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Christmas Recipe Inspiration from Waitrose

December 2013

Christmas is almost upon us, and here at LaterLife we have compiled some Christmas recipes from Waitrose for you to enjoy at home during the festive season.

These recipes are the best of hearty English food, perfect for warming your heart (and filling your stomach!) in the cold winter months.


See more Christmas Recipes from Waitrose on their Christmas Hub

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Pork Steaks with Apple & Basil Sauce

(Prep. time 5 mins, cooking time 25 mins, serves 2)


  • 2 essential Waitrose British Pork Loin Steaks
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 eating apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • ¼ x 25g pack fresh basil
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil


1. Preheat the grill to medium and cook the steaks for 22–24 minutes turning once, until cooked through. Transfer to a warm serving dish, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Check seasoning. Serve with the pork, mashed potato and steamed Tenderstem broccoli.


Sweet Roast Gammon with Balsamic Glaze & Roasted Apples

(Prep. time 10 mins, cooking time 2 hrs, serves 6)


  • 2kg Waitrose Unsmoked English Gammon Joint
  • 1 litre carton Waitrose Apple Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ x 215ml bottle Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Balsamic Glaze
  • 6 small English eating apples, such as Cox's, cored and halved


1. Place the gammon joint in a large lidded pan. Pour over the apple juice and add the cinnamon stick. Bring slowly to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 70 minutes, turning once.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Drain the gammon, reserving the cooking liquor, then place the meat on a chopping board. Remove the string and cut away the skin with a small, sharp knife. Lightly score the fat in a diamond pattern. Place the balsamic glaze in a bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquor.

3. Place the gammon in a roasting tin with the apple halves around the meat. Spoon the glaze over the gammon and apples, and cook for 45-50 minutes, brushing the joint occasionally with the glaze and turning the apples once.

4. Remove the gammon from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Place the apples on a serving plate, cover with foil and keep warm until ready to serve.

5. Stir 150ml of the reserved liquor into the juices in the tin. Pour into a small saucepan and cook on the hob for 2-3 minutes until bubbling. Serve the gammon with the roast apples, new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and garden peas, drizzled with a little of the sauce.

Cook's tip
Serve any cold leftover gammon with jacket potatoes and a green salad, or Waitrose Oven Chips and poached eggs.

Drinks recommendation
A New World Pinot Noir with plenty of sweet strawberry fruit would be perfect here.


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