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Tried & Tested: The Best British Supermarket Cheats To Buy This Christmas

Publisher - Great British Food Awards
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NatashaLS

Dec 17, 2020
11 minutes to read
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From a sumptuously cheesy truffled mushroom pie to a tiramisu profiterole pud: our tasters have hand-picked the most delicious supermarket buys to ensure you have a very delicious Christmas!

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M&S Collection 10 King Prawns in Blankets, £7 or from M&S stores

A fun and flavour-packed twist on the Christmas dinner classic. Juicy tail-on raw king prawns are wrapped in dry-cured smoked bacon with a garlic, red pepper and parsley sprinkle. Great for pre-dinner nibbles.

STARTERS & PARTY FOOD

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Mushroom, Brie & Truffle Tear & Share Garland, £6.50

This luxurious star-topped tear and share pastry garland is sure to be a real crowd pleaser. The filling’s a velvety veggie blend of mushrooms and mellow French brie, enriched with black truffle sauce. And the buttery puff pastry’s sprinkled with nutty-tasting mixed seeds for extra flavour and crunch.

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Tesco Finest 10 Mini Fisherman’s Pies, £4

Bite-sized golden fried potato nests, filled with succulent white fish, prawns and fluffy mash, topped with a juicy king prawn. Delicious little morsels that are a perfect drinking snack.

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Waitrose & Partners No.1 Seafood & Lobster Thermidor Pâté, £20

A rich king prawn and salmon pâté layered over a creamy, cognac-infused Thermidor sauce, topped with sweet, tender lobster. A real treat for seafood connoisseurs.

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Asda Extra Special 6 Double Chilli Pigs in Blankets, £2.75

An utterly delicious alternative to the usual pigs in blankets. Prime cuts of British pork and blended with Carolina Reaper hot chillies, and the fiery bangers are wrapped in oak-smoked streaky bacon with a piece of fresh jalapeño. Great for roasts, buffets or parties.

THE MAIN EVENT

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference British Outdoor Bred Porchetta, £18

A great alternative for your festive roast or for one of those ‘in between’ days, this succulent and tender rolled pork belly is stuffed with a zingy garlic, lemon and herb stuffing for maximum flavour. Great quality pork too.

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Waitrose The Best Of Both: Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown With Thighs, £65

The best ‘easy carve’ turkey centrepieces we tested out. The best of both worlds made simple. Turkey breast on the bone comes topped with maple streaky bacon and prepared with a classic pork, sage and onion stuffing. Under the skin, a savoury butter with roasted shallots and herbs melts to baste the turkey during cooking. All you have to do is pierce the ovenable pouch and roast for succulent breast meat.

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M&S Mushroom, Parsnip & Camembert Pie, £18 from M&S stores

A stunning veggie option that everyone will love. Mushrooms, parsnips, Camembert cheese and chestnuts in a creamy white wine sauce, all encased in buttery, flaky pastry.

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Aldi Exquisite British Hand Finished Chesham Bronze Turkey, £8.99 from stores nationwide

A real show-stopper of a bird that drew gasps when it came out of the oven looking plump, golden and crisp. The meat carved beautifully and was tasty and succulent, with a generous amount of delicately flavoured white meat to go around a table of six with plenty to spare. The dark meat was gamey and well flavoured, not too rich, and the meals made from the leftovers were fantastic too. Our judges were pleased to eat supermarket poultry that has been so carefully and ethically sourced, reared and hung. Not notch meat with an accessible price tag.

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Waitrose & Partners Heston from Waitrose Christmas Jewelled Stuffing Ballotine, £7

A pork stuffing jewelled with fruit and chestnuts, wrapped in dry cured triple oak smoked bacon and finished with a bay leaf and an apple and calvados glaze. Inspired by a dish served in Heston’s renowned restaurant, The Hind’s Head in Bray.

PUDS & SWEET TREATS

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Tiramichoux, £12

Easily the tastiest supermarket pud we tested out, it disappeared dangerously quickly! It combines two irresistibly indulgent desserts: the coffee-soaked sponge and Marsala & mascarpone mousse of classic tiramisu, as well as pockets of rich Belgian chocolate mousse. And it’s topped with cream-filled profiteroles, Belgian chocolate sauce and bittersweet dark chocolate shavings. Pure pleasure.

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Aldi Specially Selected Damson Plum & Pink Gin Pudding, £8.99 from stores nationwide

A rich, moist pudding: the sweet fruits were enhanced by the gin rather than being overpowered by it. Fruit either left whole or cut into decent chunks gave it a great texture with no mushiness. The shimmering gold is a lovely festive touch that makes the pudding very attractive and appetising.

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Asda Extra Special 6 Luxury Mince Pies, £1.75

These perfect pies ticked all of our boxes: buttery, crumbly pastry, generously filled with vine fruits, spices and splashes of French brandy and rich ruby port. The pastry snowflake on top looks lovely too.

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Tesco Finest Millionaire’s Pinata Dessert, £10

Inspired by the flavours of the traditional Millionaire’s Shortbread, this chocolate sponge centrepiece is layered with Belgian chocolate sauce, light toffee mousse and crunchy digestive crumb, finished with a salted caramel glaze and gold dusting. A white chocolate piñata sits on top of this dessert … smash it open to reveal hidden treats.

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Tesco Finest Orange & Maple Florentines, £2.50

You only get six in a box unfortunately, but the quality is great: crisp yet sticky with lovely flavour from the orange and maple syrup.

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Waitrose & Partners Queen of Trifles, £15

The definitive Boxing Day pudding, elevated to a delicate and beautiful-looking slice. Sherry-soaked sponge, vanilla custard mousse and raspberry jelly is layered with meringue and a pistachio crumb for a real taste explosion.

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Morrisons Best Chocolate & Orange Melt In The Middle Pudding, £6

Perfect for For Christmas pudding dodgers, this decadent pudding consists of a rich Belgian chocolate and orange sponge with a shimmery orange sauce centre, topped with chocolate golden biscuit balls and dusted with gold sparkle.

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Morrisons The Best Hand Rolled Fudge Yule Log, £4

Well priced and great quality, this gooey log is generously filled with British cream and chocolate sauce, topped with smooth Belgian chocolate cream and milk chocolate coated cinder toffee pieces

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