We each have our own traditions and preferences when it comes to Christmas dinner – but do Yorkshire puddings sit atop your plate?
04/11/2020: Results of our blind taste test
Our taste testers have rated nine supermarket own-brand frozen Yorkshire puddings, plus the big brand: Aunt Bessie’s.
Which? members can take a look at the results here.
We also polled 989 members in October to find out if Yorkshires would be appearing on their Christmas dinner plate – just 37% said they would.
This brought us back to Oscar’s original debate here on Which? Conversation. As we approach the festive season, will Yorkshire puddings be forming part of your Christmas lunch?
06/12/2018: Will Yorkshires be on your plate?
Original author: Oscar Webb
You’ve carved the turkey (vegetarian and vegan options are available), served the potatoes and dished up the veg – in the little space left on your plate, you’ve some decisions to make.
The ‘trimmings’ make up a key part of any Christmas dinner, but which items should sit on the side of your plate remains highly contentious.
In our Christmas dinner survey, you voted gravy, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry sauce and bread sauce your favourite sides – no surprises there perhaps. (Independent shops came out best for trimmings, ahead of all the supermarkets, according to our readers.)
But there’s one item in our survey that has caused controversy in the Which? office: Yorkshire puddings.
From all our food survey results, the statistic that sparked the most debate was that 21% of you said you serve Yorkshire puddings with your Christmas dinner.
Some cried heresy, while others couldn’t contemplate their Christmas dinner without a pud.
Honestly love Yorkie puds so much. Don’t understand how people can say they’re not for Christmas dinner… pic.twitter.com/Gj1xFswH8f
— W H I T T L E 🤷♀️🍭 (@The_AlexWhittle) December 4, 2018
Now, I’m not averse to Yorkshire puddings – they’re a delicious addition to any roast dinner.
But homemade ones – always miles better – require a great amount of time and effort (in short supply in Christmas day kitchens).
And the finished result takes up a huge portion of your plate – a space I’d prefer to reserve for other trimmings. In my case, stuffing, bread sauce and as many different types of veg as possible.
Best for veg
So when it comes to veg, who are the best retailers? Our readers recommended shopping at a local greengrocer’s or farmer’s market or ordering from a veg box scheme for the best veg.
Aldi and Lidl came out top for supermarket shoppers in our survey, followed closely by M&S, Ocado and Waitrose.
While no supermarket scored poorly for taste or quality, Sainsbury’s ranked bottom of the table with a 69% customer score.
Do my views on Yorkshires make me a pudding pariah? What are the essential components of your Christmas dinner plate? And where do you source your meat, veg and trimmings?
Do you have Yorkshire puddings with your Christmas dinner?
Yes – of course! (51%, 374 Votes)
No – certainly not. (49%, 365 Votes)
Total Voters: 739