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An Allergen Aware Christmas Dinner

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… with festive drinks flowing, Christmas markets buzzing, and feasts galore spreading good cheer.


A heaven for most, but not always for allegen sufferers, whose culinary Christmas festivities usually involve being given the plainest basics – with no trimmings. Here at Erudus we don’t think anyone should have to miss out, so here’s our little gift to you – a carefully curated Christmas menu with options for everyone…

Starter

December is invariably indulgent, so give your body a treat by starting Christmas dinner with a soup that’s as healthy as it is tasty. Made with garden peas, creamy coconut and seasoned with dill, turmeric and black onion seed, Tideford Organics’ Pea, Coconut & Turmeric Soup is bursting with organic, natural ingredients that vegan and coeliacs can enjoy.

Allergen Status: Contains Celery

The Centre Piece

Why stick to turkey? Variety is the spice of life…

Goose

Prior to turkey becoming the traditional choice for Christmas dinner, goose was king. Since the 16th century, the UK has enjoyed its rich flavour, crispy skin and savoury fats. Our tip for making the most of a festive goose? Use a good quality bird like Celtica Foods’ Fresh Whole Goose and remember that its legs are less meaty – so be sure to wrap them in foil for the last 30 minutes to avoid drying out.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Chicken

Roast chicken isn’t just for Sundays – If you’re not a fan of turkey or goose, you can’t go wrong with a tender and succulent Fresh Whole British Chicken from Celtica Foods.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

A happy Christmas

Roast Ham

Succulent, full of flavour and simultaneously sweet and salty, a large honey roast ham is a crowd-pleasing alternative to regular bird centrepieces.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Turkey

Henry VIII is believed to have been the first monarch to enjoy turkey, but sadly he never got to sample delicious modern twists on the dish like Turkey Paupiette (wrapped in bacon with a cranberry and apricot stuffing) from The Foodfellas.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Nut Roast

Vegetarian and vegans needn’t miss out on festive food fun – The Mouthful Trading Company’s Christmas Nut Roast has an ingredient base of breadcrumbs, nuts and roasted sweet potato. Vegan and coeliac? Artisan Grains’s protein-packed Cashew Nut and Cranberry Nut Loaf is vegan and gluten-free.

Allergen Status: Contains soya, nuts, mustard cereals containing gluten (The Mouthful Trading Company’s Christmas Nut Roast only)

Side Dishes

We all know that it’s the side dishes that really make a Christmas dinner…

Christmas Dinner Table, Set & Ready

Parsnips

In December you can’t be too indulgent, so putting a honey glaze on your Greenyard Frozen Whole Baby Parsnips should be practically mandatory.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Potatoes

According to Yahoo’s 2018 poll, the nation’s favourite part of Christmas dinner is roast potatoes. Create the perfect roasties (crunchy and crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside) by letting them totally dry out before popping in the oven.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Gluten Free Stuffing Balls

Sage and Onion stuffing is a true classic, and if you’re looking for a little more time to relax on Christmas Day, opt for Chefs Promise Sage and Onion Stuffing Mix from Prima Foods. Simply add water and you’re good to go.

Allergen Status: Contains Sulphites

Gluten and Dairy-Free Pigs in Blankets

No one should have to miss out on pigs in blankets! Luckily for coeliacs The Welsh Sausage Company have them covered when it comes to this iconic Christmas treat, with a gluten-free version.

Allergen Status: Contains Sulphites

Gluten-Free Yorkshire Puddings

There’s definitely an art to making Yorkshire Puddings, and of course The Real Yorkshire Pudding Co have it locked down. Made with fresh ingredients and free-range eggs, their products are handmade in Yorkshire, and gluten-free.

Allergen Status: Contains Eggs and Milk

Sauces

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Our American friends love cranberry sauce, and they’ve gotten pretty good at making it too – Ocean Spray’s Original Cranberry Sauce from Aimia Foods is made with North American cranberries, one of only 3 fruits native to North America. This deliciously sweet sauce goes perfectly with turkey, chicken, and ham, as well as other game.

Allergen Status: Allergen Free

Gravy

Can it really be a Christmas dinner until your pour piping hot gravy all over? And with Tideford Organic Gravy vegans and gluten-free diners can get in on the fun. It’s made with celery, onion, garlic and carrots – with a pinch of red miso and black pepper for a kick.

Allergen Status: Contains Celery, contains Soya

Bread Sauce Mix

Coeliacs haven’t always been able to enjoy the British delicacy that is bread sauce. However, the Shropshire Spice Company makes a gluten-free version that’s been flavoured with onion, garlic and clove seasoning. And if made with soya milk it’s vegan too!

Allergen Status: Allergen Free (Contains soya if made with soya milk)

Puddings

Mince Pies

Mince Pies

Medieval people (allegedly) believed that if you ate a mince pie every day between Christmas and Twelfth Night you’d be brimming with luck and happiness for the next year. Carry on the custom with Gluten-Free Mince Pies from Baked to Taste.

Allergen Status: Contains Egg

Christmas Pudding

Everyone has their own traditions when it comes to Christmas Pudding, but whether you pair your pudding with brandy, ice cream or custard there are great vegan and allergy aware options. Caterers will love Gold Crown Bakeries’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Catering Christmas Pudding, and Matthew Walker, who have been making Christmas Puddings since 1899, offer both gluten-free and alcohol-free options.

Allergen Status: May contain Nuts, may contain Milk, may contain Soya, Contains small amounts of Sulphites