The news that supermarket chain Aldi has launched a footlong pig in blanket got Inapub thinking...what are the ultimate showstopper Christmas dishes?

Here's five ideas that might just make your festive menu sparkle.

 

 

1) Edible Christmas Wreaths

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This is something of a new trend, and not too difficult to execite.

Try to recrate the one above by bringing a seasonal salad the the table (in this case figs, rocket and goat's cheese) in a ring shape; make it kid-friendly by using marshmallows or grapes or berries, or twist some bread dough together to make it look like the traditional ornament that hangs from a door.

 

 

2) Sharing Christmas Pudding

There are some truly astounding examples of massive Christmas puddings out there. Just check this one out below:

 

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Obviously one that isn't the size of your pub would be preferable but for large office and family parties, bringing out a big pudding and lighting it up with booze is a surefire way of getting punters into the festive spirit.

 

3) Giant Yorkshire Puds

 

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A year round showstopper that should surely have a place on the Christmas menu too - regardless of the 'rules' about what type of meat you should have Yorkies with (any of them, duh).

Serve crispy with lashings of rich gravy. Yum.

 

4) Christmas fondue

 

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Why not take that Camembert ring to the next level with a Christmas fondue for sharing?

The ultimate treat, and what better way to celebrate the festive period than with a load of melted cheese, bread, beer and wine?

Also, apart from the kit required for the tables, it is a pretty easy dish to put together – but guaranteed to get everyone talking.

 

5) Multi-bird roast

 

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One for the skilled chefs among you – although ready-constructed options are available from butchers and foodservice firms.

Traditionally, it was a three bird roast, such as a chicken (or turkey, of course) with pheasant and duck but in recent years, pubs and restaurants have been taking it to new heights with multi-bird roasts including partridge, goose, pigeon, and guinea fowl, which can create meat rolls of up to 12 birds.

Of course you may also want to add a chestnut or sage and onion stuffing as well...

Here is Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's version: