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Christmas meal kits

Published: December 7, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Indulge this Christmas with the help of some of the UK's best chefs and restaurants, from turkey classics to Italian truffle feasts and all the trimmings

Catering for fewer people this year? Looking for ways to treat yourself, cut down on waste and take out some of the effort? Support the UK hospitality industry this Christmas with our pick of the best festive meal kits from restaurants across the country. There are classic Christmas dinner feasts as well as alternative ideas and vegetarian and vegan varieties, with options for two, four, six and more, and various skill levels, so peruse our guide and choose whichever is most suited to you.


No-hassle Christmas dinner by Home-X, Six by Nico, £100 for two

The team at Home-X have put a lot of thought into making your Christmas Day easy. Packed in a smart display box, this would make an excellent gift for anyone who doesn’t want to cook on December 25th. The kit is good value for two people, and you can order more than one kit if you have more guests. A snack of crunchy sweet and spiced nuts kicks the experience off (warm them if you have time – it’s worth it) followed by a celeriac velouté with ham hock croquettes, then smoked salmon with pickled cucumber in a buttermilk and dill dressing. Bearing in mind that the main course and dessert is still to come, and depending on when you choose to eat it, one of these starter courses would make a superb light meal earlier or later in the day. Everything that requires heating needs to be placed in a baking tray, pan, or microwave container – a section at the start of the instruction book lists the equipment you’ll need. A main course of bacon-wrapped turkey ballotine takes less than an hour to cook and is easy to carve into portions too. There’s easily enough for leftovers once you’ve added pigs in blankets, potato and truffle gratin, red cabbage, sprouts, and the bread and cranberry sauces to your plate. Dessert is a light, superbly spiced sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce, which can go in the oven while you eat, served with hot or cold eggnog custard. Pictures help you plate the starters and recycling information for all the packaging can be found here: home-x.com

A festive Christmas spread by Home-X, featuring bacon-wrapped turkey ballotine, pigs in blankets, truffle and potato gratin and smoked salmon

Home by Simon Rogan five course meal, £95 per person (meals for one are available)

Super swanky and a chance to plate your dinner beautifully, this is a truly luxe Christmas feast. Unleash your inner chef and serve rich truffled celeriac soup (heat it up like a boil-in-a-bag to save on pans) in small jugs to pour over shredded confit duck and sharp apple and chestnut garnish. Rolls and whipped butter are also provided. Follow this with a neat cubes of pine-cured smoked salmon and beetroot, served with whipped cod’s roe for you to pipe neatly onto the dish before sprinkling with rye crumbs. As with many meal kits, the garnish is generous, so hold back from tipping all of it on the plates. A ballotine of turkey and beautifully prepared trimmings (carrot, parsnip, potatoes, sprouts, pigs in blankets etc) are easily reheated and even more easily carved and served. The gravy is excellent, too. For dessert, individual Christmas puddings come with brandy custard, and there are even mince pie chocolates to finish. Dust off your best crockery for this meal and order the accompanying wine if you’re feeling flush. Recycling information for all packaging can be found here: homebysimonrogan.co.uk

The whole menu at Home by Simon Rogan, including ballotine of turkey and trimmings (carrot, parsnip, potatoes, sprouts, pigs in blankets), Christmas pudding and a bottle of rose

Côte at home festive turkey menu £84, serves 4-6

This meal kit for the Christmas Day main course is fantastic value. It’s billed at serving 4-6 generously and it fulfils that promise if you’re looking for a classic Christmas meal. The turkey requires a longer cooking time (150 mins) than some kits, but then it serves 6, so that’s not surprising. The turkey ‘roulade’ is a 2.5kg boned breast rolled around a chestnut and cranberry stuffing, with skin tied neatly back in place, and it fits in the oven easily. Pigs in blankets are made with a smoky sausage, which go well with the braised spiced red cabbage and roasted spiced butternut squash and baby carrots, and the ‘bruxelles’ sprouts have a good dose of roasted garlic with them. Roast potatoes come ready to reheat and crisp up with extra goose fat to toss them in if you want added flavour. The gravy is rich and thick, and there’s plenty of it. The turkey, pigs, potatoes and squash all need to be transferred to oven containers for the oven, and the red cabbage and gravy can go through a microwave to save on oven space. Cranberry sauce is included. You can add starters, desserts, cheese and wine at an extra cost, and there are also some individual vegetarian main courses that can be added should you need them. coteathome.co.uk

The Christmas spread from Côte, including a turkey ‘roulade’ rolled around a chestnut and cranberry stuffing, pigs in blankets, braised spiced red cabbage, baby carrots, Brussels sprouts and roast potatoes

