A Foolproof Holiday Spread That Will Impress Your Family
While Christmas may look different this year, you can still celebrate it with the people who truly make the occasion special: your family. The spirit of the season really is best captured by gathering your loved ones around a table to enjoy good food.
To help you host a superb yet effortless Christmas dinner, we've rounded up the top selections from Shopwise for a perfect holiday spread. The best part? Each set tastes as good as it looks. From fancy and delicious ready-to-eat meals to fine bottles of wine, these picks are guaranteed to impress the fam:
Deli and Cheese Platters
If you want to bring something new to the Noche Buena table, then this combo is the way to go. Aside from being a good mix of appetizers, they look great for the 'gram, too. And let’s face it, no party is complete these days without a charcuterie board brimming with cold cuts and cheese. For the deli, you can toss in some sausages, salami, and prosciutto. As for the cheese, you can go for the gouda, sharp cheddar, gruyere, and brie. It’s really up to you. You can also choose from these sets: Mini Charcuterie Platter (P255), Mini Cheese Platter (295), and Mini Mixed Platter (P275).
Tierra Jamon Serrano
Dinner isn't Christmas dinner without ham, of course. Salted, dry-cured, and aged, Jamon Serrano is the gem of a great Christmas spread. Prized for its distinct taste, a slice of this delicacy offers a feast of flavors in one’s mouth. If you’re in the mood for some pasta and pizza, you can even mix slivers of the ham in your dishes. You don’t have to worry about its hefty price tag either as you can have a taste of Tierra Jamon Serrano (P332/100 grams) without buying the whole leg.
Traditional Fruit Cake
A cake made with candied fruits, nuts, and spices, soaked in liquor—what’s not to love? Plus, a Traditional Fruit Cake (P549/1lb) is a classic Christmas dinner staple, so chances are, everyone would want a slice of this treat. Not to mention how it makes for a thoughtful holiday present for friends and relatives!
Roasted Pork Belly
Filipinos love a good ol' pork belly, seasoned with herbs and spices and roasted until tender and juicy. In fact, this is one of the highlights of local feasts and special occasions at home. Even better: go all-in with Shopwise’s Celebration Set (P950) for a merrier holiday dinner with the family. The set includes Roasted Pork Belly, Roasted Chicken, Macaroni Salad, and 24 pieces of Lumpiang Shanghai, all of which are best paired with the last item on this list.
After a year of soldiering through the different crises, it’s about time you and your family relax, enjoy good food, and feel the holiday spirit with some corresponding holiday buzz. A few sips of red like Château Demazel Saint-Émilion (P799)—made predominantly from Merlot and Cabernet Franc—is a great complement a sumptuous Christmas dinner.
Apart from the Saint-Émilion, Château Demazel also has a broad range of wines available at Shopwise. Stocking up on one bottle of each variant is also a good way to train your palate to appreciate the different kinds of wine, and the kind of food they each pair well with.
On the other hand, if you'd like a more upscale Bordeaux, go with the Château Grand Monteil Bordeaux Superieur (P599), which is considered to have a deep flavor with notes of ripe fruit and some vanilla aromas, too. This one's great for a post-dinner cooldown.
Fans of French wine would also be glad to know that Shopwise has an exclusive line of high-quality imported wines under the label French Cellars. The French Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (P399) and Merlot (P399) are both easy, everyday wines with strong fruit flavors and a long finish.
Lastly, if you want an even deeper red wine and a move away from Bordeaux, France, head to the Tuscan region of Italy with a bottle of Poggio Dei Salici Chianti Classico (P799). This one has a more intense flavor, with sharper aromas that balance well. A glass of this plus some quality steak or a cheese platter and your holidays are made.