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The Main Event

From award-winning turkey to flavour-packed veggie and vegan centrepieces and – of course – showstopping desserts, discover all you need to make this Christmas your most delicious yet
Luxury shellfish platter

Star starters 

Kick off your festive feast in style with a sumptuous starter. Choose our Collection luxury seafood platter (in store from 21 December), which features Honduran king prawns, Atlantic dressed crab and crab claws, shell-on prawns and our signature brandy-infused Marie Rose sauce. Or go for our Plant Kitchen vegan duck croquettes (in store from 1 December) – made with shredded soya, balsamic onions and breadcrumbs, they’re served with a tangy cherry hoisin dip.

Dinner is served

For a traditional turkey dinner, serve up our M&S Select Farms Irish turkey joint (in store from 19 December). It comes in a buttermilk stock brine for ultimate succulence, and is filled with a pork, sage and onion stuffing and topped with oak-smoked bacon. Pair this tasty turkey with our new Collection brussels sprout gratin (in store from 21 December) and our luxury garnish selection, which includes stuffing parcels wrapped in bacon and pigs in blankets.

Look out for main-event must-haves landing in store throughout the season.

A Christmas dinner featuring the Collection perfect turkey joint
A perfectly cooked turkey

Mark Moriarty's Top Turkey Tips

Sourced from M&S Select Farms we know and trust, our turkeys are second to none, with crispy, golden skin and tender, juicy meat. Try our free-range Pembrokeshire Bronze turkey – it’s slow-grown for incredible depth of flavour and succulence. If you prefer white meat, opt for one of our flavour-packed turkey crowns – they’re a doddle to cook, carve and serve.  

Fancy something a little different? We’ve also got a range of alternative centrepieces, including our Collection beef fillet wellington and ultimate pork crackling joint.

Fancy something a little different?

We’ve got you covered with our range of alternative mains. Try our new Collection ultimate pork crackling joint (available in store from 18 December) – it’s salt-matured and deeply scored for guaranteed crackling, and basted with pork stock for wonderful succulence. Plus, there’s an umami flavour bombe to mix with the meat juices and make a mouthwatering jus. Discover marvellous mains including fish, beef joints and more in store throughout the season.

Collection ultimate pork crackling joint
Collection outdoor-bred garnish selection

Tasty trimmings

It wouldn’t be a Christmas dinner without those all-important extras. Try our Collection outdoor-bred garnish selection, which includes cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon and pork, sage and onion stuffing balls. Vegan or veggie? Check out our Plant Kitchen vegan chorizo pigs in duvets – tasty vegan chorizo sausages wrapped in flaky vegan pastry, available in store from 1 December.

The very best veggies 

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the festivities with our range of prepared veggies, in store from 18 December. Discover emperor carrots with Jersey butter and a honey and orange glaze, as well as sliced brussels sprouts with Italian pancetta, chestnuts and a shallot and maple-cured bacon butter, plus lots more in store.

Preparing your own sides? You’ll find M&S Select Farms festive veg in store from 20-24 December. Choose from bags of tender sprouts, perfect-for-roasting potatoes, sweet carrots and nutty parsnips, all for only 40p each.

Sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts
Carrots and parsnips roasted with M&S magic sprinkle

Chris Baber’s magic root veg  

Want to take your side-dish game up a gear? Add a pinch of M&S magic to your root veggies with chef Chris Baber’s clever idea.

Heat your oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/gas mark 6. In a large bowl, add 500g carrot wedges and 500g parsnip wedges, then pour in 4 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle over 4 tbsp M&S magic sprinkle. Mix well to make sure everything’s nicely coated. Then take a large baking tray, lay out the veggies and cover them with foil (this creates steam, to help soften them). Roast for 20 minutes, then remove the foil, add a drizzle of honey, toss the veggies well and cook for another 20-25 minutes, until golden. Serve immediately.

Click below for more big-day veggie inspiration, including spiced red cabbage and golden sprouts. 

Veggie and vegan mains 

Going meat-free should never mean having to compromise. We have loads of exciting veggie and vegan Christmas dishes available this year, such as our indulgent Collection mushroom, camembert and parsnip pie with its gorgeously golden flaky pastry. Vegan or not, everyone will love our festive Plant Kitchen range, which includes amazing centrepieces like the Good Housekeeping Institute taste-approved vegan beef wellington – tender wheat- and pea-based protein and a rich mushroom duxelle wrapped in crisp puff pastry. 

Find these marvellous mains in store this December.

Plant Kitchen vegan beef wellington
A cheeseboard featuring a selection of cheeses, crackers and chutney

Christmas cheese? Yes, please!

From tangy Cropwell Bishop stilton and our exclusive Cornish Cruncher cheddar to creamy vacherin mont d’or and nutty gruyère, find everything you need to create the ultimate cheeseboard in store. Need some inspiration? Click below for our extra-cheesy tips and pairing ideas. 

Perfect puddings

A Christmas feast wouldn’t be complete without a wow-worthy M&S dessert. You can check out a few of our favourites below, including an award-winning golden blond chocolate pudding and our sticky toffee pudding crown.

Plus, look out for our new Colin the Caterpillar chocolate trifle, landing in store on 18 December. This Colin-tastic treat features layers of chocolate sponge filled with buttercream, chocolate mousse and whipped cream. It’s topped with Christmassy mini Colin faces and comes with a pack of sprinkles, so you can add an extra-festive finishing touch before serving.

Colin the Caterpillar chocolate trifle

These are not just desserts

Collection sticky toffee pudding crown

Collection sticky toffee pudding crown 

Collection profiterole dessert

Collection profiterole dessert

Triple choc-a-block churros

Triple choc-a-block churros

Collection Black Forest gateau

Collection Black Forest gateau

Elf Colin the Caterpillar

Elf Colin the Caterpillar

Percy Pig pigloo

Percy Pig pigloo

Plant Kitchen melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding

Plant Kitchen melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding 

Collection golden blond chocolate star Christmas pudding

Collection golden blond chocolate star Christmas pudding