It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so we asked the teams around the world on Deliveroo what savoury dishes they couldn't feel festive without. From pigs in blankets in the UK to golden roasted capon with chestnuts in France, here are some of our Christmassy favourites.
France does the Christmas feast in a big way. The Réveillon de Noël is an elaborate meal for friends and family that takes place on 24th December. Families squish around the table for a huge banquet of seafood and roast poultry, which usually kicks off with fresh oysters.
Foie gras with gingerbread
Another appetiser on the French Christmas table is foie gras – we told you France does feasting in a big way. Foie gras is a real delicacy in France and a proper celebratory dish over Christmas. This rich, buttery duck or goose liver is often served with lightly spiced gingerbread for a really luxurious starter before the main event.
Chapon farci with chestnuts
On to the pièce de résistance; chapon farci – a roasted capon, or cockerel, which is said to be more flavoursome and slightly fattier than a standard chicken. It's stuffed with chestnuts and served with vegetables for a deliciously wintery dish. So delicious, the thought of it will have you up and hungry at the crack of dawn
Christmas always comes early in the Netherlands – presents are exchanged on St Nicholas Day, on 6th December. But when it comes to the food, 25th December is when the whole family gets together for the big festive feast. It usually begins with a seafood starter, then a warming soup, followed by rich and hearty stewed meat, like venison, that's served with seasonal veg. As Christmas dinners go, this has to be up there with one of the cosiest.
Smoked salmon – Scotland
On Christmas morning – after you've opened your presents, obviously – there's something about sitting down to breakfast with your nearest and dearest. And when it's an occasion like Christmas, Scottish smoked salmon, rippled over creamy scrambled eggs, adds a little bit of luxury so you can start the day as you mean to go on.
Pigs in blankets
25th December is the main event for most here in the UK. This is a squeeze-around-the-table family feast that usually kicks off with a soup or prawn cocktail starter. It's then followed by a roast turkey or goose with all the trimmings – Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, mash, seasonal veg, roast parsnips, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread sauce and lashings of gravy. But of those trimmings, the undisputed stars of the show are the pigs in blankets. These are mini chipolata sausages wrapped in streaky bacon. And if there's one thing likely to start a debate around the table at Christmas, it's definitely over who gets the last one.
Wiener with potato salad
Countries around the world often take a lead from Germany when it comes to Christmas, with German markets set up in towns and city centres to start the countdown to the big day. So if you want to do your festive meals German-style this year, kick things off on Christmas Eve with a simple but tasty wiener and potato salad.
Raclette and fondue
Raclette on Christmas Eve is a relatively new tradition, and definitely one for a family of cheese-lovers. Everyone gathers round an electric raclette grill and melts raclette cheese until it goes all gooey. It's then served with vegetables, potatoes, bread and a mixture of meats. And because the only thing better than cheese is melted cheese, fondue is usually a big family favourite the day after Christmas. It's easy to make and another great way to bond with the relatives. Germany really has got this whole Christmas thing down to a tee.
Roast goose with potato dumplings
For the big Christmas dinner, many German families plump for a roast goose. It's a little fattier than a turkey so it stays extra juicy. The side dishes of choice often consist of red cabbage and knödel – round potato dumplings that look like mini savoury snowballs.
Roast turkey or ham leg
While Australia's unlikely to experience a cold snap or a white Christmas any time soon, their festive menu is usually pretty cosy. The main dish is often a roast turkey or a Christmas ham leg, which families spend hours glazing and basting with sweet, syrupy ingredients, like maple syrup, honey, apricot jams or pineapple juice.
For many Australians, Christmas without seafood simply wouldn't be Christmas. Fresh prawns are hugely popular, either in a prawn cocktail for a starter or in a pretty impressive platter of king, tiger or giant banana prawns as part of the main course.
A typical Spanish Christmas meal often takes place on 24th December when the family gathers round for a roast lechazo – a suckling lamb. The lamb is traditionally placed in a clay dish and then roasted in a wood-fired oven to get the skin extra crispy and keep the meat juicy and tender in the middle. It might sound like a relatively simple method, but what an end result! It's also a speciality at Asador de Aranda in Barcelona if you can't fit a wood-fired oven in your kitchen at home.
Belgian Christmas banquets traditionally take place on 24th December. The family dinner table is overflowing with roast turkey or game and sides of vegetables. But one of the Belgian team's top dishes is Pommes Duchesse (duchess potatoes). These are peaks of mashed-potatoes piped into elegant swirls that are brushed with egg yolk before being baked in the oven to get a golden, crispy shell on the outside.
Similar to the UK, an Irish Christmas dinner often consists of a huge roast turkey or goose, which is sometimes served with a baked ham, stuffing, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and veg. But of all the vegetables to sit alongside the turkey or goose centrepiece, our team in Ireland couldn't imagine Christmas without the humble Brussel sprout. Boiled and then tossed in butter with chestnuts and salty bacon or pancetta gives these little green baubles a lift, but you could always just go plain and simple and let the sprouts do all the talking.
Amongst the expat community in the UAE, brunch is a big deal over the festive season. Come Christmas Day, huge buffets, where you've got four hours to eat and drink as much as you can manage, are the order of the day, with everything from seafood and sushi right through to spit-roasted meats up for grabs.
Siu yuk (roast pork)
Roast pork is always on the menu to see in the Winter Solstice on 22nd December in Hong Kong. This traditional celebratory dish has crisp skin and an intensely savoury flavour, which makes it a firm favourite right through to Chinese New Year. So if you're in Hong Kong over the festive season you're sure to find siu yuk as the centrepiece on the table. To try it at its best, give Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose a go.
What couldn't you have Christmas without? If your favourite festive dish didn't make the list, check out our round-up of sweet Christmas puddings, cakes and desserts, as chosen by the Deliveroo teams around the world.