Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for in the supermarket’s range this year, while Asian eats influence party time and their desserts offer a visual feast.
Snacks and Appetisers
Delivered via a mini party version, the savoury waffles are topped with shredded duck and sweet hoisin sauce.
Christmas Tree Crisps
Made with spinach to achieve the green colour, these salted tortilla chips are flavoured with a hint of pine.
The Main Event
The Best Vegetable Layered Tart
For those looking for a plant-based option, this tart is loaded with spiced beetroot, butternut squash, spinach, cranberry and onion chutney and topped with roasted chestnuts. Available in the frozen aisle, it’s also parcelled up in dairy-free puff pastry, making it vegan.
Veg / Vegan
Vegan Pigs in Blankets
Made with jackfruit and chickpea, these vegan sausages are wrapped in “streaky pastry” instead of bacon.
Another vegan addition, these croquettes are filled with sweet potato, carrot and red pepper in a katsu curry sauce.
Korean Jackfruit Bao Buns
Designed for steaming at home, they are filled them with pulled jackfruit, BBQ sauce and mixed vegetables in spicy gochujang sauce to please the crowd.
With layers of Belgian chocolate mousse, butterscotch mousse, salted caramel sauce and chocolate sponge all topped with white and milk chocolate stars and shiny malt balls. The dessert is hand-finished with a gold-flecked Belgian chocolate dome, which is smashed before eating.
Salted caramel is incorporated with Californian raisins and shortcake pieces into a snowflake finished with a bronze lustre.
Salted Caramel & Pecan Pavlova Wreath
A popular shape this year, its topped with a salted caramel sauce and milk chocolate drizzle
Topped with a Belgian chocolate woodland scene, this hand-made chocolate sponge cake has layers of maple syrup sauce and chocolate ganache frosting.
Panettone Crumb Pudding
With vine fruits and candied cherries with ameretto, there is also a hidden dark cherry sauce.
Unusual options include Florentine Mince Pies filled with morello cherry and mincemeat, that is then topped with honey-glazed almonds, citrus peel and cranberries. Or go for the Stuffing Mince Pies, which sees a pastry base filled with British pork mince mixed with orange and lemon zest and topped with cranberries.
More Christmas cheer:
- Tesco - The supermarket hopes to ensure there's something for every taste this Christmas.
- Waitrose - Inspiration comes from the nostalgia for old festive favourites.
- Marks and Spencer - Over 170 different items in the Christmas range, from festive crumpets to mushroom bao buns.
- Iceland - Subtle Japanese influences, theatrical desserts and a 30-strong range with plastic-free packaging.
- The Co-op - Health and well-being, food provenance as well as free-from foods are top of mind.
- Asda - Miniature pub food and a pigs in blankets centrepiece are among the novel options.
- Lidl - Think plenty of old classics reimagined and increased decadence (but still at an affordable price).
- Aldi - Modestly priced options that still offer the opportunity to show off.