Party Foods and Christmas Dinner from Donald Russell

Party Foods. Image showing Queen Scallops on Shell on plate

Party Foods and Christmas Dinner from Donald Russell

Whether you intend to treat yourself or someone else to something a little extra special during the festive season, Royal Warrant holder Donald Russell has something to suit everyone’s taste – from mouth-watering savoury party food and Christmas birds to irresistible desserts and more. I recently had the immense pleasure of trying out some of these culinary delights – here is what I found.

The Perfect Starter

Party Foods. Image showing Queen Scallops on Shell on plateThe first item I tried was a bag of Queen Scallops.  Caught from sustainable, well-managed fisheries on the west coast of Scotland, these naturally low-fat Queenies (as they are affectionally referred to by locals) are presented beautifully – complete with roe – on their shells. Taking just minutes to cook under the grill and extremely tasty – especially when served with garlic butter – they make the perfect, unique starter to any seasonal dinner. A 250 g bag (approximately 8 to 14 pieces, depending on size) of these little treasures costs just £9 – excellent value for money.

Finger Party Foods

Next, I tried some of the exquisite party foods offered by Donal Russell, which included the:

Party Foods. Image showing tray of Canape QuichesCanapé Quiches: Currently sold at just £9.90 box (RRP is £11), this box of treasures contains 15 hand-finished, wonderfully light little cups made from the crispest, most buttery pastry I have had in a long time, each filled to brimming with soufflé-like fillings. There are five different fillings (3 cups each), including Confit Duck, Potato & Mushroom; Cauliflower & Broccoli; Tomato, Goats Cheese & Basil; Mushroom, Garlic & Parsley and Cheese & Bacon. Created using exclusive recipes, these magnificent little quiches are packed with pure, true flavour and will go down a real treat at any party.

Party Foods. Image showing Mini Artisan Sausage Rolls on boardMini Artisan Sausage Rolls: Hand-made from free-range, top-quality pork shoulder, these fantastic little sausage rolls combine flavoursome sausage meat, tasty ham and just a little touch of onion encased in deliciously crispy, light puff pastry. Offering a sausage to pastry ratio of over 60 per cent (the highest possible) and completely free of artificial flavour enhancers and colourings, these utterly scrumptious little marvels cost just £7.90 for two packs of 8 at the moment (usual RRP is £9). Quick and easy to cook straight from frozen, they are perfect time savers; make an outstanding addition to any buffet and offer exceptional value for money.

Party Foods. Image showing Pigs in Blankets on plate.Pigs in Blankets: Hand-made by experienced professional sausage makers, these delightful streaky bacon-wrapped pork chipolatas make your Christmas buffet complete. Free of artificial colourings/flavour enhancers, they are unbelievably tasty treats old and young alike will dive into with glee. 16 (2 x 8) of these flavoursome morsels will cost you £14 – a price well worth paying.

The Patisserie Selection

Party Foods. Image showing contents of Patisserie Selection box.Last, but by no means least, I tried the Patisserie Selection. Containing 12 beautifully formed, elegant confections carefully hand-crafted by Didier’s Patisserie, London (a fellow holder of a Royal Warrant), each box contains one each of the following:

  • Caramel Mandeltorte
  • Chocolate & Caramel Tart
  • Chocolate Tart
  • Croustillant
  • Lemon Tart
  • Opera Cake
  • Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Tart
  • Orange & Chocolate Tart
  • Passion Fruit Tart
  • Sticky Toffee Tart
  • Succes Tart
  • Vanilla Chouquette

Gorgeous to look at and even better to eat, these delectable little culinary delights are indeed fit for royalty – and currently available at a price of just £24 (normal RRP is £26). Highly recommended!

Other Products

Christmas Dinner. Image showing contents of Ultimate Christmas Box.Donald Russell does, however, offer more than these party foods. There is also a selection of fantastic, reasonably priced Christmas birds (including free-range Bronze Turkeys; Stuffed Whole Pheasants and Partridges; free-range Geese and more); there are packs of trimmings and then, of course, there is the ‘Ultimate Christmas Box’, which contains everything you need for a perfect Christmas dinner. All these culinary treats are available directly from www.donaldrussell.com

My Verdict

If the samples I had the pleasure to try are anything to go by, Donald Russell is definitely the go-to place for all your Christmas party foods and dinner needs – and these products will make exquisite food gifts, too.

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