Although turkey is traditional on Christmas Day, our delicious centrepieces are also worthy of pride of place this festive season. New for this year are the Heston from Waitrose Festive Peking Duck, Slow Cooked Treacle Cured Festive Gammon and Slow Cooked Ultimate Crackling Pork Belly Feast. All our fresh pork comes from British farmers we know and trust, and we recently committed a £16m support package to our pork farmers as the industry faces its biggest crisis in a generation.
Partner & Waitrose Executive Chef
“My barbecued turkey is normally at the centre of our Christmas table, but with its crispy skin and succulent meat, this Festive Duck – inspired by Heston’s love for Peking duck – will definitely be added to our celebrations this year. Our team of chefs have worked alongside Heston and his team to ensure that this centrepiece is a real showstopper. Traditional turkey is still popular, but our customers also look for alternative centrepieces and this duck is great for Christmas Eve or a New Year’s Eve dinner, with its on trend mulled wine hoisin glaze and duck crackling crumb.”
In our opinion, you can never have too many canapés! Christmas is a special time to come together and celebrate with loved ones, so whether you’re hosting all your family and friends, or planning an intimate dinner party with your nearest and dearest, we have a selection of party food to suit all tastes. New additions for this year include ’Nduja and Burrata Profiteroles, King Prawn Gyoza and our Balti Inspired Baubles with Mango Chutney Glaze – we’ll have one of each please!
Partner & Vegan Product Developer
“Developing new and delicious vegan products is a huge passion of mine. I love experimenting with different ingredients to ensure that our customers are getting the very best quality products with wonderful texture and flavour. This year we have a varied range of vegan Christmas products, with options for every course. New for this year are our Vegan Mini No Beef Empanadas which are made with spiced soya mince and a red pepper & carrot filling, encased in a crisp pastry – perfect to kick-start Christmas Day canapés or as part of New Year’s Eve nibbles.”
This Christmas there will be many delicious delights available at our deli counters, including our new Three Bird Layered Pork Pie and Christmas Dinner Sausage Roll – both great additions to a buffet table.
An after dinner treat doesn’t always have to be sweet. Our Heston from Waitrose Fig & Pear Mince Pies in Triple Cheese Pastry are inspired by Heston’s own favourite flavour combinations – Eccles cakes and cheese! These mince pies bring together the flavours of a festive cheeseboard and are delicious served warm with our new Kilner jar of Heston’s Tipsy Potted Stilton. And a supermarket first, our brand new savoury Parmigiano Reggiano & Cracked Black Pepper Panettone is delicious served toasted with pâté or cheese. Since it’s Christmas, there’s definitely room for something sweet too! Among the showstopping desserts for this year are our stunning No.1 Blood Orange & White Chocolate Quenelle, Limoncello Pandoro, No.1 Basque Cheesecake with Tipsy Fruits and Clementine Cheesecake.
Partner & Desserts Product Developer
“I’ve loved working with the team to create this beautiful dessert, inspired by delicious treats from French patisseries, for Christmas 2022. White chocolate and blood orange mousse is complemented by a centre of tangy blood orange and mandarin compote, on a base of Belgian chocolate, biscuit and diced cranberries with a delicate shimmer to make a beautifully elegant dessert. I may be a tiny bit biased, but this really is going to be a showstopper with friends and family this Christmas season.”
Get ready to prepare a cheeseboard of dreams! Our offering includes the Heston from Waitrose Potted Stilton (which pairs perfectly with the Heston from Waitrose Pear & Fig Mince Pies in Triple Cheese Pastry) and our Stratford Blue Truckle with Pear & Kentish Cider Glaze. The truckle is exclusively available at Waitrose and makes the perfect cheese centrepiece for Christmas celebrations or the ideal foodie gift for someone special.