Make Christmas 2020 a Cracker with Lucas
This year, more than ever before, it will be important for butchers to stand out from the high street crowd and to come up with some cracking creative ideas that will make a stay-at-home Christmas much more interesting and enjoyable for your customers.
To help with this, we’ve come up with a Christmas Menu that’s full of dishes you can make easily using our products and which will certainly add extra variety to your holiday counter.
Take our Christmas sharing platter, for example. We’ve included a really interesting variety of foods: Mini Kebabs, Pepper Melts, Garlic Mushrooms, Steak Butter Mushrooms, Mexican Melts, Quiche (you can get really clever here), Mini Pasties and Scotch Eggs (again, such a great opportunity for your own special version). Rather than selling these items individually (which you can do as well, of course), why not group them together to create something that’s possibly a bit more appealing and special? And of course, a platter can potentially be sold at a premium and therefore, is brilliant for making extra profits.
As you know, we have a fantastic choice of Sausage Mixes and Seasonings, which range from the traditional to the more exotic. How about putting together a Christmas Variety pack, containing a selection of seasonal flavours? These could be full size, or chipolatas to put with the roast. We’re thinking you might choose from Butchers Classic Cranberry & Rosemary (can’t get more Christmassy than that), Lemon & Country Herb, Pork & Apple (especially is you’re selling pork joints as a change from turkey), Red Onion & Sage – again a very seasonal flavour) and for good measure, add in your own “exclusive” Hog Roast by combining Pork & Apple with Red Onion & Sage.
Also, on our menu, we’re featuring the classics such as Pork Pies (for which we provide mixes for all the key elements: seasoning, gelatine and pastry glaze), but with a twist. Pear & Stilton is just perfect for a celebration and for something a bit different, you could consider making a Ploughman’s Pork Pie. You may not be familiar with our “Margetts” brand of ready-made sauces, which includes an apple sauce and a cranberry sauce, both of which are brilliant as a pork pie topping.
At Christmas, you absolutely must offer bacon, hams and gammons. Whether you prefer a wet, or dry cure, we have the right mix for you to achieve a delicious and consistent flavour and texture. But these products don’t have to be completely traditional: Black Treacle bacon is delicious and your pastrami will be perfect if you stick with Lucas.
You’ll know from your experience of serving eat-at-home foods, particularly during this year, that accompaniments are hugely important (and again, profitable). The holiday season provides a great opportunity for you to make life easier for your customers, some of whom may not have prepared a lot of food for the family in past years: (eating out used to be so much easier, didn’t it?). Pigs in blankets, Sage & Onion stuffing and sides of sauce are all traditional Christmas fayre and can readily be added to the menu.
So, we’re saying, start early, make the most of the opportunity Christmas provides and get creative with Lucas. As always, there’s a host of recipes for you to check out on our website and of course, if you need any advice or help, we’re always happy to talk to you by phone, email, or on social media.