Presents, parties, mulled wine… The festive season is most definitely the most expensive time of the year!
But don’t let that stop you from spreading some goodwill and cheer by having your family and friends round for a proper Christmas dinner, no trimming spared!
You will need…..
Iceland Frozen Easy Carve Boneless Basted Turkey Breast Joint £2.89
Schwartz Luxury Bread Sauce 50p
Tesco 12 Pigs in Blankets £2
Aldi Bramwells Cranberry Sauce 65p
Aldi Specially Selected Roast Potatoes in Goose Fat £1.29
Brussels Sprouts £1
Aldi Ashfield Farm Dry Cured 12 British Streaky Bacon Rashers £1.59
TOTAL = £9.92
Store cupboard essentials:
Stock cube / stockpot
HOW TO DO IT
For such a low price point, Iceland’s Frozen Easy Carve Boneless Basted Turkey Breast Joint is outstanding value and will easily serve a family of 4 to 6. Dress up your bird with a couple of rashers of streaky bacon to eliminate dryness and add some flavour. Keep some bacon aside to mix in with the sprouts later.
Pop your meat in the oven and get cracking on your spuds. The purse friendly option is to buy your potatoes already coated in goose fat, as buying it separately costs around £3! Stick your spuds in the oven as per cooking instructions.
Half way through cooking the turkey, it will be time to also add in your pigs in blankets. While the oven is open, baste your meat and give the potatoes a good shuffle.
Now for the sauces… In an ideal world, we would make a homemade cranberry sauce, but when time and money are lacking, spruce up the shop bought stuff by adding in a glug of port (or even red wine) and warming up in a pan.
Add some milk to the bread sauce mixture, then stir on a low heat. If you have any bread lying around too, adding in some breadcrumbs will give it some authenticity! Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and finish with a dusting of nutmeg.
Take your meat out to rest and cover in foil. For the gravy, drain the juices from the meat and add in a crumbled stock cube and teaspoon of flour.
Lastly, boil your sprouts for 10 minutes tops, drain and add butter and some chopped up bacon.
Serve everything immediately. Delicious!