Christmas has been celebrated in the United Kingdom since the beginning of the 19th century. What are the traditional dishes served? We break down the anatomy of Christmas Dinner below.
Anatomy of a Christmas Dinner
The Christmas dinner has its roots from before the Middle Ages, but during the Victorian period is when the dinner we now associate with Christmas began to take place.
Early recipes included mince pies made from meat and there was a revolution of more festive dishes during the 19th century.
A modern yet traditional Christmas dinner is eaten at mid-day or early afternoon and includes:
Historical Fact: Roast Turkey has its beginnings in Victorian Britain. The turkey was added during the 19th century in wealthy communities.
RICH NUTTY STUFFING
Fact: Stuffing gets its name because it is stuffed into and cooked in another food.
Historical Fact: Potatoes appeared in Europe in the 1500s.
Fact: The most popular gravy in the UK is onion gravy.
Historical Fact: In the 18th century, goose was more popular than turkey for Christmas dinner because it was tastier and cheaper.
Historical Fact: Brussel sprouts origins date back to ancient Rome, however they were widely cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century.
Fact: If you lay out all of the cranberry sauce consumed in a year from end to end, it would stretch 5.5m.
Christmas dinner also includes dessert:
A TRADITIONALLY BROWN, RICH AND FRUITY PUDDING
Historical Fact: One notable medieval English Christmas dinner featured a giant pie, weighing 75kg.
1 BBC.com. (2014). History of Christmas. Retrieved December 1, 2014 from http://bbc.in/1wZeEef
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