If we said it had been a struggle selecting the best food and drink for Christmas to recommend to you, well, it would be a fib. It’s a pleasure to choose the best from all our favourite stores.
And in Tesco's Christmas food and drink dept this year there is a whole host of buys that have pleased our palates – and been commended by the expert foodies who assemble to taste the festive options from supermarkets and producers each year.
So, get wheeling that trolley – or clicking – on these brilliant buys and make the most of all the flavours of Christmas.
Tesco Christmas dinner best buys
Free range? Tick. Tasty stuffing? Yep. A bacon topping? You’ve got it. Tesco finest British bronze turkey crown will keep eight to 11 festive diners content. The bird promises to be flavourful and succulent and the pork, leek, smoked pancetta and thyme stuffing delicious. It’s gluten free, too.
Buying a turkey and need side dishes? We suggest one of them should be the Tesco finest stuffing wreath with pigs in blankets and cranberry compote. The Good Housekeeping Institute gave this the number one spot in the stuffing category of its Christmas taste tests, remarking on its ‘rich flavours’. What do you get? Pork, cranberry and apple sausage meat stuffing, pork cocktail sausages wrapped in streaky bacon, and a cranberry, redcurrant jelly, port and red wine vinegar confit, topped with parsley and cranberries. Hurrah for Christmas.
Whether you want to offer an alternative meat for the Christmas dinner table, or a centrepiece for another get-together, Tesco crackling gammon joint with maple and bourbon glaze will do the trick – and serve up to 13 people. The Good Housekeeping Institute ‘adored the crispy crackling, salty-sweet maple flavour and warming alcohol undertones’. Sounds good to us.
Veggies won’t miss out on tasty choices if you do the shopping at Tesco. Its finest butternut, mushroom and chestnut wreath was acclaimed by the Good Housekeeping Institute testers, and the vegetarian members of the Real Homes team would be delighted to bring this to the Christmas table.
Tesco Christmas pudding best buys
Need to ensure the pud doesn’t include gluten? Check out Tesco finest free from Christmas pudding. It uses gluten-free breadcrumbs and tapioca starch and, naturally, includes the vine fruits plus glacé cherries you’d expect. It’s one for fans of boozy puds, too, with not only Courvoisier VS Cognac, but cider, amontillado sherry and ruby port adding to the rich and flavourful mix.
The Tesco chocolate yule log is a worthy alternative for all those who’d prefer a chocolate pudding to a vine fruit version, and it makes a great centrepiece, too. It doesn’t stint on the chocolate: it’s filled with cream and Belgian chocolate sauce, coated in chocolate fudge and decorated with milk and white chocolate shavings. You’ll need to order ahead, though, so get in now.
Tesco mince pie best buy
Boozy mince pie devotees, you’ll like these. Tesco finest mince pies are filled with Courvoisier VS Cognac and port-infused mincemeat. You’ll find Napoleon glacé cherries, as well as vine fruits, and festive spices and Italian citrus peel as well. With all-butter pastry, to boot, these are on our list.
Tesco party food best buys
The Tesco finest salmon en croûte wreath is a fabulous choice as part of a seasonal buffet. The fillets have a white wine, lemon and parsley sauce and they're wrapped in a buttery puff pastry. It’s ready to cook (for around half an hour). Order now, but be aware there’s a limited delivery window for this festive treat.
There’s enough to serve 30 people in this Tesco finest cheese celebration cake. That’s a marvellous 2.9kg of cheese in a shape that’ll draw all eyes to your party spread. The cheeses include Cheddar, Red Leicester, Blue Stilton, Wensleydale with sweetened dried cranberries and sweetened dried blueberries and St Endellion Brie. Just add crackers (the biscuity kind, although we’re sure you’re providing the other sort, too). Get your order in.
We reckon there will be few guests who can resist Tesco finest mini tarts selection. This is another of the store’s festive delights that’s only available for delivery between 20 and 23 December 2019, so plan yours in. Visitors – and you, of course – can choose between chocolate, salted caramel, and white chocolate and lemon fillings in the buttery pastry cases.
Tesco Christmas wine best buys
Acclaimed by experts, Tesco finest Prosecco brut, is not only a rather lovely fizz for your celebrations on Christmas day or new year’s eve, but it also comes at a very appealing price (and if you snap it up before 12 December 2019 it’s even cheaper). The tasting notes remark on its citrus and pear flavours and peach blossom aromas, and we say, happy Christmas!
Accompany festive blue cheeses with a glass of port – it really would be rude not to. Tesco finest vintage port also partners dried fruits and nuts beautifully. Concentrated berry fruit character, rounded tannins, and notes of ripe fig and cacao all make this a winning Christmas beverage.