Truffle turkey crown, Hame by Adam Handling, £250 for 3-4 people

A super-luxe kit with some very special touches, including two of Handling’s signatures; chicken butter and cheese doughnuts. Most of the hard work is done for you. Sourdough rolls just need to be briefly baked and slathered in butter and crispy chicken skin. A substantial oven-ready herb-truffle stuffed crown comes with a clotted cream mash that’s as good as it sounds, pre-peeled and sliced parsnips, and Brussels to be fried with pancetta in more of the chicken butter. All ingredients for a Caesar salad are included: butterhead lettuce, croutons and dressing – the serving suggestion is with the main course, but there's nothing to stop you having it as a starter. The doughnuts require a little work (roll into balls, leave to prove for two hours, deep-fry in veg oil), so get started early or make them to have warm, with drinks, on Christmas Eve. You can choose from Christmas pudding with rum butter, spiced tarte tatin or a whole truffled Tunworth cheese. Optional extras include a main course veggie pumpkin pie (£20) and the chef’s own-label Sussex sparkling wine (£40). Our preview kit came with easy-to-follow written instructions with the promise of accompanying video links when kits go on sale. adamhandling.co.uk, CH

Photograph by Tim Green

A wooden table lined with a Christmas feast – turkey, carrots, bread sauce, bread, sprouts, crackers and holly

Piedmont truffle feast, Bocca di Lupo, £90 for 2 people

Rich, meat-free, a doddle to assemble and utterly special, this Soho Italian restaurant kit is an indulgent Christmas Eve or Christmas lunch treat. Cooking instructions promise that ‘sometimes too much is just right’, appropriate for a meal that starts with tonnarelli, fine pasta ribbons drenched in fonduta, sauce made of eggs yolks, parmesan and butter. It’s all pre-prepared, just snip open the packs, boil the pasta, drain, pour over the cheese sauce and smother in shavings of whole Alba truffle. (Keep the remaining truffle in an egg box in the fridge – it’ll give your scrambled eggs a whole other dimension). Next up, rabaton: the hearty chard and ricotta dumplings of this northwestern Italian region. Briefly heat, top with sage fried in browned butter, add parmesan. Pudding is easiest of all: tiramisu. Add a bottle of wine from £12, or push the boat out with Piedmont’s famous Barolo (£66). boccadilupoathome.com

Four plates of Italian dishes, one pasta, one green gnocchi, one salad, one tiramisu

Christmas feast, Tom Kerridge, £350 for four-six people

Tom Kerridge doesn’t do things by halves. There’s everything you need for Christmas day for six and more in this lush kit. Winning at canapés: one mighty sausage roll to be warmed and neatly sliced; mini tart cases are easily filled with salmon mix and topped with cucumber relish and dill; and truffle cream for piping into warm gougeres – all very easy to assemble but super impressive. Main course: we tested the beef wellington (30 mins in the oven and soft as butter) but turkey and slow-cooked venison are also available. All sides are prepared ahead so all you have to do is roast (parsnips, potatoes, pigs in blankets) or sauté (sprouts with chestnuts and bacon, carrots) or bake (cauli cheese). A beautifully handmade Christmas pudding comes with an orange-zest brandy butter, plus chunky mince pies. Caramelised white chocolate ‘pebbles’ are the final cheffy touch. Restaurant-style menus are provided and look great on the table. Tom reckons it takes 90 minutes max cooking time, we did it in a little less. Order by 15 December, delivery costs £30 extra. tomkerridge.com CH

A slice of beef wellington with all the trimmings

Feast at Home kit, The Cinnamon Club, £120 for two

This is a Christmas meal with a difference; no turkey for a start, or sprouts. Vivek Singh’s kit comes with more food than you can possibly eat in one meal, though you can have a good try. Everything comes with coloured stickers, so you can easily sort out what goes with what. Mix-it-yourself bhel papdi chaat with a Bombay mix and tamarind & coriander chutney is the starter – this would make an equally good snack to have with a glass of bubby mid-morning if you prefer. There are huge, juicy (peeled) prawns to cook with the madras shrimp sauce, lamb shank roganjosh and 24-hour simmered black lentils that only need reheating, boil-in-a-bag style. Biryani rice is ready-prepared for warming up, and there are little tubs of burhani raita with chilli and garlic, as well as a fresh green chilli and ginger garnish for the lamb. The Christmas pudding is subtly spiced with garam masala and ginger, simple to warm through and comes with a divine nutmeg custard and toffee sauce. You will be beyond replete. cinnamonclub.com

A large platter of chicken curry surrounded by rice bowls and naan breads

Vegan Christmas Feast Box, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, £55 for 4 people

