How to plan a cheat’s Christmas lunch | The Gourmand & Gourmet

How to plan a cheat’s Christmas lunch

Eatin’ food cooked by someone else ain’t cheatin’.

The gift that keeps giving on Christmas Day is food (we’re already dreaming about the leftovers, T.B. very H. with you). The gift that does not is having to buy, prep, and cook it all yourself…

Luckily, someone else can, and someone else does! Slap on some elf ears and call us Santos L. Halper, because we’ve created the ultimate list of every pre-cooked dish you need for a fully loaded cheat’s Christmas lunch.

The whole shebang
Christmas by QT | QT Hotel Gold Coast

Gathering with three-five of your nearest and dearest this Chrissie and hoping to only lift a finger if it involves champagne? QT has you covered with their outrageously loaded Qt at Home Christmas menu, featuring literally everything you could need from Sterling caviar with creme fraiche, chives and blini to an orange, honey and mustard-glazed ham and pavlova with vanilla cream, blueberry, mango and almonds.

If *somehow* you require more tucker, irresistible add-ons include suckling porchetta with sage stuffing and crackling, and even a whole lobster! Learn more and pre-order by December 17 here for collection on December 23 or 24.

Treasury Brisbane | CBD

Let Treasury’s culinary team look after the main event on Christmas Day with their takeaway hamper! With two options available (one for up to six guests, and one for up to 10), your table could be filled with the likes of baked turkey breasts with cranberry stuffing, salmon portions with champagne sauce, roasted potatoes with confit garlic, and red velvet cake for dessert! Check out everything on offer and put in your order by December 18 here.

Dalton Catering | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Stuffed and rolled turkey ready to roast and serve with cranberry sauce? A whole side of dry-cured and wood-smoked Tasmanian salmon with fennel remoulade?  A whole boneless free-range ham, pre-scored, clove-studded, ready to glaze, bake and serve with mango relish? Sounds like Dalton Catering pretty much has you covered for the main event, no matter what meaty affair you’re after! See the full range of Christmas items and order ASAP for pick-up or delivery here.

The Stores | West End

For a carnivorous Christmas feast, West End’s The Stores has you well and truly sorted! In-house butcher and chef Dylan Seager has everything from fully boned and rolled porchetta with fennel, chilli and lemon, rolled pork loin with spiced fig stuffing leg hams (glazed or not), suckling pig trussed and ready to go, and heritage Sommerland chickens, ducks and turkeys. Now that’s a mouthful! Even better? You can browse and order everything online here.

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Keep it simple, Santa—that’s our mantra when it comes to Christmas feeding, and the fresh prawns and oysters that you can pick up from One Fish Two Fish will do just that! Drop them down on the table with some of the included sriracha and lime aioli or chardonnay mignonette, and you’re good to go. Order here by December 20 for pick-up Christmas Eve.

Jocelyn’s Provisions | James Street

Let this lady do what she does best: delicious breads, salads and vege! We’re eyeing off the gorgeous bread wreaths, potato salad and mini pork and apple sausage rolls, because what’s Christmas lunch without a carb coma, right? Check out what’s on offer (there are, obviously, a lot of sweet treats too!) and order by December 17 here.

Pie Town | West End

They seem to bake up seasonal pies for almost every event on our calendar, so you better believe Pie Town’s Christmas creations sound mouthwatering! Order the likes of turkey cranberry and brie, mango ripple, or gingerbread pies to form the centrepiece of your Christmas table, and you can guarantee everyone will want a piece of that! See the full menu and order here by December 21.

La Macelleria | Various

Keep cool after your Chrissie feast with La Macelleria’s range of gelato-centric delights! From festive yule logs to super cute reindeer gelato cakes and gelat-stuffed panettones, choose your favourite flavours for a cute, crafted treat to wrap up your Christmas lunch on a seasonally appropriate note! Head here to learn more.


Merry Christmas, ya hungry animals.