With something for everyone, buffets make the ideal feast for Christmas parties, Boxing Day or Twixtmas. Below, you'll find ideas for a mouth-wateringly memorable festive spread.
Gorgeous gammon, shimmering salmon mousse, a flavoursome festive wellington…these sumptuous serve-yourself centrepieces will be the stars of the show on any buffet table. The moreish mains below are all from our convenient Food Made To Order service, where you’ll find a delicious range of prepared food – perfect if you’re short on time or want to take the stress out of entertaining.
Shimmering Salmon Mousse
Treat your guests to something really special this Christmas – tender Scottish smoked and poached salmon mousse with a shimmering bronze lustre finish. Serves 8.
Honey-cured British Gammon with Plum & Ginger Glaze
Pour the sweetly spiced, aromatic plum and ginger glaze over the juicy gammon while it cooks for a lovely shine and incredible flavour. Serves 7.
Pork, Turkey & Cranberry Pie
Serve up seasoned cured pork layered with succulent turkey and encased in a rich, hot water crust pastry. Topped with tangy sweetened cranberries and cranberry jelly – yum! Serves 12.
Easy Carve Duck with Plum & Chestnut
This plump and succulent part-deboned whole British duck comes with a pork, plum and chestnut stuffing, and cooks in a foil tray for convenience. Great for gluten-free guests. Serves 6.
PlantLiving Ultimate Festive Sharing Wellington
Moreish mushroom duxelle meets plant-based ‘beef’ braised in a shallot, garlic and thyme vegetable stock. Ready to slice and share, with a holly decoration adding a jolly touch. Serves 4.
No.1 30-day Dry Aged British Beef Rump Joint
The flavour, tenderness and succulence of the beef develops during the traditional dry ageing process, making it a fabulous addition to any festive buffet. Serves 10-12.
Salmon en Croute with Champagne & Herb Sauce
Irresistibly indulgent – lightly smoked salmon pieces with a layer of baby leaf spinach are topped with a Champagne and herb sauce and wrapped in buttery puff pastry. Serves 8.
Christmas party food
Wow your guests with a lavish spread of bite-sized nibbles. Crispy king prawn lollipops, smoked salmon éclairs and a snowflake-shaped sausage roll wreath – ‘tis the season to feast on fabulously festive finger food.
King Prawn Crispy Lollipops
Bring the fun to festive gatherings with this 10-pack of juicy king prawn lollipops in an irresistibly crisp rice coating.
Red Fox Welsh Rarebit
An indulgent creamy vintage Red Fox bake with a splash of ale and a hint of mustard. Simply heat in the oven and get ready for some serious dipping – we recommend chunks of crusty bread or sourdough. Serves 4.
Smoked Salmon Éclairs
Tuck into a 10-pack of mini choux pastry éclairs filled with smoked and poached salmon, crème fraîche, soft cheese, single cream and butter. Finished with a soft cheese topping and bronze lustre.
Feta Popcorn with Hot Honey
These bite-sized balls with feta, soft cheese and goat’s curd are coated with a quinoa-flecked crumb and come in a 10-pack with a hot honey dip.
Pork & Chorizo Whirls
Big, bold flavour in every bite – this 8-pack of savoury pork sausage meat whirled with spicy chorizo is the perfect party snack for meat lovers and gluten-free guests.
The ultimate dippable party snack. This 8-pack of paneer and grilling cheese sticks comes with spiced mango chutney and crispy onion dips.
Sticky Beef Teriyaki Skewers
Bring these 12 juicy beef and spring onion meatballs with a rich and sticky teriyaki glaze to the buffet for a pop of ultimate umami flavour. Great for gluten-free guests.
Brie & Cranberry Tartlets
Bright, tangy cranberry joins creamy, melting Brie and extra mature Cheddar cheeses in these 12 flaky puff pastry tartlets. Quite possibly the perfect canapé.
Festive Sausage Roll Snowflake
Seasoned outdoor bred British pork, turkey and cranberries wrapped in snowflake-shaped buttery pastry – enjoy a festive spin on a classic snack that serves 12.
No matter how much party food your guests pile their plates with, there's always room for something sweet. Lay out (large) spoons for the likes of panettone, crumbly mince pies and our shimmering showstopper: the Golden Bûche de Noël.
No.1 The Golden Bûche de Noël
Belgian blonde chocolate mousse, silky salted caramel and caramelised biscuit sauce on a milk chocolate base speckled with crunchy caramelised biscuit. Utterly delicious, and serves 12.
Available 15 December
Crumble Top Mince Pies with Cranberry & Orange
These all-butter mince pies are topped with tasty crumble and filled with zesty mincemeat with a dash of Valencian orange oil and tangy cranberry. Each pack has four pies.
Speckled with sultanas, cherries and Sicilian orange peel and finished with dark chocolate, cherries, orange peel, almonds and Nocciola Piemonte IGP hazelnuts. Serves 8.
No.1 Tiramisu Torte
Layers of creamy vanilla mousse, coffee and chocolate ganache, and sponge cake soaked in coffee and Marsala – all on a crunchy coffee and milk chocolate base. Serves 10.
Available 15 December
Chocolate & Hazelnut Quenelle
Ooo…rich hazelnut mousse with a silky milk chocolate sauce hiding inside, on a crisp chocolate base speckled with crunchy feuilletine and cookie crumbs. Serves 10.
Available 15 December
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