How you can cook Christmas dinner for just ￡1 per PERSON: Budget chef reveals how to keep costs down by buying supermarket own-brand items and swapping turkey for CHICKEN
- London-based chef Miguel Barclay, 37, has created a discount festive roast
- He uses cheap chicken legs and turns them into a delicious ballotine?
- He shops at three different supermarkets to find the best price for ingredients?
Christmas dinner is usually the most indulgent meal of the year, which means it can also be the most expensive.
But a budget chef has revealed how you can cook the traditional roast with all the trimmings for just ￡1 per head this year.
London-based Miguel Barclay, 37, who has published two books based on his One Pound Meals concept, swaps turkey for chicken and buys own-brand items to keep costs down.
Miguel Barclay shows how to make a delicious Christmas feast using budget ingredients that works out at just 94p a serving. It features a ballotine of chicken stuffed with cranberry sauce and onion, roast potatoes, stuffing wrapped in bacon, pan fried sprout leaves and gravy
Miguel has racked up 178,000 followers on Instagram with his?penny-pinching recipes on his?account @OnePoundMeals.?
He posts step-by-step videos of how to make the cut-price meals, and now he has turned his talents to creating a budget Christmas dinner.
By buying chicken legs instead of a whole turkey and discount versions of other ingredients from low-price supermarkets such as Aldi, Asda and Lidl, Miguel's Christmas roast costs just 94p a serving.?
He has shot a video showing how to make the dinner delicious using only budget ingredients.
His recipe takes just 80 minutes, as opposed to the hours families usually spend slaving over a hot stove on the big day.
Miguel's ￡1 a head Christmas dinner shopping list
For 1 person, you will need:?
Chicken leg:?50p (4 for ￡1.99 - Aldi)
1/4 red onion: 3p (9 for 79p - Asda)
1 tsp cranberry sauce: 5p (200g for 69p - Asda)
Breadcrumbs: 2p (use bread in cupboard)
200g potatoes: 10p (2.5kg for ￡1.19 - Lidl)
30g stuffing: 6p (170g for 34p - Lidl)
1 rasher bacon: 10p (14 for ￡1.29 - Lidl)
30g sprouts: 5p (500g for 70p - Asda)
1 tsp gravy granules:?3p (170g for 70p - Asda)
Miguel says you can pimp up your dinner if you like. His advice is to add?croutons, spring onions and crispy pancetta to sausage meat mix to create the ultimate stuffing
For his ￡1 Christmas dinner, Miguel buys chicken legs, de-bones them and stuffs the meat with a mixture of cranberry sauce, red onion and breadcrumbs before tying it into a cylinder with string
Miguel Barclay creates ￡1 meals on his Instagram page and has also published two books
Miguel says he keeps costs down by shopping around for the best prices for the core ingredients.
He shops at Lidl for potatoes, stuffing and bacon, at Asda for red onions, cranberry sauce, sprouts and gravy granules and at Aldi for the chicken legs.
By forgoing convenience, he saves precious pennies and keeps the price of his Christmas feast low.
It will require some cooking talent to turn the budget ingredients into a delicious feast, however.?
But by following Miguel's recipe, you should end up with a mouthwatering meal that won't taste like it only cost ￡1 per person.
Miguel's advice is to turn cheap chicken legs into a ballotine by stuffing it with festive cranberry sauce, red onion and a few breadcrumbs.
He then serves them with golden roast potatoes, a take on pigs in blankets that swaps the sausages for cheaper stuffing, and pan-fried sprout leaves.
Using just the leaves will allow the sprouts to go further.?
Recipe: Miguel's ￡1 per person Christmas dinner
The finished Christmas feast features a stuffed chicken, pan fried sprout leaves, roast potatoes, and stuffing wrapped in bacon
1. Start by de-boning a chicken leg, lay it on a sheet of tin foil and stuff with a mixture of finely diced red onion, cranberry sauce and breadcrumbs. Wrap it into a cylinder shape, twisting each end tightly, then tie 4 lengths of string around it.
2. Poach the chicken in boiling water for 25 mins, then run under cold water and chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins (a couple of hours is ideal).
3. Peel and chop the potato, then place in a pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 12 mins until soft. Drain, tip back into the empty saucepan while still steaming hot and drench with a few generous glugs of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Tip onto a baking tray and roast in a pre-heated oven at 190c, turning occasionally, until golden and crispy.
Miguel starts by de-boning a chicken leg and stuffing it with cranberry sauce, red onion and breadcrumbs
He first boils the chicken before pan frying it to brown it off (left). He also creates stuffing balls from a packet mix, wraps them in bacon and then roasts them in the oven with the potatoes (right)
3. Next, mix 3 tbsp of stuffing with a splash of water to create a paste and roll into 3 small sausage shapes. Cut 1 rasher of smoked streaky bacon into 3 lengths and wrap each stuffing sausage, securing with a tooth pick if needed. Then roast for 20 mins in the oven.
4. Peel the foil from the chicken (don't remove the string), and pan fry in a splash of olive oil for about 25 mins, turning with tongs and basting with a spoon to ensure an even golden brown colour.
5. Just before serving, season and pan fry the sprout leaves in a splash of olive oil.
6. Mix the gravy granules with boiling water (according to the packet instructions) and serve with your ultimate ￡1 Christmas dinner!?
Miguel, who features the budget Christmas dinner in his first book One Pound Meals, adds: 'If you want to keep your food costs down, then try planning your whole week's menu ahead of time, focus on making ingredients overlap between meals to ensure there is no waste at the end of the week.
'Everyone always asks me if I can do a ￡1 Christmas dinner, so this year I accepted the challenge and this is my ultimate ￡1 Christmas dinner. I controversially went with a 50p chicken leg, but I managed to elevate this humble cut of meat into something special enough to be served on Christmas day.
'This recipe would be ideal for anyone wanting an extra special meal on a very tight budget, it'll take a bit of effort, but its a fun recipe that will give you an enormous sense of achievement and some extra money for the New Year.'?
Miguel has been running his One Pound Meals account for nearly two years now.?
Photos of his dishes are all shot with a level of professionalism that might be reserved for a glossy cook book, which is clearly winning over would-be chefs shopping on a shoe-string.?
Despite launching his Instagram One Pound Meals account recently, he has already published two books in print and e-editions containing some of his cheap and cheerful recipes.
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