Naughty AND nice: The Christmas dishes that are worth waiting all year for...

Christmas is so much more than just one meal on just one day. In the lead up to the big event on 25 December, there are opportunities aplenty to fill yourself with festive cheer — especially if you’re shopping at Co-op.

From classic Christmas bites like Irresistible Mince Pies to very merry new additions like the Co-op Vegan Festive Feast sandwich, these are the festive foods to keep your spirits bright all season long.

Co-op Irresistible Beech & Oak Smoked Salmon 

Make sure you indulge your Christmas guests with the Co-op Irresistible Beech & Oak Smoked Salmon

Remember: Christmas is a marathon - not a sprint. On Christmas morning, make sure you don’t peak too soon and be sure to leave room for the main event by eating a light breakfast like scrambled eggs with Co-op Irresistible Beech & Oak Smoked Salmon.

Scoring a coveted win at this year’s BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards, this responsibly sourced Scottish salmon is smoked for 10 hours over beech and oak wood. 

Pop it on some blinis with a spread of crème fraîche or even horseradish for perfect festive canapes to hand  round on Christmas eve with a glass of bubbles. Or try it the New York way, piled high on a toasty hot bagel smothered with cream cheese for a delicious Boxing Day breakfast treat for the whole family. 

Party Food

Co-op’s collection of bite-sized party food adds sparkle to any seasonal get-together

Co-op’s collection of bite-sized party food adds sparkle to any seasonal get-together

Savoury, salty and supremely moreish, Co-op’s collection of bite-sized party food adds sparkle to any seasonal get-together. 

There are plenty of options to choose from including Co-op Chorizo wrapped in pancetta; Co-op Mini cheese and chive potato skins; Co-op Asian style chicken lollipops; and Co-op Mac and cheese bites. Find a new favourite when these hit the shelves on December 12. 

 Co-op Irresistible Mince Pies

Co-op Irresistible Mince Pies made with crumbly all-butter pastry

Co-op Irresistible Mince Pies made with crumbly all-butter pastry

These beauties, made with crumbly all-butter pastry and loaded with glistening bespoke mincemeat of sultanas, Bramley apple, currants, mixed spice, brandy and port, need little introduction. 

Enjoy them at any hour of the day, whenever you see fit - even as a midnight snack. (We won’t judge!)

Turkey Feast & Vegan Festive Feast sandwiches

Co-op Turkey Feast
Co-op’s Vegan Festive Feast

L-R: Co-op’s Turkey Feast is back or go plant based with the Vegan Festive Feast

Co-op’s famous Turkey Feast is back and better than ever this year. Now basted in stock for optimum flavour, the star of the show is clearly the moist and mouthwatering British turkey.

If you’re eating meat-free this Christmas, you won’t miss out: Co-op’s Vegan Festive feast on cranberry and poppy seed bread is packed with parsnip fritters and a ruby red layer of crunchy cabbage and cranberry sauce. 

Clementhyme Profiteroles

Co-op’s show-stopping Clementhyme Profiteroles are the new classic

Co-op’s show-stopping Clementhyme Profiteroles are the new classic 

Though you’ll have to wait until 22 December for these little bundles of Christmas joy to hit the shelves, Co-op’s show-stopping Clementhyme Profiteroles are the new classic that taste as good as they look. 

Each dazzling profiterole is flavoured with clementine, a traditional Christmas staple, and a fresh hint of thyme, then hand-finished with a dollop of fondant and a chocolate leaf.

Irresistible Gin and Whisky 

Co-op’s Irresistible range of spirits including a 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a London Dry Gin 

As the weather outside is frightful, appreciate a warming little tipple from your home. 

Add some Christmas spirit to the party with Co-op Irresistible London Dry Gin, which bursts with citrusy botanicals like juniper and lemon verbena and warming notes of black pepper and cardamom and mix up some clever cocktails for guests. 

Or opt for something neat, and pour out a dram of the refined Co-op Single Malt Scotch Whisky, aged for 12 years in white-oak casts for a smooth, mellow finish.

Wonderful wines 

Co-op has a huge selection of wines to suit all tastes and budgets

Co-op has a huge selection of wines to suit all tastes and budgets

From a clean and crisp Fairtrade Sauvignon Blanc and the Western Cape of South Africa to a full-bodied, fruity Fairtrade Organic Malbec from the high altitude vineyards of North West Argentina, Co-op has no shortage of wine to enjoy and pair with different courses on the big day.  

One fan favourite is the well-priced Famille Perrin Les Cardinaux Cotes Du Rhone with spicy and peppery notes that can stand up to all those big and bold Christmas flavours.

Co-op Baked Camembert 

Co-op Baked Camembert makes the perfect party appetizer

Co-op Baked Camembert makes the perfect party appetizer

Served in a ceramic dish, Co-op Baked Camembert makes the perfect party appetizer. Before heating, try topping it with fresh herbs and honey, sautéed mushrooms, or a chutney or fruit jam. Serve it piping hot, so it’s nice and gooey, with crackers or crudités. For the morning after, whip up the leftovers (if there are any) into a breakfast frittata. Just add whisked eggs, pour the whole mixture into an oven-safe pan and bake for about fifteen minutes or until the egg is set. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with fresh chives and crème fraîche.

 Find your nearest Co-op using the store locator. Check out the entire Christmas range here.

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Win a Co-op Christmas hamper! 

'Tis the season of good will and generosity and Co-op has a great range of products you can include in a hamper to gift this Christmas!

Entering the competition for the chance to win an exclusive luxury Co-op Christmas hamper to give to a special loved one this festive season couldn't be simpler, just click HERE and fill out your details.

Good luck and merry Christmas!

This prize draw is free to enter. Only open to UK residents aged 18 or over. Promotion opens at 00:01 on November 18, 2019 and closes at 23:59 on December 1, 2019. Entrants must visit dailymail.co.uk/co-op and submit their details. One entry per email address. One winner will receive a Christmas hamper with Co-op products. Full T&Cs apply, see: dailymail.co.uk/co-op

The Christmas dishes that are worth waiting all year for

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