Donald Russell Christmas Simplicity Box – A Review

I absolutely love cooking a Christmas dinner but was excited to try the Simplicity box from Donald Russell when we were asked to review it. Essentially it is a Christmas dinner that comes all ready to cook in an hour! How easy is that?

What does the Simplicity Box contain?

We received the Christmas Simplicity Box for 5-7 people. The photo above shows all the pack contained which is:

1 Slow Cooked Turkey Crown with Gravy 1.78Kg

3 Packs of Goose Fat Roast Potatoes, 200g per pack.

2 Packs of Brussel Sprouts with shallots and bacon, 200g per pack.

2 Packs of Caramelised Carrots, 200g per pack.

2 Packs of Braised red cabbage, 200g per pack.

16 Pork chipolatas wrapped in bacon, (2 packs of 8), 315g per pack.

How easy was it all to cook?

All the vegetables required the same amount of time in the oven which I think is great. When you are constantly in and out of the oven adding things at different times it drives me crazy! The turkey takes just 90-95 minutes from frozen or 50-55 from defrosted.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow and I found that all cooked well in the time stated.

The only issue I found was that the gravy in with the turkey seemed to caramelise a little and overcook so was not fluid enough to pour.

Plate of a turket roast dinner including potatoes, red cabbage, sprouts and carrots

The Taste and Portion Sizes

As I am a vegetarian I have to rely on Stuart and Ben for their views on taste of the turkey, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts and pigs in blankets. I however tried the carrots and cabbage. Between us all we agreed the flavours are great of all the items and now I have a lot to live up to Christmas day!

The portion sizes of the turkey and chipolatas were good for 5-7 people. The vegetables however I did think were based on very small portions and I felt these needed topping up with more ourselves. This is of course easily done by boiling a few veggies but worth bearing in mind if you order this pack in my opinion. If you have children or don’t like too many vegetables then all you need to add is some bubbly and maybe gravy/cranberry sauce and Christmas dinner is easy!

Cost and where to buy

The Donald Russell Simplicity box for 5-7 is currently £84 which of course is more expensive than buying it all yourself and making it. It all really depends what price you put on your time andhow confident you are in cooking it perfectly.

Just remember to factor in any vegetarian foods, sauces and extra vegetables to see if it is right for your family. There are other boxes available from Donald Russell that may be more suitable so do have a look.

The Donald Russell Simplicity box is available here.

Disclaimer – I was sent this box in return for an honest review. All views above are my own and those of my family.

contents of Donald Russel simplicity pack for 5-7 people

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