Have you ever wondered what British people eat at Christmas? These are some of the most traditional festive foods.
Turkey is usually eaten as the main course on Christmas day. Other options include goose or roast beef, but turkey is by far the most popular. Turkey is a very dry meat without much flavour. The turkey is usually bought frozen then defrosted and roast in the oven for a couple of hours, it is now popular to eat turkey with cranberry sauce, but this comes from the US, so be careful!
Taste rating: 4/10
Roast potatoes are served with the turkey, the potatoes are cut into small pieces then boiled and put into the oven covered with olive oil, and eaten with salt and pepper. In my family we serve a mixture of boiled and roast potatoes, but no one touches the boiled potatoes.
Taste rating: 9/10
Stuffing is another food that can vary from region to region, in the US chestnut stuffing is a popular choice while in Britain sage and onion, with rosemary or thyme is the more traditional option. The stuffing is usually placed inside the turkey, hence the word ‘stuffing’, the ing form of the verb to stuff (llenar).
Taste rating: 7/10
Pigs in Blankets
Pigs in blankets are sausages that are wrapped in bacon, and placed around the turkey when it is served. The most traditional sausage to use is the Cumberland sausage, which is named after the region of North Western England where it originated. In Scotland pigs in blankets are called kilted sausages, the kilt being the traditional tartan skirt worn by Scottish men.
Taste rating: 9/10
This divisive member of the cabbage family is an essential part of a traditional British Christmas. Many people dislike brussel sprouts (they have a slightly bitter taste) but they can always be found on the table at Christmas. I used to feed my brussel sprouts to my dog, Poppy. I am not sure if Poppy liked them either.
Taste rating: 0/10
Christmas pudding is a dessert made from dried fruit and is usually served with brandy butter. It is also tradition to soak the pudding with brandy and set it on fire before serving. Be careful not to set the table cloth on fire! Although many different desserts are served at Christmas, Christmas pudding is the most traditional.
Taste rating: 8/10
Mince pies are not made from mince meat, they are small pies filled with fruit such as raisins, cranberries, and sultanas, as well as chopped nuts and spices. Mince pies go very well with a glass of mulled wine (red wine heated with spices), and are a nice finish to a delicious Christmas dinner.
Taste Rating: 9/10