An essential part of Christmas is pigs in blankets – but how about cows in quilts?

Now you can go beefy as Greene King has created an alternative side dish which will be served at all its Hungry Horse pubs across the UK.

The dish sees mini beef burgers - or "sliders" - wrapped in bacon, creating a similar look to the classic pigs in blankets dish with sausages.

It follows the pubco releasing 'glitter gravy' last year in a bid to drive interest and a bit of festive sparkle to its Christmas menu.

Food development manager at Hungry Horse, Jason Radbourne said: "Pigs in blankets have long been the star of many Christmas dinners, and we thought it was time we gave the spotlight to a new seasonal side dish, by creating something which pays homage to a true pub classic - the beef burger.

"In Christmas 2017, we gave festive plates up and down the country a seasonal sparkle when we launched the UK's first glitter gravy, and we'd love this year's festive food innovation to become a Christmas classic of the future!"

The dish is offered as an upsell item for Christmas dinner at £1.99.