Watirose has delighted customers by revealing their 2020 Christmas range which includes edible candles, slow-cooked British beef shin and free range bronze Turkey crown.
Available in shops across the UK from the end of October, the range also includes jewelled stuffing ballotine, duck parfait with a mushroom centre and breaded vegan baked cheese melts.
The upmarket grocer, who parted ways with Ocado in August, is predicting a trend away from turkey this winter as customers opt for alternatives meats for Christmas dinner.
Last year, demand for venison rocketed on waitrose.com with Waitrose Entertaining orders doubling compared to 2018, while sales of the deer meat as a whole were up more than 60 per cent.
One option in the range is inspired by the rise of slow-cooking and interest in lesser-known cuts of meat, during lockdown.
What’s in the Waitrose Christmas range?
The range includes..
MAINS & SIDES
NO.1 BRITISH VENISON WELLINGTON, £30
The classic puff pastry Wellington – with a twist. Venison loin is topped with a mushroom duxelle made with porcini mushrooms, brandy and thyme, plus juniper and blackberry to bring out the venison’s unique flavour.
THE BEST OF BOTH: FREE RANGE BRONZE TURKEY CROWN WITH THIGHS, £60
Tender breast meat and slow cooked thighs, together with stuffing and juices that can be used to make a delicious gravy.
NO.1 FREE RANGE BRITISH WOODLAND PORK CRACKLING 10 BONE RACK, £12.99 PER KG
A 10 bone French-trimmed free range pork crackling joint, from pigs sired by pedigree Hampshire boars. The skin is rubbed with black pepper and sea salt to make the crackling extra crispy. The joint makes a stunning centrepiece for a Christmas table. Produced from free range pigs that spend their lives outdoors in woodland, with straw-filled arcs or tents for shelter, foraging the woodland flora and fauna to supplement their diet.
CHÂTEAUBRIAND WITH PORCINI & TRUFFLE BUTTER, £38
A superbly tender cut of British beef, taken from the thickest part of the fillet, with a rich truffle and porcini butter to melt on top
SLOW COOKED BRITISH BEEF SHIN WITH MERLOT & SHALLOT SAUCE, £25
A slow-cooked beef shin that offers great flavour and meltingly tender meat. Simply glaze with the decadent and deeply savoury Merlot and shallot sauce, and stand in the centre of the table for your guests to admire
HESTON FROM WAITROSE CITRUS GIN SMOKED SALMON, £6.99
Silky Scottish salmon cured with Heston from Waitrose Citrus Sherbet Lazy Gin, smoked over oak and finished with gold lustre
VEGAN FESTIVE FILO SWIRLS, £6.99
Moroccan inspired spiced vegetables with apricots and raisins in crispy filo pastry. Squash, spice and all things nice
EASY CARVE DUCK WITH PEAR, CHESTNUT & RUM , £35
Plump British duck with a pork, pear and chestnut stuffing and sticky spiced rum glaze
HESTON FROM WAITROSE CHRISTMAS JEWELLED STUFFING BALLOTINE, £7
Succulent pork stuffing studded with juicy sultanas, dried cranberries, apple and apricots and candied orange, wrapped in triple oak smoked bacon. Finished with an apple and calvados glaze and sprinkled with a crunchy pork crackling crumb.
CANAPES & BUFFET
MAPLE & BACON WHORLS, £6.50 (10 pieces)
Made with pork sausagemeat, smoked bacon and sweet maple syrup. A mouth-watering mix of savoury and sweet.
LOBSTER THERMIDOR VOL-AU-VENTS, £9 for 10 pieces
Lobster and king prawns in a creamy white wine sauce laced with Cognac. Roll out the red carpet.
NO.1 DUCK PARFAIT WITH MUSHROOM & TRUFFLE CENTRE, £7.50
A silky-smooth duck parfait with a hidden centre of oven roasted mushroom and truffles, finished with a sweet Madeira wine glaze.
PORK & ‘NDUJA CROQUETTES, £6 for 10 pieces
With spicy pork and ‘nduja sausage and red pepper flakes. Bring a little heat to your Christmas kitchen.
GRUYÈRE FONDUE, £6
A ready-to-bake blend of cheese, cream and white wine – perfect for dipping. Gather round and share the magic.
