Essential Christmas menu
Essential Christmas menu

ESSENTIAL
Christmas menu

ESSENTIAL
Christmas menu

Enjoy a fabulous four-course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, without breaking the bank. We've created a collection of festive recipes using ingredients from our Essential range – think turkeys for carving, sauces for slathering, desserts for indulging and cheese for nibbling – all with the quality you'd expect, at prices you wouldn't. And you can now add ingredients to your trolley from our recipe pages, too

Essential Christmas
STARTERS

Essential Christmas
STARTERS

Start your meal in style with a juicy prawn cocktail salad or a warming veggie soup made with a medley of festive ingredients.

Prawn cocktail & avocado salad
Prawn cocktail & avocado salad

Prawn cocktail & avocado salad

With responsibly sourced prawns and buttery avocado

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Spiced sweet potato & leek soup with Stilton
https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/recipe/spiced-sweet-potato-and-leek-soup-with-stilton

Spiced sweet potato & leek soup with Stilton

Deliciously festive with leeks, Stilton and cinnamon

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Essential Christmas
MAINS

Essential
Christmas
MAINS

Succulent traditional turkey, flavoursome festive ham, sumptuous seasonal salmon and the most wonderful meat-free Wellington – we've got delicious dishes to suit an array of dietary preferences.

Essential roast turkey with thyme & lemon
Essential roast turkey with thyme & lemon

Essential roast turkey with thyme & lemon

Our Essential turkeys are reared to high animal welfare standards

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Essential honey-glazed gammon
Essential honey-glazed gammon

Essential honey-glazed gammon

All our fresh pork comes from British farmers we know and trust

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Roast salmon with orange
Roast salmon with orange

Roast salmon with orange

This festive side of salmon makes a stunning yet simple centrepiece

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Mushroom & chestnut Wellington
Mushroom & chestnut Wellington

Mushroom & chestnut Wellington

This moreish meat-free marvel will end up on everyone's plate

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Essential Christmas SIDES & ACCOMPANIMENTS

Essential Christmas
SIDES &
ACCOMPANIMENTS

From parsnips and potatoes to veggies and bread sauce, treat everyone to all the trimmings this Christmas. Don't forget your Essential Cranberry Sauce and Essential Gravy – and Essential Cheese Sauce for making cauliflower cheese.

Perfect roast potatoes
Perfect roast potatoes

Perfect roast potatoes

Crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – just the way they should be

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Roast carrots & parsnips with honey & mustard
Roast carrots & parsnips with honey & mustard

Roast carrots & parsnips with honey & mustard

With crisp, caramelised edges and a temptingly sticky glaze

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Parsnip & chestnut gratin
Parsnip & chestnut gratin

Parsnip & chestnut gratin

Slightly sweet and very satisfying – a spoonful goes a long way

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Sage, bacon & chestnut stuffing
Sage, bacon & chestnut stuffing

Sage, bacon & chestnut stuffing

Bursting with festive flavour – with just 20 minutes of prep!

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Roast red cabbage with redcurrant dressing
Roast red cabbage with redcurrant dressing

Roast red cabbage with redcurrant dressing

This classic must-have side dish takes just 10 mins of prep

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All the greens
All the greens

All the greens

A gloriously verdant display with cabbage, sprouts and peas

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Classic bread sauce
Classic bread sauce

Classic bread sauce

Delicious with a traditional turkey, or roast chicken

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Make your own
PIGS in BLANKETS

Wrap Essential British Pork Cocktail Sausages or Essential British Pork Chipolatas in Essential Smoked or Unsmoked British Bacon Streaky Rashers (sliced in half if you're using cocktail sausages). Toss in a mixture of Essential Pure Clear Honey and Essential Wholegrain or English Mustard to make a glaze, if you like. Cook in a preheated hot oven, turning and basting once or twice until brown all over, piping hot throughout, the juices run clear and there is no pink meat.

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Essential Christmas
DESSERTS

Essential 
Christmas
DESSERTS

Keep it simple with an Essential Shortcrust Mince Pie (suitable for vegans) or choose from two divine dessert recipes below – just add Essential Single Cream or Essential Double Cream.

Pressure cooker Christmas pudding
Pressure cooker Christmas pudding

Pressure cooker Christmas pudding

A classic, rich pud that saves on both cooking time and energy usage

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Gluten-free chestnut, chocolate & hazelnut cake
Gluten-free chestnut, chocolate & hazelnut cake

Gluten-free chestnut, chocolate & hazelnut cake

This tempting treat made with rich dark chocolate is gloriously gluten-free

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Essential Christmas CHEESEBOARD

Serve a suitably stunning finale to your Christmas meal with an irresistible cheeseboard, complete with crackers and fruit.

How to use up
CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS

How to use up
CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS

Spend less over Twixtmas by transforming Christmas Day leftovers into something special. From turkey ramen to Christmas pudding doughnuts, discover delicious dishes below.

Christmas turkey leftovers
Christmas turkey leftovers

Christmas turkey leftovers

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Christmas cheese leftovers
Christmas cheese leftovers

Christmas cheese leftovers

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Christmas dessert leftovers
Christmas dessert leftovers

Christmas dessert leftovers

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Enjoy a meat-free or gluten-free Christmas
Enjoy a meat-free or gluten-free Christmas

Enjoy a MEAT-FREE or
GLUTEN-FREE Christmas

If you or your guests are vegan, vegetarian or follow a
gluten-free diet, we've got festive food you'll love 
See our vegetarian and vegan range

OR 

See our gluten-free range