Hello Dear Reader,
Our weekend guests have now been and gone. I wanted to give them something really special for Sunday lunch and decided on Turkey and trimmings and tried some bargain basement products and was happily surprised by the outcomes. The local Co-op leaflets our house and I saw that roast potatoes were £1 a bag. Everyday and ordinary potatoes are really expensive, of course unless you grow your own, and sometimes it's just as cheap to buy instant potato products. They are a good product and if you see them at this price then try them for yourself. We can make our lives easier!
I also tried Lidl's turkey breast joint. Ignore the cooking instructions and please do the following or it will be a dried up shrivel of turkey leather.
- Add some water to the dish.
- Add some more bacon as it wasn't enough.
- Rub some butter or margarine into the meat.
- Seal the dish tightly with foil to keep the moisture in.
- Reduce the heat and time suggested.
A 'catering' tip of how to make a joint of meat go further. Cool and chill, then slice with an electric slicer. Reheat when needed and keep in gravy until served to keep moist. I promise you, it will make a joint of meat feed twice as many people.
It is plenty enough for six people. I would suggest padding the meal out further with a sausage or two wrapped in bacon for each person, a Yorkshire pudding for each person, some plain sage and onion stuffing for each person. That, along with plenty of steamed veggies will provide a more than ample lunch for six hungry adults.
One of the bags of roast potatoes was really more than six people needed. They certainly worked out cheaper than buying a bag of potatoes and losing a lot through peeling them. I had to cook the potatoes for longer than the pack suggested and at a higher temperature, however my cooker is terminal and hasn't got much longer. The turkey needed less time and adapting otherwise it could have been dry. You might just want to try the cheaper turkey breast without stuffing and just use two packs of Supermarket value stuffing. To jazz up the stuffing , add some finely diced fried onion and garlic.
Tesco Everyday Value stuffing - 20p
Tesco Everyday Value Batter mix, for the Yorkshire puddings - 20p
Tesco Everyday Value Gravy granules - 1/4 of a tub - 5p
Ready to Roast Potatoes - 1.00
Turkey breast joint - 5.99
Half a bag of mixed frozen veg - Lidl - 50p
Half a cauliflower - 35p - Aldi
4 carrots - 14p - Aldi
3 slices of bacon - 51p Aldi
Total Cost - £8.94 - served 6 - £1.49 per person.
Prices are rising fast and will go up before Christmas. Fill your freezer now if you see offers and if you know you will eat them. Will anyone else be taking the bargain basement route for their Christmas lunch? To me, food is just fuel and nutrition and I like it simple and not wrapped in food or brand snobbery.
I'm a great fan of Sunday lunch and it's always better when shared.
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxx