Your ultimate Christmas dinner shopping list

The Christmas food shop is stressing people out [Photo: Getty]
The Christmas food shop is stressing people out [Photo: Getty]

Festive prep is in full swing, which means the dreaded Christmas food shop is just round the corner. *shudders*

While the main meal is something most of us look forward to, the same can’t be said for the idea of fighting our way down the supermarket aisles to get our hands on the last tub of bread sauce.

It’s little wonder therefore that according to a new survey by Sainsbury’s, 60% of the nation gets in a panic about Christmas, with the food shop coming out as one of the biggest stresses.

Having enough food for the big day is one of the nation’s top five biggest Christmas worries, while nearly a quarter of us (23%) stress about not having enough time to get everything ready.

And in our rush to be well-prepped for the big day, we’re likely to miss specific festive necessities off the shopping list with the most forgotten foods being gravy granules, stuffing and cranberry sauce, with one in 20 even forgetting the sprouts.

To reduce festive fears, nearly a third of the nation is sidestepping the stress by not planning to cook any food from scratch at all this Christmas.

But for those who do aspire to take on Jamie Oliver, Nigella et al in the Christmas cooking stakes, gravy, mince pies and stuffing are the top festive foods we’re most likely to plan to cook ourselves, only to end up buying pre-prepared. We’ve all been there.

“With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, there are more opportunities for festive gatherings, hosting and feasting,” explains Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury’s Director of Brand.

“Along with all the additional festive cheer this brings, for many, it can also mean even more pressure than usual but the Christmas shop needn’t add to that!”

If you’re heading out to do the Christmas dinner shop this weekend, Judith has put together some top tips for fuss-free festive food shopping.

  1. Make sure you have a section of the everyday essentials, like dishwasher tablets, extra toiletries and batteries.

  2. It’s also worth having a “just in case” list – such as a few ready to cook canapés and a bottle of Prosecco for any unexpected guests.

  3. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, there’s no need to cook every bit of Christmas from scratch. Consider choosing pre-prepared dishes that have been deliberately developed to make Christmas easier. (Our Open Vegetable Wellington works as the main event for a vegetarian, or our Three Fish Roast is perfect for no-fuss festive dinner party with wow factor.)

  4. Brunch is the newest Christmas occasion in line with 2017 trends, and with ready-made brunch options like Smoked Salmon Eggs Royale pots (just minutes in the oven for a perfectly soft poached egg), it can be a stress-free Christmas meal to look forward to.

To make things even easier, we’ve put together our ultimate Christmas food shopping checklist. From brandy butter to brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce to chutney, we’ve pulled everything together into one handy checklist.

Don’t head to the supermarket without it.

Your ultimate Christmas shop checklist [Photo: Getty]
Your ultimate Christmas shop checklist [Photo: Getty]

Fruit and vegetables

Lemons

Limes

Oranges

Tangerines/Satsumas/Clementines

Melons

Cranberries

Cherries

Brussels sprouts

Carrots

Parsnips

Potatoes

Onions

Ginger

Fresh herbs

Cucumber

Garlic

Tomatoes

Pre-prepared salad leaves e.g. lettuce/rocket

Celery

Peas

Sweetcorn

Avocados

Meat and fish

Turkey

Ham

Bacon

Pigs in blankets

Pancetta

Sausages

Prawns

Smoked salmon

Tins of crab meat

Soft drinks

Sparkling water

Tonic or soda water

Fruit juice – apple, orange, cranberry, pineapple

Squash

Lemonade

Coca Cola

A fancy drink for children/pregnant ladies and others not drinking alcohol

Alcoholic drinks

(See our guide to the best festive cocktails this Christmas)

Choice of spirits – vodka, rum, gin etc.

Red wine

White wine

Champagne/Prosecco or both

Beer/lager

Brandy (for the Christmas pudding)

A good cheese board is a must! [Photo: Getty]
A good cheese board is a must! [Photo: Getty]

Essentials

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Vinegar – white wine, balsamic

Stock cubes

Honey

Jams/marmalade

Chutney

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Goose fat

Pre-made gravy or granules

Redcurrant jelly

Cranberry sauce

Bread sauce

Apple sauce

Custard

Cream – single and double

Butter

Milk

Eggs

Plain yoghurt

Cheese – a selection for example Stilton, Brie, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Cheddar

Cheese biscuits

Pre-made pastry – puff, filo, shortcrust

Ice cream

Sugar

Flour

Ice

Don’t forget the sprouts! [Photo: Getty]
Don’t forget the sprouts! [Photo: Getty]

Treats

Mince pies

Chocolates

Nibbles – e.g. crisps, nuts

Biscuits

Christmas pudding

Christmas cake

Kitchen cupboard must-haves

Tin foil

Baking paper

Cling film

Kitchen roll

Matches

Bin bags

Spare batteries

Spare lightbulbs

Napkins

Bakery

Bread

Croissants

Breadcrumbs

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