Christmas comes but once a year, and there’s so much to look forward to – great telly, Christmas tunes, plenty of glitter, and, of course, stomach-bursting amounts of utterly delicious food. So empty your cupboards, tuck your napkin under your chin, and prepare to chow down on these ten Christmas foods we really can’t live without.
1. Roast Turkey
There’s nothing quite as Christmassy as a great big turkey plonked onto the table in front of you – and nothing quite as post-Christmassy as finding dozens of dishes that could all use a bit of turkey. No matter what you do, there will always be some left – it just never seems to end.
2. Mince Pies
These are delicious little buttery morsels that can’t help but make you feel festive, so it’s no wonder that the shops keep bringing them out earlier and earlier. Mince pies have only gotten better with the years.
3. Christmas Pudding
Some people love it, some people hate it, but the classic Christmas pudding is everywhere at Christmas. And you can’t forget the brandy butter, because there’s nothing more festive than covering everything in alcohol.
4. Smoked Salmon
It’s not only delicious, smoked salmon is also really good for you. It’s packed full of vitamins, proteins, and fatty acids, so eat as much as you want, it’ll completely cancel out all that Quality Street you’ve eaten.
5. Brussels Sprouts
Ah, Brussels sprouts, that most controversial of Christmas vegetable. No one really likes them, but like the sadists we are we nonetheless trot them out every year. It’s just not Christmas dinner without those weird mini cabbages mocking you from the corner of your plate.
6. Christmas Cake
A good Christmas cake is densely packed with sugar, marzipan, plenty of fruit, and truly eye-watering amounts of alcohol. You may like to eat it with cheese. We won’t judge.
7. Roast Potatoes
They’re the perfect complement to a delicious turkey – hot, crispy, buttery, and fluffy. There will never be enough roast potatoes, and you will spend your Christmas worrying that you haven’t eaten enough potatoes.
Without a decent whack of stuffing, turkey can be quite bland. Of course you might just be the kind of person who really enjoys chowing down on stuffing by itself. Whether stuffed inside a turkey or as little individual parcels of delicious herby goodness, it’s not a worthwhile Christmas meal without it.
9. Yule Log
Who first came up with the concept of creating a chocolate cake that looked like a tree branch? Who looked at a tree branch and decided that it looked delicious? Either way, that person was a visionary and a genius, for which we are all grateful.
These will help you avoid developing scurvy after spending a week or so eating foods that are practically oozing calories. A few helpful vitamins will mean you can eat all the chocolate you want. Yes, really…