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Roast potatoes essential ingredient ideal UK Christmas dinner

With 85% of UK respondents wanting them on their plate, roast potatoes are the ingredient in an ideal Christmas dinner. So what are the best bits of a Christmas dinner? 

YouGov research finds that it's not the turkey, despite being the traditional centrepiece of the meal since the 16th or 17th century. Just 52% of people would have it as the main meat on their ideal Christmas dinner. However, it is by far the most popular meat choice: 10% of people would opt for beef, 8% for chicken, 6% for goose, 3% for gammon or ham and 3% for pork. A further 8% opt for a vegetarian alternative.

Looking at the trimmings it becomes clear what the most important component of a Christmas dinner really is: the humble roast potato. Fully 85% of people say that their ideal Christmas dinner would contain roast potatoes.

Gravy is also an overwhelmingly popular choice at 75%. Other condiments are far less popular – only 38% would want cranberry sauce on their Christmas dinner and just 16% would want bread sauce.

Despite the stereotypical disdain in which they are held, 62% of people would have Brussel sprouts on their ideal Christmas dinner, making them more marginally popular than pigs in blankets (61%). Carrots (65%) and parsnips (57%) are the other vegetables welcomed by the majority of people on their Christmas plates.

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