Christmas at home about embracing tradition, which in culinary terms equates to hearty, warming, quintessentially English fare that celebrates quality produce. Turkey and the trimmings will feature as the star attraction on British lunch tables all over the country, but there are many other options to try.
This year, inject your seasonal dining with gastronomical gusto, introducing a few original twists on annual favourites and more experimental additions to your entertaining repertoire. Not only will you create restaurant-inspired food, but you’ll also ignite culinary debate among friends.
Tesco understands that, although you are passionate about food, your time is limited. That’s why its Tesco Finest* range offers a wide selection of dishes that are oven-ready in minutes but retain the qualities of home-cooking prepared from scratch and using fine ingredients.
Pop in and pick up all you need to create your perfect culinary Christmas this year. From cheese centrepieces to rich speciality meats, patés and decadent desserts, you can create your own à la carte menu at a reasonable price with maximum impact. Raise your glasses!
Canapes with classy English clout
Break free from the same old formula of sausage rolls, devils on horseback and mini quiche finger-food. This year, create an anglo- inspired canapé selection for a fresh modern twist on a festive drinks party. Select minimalist serving platters and adorn with tasteful Union Jack flags or mini bunting, then fill up with a mixture of the following four Tesco Finest* canapés.
King Prawn Rostis 244g, £4, are light rostis served with an oven- roasted tomato and cream cheese topping and garnished with succulent king prawns. Tesco Finest* Mini Toast Cups 220g, £4, for 12 are a delightful fusion of creamy Stilton and apple, sun-blush tomato and mature Cheddar. The creamy flavours and acidity of the fruit create a perfect balance.
Pies are an English culinary institution and Tesco Finest* Mini Steak and Ale pies 336g, £3, encase tender prime cuts of British steak enriched with the powerful punch of Kentish Bishops Finger ale in a melt-in-the- mouth bite-size chunk of all-butter shortcrust pastry. Enjoy all of the flavour without all of the calories. Finish with a play on pâté with Tesco Finest* Chicken Parfait with Port and Thyme 300g, £5. It works well when spread on cheese biscuits or layered onto celery slivers.
Eastern inspired mini-bites
Why not create one canapé platter that showcases the diversity of different world cuisines?
With a nod to Malaysian cuisine, Tesco Finest* 10 Chicken Laksa Parcels 250g, £4, are wonderfully light bite-sized pastries filled with tender chicken prepared in a creamy sauce, then hand finished with coconut. The Tesco Finest* 12 Oriental Prawn Selection Pack 248g, £3, offers a combination of King Prawn and Coriander Spring Rolls, Whole Prawn Toasts and King Prawn Parcels. Finish the platter off with a Chinese edge – serve Tesco Finest* 12 Butterfly King Prawns with a Sweet Chilli Dip 250g, £3.