I’ll be honest, the idea of cooking a full Christmas dinner terrifies me.
There are so many different components that all need to be chopped, boiled, roasted, sauteed and grilled for different amounts of time – all while family members offer ‘helpful’ advice and feedback from the kitchen doorway.
2020 is going to be a different Christmas for everyone, so is it the year you take a different approach to that festive feast?
I’m not a massive fan of frozen food, but Iceland’s latest offering means you can get your hands on a turkey crown and all the trimmings – including pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and some very fancy sprouts – for just £30.
But does it taste as good as the real thing?
I cooked the budget supermarket’s offering to see what it tastes like and how easy it really is.
This is how I got on…
What I bought
Iceland Luxury Truffle Butter Turkey Crown, 1.9kg – £16
Luxury Goose Fat Roast Potatoes, 1.05g – £1.50
Luxury Brussells Sprouts with Bacon & Stilton, 600g – £2.50
Luxury 4 Beef Dripping Yorkshire Puddings, 160g – £1
Luxury Carrot Baubles with Parsley & Chive Butter, 400g – £2
Honey Roast Parsnips, 1.6g – £3
Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing, approx. 12 – £1
Luxury 12 Chipolatas Wrapped in Bacon – £3
Apart from buying a ready made microwave roast dinner, it doesn’t get much easier than this.
I had a slight logistical issue as I overestimated the size of my freezer, but after chucking out a few ancient, unidentifiable frozen meals I managed to squeeze it all in.
You have to take the turkey out 48 hours before to defrost in the fridge, but that’s the only preparation involved.
Each product comes with really simple cooking times and instructions, which makes the whole process simple from start to finish.
All you need to do is work out what goes out the oven when and you’re good to go, free to spend time with the family and enjoy a few glasses of fizz.
The only issue is that many of the things cook at different temperatures, which meant I had to do some rejigging with the times – but oven maths is a fun part of any Christmas feast.
Cooking all the veg in the oven rather than on the hob, which is how we normally do it, meant I struggled to fit everything in the oven, but I got there in the end – even if it was slightly Tetris style.
Some of the dishes can be cooked in the foil trays they come in which makes it even easier – and cuts down the washing up.
The only thing I didn’t cook in the oven was the carrots. While they can just go in with everything else, there was a ‘cook to impress’ option which I went for instead – it is Christmas afterall.
Even this was really simple, and you just pop them in a frying pan for 10 minutes then throw in the star-shaped garlic butter. Easy peasy.
Normally, my housemate takes on the job of cooking Christmas dinner – and she’s an incredible chef.
This means Iceland’s feast has some big shoes to fill, and I’ll admit I was a tad nervous.
While I still roped her in to make the gravy (I’m normally a Bisto kinda girl, which I’ve been told isn’t acceptable for Christmas), everything else on the plate was from Iceland – so what would they make of it?
Overall, it was a big hit.
The level of truffle in the turkey was just right, giving it that luxurious kick without being too overpowering. It was, however, a tad dry – but that might have been my cooking…
Even my Stilton-hating housemate was a fan of the sprouts, and they really are a delicious addition to the Christmas meal.
I like my sprouts quite soft, so they were perfect for me, however the others said they would have had them crunchier if making them themselves.
The pigs in blankets were perfect and probably the highlight of the meal – but who are we kidding, they always are.
‘ve never had frozen roast potatoes, and I was a bit worried when they came out the oven as they didn’t look very fluffy.
However they tasted delicious and I’m glad I saved a few so I can have the leftovers later in the week.
I’m not really sure what happened with the Yorkshires, and I still can’t work out if I’m being daft or if I got a dodgy packet.
Instead of the four puds which should have been inside, I had two solid ones which didn’t look like the photo.
Christmas food ranges for 2020
I cooked them anyway and we had half each, but the unexpected thickness meant they weren’t cooked properly throughout, which was a real shame.
Overall, I was really impressed by my frozen Christmas feast, especially considering the price.
And most importantly, it freed up a lot of time which meant I had more time to spend with loved ones – which is, after all, the most important things about Christmas.