CHOCOLATE RUDOLPH CAKE, £14
Chocolate sponge with smooth chocolate buttercream, hand decorated with fondant icing.
RASPBERRY & VANILLA PANNA COTTA, £7.50
Creamy panna cotta, crowned with a vibrant raspberry star. A festive dessert to treasure.
HESTON FROM WAITROSE CHOCOLATE CANDLES, £9
Hand decorated white chocolate candles filled with a warming mandarin Buck’s Fizz milk chocolate ganache
Waitorse say their beef shin is a great option for easy hosting because the slow cooking part (nine hours in all) has already been done.
The classic sauce that accompanies it is a rich reduction of smooth Merlot wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly to cut through the deep flavours.
The supermarket is also celebrating 10 years of partnership with Heston Blumenthal, and bringing a range of the celebrity chef’s produce to their Christmas offerings – including an Espresso Martini which is made with coffee from his three Michelin star restaurant The Fat Duck.
Heston’s range also includes Night Before Christmas Mince Pies made with a golden carrot and caraway shortcrust pastry, filled with rich carrot and vine fruit mincemeat laced with cream sherry with a special sprinkle of smoked sugar on top.
CHRISTMAS CURRY BANGERS & BRIOCHEA brioche roll filled with smoked pork sausage, curry ketchup, sauerkraut, mayonnaise and American style mustard with fried onions. £3.30 each
For a special Christmas breakfast, the chef has infused smoked salmon with his Citrus Sherbert Gin for a refreshing twist of the Christmas brunch classic, finished in gold lustre for a really indulgent start to the festivities.
To dazzle diners over Christmas lunch, the Heston from Waitrose range also offers Jewelled Stuffing Ballotine which is inspired by a dish at Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Hind’s Head.
However the Waitrose version will set diners back just £7.
It features succulent pork stuffing, flavoured with juicy sultanas, dried cranberries, apple, apricots and candied orange making it a tasty accompaniment to a turkey feast.
Also in the range is the new Heston from Waitrose Fish and Seafood Platter – available exclusively from Waitrose Entertaining – combines a selection of favourite fish and seafood, including Heston’s Lapsang Souchong Tea Smoked Salmon, Heston’s Lemon Gin Smoked Salmon & Heston’s Bloody Mary Prawn Cocktail in one beautiful centrepiece.
Known for his unusual flavour comibations, Heston is also offering a Sherry & Balsamic Vinegar Christmas Pudding which features plump Turkish sultanas soaked not just in Ruby Port but aged Balsamic of Modena to bring out all their rich, fruity flavour.
With fresh apple, cider and dark, intense Pedro Ximenez sherry, the pudding has been maturing for a full 12 months for a indulgent, boozy finish to your festive feast.
Heston’s favourite! The Night Before Christmas Mince Pies made with a golden carrot and caraway shortcrust pastry, filled with rich carrot and vine fruit mincemeat laced with cream sherry with a special sprinkle of smoked sugar on top.
For a festive treat at tea time, a rich brioche dough, plump rum-soaked vine fruits, candied pineapple, fudgy caramel pieces, lime zest, ginger and marzipan combine to create the new Heston from Waitrose Tipsy Stollen.
The stollen, which is inspired by a traditional historic British recipe and based on one of Dinner by Heston’s signature desserts, also comes in a pack of six Heston from Waitrose Tipsy Stollen Slices, ideal for a suitably seasonal snack.
Or for a taste of the continent, an Italian favourite and classic British pud have been re-imagined with an unexpected twist in the Heston from Waitrose Sherry Trifle Panettone, bringing the best of both into one delightfully delicious bake. Golden Italian panettone is scattered with Amontillado-soaked cherries, filled with custard and sherry syrup and topped with dark chocolate, toasted almonds and fennel comfits.
And to finish the festivities with a sparkle, light up your celebrations with Heston’s Chocolate Bucks Fizz Candles for a fabulous after dinner treat. White chocolate candles hide a secret centre of velvety chocolate ganache, with a citrusy kick and a celebratory splash of marc de Champagne.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Heston said: ‘Christmas is the most magical time of the year and I hope my new additions at Waitrose will bring some unexpected surprises to the festive season.
‘They combine some of the season’s favourites with a special twist and fantastically curious flavours, like my personal favourite, The Night Before Christmas Mince Pies.’