Festive cheese board

The nation’s experts reveal their favourite Christmas products

Here's all you need for your Christmas dinner party

By Charlotte Brouwer, 18 November 2016
The nation’s experts reveal their favourite Christmas products

Whether you're hosting friends or family, throwing a big Christmas party or putting on a lavish three course feast, you don't need to break the bank to put together a show-stopping menu.

You don't need to break the bank to put together a show-stopping menu

In fact, according to the expert taste panel at the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards, the very best Christmas food out there also happens to be the best value!

We've beaten off competition from other supermarkets to win five top spots (and two highly commended) in the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards – including the prestigious prize for best turkey.

Asda has also been voted the Quality Food Awards Retailer of the Year 2016 at the Quality Food Awards, which recognise the highest quality products in the UK grocery market. In fact, they voted Asda top in not one but twelve categories!

Want to know which other award-winning products to look out for this year? Here are 7 you'll want to put on your festive shopping list.

1. Smoked salmon

Experts at the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards described our Extra Special Rich & Intense Smoked Salmon as "a lovely woody flavour with good bite and a traditional texture – especially delicious with a little crème fraîche or, as the slices were wide, wrapped around a filling".

Wow guests by making smoked salmon, soft cheese and scone canapes – they look ultra posh but are very simple to make. Alternatively, these homemade potato blinis are much easier to make than you might think, or you could top these ready-in-minutes rosti which can be easily cooked a day ahead.

For the ultimate show-stopper starter for your next dinner party, make this festive smoked salmon ceviche with orange and mulled spices (including star anise and cinnamon), or turn your smoked salmon a beautiful shade of purple in this vibrant beetroot, smoked salmon & walnut salad. Or you could make these simple and elegant smoked salmon parcels or a smoked salmon terrine a day in advance.

Our Extra Special Rich & Intense Smoked Salmon is available in store from 12th November 2016.

2. Ham

Winner of the ham category in the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards, our Butchers Selection Smoked Gammon with Whisky & Ginger Glaze is described by the taste panel as "gloriously tender and moist, with a smoky bacon flavour – the right blend of sweet and salty".

For the perfect pairing of sweet and savoury, serve it with spiced apples, apple wedges or a colourful and crunchy apple, radish & beetroot coleslaw

Our Butchers Selection Smoked Gammon with Whisky & Ginger Glaze is available in store from 26th November 2016.

3. Turkey

Experts at the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards described our Extra Special free-range British corn-fed Norfolk Bronze Turkey as "plump, glossy and beautifully golden". Make sure you pre-order yours soon!

Make it even better with a delicious roast turkey gravy, and stuff it with a tangy herb and citrus stuffing

Our Extra Special free-range British corn-fed Norfolk Bronze Turkey is available in store from 9th December 2016.

4. Lamb

Highly commended by the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards and winner at the 2016 Quality Food Awards, our Extra Special Lamb Guard of Honour with Redcurrant & Mint Butter is the ultimate alternative main course this Christmas, voted "a full-flavoured juicy lamb rack, with a subtle mint butter" by the taste panel.

Serve it with a herby stuffing, your favourite gravy and mint sauce, or make a sweet and tangy cherry sauce. Griddled asparagus with a redcurrant jelly dressing and crushed potatoes with chives make the perfect side dishes.

Our Extra Special Lamb Guard of Honour with Redcurrant & Mint Butter is available in store from 26th November 2016.

5. Cheeseboard

After dinner, bring out our impressive Extra Special Cheeseboard – proud winner of the cheeseboard category in the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards.

Serve it with our award-winning Extra Special Flame Roasted Tomato and Habanero Chilli Chutney, olives, meats and crackers. Or why not push the boat out and make your own chutney? Try our spiced apple & cranberryplumspicy mango, rhubarb, or courgette & apricot chutney recipes. Or make your own cheeseboard with our selection of award winning cheeses.

Our Extra Special Cheeseboard is available in store from the 15th October 2016.

6. Macarons

Winner of the 'sweet bites' category in the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards, our colourful Extra Special Frozen Macarons are crisp on the outside and deliciously chewy within. The taste panel said, "we can’t believe they come from the freezer".

Our Extra Special Frozen Macarons is available in store now.

7. Mince pies

Last but not least, get in the festive spirit with our highly commended Extra Special Mince Pies, described by the judges as "a good, fruity mincemeat with lots of spice and an edge of bitter marmalade encased in thin crumbly pastry".

Our Extra Special Mince Pies are available in store now.

Why not try our award-winning foods for yourself!

BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Award winners

 

Quality Food Award winners