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Christmas Food & Drink

The ten best party snacks

Forget Twiglets and bridge rolls, the smartest Christmas gatherings have delicious and original nibbles. Here’s our selection of the best.

Stuff the turkey: Part two of Mark Hix's delicious alternative

Although I consider myself a bit of a traditionalist, I tend to stay clear of turkey on Christmas Day. For the past couple of years, my choice has been roasted small game birds such as teal, snipe and woodcock, served with homemade rowan or rosehip jelly; that way, everyone gets to taste a couple of different birds and there is a sense of celebration – instead of that sinking feeling of, "Oh no, not turkey again".

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