Experimental Brits are most likely to ‘jazz up’ the potatoes at Christmas dinner this year, according to research.

A poll of 2,000 adults found one in seven foodies will also branch out with their side dishes and offer creamy macaroni cheese as an option.

Other quirky twists include adding chilli flakes to their cabbage or drizzling carrots in maple syrup.

One in five will experiment with new tastes and textures, as half of adults aim to make up for a rubbish 2020 – by making the best Christmas dinner ever.

Seven in 10 intend to push the boat out to make at least one part of 2020 tolerable, while 47 per cent think their family deserves a treat.

The research was commissioned by Maple from Canada, which teamed up with BBQ restaurateurs Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn – AKA Sam & Shauna – from Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, to highlight alternative Christmas dinner possibilities.

Sam said: “It’s great to see some of the weird and wonderful ways people are going to try and up their game for Christmas dinner after a challenging year, especially with so many planning to barbecue their turkey.

“This way of cooking adds so much flavour to the turkey and brings so much fun to the Christmas dinner table.

“At Hang Fire we like to barbecue turkey breasts wrapped in maple bacon, it’s a recipe we love to make every year.”

The study also found 14 per cent of Christmas-celebrating Brits plan to make their own flavoured butters to go with the meal, while more than a tenth will use crumbled Christmas cake – in their stuffing.

More than a third of those surveyed via OnePoll will add a twist to their festive feast to ‘surprise’ diners – but a fifth just want to show off on social media.

Hang Fire’s Shauna added: “The great thing about a big Christmas dinner is that there are so many different areas to experiment with.

“You can do all sorts with roast potatoes, carrots, sprouts, cabbage and the myriad other veg on the plate.

“We encourage Brits to dig into their cupboards and spice racks this Christmas and see if they can find a new taste – that may well become a beloved family tradition.”

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