FEMAIL reveals the Christmas meal kits you can order

FEMAIL reveals the Christmas meal kits you can order

Is a meal kit the answer to Christmas dinner woes? Boxes containing everything you need for the main meal from just £9 are available to pre-order NOW – and one promises to be on the table in just an hour

  • Supply chain issues have put families at risk of being without Turkeys this year
  • Many restaurants and food companies are already offering meal kits that can be ordered ahead of Christmas, with some ready in an hour or less for less than £30
  • Here, FEMAIL reveals what’s on offer this year, from a £350 box from Michlin-starred chef Aktar Islam to a £9 butternut squash from Mindful Chef 

Supply chain issues across the UK have caused a surge in panic buying and stark warnings that supermarket shelves could be stripped bare over the festive period.  

GUSTO  

This year, recipe box Gousto is offering the antidote to Christmas cookery stress: a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, prepared and on the table in an hour. Plus, it’s all delivered to the doorstep. Gousto has revealed the following details of its meat and plant-based Christmas dinners to get the taste buds twitching. 

What’s in the Gusto 2021 Christmas box?

Price: From £30.48 if you order a 2-person box including two recipes  

Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings

Christmas dinner in an hour? No, really! Enjoy tender British turkey with sage stuffing, homemade gravy and all the trimmings: pigs in blankets, roasties, buttered sage parsnips, braised red cabbage and roasted Brussel sprouts.

Pistachio Nut Roast with all the trimmings

For the perfect vegan Christmas dinner: You’ll make our fruity take on a nut roast using flavoursome mushrooms, studded with pistachios & cranberries. Serve with all the trimmings including crispy roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, parsnips and onion gravy. Merry Christmas! 

Recipes available for 2 people or families (4-5 people), minimum order per box is 2 recipes, maximum is 4 recipes.

The Turkey Dinner and Pistachio Nut Roast options will be available to order from the Gousto menu as early as the 23rd November, with first delivery on the 11th December, last delivery on the 24th December.

TOMMY BANKS 

Michelin-starred chef is bringing customers nationwide a taste of Oldstead this winter using ingredients exclusively produced, harvested or foraged in or around his family’s farm in Oldstead, Yorkshire. From festive provisions like Black Garlic Glazed Ham and Kernel Marzipan Christmas Cake; to a four-course Duck Crown Christmas day menu or six course New Year’s Eve feast with Haxby Sourdough and Chicken Fat, Beef Wellington and Chocolate & Woodruff dessert

What’s the in Tommy Banks Christmas meal boxes? 

Price: From £160 

Michelin-starred chef is bringing customers nationwide a taste of Oldstead this winter using ingredients exclusively produced, harvested or foraged in or around his family’s farm in Oldstead, Yorkshire. 

From festive provisions like Black Garlic Glazed Ham and Kernel Marzipan Christmas Cake; to a four-course Duck Crown Christmas day menu or six course New Year’s Eve feast with Haxby Sourdough and Chicken Fat, Beef Wellington and Chocolate & Woodruff dessert 

The Oldstead Ultimate Festive Box (£160) – delivery 21 December: The ultimate festive indulgence with a delicious collection of products made exclusively by MIO or one of the team’s trusted local suppliers. Cold Smoked Salmon, Black Garlic Glazed Ham with Oldstead Cornichons, Kernel Marzipan Christmas Cake and much more – the hamper has everything you need for a Christmas feast.

Made in Oldstead Beef Wellington Christmas Day Box (£190 for 2, £360 for 4, £520 for 6, £670 for 8, £810 for 10) – delivery 22 December: A sensational 4 course menu of Chicory Root, Onion and Old Winchester; Cold Smoked Salmon served with Whipped Buttermilk and Pickled Fennel; a Beef Wellington with all the trimmings – think ducks in blankets, Pommes Anna and Bread Sauce; and a Chocolate & Woodruff fondant pudding.

Made in Oldstead Duck Crown Christmas Day Box for 4 (£340) – delivery 22 December: This 4 course box serves up the same courses as above, replacing the Beef Wellington with a beautiful Duck Crown and all the trimmings.

Made in Oldstead Vegetarian Christmas Day Box for 2 (£160) – delivery 22 December: A 4 course menu for vegetarians. Chicory Root, Onion and Old Winchester cheese comes first, followed by Chestnut and Jerusalem Artichoke Ravioli with a dulse and norri beure blanc and sea herbs. A Celeriac Pithivier is served with all the trimmings and a Chocolate & Mayweed fondant rounds the meal off.

 

FARM DROP   

This Christmas, you can now create a very special meal kit, with all your favourite Christmas goodies. No food waste, no forcing down Brussel sprouts, just the most sustainable sourced, delicious products prepped and ready to cook. Prices start from £5 for trimmings.

