Who Fancies A Festive Reindeer Meat Doner Kebab?

This Christmas, it's felt like restaurants and supermarkets have been getting extra creative with their offerings. In case you've been intentionally avoiding all things festive til now, here's what you've missed on the food front: deep fried Christmas dinner, the Yorkshire pudding meal wrap, massive pigs in blankets, 'pigs in duvets' and Nando's Peri-Peri gravy-based Christmas menu.

But if none of that tickles your fancy, how about a reindeer kebab?

Yes, that's right, a reindeer doner kebab - because what could be more Christmassy than eating one of Santa's sleigh dragging team?

The variation on the drunkard's 3am favourite is being offered by Yorkshire kebab pioneers, I Am Doner, who last year made their first foray into the world of Christmas food with the launch of their Christmas kebab.

But this year they have gone one further, by offering a kebab made with reindeer meat (though arguably that is more than one further).

The idea was dreamt up during a visit to Lapland, where the indigenous Sámi people eat reindeer in flat breads.

The reindeer kebabs are one of many unusual food items on offer in the UK this Christmas. Credit: iamdoner
The reindeer kebabs are one of many unusual food items on offer in the UK this Christmas. Credit: iamdoner

The reindeer meat is blended with beef doner meat, parsnip crisps, spicy chilli jam, root veg sauerkraut, traditional stuffing, lingonberry crème fraiche and last but far from least, gravy.

But while coming up with the concept may have been challenging, naming the kebab surely was not - it is of course, the Döner & Blitzen kebab.

The I am Döner founder and chef, Paul Baron, said the Christmas creation is steeped in more than 300 years of history.

According to the Metro, he said: "We launched a Christmas kebab last year and it went nuts, it got us thinking about what we could do this year. As a chef, I am always looking for inspiration from the world around me and when the opportunity came up to visit Lapland, meet other chefs and discover their cuisine, I jumped at the chance.

"It was there, in the home of Santa Claus, that we discovered how important reindeer meat is in their culture. We met a reindeer farmer whose family had been farming this way for over 300 years and an award-winning chef that helped us understand the ingredients and flavours they use."

To get your hands on the intriguing kebab, you'll need to head to one of their stores in Harrogate or Headingley, armed with £6.95 if you want a regular, or £9.45 if you're feeling appropriately indulgent enough for a large.

And if you're feeling a little guilty about a potential betrayal of Santa, take some comfort from the knowledge that 50p from each kebab will be donated to children's causes in Yorkshire... Besides, six reindeer is more than enough to pull a sleigh, right?

Featured Image Credit: iamdoner

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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