Range preview: Waitrose Christmas 2018

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A blend of innovation and tradition complete the Waitrose Christmas range this year, with a vast array of its selection featuring modern twists on traditional Yuletide treats and dishes. It has also boosted several seasonal vegan and gluten-free lines and has chosen a bitter orange and juniper combination as a signature flavour across several products. Here’s our pick of what you can expect this year

 

Beet Wellington

Beet Wellington

RSP: £7/2

A modern take on a classic, these pies tap into the ever-increasing vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian market. They contain marinated beetroot with a rich mushroom duxelle, and are encased in vegan puff pastry and garnished with striking beetroot breadcrumbs.

Waitrose gammon

Juniper Smoked Gammon with Bitter Orange and Juniper Glaze

RSP: £12.99/kg

Part of the range from Waitrose’s executive chef Jonathan Moore, this dish is a succulent main for a Christmas dinner with a wonderful blend of bitter orange and juniper glazed over it. “This exquisite and unique pairing will bring a modern and festive twist to an array of dishes at Waitrose this Christmas,” said Moore of the flavour pairing.

Waitrose cheese

Yorkshire Wensleydale with Caramelised Orange and Gin

RSP: £13/kg

The signature flavour combination appearing again, this zesty cheese is an innovative addition to a cheeseboard with its warm blend of sweet, pungent orange and a subtle dash of tart gin.

Waitrose stuffing

Heston from Waitrose Christmas Stuffing Bundt

RSP: £9.99/475g

Topped with an apple and brandy drizzle and pork crackling crumb, this stuffing screams luxury. It features British oak-smoked pork, bacon mead, pine nut and brioche sausage meat, and bursts with chunky pieces of apple.

Profiercoals

Heston from Waitrose Profiter’coals

RSP: £13/500g

The charcoal trend has made its way to dessert, and is the most striking of Waitrose’s selection. This dessert has been created to give the illusion of glowing embers on a chilly winter evening through black profiteroles filled with a flame-coloured mandarin orange crème pâtissière. It is also drizzled with a warmed smoked orange caramel sauce and dusted with popping candy.

Choc turkey

Bronze Feathered Chocolate Turkey with Cranberry Truffles

RSP: £8

Designed for children and adults to enjoy together, this chocolate treat boasts luxurious milk chocolate with tangy cranberry truffles forming the turkey’s eggs. Waitrose has launched this as a gift or something a little different for dessert.

Waitrose tacos

Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

RSP: £7/12

These sweet and smoky starters are a vegan take on the taco, and offer something a little different for vegan and carnivore Christmas party-goers alike. The pulled jackfruit has the consistency of pulled pork, is blended with black-eyed beans and garnished with pickled onions and tortilla crumbs.

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