THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION

Choose from an exciting selection of centrepieces this Christmas, from a Wellington with a twist to veggie pastry parcels with Moroccan spices, and a loin of pork with the crunchiest crackling imaginable. We also have a wide range of turkey and other festive birds – with serving sizes to suit a couple of people or larger gatherings.

Sophie Harrison

Partner & Product Developer

‘Inspired by the rise of slow-cooking and interest in lesser-known cuts of meat, our beef shin is a great option for easy hosting because the slow cooking part (nine hours in all) has already been done.

 

‘The classic sauce that accompanies it is a rich reduction of smooth Merlot wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly to cut through the deep flavours.’

Another one?

Yes please! This year’s mouthwatering new party food at Waitrose includes on trend ‘nduja croquettes, smoked salmon tarts with crisp beetroot pastry, airy pastry puffs topped with luxurious lobster thermidor and – a canapé classic reinvented – sausage whorls with a sweet maple syrup glaze.

Best-ever buffets

Buffets make the ideal feast for Christmas tea, Boxing Day or any time during Twixmas. From cider-cured hams to truffle-infused duck parfait, our buffet selection is sure to bring a little luxury to the festive table.

Bring out the cheeseboard

Come closer… who can resist the cheese course when it looks this tempting? With festive twists such as Wensleydale with Madeira-soaked raisins and berries, and a mature Dorset Cheddar with added aromatic truffles – plus baking options for heating and dipping – it’s easy to create a decadent spread at home.

Festive finales

Cakes, bakes and desserts are the finishing touch to every special celebration, and never more so than at Christmas. This year’s choice includes creations from Heston Blumenthal and Fiona Cairns, so expect to be surprised by intriguing flavours and eye-catching decorations. And yes, they taste every bit as good as they look.

Christmas on the go

No need to wait for the big day to savour the flavours of Christmas – we’ve got them wrapped up in our festive roast chicken and sprout sandwich. Other seasonal food-to-go offerings include a vegan falafel and roasted vegetable wrap, and a curried pork sausage brioche with sauerkraut and American-style mustard.