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The best part of Christmas dinner as voted... by us





Turkey, roast potatoes, gravy, pigs in blankets, vegetables - there's a general consensus about what belongs on a Christmas dinner, though Yorkshire puddings are a contentious addition.

But ask people for their favourite food on the plate and then you have an argument that's worthy of the Christmas dinner table itself - up there with 'Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? and 'Who'll be the first to break open the chocolates?'

Not necessarily looking for an argument, colleagues here at Newark Advertiser and at neighbouring Iliffe titles decided to pin our colours to the festive mast and go on the record about the absolute best bit of the food extravaganza that is December 25th.

From victorious vegetables to underrated accompaniments it's time to start licking those lips in anticipation of the great festive feast.

Agree or disagree? What do you do differently in your household? Let us know in the comments below.

It might be a turkey dinner but is that the part you are most looking forward to?
It might be a turkey dinner but is that the part you are most looking forward to?

Katie Green, trainee reporter

Hands down the best part of a Christmas dinner is the pigs in blankets. The combination of a mini sausage wrapped up in crispy bacon hits the spot. And to top it all off, you have to smother them in gravy because having a dry pig in a blanket would be utter madness! What more could you want…

Maddy Baillie, senior reporter

Pop me open a bottle of buck's fizz then mix me a Christmas morning mimosa, while I prepare the Christmas dinner.

Once the table is wonkily laid and gravy sploshed on every plate, it's time for the best bit about Christmas dinner - cracking open a nice bottle of wine. With glasses full and merry conversation flowing there is no better way to spend Christmas Day. Cheers!

Fionn Burrows, trainee reporter, Newark Advertiser

I hear it's a controversial topic but the best part of a Christmas dinner is a Yorkshire pudding.

Some say it should be a starter and others say it has no place anywhere near a Christmas dinner. But for me, there is nothing quite like a home made Yorkshire pudding covered in onion gravy to really bring some comfort on a cold Christmas day. It helps that as a vegetarian it's also one of the most delicious options I have when other family members are reaching for the turkey or the pigs-in-blankets

Kerry Coupe, senior editor

An unpopular opinion I know but I can take or leave Christmas dinner. My dad cooks and he makes a mean cauliflower cheese and I get pretty unhappy if there's no Yorkshire pudding on there (another unpopular opinion, I'm sure) but the real joy in Christmas dinner - and this is properly corny - is watching my mum have one too many drinks, my dad read out terrible cracker jokes, my brother tucking into mint Vienetta while I try to eat a whole Christmas pudding (!) and my other half trying to pull off a paper hat, all while the family dogs are hoping to eat any leftover turkey.

Rebekah Chilvers, head of news, Lynn News

Done right, nothing beats a roasted parsnip on a Christmas dinner for me.

As a vegan, I am bypassing the meat options (although some of the vegan versions are pretty good), but even when I was a meat-eater, I think these veggies were up at the top. They're a delicious balance of sweet and crunchy, and I'm always slightly gutted once I've polished them off. So the caveat of 'done right' does suggest there is room for these root vegetables to be a let down - if they're underdone and lack the crunch, or aren't quite sweet enough, then it's a wasted opportunity. But when they're cooked to perfection, there is nothing on the festive plate that I'm looking forward to more than a crispy parsnip.

Sarah Cliss, senior reporter, Fenland Citizen

The best bit about Christmas dinner - apart from the Brussels sprouts, which I love - is sitting round the table with all my family. We tend to go with the flow on Christmas Day and have no fixed time for our meal. But it is normally chicken not turkey and also a nut roast as we have vegetarians among us. Obviously we have piles of veg including Tom Kerridge's star anise carrots.Wearing the hat from the crackers is compulsory and reading the jokes is a favourite part of the meal too.

Duncan Browne, senior reporter

The great thing about Christmas dinner is that there's not a single bad bit (unless you let the wrong person loose in the kitchen).

But the standout part of the plate has to be pigs in blankets - two great ways of eating a pig brought together for a cracking taste. I have a Spanish friend who wraps bacon around chorizo sausage, a whole new level of brilliance.

The table is set for Christmas dinner but what's the best bit?
The table is set for Christmas dinner but what's the best bit?

Suzanne Moon, news editor

Stuff the turkey and put away those pigs in blankets. If there's one thing not to cremate while opening pressies with a large pre-lunch drink, it's the roast parsnips. This king of root veg sweetens up an otherwise sprouty plate with a crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth gift that should not be just for Christmas.

Lucy Carter, trainee reporter, Lynn News

To my disgust, not everyone has Yorkshire puddings with their Christmas dinner. But, they have to be the best part about it, closely followed by roast potatoes!

They have to be done just right, so they're quite 'airy'. To justify why Yorkshire pudding deserve a place on the plate remember it's the perfect item to use up any excess gravy, and tastes good with everything.

Yes, we have Yorkies all year round, but it gives us more reason to have them to accompany a Christmas dinner.

Kris Johnston, senior reporter, Lynn News

No stuffing? Don't bother. In this country, we subconsciously (or consciously) decide what the best part of any meal is by leaving it until last. When the dust settles on Christmas dinner, stuffing should be the last man standing.

These bauble-shaped treats never miss. The turkey may be dry, the sprouts may prove controversial, but a combination of sausage, sage and onion will light up the festive season for even the biggest of Scrooge copy-cats.

Nicola Irwin, digital news editor

You've got the centre piece of turkey, the novel excitement of pigs in blankets, and the table-dividing choice of Yorkshire puddings on a Christmas plate (which I'm all for) but for me the thing that will always win through is a good roast potato, with cranberry sauce a close second. They've got to be cooked right, par boiled before they go into the oven then come out with a crispy outside and a soft and fluffy middle. As a child I called them yellow potatoes and I dare say that's the colour I'm looking for now, maybe golden is the cookbook description. A little bit of salt, but no need for mad amounts of flavouring. How do I know they're the top choice? Leave them off the plate and everyone will be asking where they are and there's never any left at the end. I rest my case.

Is it the food, the ambiance or something else which makes for the best part of Christmas dinner?
Is it the food, the ambiance or something else which makes for the best part of Christmas dinner?

Now over to you, let us know your favourite part of the meal in the comments below.



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