If there’s one thing that unites everyone at Christmas, it’s the love of fine food and delicious festive treats! Whether you like to make your own or prefer to get a little help from your favourite retailer, we have some great ideas to get you started.
The Classic Mince Pie
What would Christmas be without the mince pie? Traditional recipes often include a little dash of brandy in the mincemeat, but every family has their own recipe. Are you a piecrust traditionalist or will you try a filo pastry twist or mince pies with chocolate chips? BBC Food has a great recipe for super-simple mince pies if you are new to baking. If you prefer to entertain rather than do the cooking, then check out these mixed mince pie selection boxes from M&S then click here >>
If you’re hosting a gathering for the festive season, finger foods are a great way to encourage everyone to mingle. Try smoked salmon blinis and dishes of olives, vegetable crudites, mini quiches, cocktail sauces and tiny desserts. The Booths Continental Party Box makes it easy with a ready-made selection of fine cheeses and meats, ready to serve and perfect for impressing your guests!
And for the Little Ones
Don’t forget the kids! Mini pizza slices, chicken nuggets, vegetable ‘sticks’ with fresh dips, crisps and fruit kebabs are all popular choices. M&S even make them for you. You could also serve mini fish ‘n’ chips in cones – and don’t forget tiny cakes for little hands. These pretty mini cupcakes from Waitrose will delight even the fussiest eater, click here to view range >>
Those who adore food will find plenty of scope to try new and exotic party foods during the festive season. Langoustines are wonderful with a chilli dip, as are Greek meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, home-made French pate and Thai chicken balls. Make miniature satay skewers and tiny quiches, and serve baked mussels with the shells. Crostini and delicious breads are always a useful addition to any festive table, especially when paired with pate, cheese and chutneys. Sainsbury’s make it easy for you with ready-made party platters! Tesco does an equally impressive array of platters with mini Caesar salads, salmon blinis and varied canapes – click here to shop >>
Don’t forget to stock your table with festive drinks. Whether you love a fruity punch, sparkling prosecco, fine wine or freshly made cocktails, you’ll need to stock up on some ingredients in advance. Majestic Wines is a great place to buy your drinks and to find plenty of inspiration, and they even offer free delivery!