From £5, Turkeys start at £78 

This Christmas, you can now create a very special meal kit, with all your favourite Christmas goodies. 

No food waste, no forcing down Brussel sprouts, just the most sustainable sourced, delicious products prepped and ready to cook. Prices start from £5  for trimmings. 

Home grown and organic produce wherever possible, from farmers who follow environmentally and socially responsible farming systems.

Next-day delivery, hand-delivered by farmdroppers in a zippy electric van.  

AKTAR AT HOME 

Aktar at Home has a Christmas feast kit – this will be available nationwide and is ready for pre-order now

What’s in Aktar at Home’s Christmas box? 

 Price ranges from £275-£350

Aktar at Home has a Christmas feast kit – this will be available nationwide and is ready for pre-order now. 

TO BEGIN

Patanegra (jamón ibérico) – from acorn fed pigs aged for 4 years served with marinated figs – Wild boar Paté or Duck liver parfait – Beef fat Parker-house rolls served with whipped beef fat and garlic butter – Chicken, ham hock and fine duck liver terrine with pickles – Smoked salmon and horseradish crème fraiche – Marinated olives

THE MAIN EVENT

4-8 Bone Rib of Beef with herbs in Beef tallow

Pigs in blankets, Pork sagę and onion stuffing, Roast heritage carrots, Roast potatoes, Roasted piccolo parsnips ,Yorkshire puddings, Truffled cauliflower cheese, Sprouts tossed in iberico ham, Hispi cabbage with Pommery mustard, Bone marrow & Malbec gravy

TO FINISH

Selection of cheese, crackers, truffle honey and quince jelly, Choux buns, festive crème pâtissier chocolate sauce, Selection of petit fours 

THE COOKAWAY  

Price: From £30 for a 2-person box and £39 for a 4-person box   

Subscription-free recipe box service The Cookaway and MasterChef finalist Jack Lucas have created a merry menu of seasonal dishes, available to order from October 18th, up until 22nd December – perfect for those wanting to ensure a restaurant-quality, home-cooked meal on Christmas Day. The festive recipe boxes cater for two or four dinner guests with the option to choose between a variety of Wellingtons to create statement centrepieces accompanied with decadent sides.

What’s in The Cookaway’s Christmas box? 

Subscription-free recipe box service The Cookaway and MasterChef finalist Jack Lucas have created a merry menu of seasonal dishes, available to order from October 18th, up until 22nd December – perfect for those wanting to ensure a restaurant-quality, home-cooked meal on Christmas Day. 

The festive recipe boxes cater for two or four dinner guests with the option to choose between a variety of Wellingtons to create statement centrepieces accompanied with decadent sides.

A choice of three different Wellington main dishes: Beef Wellington Mushroom Wellington Chicken Wellington 

Sides (customers will need to choose at least one): Creamed Leek & Spinach Savoy Cabbage & Pancetta Crispy Smashed Potatoes 

Dessert (Optional) Chocolate Fondant & Orange Chantilly Cream Vanilla Cheesecake with Rhubarb & Ginger 

Drinks (Optional) La Flor Pulenta Malbec Ca’ del Console Prosecco Deakin Estate Azahara Chardonnay-Pinot Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or Brut Laughing Wolf – Beer Crafty One – Beer Chocolates (Optional) Flutter Scotch Choccy Scoffy Truffle Selection

 All Christmas menus will be live from 18th October on the website, the first delivery date will be from 9th November 

The Cookaway delivers Tuesday to Saturday. Weekday delivery is free and Saturday delivery is £3

Last order dates for boxes to arrive in time for Christmas Day: 22nd December 4pm is the cut off to place last orders to receive in time for Christmas day

 

 MINDFUL CHEF

Mindful Chef say they provide healthy solutions for all lifestyles every occasion. The company offers one-person, two-person and family meals, and catering for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, flexitarian, vegetarian and pescatarian diets.

What’s in the Mindful Chef Christmas box?  

Perfect for the health conscious out there, all recipes are nutritionally balanced, free from refined carbs, gluten and dairy, and with no additives.

There’s also something to suit everyone with meals catering for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, flexitarian and pescatarian diets.

 Traditional Turkey One Pot 

One person – £11

Two people – £15

Four people – £24

Venison with Mustard Mash & Roasted Root Veg

One person  – £13.50

Two people – £19

Four people – £28

Butternut Squash & Chestnut Passanda Curry (VEGGIE)

One person- £9

Two people – £12

Four people -£18 

 Partridge in a Pear Tuille of Parsnip & Crushed Potatoes

One person – £13

Two people  – £18

Four people – £26

Roasted Duck with Braised Red Cabbage

One person  – £13.50

Two people – £19

Four people  – £28

 

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