Christmas Dinner Musts


What can’t you live without in your Christmas dinner?

We all love our Christmas dinner, and in the Winter Funland office we’ve been talking about what we don’t like in our festive feast, and what we absolutely love. What is non-negotiable for you and your family’s dinner? Do you love your turkey so much you’d be mad if someone served up lamb? What if you had to eat goose? And the most important question; are Brussels sprouts a yes or no?

The main question – what’s your favourite meat or do you go veggie?

We know that for most people, Christmas means turkey or lamb, but what if you don’t like these? Goose has become more popular in recent years and some people like ham with their main meal. What would you choose? In the Winter Funland office, we do like a traditional turkey, but some of our colleagues like beef or salmon as their main centrepiece. If you don’t like meat or fish and are vegetarian, what is your favourite? Nut roast, vegetarian Wellington, quiche? BBC Food have some great recipes HERE, let us know what you like to eat with your Christmas dinner through social media – we’d love to know what is the most popular!

Brussels sprouts: to be or not to be?

Like them, or loathe them, Brussels sprouts are here to stay. With many chefs coming up with different ways to serve them every year, they are a stalwart of the UK’s Christmas dinner and chock-full of vitamins C and K. How do you serve them? Boiled or roasted? Here are a few more ideas, but remember not to over cook them:

  • Buttered sprouts with bacon
  • Braised with chestnuts
  • Brussels sprouts bubble and squeak
  • Brussels sprouts with Gorgonzola cheese
  • Add to a Boxing Day salad with sesame seeds and leftover turkey

And for your side dishes…

Meat and Brussels sprouts on their own don’t make a Christmas dinner, which veg and side dishes do you prefer? In 2016 roasted potatoes were voted the country’s favourite part of the festive feast closely followed by carrots. Here are a few of our personal favourites…

  • Aldi’s foot long pigs in blankets – yes you read that right! Aldi are launching them on the 6th Dec!
  • Honey glazed parsnips – just delicious!
  • Lovely roasted carrots.
  • Roasted potatoes, boiled, mashed or however – just make sure potatoes are in there.
  • Christmas dinner isn’t the best meal without stuffing included. Whether you like sage and onion, chestnut, sausage meat, bacon and chestnut, cranberry. The list goes on.

Figgy Pudding, Plum Pudding, Christmas Pudding

Take your choice! Figgy pudding and Plum pudding are both types of Christmas pudding, but did you know that Plum pudding doesn’t have any plums in it? Raisins and currants used to be called “plums” and the Christmas dessert is a traditional choice at this time of the year. Served with flaming brandy sauce, it’s a must!

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Keep coming back to our blog page for more Christmas ideas to fuel your imagination. More blogs coming soon!

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