The perfect leftover Christmas sandwich consists of succulent turkey, aromatic bacon and rich stuffing, it has emerged.
Researchers found once the main event of Christmas dinner is over, millions of Brits begin to focus on what can be fashioned into the most decadent sandwich of the year.
Thick slices of turkey are the most popular choice of filling, with a generous dollop of cranberry sauce and some salty, crispy bacon.
Crispy-skinned chicken, roast ham and beef were also popular choices of meats to fill the indulgent yuletide treat.
Darren Littler, innovation director at Warburtons, which commissioned the study, said: “The Christmas sandwich is a national talking point each year and it’s clear that Brits are particular when it comes to what should and should not be included.”
More unconventional fillings such as falafel, roasted butternut squash and avocado also appeared as top choices for the leftover sandwich connoisseur.
Two per cent even admitted to adding some Christmas pudding into their sandwich for a sweet twist, and nine per cent said they would add hipster favourite avocado into the mix.
One in two Christmas sandwich-scoffers like to build out the flavour with a couple of rashers of bacon, while 48 per cent incorporate the tasty leftovers of the stuffing reserves.
Unsurprisingly, sprouts are the ingredient most likely to be left out of the most decadent sandwich of the year, followed by divisive horseradish and so-so cabbage.
And 37 per cent of festive sandwich-munchers will only chow down on a Christmas sandwich if it’s home-made.
It’s important to get the recipe right, too, as more than a third of those surveyed by OnePoll consider the Christmas leftover sandwich to be the best snack of the year.
And seven in 10 look forward to their first proper Christmas leftover snack on Boxing Day, with ‘Leftover Sandwich Hour’ most likely to fall between 1pm and 2pm.
Though the average Brit will make their leftovers last over four sarnies before the Christmas pantry is finally exhausted.
Seventy eight per cent opt for a meat-based sandwich while one in 10 will go solely veggie.
And one in seven would consider hosting a completely vegan Christmas in the future.
Darren added: “During the festive period, our commitment to delivering the freshest bread continues, so whether you have a sweet or savoury inclination, Brits can be assured that Warburtons has the best bread to hold it all together – Merry Crust-mas everyone.”
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