Gourmet Christmas fare for enjoying at home lifestyle
The country’s leading chefs are bringing their culinary concepts to the homes of haute cuisine lovers in a new take on delivery.
Christmas lunches and dinners are a reason for celebration and getting together. It’s a chance to see your grandparents, that distant uncle who only shows up at weddings and communions and your cousin who moved abroad to try his luck because he couldn’t find it here. But in this idyllic backdrop, where all you see is joy around the table, countless hours are spent in front of the cooker. Sampling, testing, boiling, stewing and plating.
To bring an end to these endless days of cooking and truly enjoy Christmas with no strings attached, several Michelin star chefs have devised a series of meals with customised concepts according to the tastes and preferences of the diner. Opening, heating and serving the most sophisticated cuisine has never been so simple.
Below, we list a few of the gourmet options that can get you out of a tight spot this Christmas.
Quique Dacosta’s haute cuisine comes to your home
Dénia red prawn boiled in seawater, Santa Pola shrimp cooked in seawater, sea bass in pastry with pistachio and jumbo prawn filling and sauce américaine, Glazed Poussin, Mediterranean lobster stew with potatoes and sautéed dried fruits, creamy rice with cuttlefish and Christmas ball stuffed with foie and mushrooms and paired with potatoes or cheesecake coulant. These are some of the delicious dishes that chef Quique Dacosta (three Michelin stars) has prepared for the occasion and which you can now enjoy at home.
Thanks to the QDelivery service offered by Dacosta in the capital city of Valencia and neighbouring towns, you can design your own Christmas menu (from two to six diners) and receive it at your home, as long as you book 72 hours in advance.
The chef’s service also includes Take Away at Llisa Negra Valencia and at Quique Dacosta Restaurante (Dénia) on 24 December (12 pm to 4 pm), 25 December (11 am to 1 pm) and 31 December (12 pm to 16 pm).
To see the different boxes or menus, visit their website: https://www.qdelivery.es/
The gourmet boxes of Cristina Oria
Restauratrice Cristina Oria has designed several gift boxes with some of today’s most exclusive culinary touches. The wide catalogue offered by her brand allows you to design gourmet satchels tailored to the customer with cold or packaged products that range from mi-cuit foie gras in three types of wine, fig jam, smoked salmon, vacuum-packed Iberian pork loin, sheep’s cheese in black truffle oil, lemon sponge cakes, chocolate truffles and even red and white wines from the best Spanish wineries.
If you would like to add something extra to any of the different gourmet boxes, try the savoury or sweet products that Cristina Oria features in her catering concept or perhaps a household item such as a cup, tray, ceramic dish or electric corkscrew.
If you want to give it a special Christmas touch, you can also include nougat, panettone or artisan marzipan found in her Gourmet Christmas Selection.
Each box can be designed and customised on her website www.cristinaoria.com or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders are delivered throughout Spain with an estimated delivery time of 24–48 business hours.
The owners of Coque Madrid have prepared several Christmas and appetiser baskets featuring a selection of artisan products from all over Spain. Wines from Castile and León, pâtés from Aragón, cold meats from Extremadura, beer from the Valencia and jams from Rioja are some of the most prominent options offered in this concept that promotes local business.
Made up of a total of 18 products, the Christmas basket has Suriol Cava Brut Nature, Mesopotamia Eclipse Abadía de los Aribayos red wine, Montes Universales duck pâté with Armagnac, Torrencinas acorn-fed 50% Iberian ham sliced by knife, Encinasola semi-mature sheep’s cheese, Lapasion almond nougat, Casa la Abuela acorn-fed Iberian pork loin, Rafa Gorrotxategui milk chocolate bar with grated almond, Rustic Queen premium blueberry jam, Lapasion guirlache, 28 Lunas forest honey, Dehesa de la Albufera bomba rice, Arroyabe albacore tuna belly in olive oil, Ortigosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Alútiz Barrel-fermented White Wine, Conservas Ortema Asparagus and Conservas Ortema piquillo peppers.
The Christmas Appetiser features a total of 10 products including Mascletà beer, prieta olives, Encinasola semi-mature sheep’s cheese, Torrencinas acorn-fed 50% Iberian ham sliced by knife, Casa la Abuela acorn-fed Iberian pork loin, Ortigosa Extra Virgin olive oil and Alemendras Toledanas toasted almonds.
Available for delivery all over Spain through Correos Market, these two options can be ordered three days in advance on the website https://www.market.correos.es or at any Correos office.
With two Michelin stars and three Repsol suns, Coque has been enshrined as one of the country’s foremost gastronomic temples. A detail-oriented advocate of slow cooking, Mario Sandoval has devised a six-course Christmas menu that now comes right to your door thanks to the ‘Coque a casa’ service.
Lacquered suckling pig, succulent beef shank and stuffed truffled Christmas poularde are some of the star dishes you can enjoy without leaving your dining room.
To top off the meal, the chef offers a series of products such as the Arturo Sánchez pure acorn-fed Iberian ham with three vintages, Domínguez smoked salmon supreme or the premium chocolates made at Coque with the collaboration of Carmen Trapote. To pair with each dish: Marqués de Riscal wines.
Orders must be made in advance via the website: https://www.covermanager.com/go/coque-at-home/es, by phone (91 604 0202) or by email: email@example.com.
The most refined Asturian cuisine at Casa Marcial l
Located in the village of La Salgar, Casa Marcial is one of the most celebrated restaurants in Asturias. Its combination of traditional Asturian cuisine with the most modern culinary techniques and its commitment to local products and fresh dishes garnered it two Michelin stars.
The careful selection of ingredients used by Esther and Nacho Manzano since they opened Casa Marcial in 1993 are now coming to homes across Spain in several boxes.
One of them is the ‘Pitu Caleya Box’ (4 or 8 people), which features the Snack de Pitu (corn crackers and Pitu chicken pâté), croquettes, rice with pitu chicken and pitu chicken stew.
If you’re looking for the authentic flavour of Asturias, choose the ‘Traditional Box’ (4 people). You’ll find croquettes, fabada bean stew with accompanying meat and rice pudding.
A more varied option is the ‘Mixed Box’ for two people. It features croquettes, fabada bean stew, rice with pitu chicken, pitu chicken stew and rice pudding.
The different boxes can be reserved through their website and are available for delivery throughout Spain except the Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla: https://casamarcial.es/ or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As they feature artisan products, orders for delivery the same week must be made before Tuesday, and you can choose delivery on either Thursday or Friday.