After what can only be described as a lacklustre Christmas last year, we don’t blame you if for 2021, you’re pulling out all the stops.
A lot has changed over the last couple of years since Coronavirus entered the public consciousness: you may have moved house, changed jobs, or your family may have welcomed new additions – and that calls for a celebration on the one holiday a year dedicated to spending with your loved ones.
But if the onus is on you to deliver in the feasting stakes – we have got you covered.
Whipping up a veritable Christmas meal is daunting to say the least. There are so many elements involved and different tastes, dietary requirements and traditions to take into consideration.
Taking the guesswork out of prep, brands have stepped up with bumper packs filled to the brim with all the ingredients you could need as well as step-by-step instructions complete with all the timings to ensure that its smooth sailing come the big day.
If it’s your first-time hosting Christmas lunch, there are ready-to-go boxes with everything you need for the ultimate banquet. We’re talking the whole nine yards; butter-basted turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, moats of gravy, and honey-glazed carrots and parsnips. Or, more experienced chefs could opt for the smaller curations – choosing just the elements you need. You’ll find farm-to-table meat of the finest quality as well as ample options for the vegetarians and vegans.
Make this Christmas one to be remembered in a fuss-free way with these recipe kits.
Green Chef Christmas Box
Healthy recipe box brand Green Chef caters for five different dietary preference with its food line-up so whether you are keto, vegan, low carb or vegetarian, you can enjoy a true Yuletide feast with flavoursome dishes crafted by a team of trained chefs and registered nutritionists. For this Christmas, the meal options include; Spiced Glazed Tofu With Braised Red Cabbage and Roast Potatoes, Nutty Portobello Mushrooms With Rosemary Potatoes, Cavolo Nero and Brussels Sprouts, Mustard and Walnut Crusted Chicken Thigh With Spinach and Tenderstem Broccoli and Rosemary and Garlic Chicken With Smashed Potatoes and Red Wine Jus. Order from December 17 with the option of box sizes for two to four people and three or four of the meals. Prices range from £39.69 to £79.19.
Buy now £36.69, Green Chef
Hello Fresh Christmas Box
You can count on Hello Fresh to pack in all the trimmings and lay the groundwork for an enviable festive feast. The in-house developers have simplified the cooking process down to a fine art so that the turkey is beautifully butter basted and all of it is portioned and ready to go. No supermarkets, no kitchen disasters, the brand has put the focus on the eating - the best part.
The Christmas Box can serve up to 10 guests and it comes with an easy-to-follow guide, timing plan and photos each step of the way.
It comes with the turkey mentioned above and rosemary, Pigs in Blankets, Perfect Fluffy Roasties, Sprout Gratin with a Crunchy Hazelnut Crumb, Honey & Thyme Root Veg, Pork & Cranberry Stuffing, Slow Braised Red Cabbage, Buttery Sautéed Peas and Festive Gravy.
You can add on dessert - Chocolate Cheesecake pots with salted caramel, Pistachios and Biscuits as well as cheeses and chutney for a full three-course meal.
Prices start from £84.99 for four people, and you can order now until December 12 for delivery on December 22.
Buy now £84.99, Hello Fresh
Mindful Chef Christmas Menu
One of the most popular recipe kits in the game, Mindful Chef is pulling out all the stops this Christmas with an expansive offering that focuses on the best of seasonal British ingredients.
The brand is known for its healthier recipes that ensure each and every person can enjoy as they are free from refined carbs, gluten, dairy and with an emphasis on being nutritionally balanced. There’s also options for vegans, flexitarians and pescitarians.
The meals include: Traditional Turkey One Pot, Venison with Mustard Mash & Roasted Root Veg, Butternut Squash & Chestnut Passanda Curry, Partridge in a Pear Tuille of Parsnip & Crushed Potatoes and Roasted Duck with Braised Red Cabbage.
Available for one, two or full family feasts.
Buy now £26.00, Mindful Chef
Gousto Christmas Box
In just one hour, you can have an epic Christmas spread courtesy of Gousto. The recipe box service has created its best-ever Yuletide offering with turkey and plant-based variations. So that you can cook up a storm fuss-free, the ingredients are measured out precisely, eliminating unnecessary food waste.
For the meat recipe, you’ll find a tender British turkey with sage stuffing, homemade gravy and all the traditional staples like pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, buttered sage parsnips, braised red cabbage and roasted Brussel sprouts.
The vegan alternative comprises of a fruity nut roast with mushrooms, pistachios and cranberries complete with the appropriate trimmings.
The boxes can serve two or four people. Pre-order now with delivery right to your door until Christmas Eve.
Buy now £25.98, Gousto
Feast Box Christmas Box
Feast Box’s niche is its global selection of recipes. Whether you’re missing home or dreaming of far-flung destinations, you can feel transported there via the medium of Christmas lunch.
The food delivery service gives the perfect quantity of ingredients with step-by-step instructions. For Christmas, there are sharing roast boxes with a twist - the Indonesian stars roasted chilli coconut chicken, crispy soy and ginger roast potatoes, and stir fried garlic tender stem broccoli and is created in collaboration with chef Laura Lee. It comes for four people and with every box purchased, the brand donates to Action Against Hunger. They have also partnered with Give Back Box so customers can recycle the box and donate at the same time.
