It’s no secret that this year has been full of worry, stress and panic for lots of people, three feelings that are also coincidentally triggered by cooking the Christmas dinner. It’s the most high pressure meal of the year, with hungry mouths and rumbling tummies reminding you that it’s now 4pm, when will the turkey be ready exactly?
Unless you’re a whizz in the kitchen and relish the chaos of shelling sprouts and wrapping pigs in their blankets, why not consider giving yourself a year off and ordering one of these Christmas dinner boxes instead?
There are plenty on offer, from traditional turkey to vegan options, and at a variety of price points suitable for everyone. While some providers have already completely sold out, we’ve found 9 of the best Christmas dinner boxes that are still available to order now. Dinner will be served in no time, leaving more time to spend with friends and family (no one ever said Christmas was about crying over burnt roasties, after all…).
A brilliant value Christmas spread with plenty to feed a hungry family of four, there’s your main event (a turkey parcel), all the trimmings plus cheese, biscuits, Christmas pudding and Yule log for tea time (read more about Morrisons’s Christmas food boxes here). Ideal for those who are used to heading to a restaurant or pub on Christmas Day and are attempting their first Christmas dinner.
Abel & Cole
If organic produce is what you’re after, Abel & Cole will provide. You still need to cook it all from scratch, but the instructions and timings have been so meticulously worked out that it’s virtually impossible to put a foot wrong (so long as you set your timer – maybe open the magnum of Prosecco post-dinner).
For something a little different, the main event in COOK’s Christmas Dinner for 12 is a celebration crown of turkey and duck. Everything else is in there too, from the pre-roasted golden potatoes to their famous turkey gravy.
Vegan Christmas dinners are getting better by the year – so much so that even meat-eaters will be tempted by Riverford’s richly flavoured nut roast, bursting with festive chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sweet butternut squash and a touch of miso for a deep savoury flavour. Don’t forget to cover is lashings of the velvety vegan gravy.
Christmas dinner in an hour? ‘It can’t be done!’ we hear you cry. Except, with Gousto’s pre-portioned recipe and detailed instructions it totally can. No corners have been cut either, everything is there from the pork and spiced apple stuffing and homemade gravy to the pigs in blankets, roasties and honey-mustard roasted veg. There’s also a vegan option available, too. (Only available within a Gousto meal box containing a minimum of one other recipe).
Farmison & Co
Over turkey? Try Farmison & Co’s 1.25 kilo 32-day dry-aged flat sirloin with a black pepper, mustard seed and parsley crust. It comes with a red wine finishing sauce, goose fat roast potatoes and horseradish.
While Christmas Day is certainly no day for counting calories, the health-conscious out there will like Mindful Chef’s dairy- and gluten-free take on the traditional Christmas dinner (don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of roast potatoes and gravy on your plate).
Straight from famed restaurant Riding House is this festive feast ready for you to heat up and assemble at home – it even comes with sticky toffee & brandy pudding, seasonal table decorations, a festive playlist and a party game to keep guests occupied.
Drake & Morgan
Complete with nibbles, starters and festive table decorations, including crackers and candles, and not one but two desserts in the shape of a Christmas pudding and chocolate brownie and mince pies, Drake & Morgan’s addition to our line up of Christmas dinner boxes is a feast fit for a king and queen.