So much of Christmas dinner is about the theatre of it – a difficult experience to recreate, if you’re vegan and there’s no turkey to carve. That’s where Camden-based vegan diner Rudy’s comes in. For just £55, it will deliver a bumper Christmas feast box straight to your door, almost overflowing with plant-based versions of Christmas Day classics. Seitan turkey stuffed with cranberries and hazelnuts; a pouch of velvety rosemary gravy; and bright-green Brussels sprouts (vacuum-packed for freshness) that you fry with ‘baycon bits’, to name just three of a dozen Christmassy constituents. We loved roasting the turkey on a bed of vegetables (all included), just as you might do with the real deal, and our pick of the bunch was a surprisingly succulent ‘meatloaf’, gently spiced and wrapped in golden pastry. Leftovers were fried bubble ’n’ squeak style the next day and eaten alongside slices of olive-studded Christmas ham and pastrami. rudysvegan.com

Farm to fork Christmas essential box, Gladwin Brothers, £160 for four people

From the brothers behind restaurants including The Shed and Sussex, this kit contains all you need to create a generous, traditional British lunch of Norfolk Bronze turkey to roast at home, and a 1.5kg gammon for Boxing Day. Make your own pigs in blankets with the chipolatas and bacon provided. Go to town on sides: roasties, carrots, parsnips, sprouts, kale, red cabbage, carrots and Jerusalem artichokes. Roasting guides and recipes are provided to make your own cranberry relish and shaved sprouts salad. All veg is seasonal and local, in line with the brother’s commitment to support British farmers, and comes from near Nutbourne, the Sussex vineyard they own. There’s also a whole stilton, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and mince pies. You can add imaginative extras, such as pigeon and apricot terrine (£8.50), tahini cookie dough ice cream (£6) and wines from £11.80. gladwinbrothers.com, CH

A table piled with Christmas produce including raw turkey, uncooked sausages, fresh red cabbage, fruit, gourds and more

British turkey, beef and ham plus all trimmings, Lake District Farmers and Pollen Street Social, £300 for four people (£450 for six)

Chef Jason Atherton has teamed up with the Lake District Farmers, who supply some of the UK’s top restaurants, including his Pollen Street Social, to create a box containing turkey breast, heritage beef sirloin and Aynhoe Park honey and juniper glazed ham, that will easily serve six people for Christmas lunch with meat leftover for Boxing Day. Other than roasting the meat (instructions provided – a meat thermometer is handy here) all the prep has been done. Start with a pork, game and foie gras terrine – just slice and serve with pistachio, quince and raisin chutney, ribbons of pickled cucumbers, red cabbage paste and sourdough, toasted and slicked with Ampersand cultured butter. Once the meat is in the oven, there is very little else to do: potatoes have been peeled for roasting around the same time as the pigs in blankets. A hearty cheese and celeriac gratin can be cooked when the meat is resting. Buttery mash is a cinch to warm through on the stove, as are the creamy chestnut and bacon sprouts and beef gravy. Appropriately for a restaurant with a dedicated dessert bar, the final course is a twist on tradition: a full treacle tart served with Christmas pudding Chantilly cream. Sour cherry chocolates and mandarin jellies are the final cheffy touch. This kit gets the balance just right: showcasing British producers, no-nonsense instructions and generous serves. This could also easily work as two very special festive meals; turkey, ham and trimmings for Christmas lunch, gratin and beef on Boxing Day. The box for four people comes with beef rump instead of sirloin. lakedistrictfarmers.co.uk, CH

A table set with a pumpkin pie, beef joint, pistachio-stuffed terrine and a bowl of sprouts

Antona at home kit, Antona, £90pp

This decadent meal featuring all the Christmas favourites comes with illustrated, easy-to-follow menu cards. Choose the turkey option for four or a beef wellington for two. The meal kicks off with a smoked salmon and crab roulade with pickled cucumber, finished with a small pot of roe – all you need to do is follow the plating-up instructions to create a showstopping starter. The Holly Farm bronze turkey joint needs browning in a pan before transferring to the oven, along with the pigs in blankets, skin-on Chantenay carrots and baby parsnips. Neat slices of leg meat and stuffing are added a little later. A generous portion of goose fat comes to roast the potatoes, and there’s a rich, creamy bread sauce to reheat, as well as gravy, cranberry sauce and sprouts. Serve Baron Bigod cheese with oven-baked fruit bread before digging into sticky toffee pudding smothered in caramel sauce and crème fraîche, as well as dates and pecans to scatter on top. Pre-order before 16 December for delivery on 22 or 23 December. antonaathome.co.uk

A Christmas meal laid out on a table with candles

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