*Updated 8th December 2020*
We’ve had to cook a disproportionate amount of our own meals this year and we’re tired, probably a little emotional, and hungry… always hungry. For a lot of people Christmas is the time to make reservations before the onslaught of New Year’s resolutions but, like everything in 2020 this one is shaping up a bit differently. The one upside to this *sweeps hand* whole situation is the fact that restaurants are making it so easy for us to eat quality meals from their kitchens in our kitchens. These are some of the Christmas meal boxes that have caught our eye so far, and we’ll keep this list updated as more make their way onto our feeds and wish lists.
Christmas Roast Kits From Michael's
If your idea of cooking on Christmas Day is to do as little actual cooking as possible (and it really should be), Michael’s has come to the rescue. Their Christmas roast meal kits are designed so that all you have to do is place trays into the oven and sit back with a glass of wine to actually enjoy your day. There are four roast options: turkey with sausage meat stuffing, confit shoulder of lamb, roast duck, or overnight daube of beef, and all are served with fondant potatoes, potato gratin (because Christmas dinner needs at least two types of spud), roast veg, Austrian-style red cabbage, stuffing balls, pigs in blankets and gravy. As we’ve come to expect from Michael’s, the menu is focused on quality local Irish produce including suppliers like Ballymakenny and Rick Higgins, and you can also add on starters, a cheese course, wine and even a baked ham. Collection slots are open for December 21st to 24th, with collection from the restaurant in Mount Merrion or from Higgin’s Butchers in Sutton. See here for details of menus and how to order.
The Cali Kitchen's 'Everything But The Bird' Box
If you’re looking for a stress-free way to add some serious oomph to your turkey, or want to make sure that the vegetarians and vegans in your life are catered for, The Cali Kitchen in Dún Laoghaire has it covered with its 'Everything But The Bird' box. Starting at €55 for two people, it’s a cleverly curated box comprising starter, all the trimmings and dessert - all you need to cook is a nut roast, turkey, or whatever else you’re having as a main. All sides are vegan and there’s an option for vegan desserts also. The starter is Goatsbridge smoked trout so ask any vegans to bring their own alternative and reward yourself with a double portion. Boxes need to be pre-ordered for collection on December 23rd , and all info is on their website.
The Christmas Dinner Takeaway From Uno Mas
If you find yourself unable to look at turkey and ham after the year we've had and badly in need of something different, Uno Mas are planning a Christmas eve takeaway that looks ideal. The roast suckling pig feast for four comes with a PX sherry glaze and red wine sauce, morcilla de Burgos with apple mustard, a chorizo and arrocina bean stew, sprout tops with mustard dressing, roast carrots in brown butter and patatas bravas. Feliz Navidad all round. They're not on sale yet (keep an eye on their social media for release dates) but there's a sneak peak here.
Avoca's Christmas Feast
Avoca have an enormous Christmas feast menu, with both pre-prepared and uncooked options. From the "do all the work for me" section there's starters like smoked duck, prune & armagnac pâté or white onion and parmesan soup, and mains including mustard glazed ham, turkey pies and lentil loaf. There's tonnes of trimmings and a vast array of desserts, and while it ain't cheap, if you've got the cash it will certainly be stress free. Browse the full range here.