Good Housekeeping's Christmas Taste Test winners revealed


Starters (Number tested: 10)

Best Christmas starter

Extra Special Ultimate Prawn Cocktail with Campfire Charred Tomato Marie Rose Sauce, £6 for 220g

Score: 83/100

Runner-up Christmas starter

Morrisons The Best Scallop and Prawn Thermidor Gratin, £5 for 260g

Score: 82/100

Best presentation

M&S Collection Scallops with Mushrooms & Spinach, £10 for 175g

Score: 79/100

Best budget starter

Tesco Finest Scallops with Bacon and Risotto Starter, £5.00 for 176g

Score: 74/100

Best vegan starter

Waitrose & Partners Vegan Layered Mushroom Parfait, £4.50 for 80g

Score: 71/100


Number tested: 21

Best smoked salmon

London Smoke & Cure Sashimi Grade Smoked Salmon £14.95 for 200g

Score: 83/100

Runner-up smoked salmon

Tesco Finest Scottish Smoked Salmon £5.10 for 120g

Score: 82/100

Best flavoured smoked salmon

Morrisons The Best Triple Smoked Salmon Dressed with Orange Oil, £4.50 for 130g

Score: 82/100

Best budget smoked salmon

The Best Orange Triple Smoked Salmon £3.25 for 100g

Score: 70/100


Number tested: 26

Best whole turkey

Waitrose & Partners Free Range Bronze Feathered Turkey, £15.99 per kg for 3-4.99kg

Score: 81/100

Runner-up whole turkey

M&S Free Range Pembrokeshire Heritage Blue Turkey, £68-£93.48 (£17 per 1kg, average price, £80)

Score: 78/100

Best budget whole turkey

Co-op Whole Turkey, £5.75 per kg for 3.05-4.73kg

Score: 73/10

Joint best turkey crown

Waitrose & Partners Duchy Organic Free Range Bronze Feathered Turkey Crown, £74 for 2.97kg

Score: 83/100

Joint best turkey crown

Tesco Finest Free-Range Bronze Stuffed Turkey Crown with Slow Cooked Stuffed Thighs & Turkey Gravy, £41.40-£55.80 (£18 per 1kg)

Score: 83/100

Best budget crown

Aldi Specially Selected Roly Poly Stuffed Crown, £16.99 for 1.5kg

Score: 79/100


Number tested: 25

Best pigs in blankets

The Jolly Hog Posh Pigs in Blankets, £4 for 247g

Score: 85/100

Runner-up pigs in blankets

Farmison Traditional Pigs In Blankets £8.50 for 300g

Score: 81/100

Joint best flavoured pigs in blankets

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Truffle Pigs in Blankets, £3.50 for 210g

Score: 84/100

Joint best flavoured pigs in blankets

Lidl Spiced Apple Pigs in Blankets, £2.49 for 210g

Score: 84/100

Runner-up AND Best budget flavoured pigs in blankets

ASDA Maple Pigs in Blanket 232g, £2.50

Score: 83/100


Number tested: 15

Best Christmas meat centrepiece

M&S Collection Slow Cooked Osso Bucco, £25 for 1.3kg

Score: 93/100

Joint runner-up Christmas meat centrepiece

Morrisons The Best Beef Shin with Marrowbone & Truffle Sauce, £35.00 for 2.195g

Score: 86/100

Joint runner-up Christmas meat centrepiece

Farmison Classic Beef Wellington for Four, £82 for 1.2kg

Score: 86/100

Best budget Christmas meat centrepiece

Aldi Slow Cooked Wagyu Ribs with a Red Wine Sauce, £6.99 for 600g

Score: 79/100


Number tested: 12

Best vegetarian Christmas main

M&S Collection Rustic Potato, Caramelised Onion & Brie Pie, £8 for 500g

Score: 81/100

Best vegan Christmas main

M&S Vegan Butternut Squash and Spinach Pie, £7 for 430g

Score: 81/100

Best budget vegan main

Aldi Festive Wreath, £3.99 for 480g

Score: 70/100


Number tested: 12

Best roast potatoes

Morrisons The Best Goose Fat Potatoes, £2.99 for 800g

Score: 79/100

Runner-up roast potatoes

Aunt Bessie’s Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, £3.40 for 700g

Score: 77/100

Best budget roast potatoes

Aldi Specially Selected Goose Fat Roast Potatoes, £1.59 for 800g

Score: 72/100


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