“PIGS IN BLANKETS ARE THE MAIN ATTRACTION!”
BEN BARLOW, NECK DEEP
and nice and moist. I’m definitely more of a leg man, and usually don’t have to fight for one, but for me the main attraction of the meal is the pigs in blankets! As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to selecting the sausages you’re going to wrap in bacon, you don’t have to be too picky, just as long as it’s not hot dog sausages.
“In my mum’s Christmas dinner – which is pretty unbeatable, by the way – it’s in the sides that it really bounds ahead of the regular Sunday roast.you’ll have your peas, but this time you have ham and onion cooked with them. Then there’s your cabbage, but we’ll have that mixed in with bacon and carbonara sauce, and rather than it you don’t want that to then have flavours of the meat in it – you want it to stand on its own.when it comes to gravy, I’m pretty easy whether it’s the thick or thin kind, but what we do is pour it in the tray that the meat was cooked in, so you’re getting those flavours in there, and we’ll mix some white wine in there, too. For me, there’s no need for cranberry or bread sauce.
“Obviously it’s best eaten while wearing the hats that come out of the crackers – but my head’s too big and rips them! I’ll always come back for seconds, and by the time it’s over there’s usually two or three of us bloated with turkey and trimmings and completely conked out on the sofa.and very happy about it!”