With Christmas just under two months away, Asda has beaten other supermarkets for the crown with regards to stocking the best turkey. The supermarket chain came up on top in the annual BBC Good Food supermarket taste test for its offering of the traditional Christmas dinner meat.
The beechwood smoked bacon-topped roast-in-the-bag turkey crown will set shoppers back £19.95, and is stuffed with pork, sage and onion stuffing. The Mirror reports that the judges of the taste test commended the “welcome addition of stuffing inside” the festive meat, and praised the bacon topping for helping to ‘keep the turkey moist’.
They added: “The meat has a good texture and is well seasoned.”
When it comes to the all-important festive sides, Lidl came up trumps with their take on pigs in blankets, with judges hailing their Deluxe bangers wrapped in bacon – which did not have a price at the time of the taste test – as a “clear winner”. Meanwhile, Iceland was crowned the winner in the gravy department as judges described the £1.75 turkey gravy offered by the supermarket as having a ‘stand-out’ flavour which is both ‘sweet and herby’.
As for the vegans and vegetarians seated around the dinner table this Christmas, Asda’s £5 Extra Special vegan wellington won the supermarket a second accolade, this time for best vegan main. M&S secured the most wins – six in total – for best vegetarian main, Christmas pudding, classic mince pies, gluten-free mince pies, stollen and hot canapés.
Sainsbury’s came first in three categories, including best gammon, fish centrepiece, and vegan dessert – and came in joint first place for best alternative Christmas main and showstopper dessert. Waitrose was the other winner of the best alternative Christmas main accolade, in addition to scooping awards for best cranberry sauce and best Christmas cake.
Meanwhile, both Aldi and Tesco won just one category each. Aldi scooped the award for best flavoured mince pies, whilst Tesco was bestowed the crown for best panettone. Judges looked at 225 products in 23 categories from 13 supermarkets to find the best Christmas food. You can see the full list of winners below.
BBC Good Food Editor in Chief, Christine Hayes, said: “Our BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards are an annual tradition designed to help everyone spend wisely and eat well over the festive season. Our experts taste the widest range of products possible to arrive at the best and, as everyone is thinking carefully about their spending, our trusted guide to what to buy is more valuable than ever.
“The supermarkets raise their game every year and the range and quality on offer this year, catering to lots of different diets, are no exception, there are excellently priced products that everyone can enjoy. Our BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards, along with our tips, advice and thoroughly-tested recipes, will help everyone enjoy new and old festive traditions as they celebrate this Christmas season.”
- Winner: Asda roast-in-the-bag turkey crown with pork, sage and onion stuffing with beechwood smoked bacon £19.95 (1.5kg)
Pigs in blankets
- Winner: Lidl Deluxe pigs in blankets (210g)
- Winner: Iceland Luxury turkey gravy £1.75 (350g)
- Winner: M&S rustic potato, caramelised onion and brie pie £8.00 (500g)
- Winner: Asda Extra Special vegan wellington, £5 (500g)
- Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference mulled cider glazed gammon £15 (1.3kg)
Alternative Christmas main
- Joint Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference British boneless rib of beef with mustard & horseradish glaze 1.7kg
- Joint Winner: Waitrose slow cooked ultimate crackling pork belly seast £30 (1.7kg)
- Winner: Waitrose Christmas cranberry sauce £2.25 (300g)
- Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Scottish salmon side £16 (750g)
- Winner: Booths triple-smoked salmon side £45 (1kg)
- Winner: M&S Collection perfectly matured cherry & orange wreath £12.00 (907g)
- Winner: Tesco Finest tiramisu panettone, £10 (750g)
Budget sharing dessert
- Winner: Co-op Irresistible nuts about chocolate star, £6 (571g)
- Joint Winner: Morrison’s The Best passion fruit panna cotta star £7.00 (651g)
- Joint Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference festive Belgian chocolate and salted caramel wreath £12 (650g)
- Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference quadruple chocolate cookie no-cheesecake, £6 (500g)
Classic mince pies
- Winner: M&S Collection mince pies, £3.00 (334g)
Flavoured mince pies
- Winner: Aldi Specially Selected rum and salted caramel mince pies, £2.49 (275g)
Gluten-free mince pies
- Winner: M&S made without wheat gluten free mince pies £2.50 (205g)
- Winner: Waitrose No. 1 Rich fruit cake £18.50 (1.5kg)
- Winner: M&S Collections stollen loaf, £7.00 (580g)
- Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference king prawn mocktails, £5 (75g)
- Winner: M&S 10 mini steak sandwiches, £7.00
Prices correct at the of the Christmas taste test being released. The Christmas issue of BBC Good Food is on sale now, buy it instore or order from MagsDirect.co.uk
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