.99, Waitrose
Scottish salmon infused with citrus sherbet gin? We’re sold – and yes, that is sparkly gold lustre you see on the edges.
From a luxury venison Wellington to vegan vegetable parcels with vibrant Moroccan spices, and a loin of pork ‘with the crunchiest crackling imaginable’, there are plenty of alternative ideas for the star of your Christmas table at Waitrose this year. But if you’re partial to traditional turkey, don’t panic – this year’s bird is a free range Bronze turkey crown with thighs, so whichever meat you prefer, your tastes will be catered for.
No 1 British Venison Wellington, £30, Waitrose
Venison loin topped with a mushroom duxelle made with porcini mushrooms, brandy and thyme.
Vegan Festive Filo Swirls, £6.99 (serves 2), Waitrose
Moroccan inspired spiced vegetables with apricots and raisins in crispy filo pastry.
The Best of Both Free Race Bronze Turkey Crown With Thighs, £65, Waitrose
Easy to cook, super impressive to serve.
No 1 Free Range British Woodland Pork Crackling 10 Bone Rack, £12.99/kg, Waitrose
The skin is rubbed with black pepper and sea salt to make the crackling extra crispy.
Slow Cooked Beef Shin with Merlot and Shallot Sauce, £25, Waitrose
Proper melt in the mouth stuff – all you have to do is bake and glaze.
Heston from Waitrose Christmas Jewelled Stuffing Ballotine, £7, Waitrose
Studded with sultanas, cranberries, apple, apricots and candied orange, wrapped in triple oak smoked bacon and coated with a pork crackling crumb.
The sweet stuff
Mince pies and Christmas pudding are taken care of with a Heston twist, but there’s plenty more to discover if you’re not a dried fruit fan, from a sherry trifle terrine to edible chocolate candles (no, really!)
The Queen of Trifles, £12, Waitrose
Layers of sherry soaked sponge, vanilla custard, jelly, meringue and pistachio crumb.
Cherry and Amaretti Tiffin, £13, Waitrose
If you love a classic fridge cake, you’ll adore this combination of biscuit, sultanas and sweet cherry.
Raspberry and Vanilla Pannacotta, £7.50, Waitrose
Bored of traditional Christmas pud? This creamy star could be the perfect twist.
No 1 Black Forest Roulade, £8, Waitrose
Crisp meringue filled with chocolate semifreddo, cherry and kirsch sauce and whole amarena cherries, topped off with a hint of glitter.
Heston from Waitrose Chocolate Candles, £9 for 5, Waitrose
Mandarin buck’s fizz milk chocolate ganache inside a white chocolate candle. A perfect gift, to self or otherwise.
Heston From Waitrose The Night Before Christmas Mince Pies, £3.50 for 6, Waitrose
A clock-face top with carrot and caraway shortcrust pastry, stuffed with mincemeat, vine fruits, carrot, and cream sherry. The sugar on top is smoke flavoured.
Heston from Waitrose Sherry & Balsamic Vinegar Christmas Pudding, £14, Waitrose
Well, Heston was never going to make a straigthforward Christmas pud, was he.
The party food
Cheese Nougat, £3, Waitrose
Turning the classic sweet on its head with Wensleydale cheese dotted with Madeira-soaked raisins and berries.
Maple and Bacon Whorls, £6.50 for 10, Waitrose
Pork sausage meat taken to another level with smoked bacon and maple syrup.
Pork and ‘Nduja Croquettes, £6 for 10, Waitrose
Spicy bites with red pepper flakes. We bet you can’t stop at one.
Creamy Smoked Salmon Tarts, £6 for 10, Waitrose
Beetroot pastry with smoked salmon, lemon and crème fraîche.
So, who else is adding Waitrose Christmas food 2020 buys to their mental list already?