Buy now £50.00, Feast Box
The Cookaway Christmas Box
Make up for last lockdown Christmas by getting the whole family over for a world class festive feast. Subscription-free recipe box service The Cookaway has curated one of the most extensive selections of dishes in collaboration with MasterChef Finalist Jack Lucas. The menu extends to Chicken, Mushroom or Beef Wellington paired with all the side dishes you could hope for; Creamed Leek & Spinach, Savoy Cabbage & Pancetta or Crispy Smashed Potatoes and desserts like Chocolate Fondant & Orange Chantilly Cream or Vanilla Cheesecake with Rhubarb & Ginger.
There’s also the Canapé Feasting Box, which as the name suggests is packed with bitesize nibbles where you choose three from the selection that includes; Brie & Cranberry Parcels, Goat’s Cheese Beignets, Pancetta & Fennel Sausage Rolls, Goat’s Cheese & Onion Chutney Squares, Smoked Salmon & Horseradish Blinis, Blue Cheese and Cranberry Sausages, King Prawn & Avocado Lettuce Cups and Sesame Halloumi Bites with Chilli Sauce.
Last but not least the Portobello Mushroom & Goat’s Cheese Tart is a meat-free delight with a side of winter greens.
The boxes are available for two to four guests with 48 hour delivery available and you can add alcohol, dessert and chocolates to all.
Buy now £33.00, The Cookaway
Coombe Farm Organic Christmas Box
Ensure your Christmas meal gives a five-star dining experience with premium quality meat from Coombe Farm. There are grazing plates, three-bird roasts, turkey boxes with all the trimmings – and all is organic and Soil Association certified. Honourable mention goes to the Organic Christmas Feast Box that is large enough for a crowd as well as the goose, duck, gammon and beef options.
Buy now £59.00, Coombe Farm
Parson’s Nose Christmas Box
The butchers at Parson’s Nose offer some of the finest British farmed free-range meat, fish, and cheese with delivery across the UK – in some locations, there’s even next-day delivery. The Ultimate Christmas Box packs the whole song and dance into one handy package. For four, six or eight, it contains a turkey breast, vegetables, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. The turkey is sourced from a small family run producer in Berkshire where the short supply chain guarantees the quality, while the Christmas Pork Stuffing is created in-house.
Buy now £105.00, Parson’s Nose
All In A Box Christmas Box
Christmas is all about the food but instead of spending the time stressing out in the kitchen, leave it to Roast in a Box to deliver the goods. Get your taste buds tingling with the two boxes on offer. One provides just the mains with the option for turkey, gammon, chicken, beef or a nut roast for one to 12 people, while the other offers a three-course experience with a starter; Christmas pâté, with bread and chutney or roasted vegetable chickpea pâté, with bread and chutney and a Christmas crumble dessert with vanilla custard. There’s add-ons too with canapes, sides, sauces and extra meat for good measure.
Buy now £45.00, Roast in a Box
Baker & Spice Christmas Box
London-based restaurant chain Baker & Spice is bringing the festive extravaganza to you this year with a free-range turkey meal kit and all the trimmings. Just place in the oven and in no time, you will have restaurant-quality roast potatoes, stuffing, broccoli mash, sweet potato mash, and roasted veg. It also comes with salads, cranberry sauce, gravy and desserts of Christmas pudding and mince pies.
The box will need to be picked up from one of the four establishments in either Selfridges, Belgravia, Chelsea or Maida Vale.
Prices start from £60 for a breast, £110 for a crown and £120 for a whole turkey that would feed eight.
Buy now £60.00, Baker & Spice
Gunpowder Festive Stuffed Chicken
Doing the hard work for you this Christmas, Gunpowder is serving up a festive stuffed chicken to be delivered to your door on December 23.
As an alternative to turkey, it is based on the restaurant’s hugely popular murgh musallam and so it has been marinated in yoghurt, roasted red pepper puree and tandoori spices for over 30 hours. The Cornish, corn-fed main event is stuffed with black pork mince, dried apricots, hot lime, mango pickle, ginger, chilli and spices with a boiled egg at the centre.
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it’s then served alongside the homemade makhani sauce and garnished with fennel, melon, blue poppy seeds and chilli flakes.
Nationwide delivery is available and it serves two. All you need to do is cook.
Buy now, Gunpowder
10 Greek Street Beef Banquet
Christmas has been done a little differently over at 10 Greek Street. The cosy Soho-establishment is placing beef front and centre with its seasonal banquet box.
With little preparation required, it serves up cured Scottish salmon with sourdough and beetroot remoulade to start, followed by côte de boeuf with a crispy potato terrine, thyme-roasted carrots, blanched cavolo nero, smoked pancetta, silky celeriac puree and a sage crumb.
The three-course meal is finished off with a rich Jamaican ginger cake with rum butterscotch sauce and pecan crumb.
Buy now £155.00, 10 Greek Street
Thrive Beef Recipe Box
This beef recipe box service has got the choice of three feasts to enjoy this Christmas. As the name suggests, they are centered around beef; Roast Rib Beef with trimmings, Sirloin Striploin with Dauphinoise potatoes or Argentinian Style Slow Cook Beef - all of which are beautiful cuts, juicy and packed with flavour. They also come alongside step-by-step instructions and cost from £8.13 per person.
Buy now £8.13, Thrive