“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Meat „
We fancied something a bit different for Christmas dinner and this kept being advertised on TV and mentioned on various internet forums, so we thought we would give it a go.
The Aldi three bird roast is frozen, and costs £9.99. It's huge and we had loads left after using it for 2 dinners Christmas day and boxing day for 2 of us, so I would say you could easily feed 8-10 people with it.
It is basically chicken, turkey and duck with a pork and sage and onion stuffing.
The roast was very easy to cook and tasted delicious. Some reviews I have read have said that the meats struggles to keep their own flavours, but we didn't find this and I could certainly still tell which of the three meats I was eating.
Turkey can sometimes be a bit dry whereas this three bird roast was very moist and succulent and full of flavour. For that reason, I would definitely have it again, although due to the price and the size of it I would probably only consider it again at Christmas.
I love turkey, I love chicken and I love duck so having seen the 3 bird roast advertised on tv I thought this was a must for me. I had to hunt one down as they are fast sellers. At £9.99 it sounded a good buy.
It was so easy to cook - take the film from the top and recover with foil and pop in a preheated oven at 200 for 2 hours then whip the foil off and cook for a further 30 minutes.
After leaving it to rest for 10 minutes I started to carve - not the most easy joint to slice but a good excuse for large slices. Poped onto plates with all the trimmings and a nice rich gravy over to the table and the biggest critics.
The verdict - all clean plates whict spoke volumes! The flavour was wonderful with the meat cooked perfectly, good texture and moist. The meats complement each other perfectly. Nicely seasoned with black pepper and the stuffing running through the joint only added to the overall excellent dining experience.
As soon as it reappears in the store a spare on will find its way to my freezer.
Despite some very negative reviews, I decided to try one of Aldi's three bird roasts convinced it was not the product that was at fault but the Chefs!
I defrosted the product slowly over two days, I then used five wooden skewers to hold the product together whilst I cut off the elastic string. Four sliced garlic cloves were inserted deeply in pierced holes all across the three birds. (Not a fan of garlic? Leave this out!) I then smeared the birds with goose fat and french mustard (any mustard to your taste will do) in that order. I then wrapped the birds in panchetta, (streaky rindless bacon would be as good) I then smeared the three birds in a little Olive oil, covered them in breadcrumbs, and placed in them in the roasting tagine. I added some balsamic vinegar and a glass of red wine adding crushed fresh sage and two fresh bay leaves to the Tagine base. I put this in a fan assisted oven at 190 degrees for one hour. I then removed from the heat added a little more olive oil, diced mushrooms, and sliced red onions, another glass of red wine was also added, and returned it to the oven for a further 45 mins at the same temperature. I removed the birds from the oven and rested them wrapped in silver foil, whilst I prepared the gravy as follows: - to the juices, mushrooms, and onions in the tagine I added half a pint of boiling chicken stock, two desert spoonfulls of Cranberry jelly, half a dozen Juniper berries and a sprinkling of Rosemary and Thyme. This went back in the oven for a further fifteen minutes.
Serve with bread sauce, roast potatoes, mincemeat and roasted vegatables of your own choice.
The result was delicious, the meat moist all the way through, and still moist when eaten as cold on Boxing Day! True if you just want to stick this in the oven for a quick Christmas dinner then this may not be as appealing, however with a little care and some inventiveness this is superb value. As a couple we have had three maiin meals each out of this.
WELL DONE ALDI
John Anderson (an accountant - not a chef)
Easter Sunday is a day I have always enjoyed; it certainly isn't the promise of chocolate eggs, indeed I didn't touch chocolate yesterday, but it's always lovely to spend a relaxing day with my family - and Easter is a good excuse to have a large dinner similar to what we'd eat on Christmas day.
I don't shop in Aldi often simply because I do not have a store within a reasonable distance of where I live, but my brother called on Good Friday to say they had started stocking their Three Bird Roast again. This was a product they brought out for Christmas 2009 but it quickly disappeared once the festive period was over, seemingly wheeling it back out for the Easter shoppers. He picked me one up and brought it over in time for me to cook it for when my daughter, son in law and the children arrived.
It takes a while to cook; first you need to roast the joint (it's not actually a joint, but for ease of typing I shall call it that!) for a couple of hours with tin foil covering it, then remove the tin foil and brush the marmalade glaze over the top and return to the oven for 40 minutes. The time it takes from freezer to plate will be roughly three hours, so this certainly isn't a meat dish that you can have ready for eating in a short space of time.
The 'Three Birds' are turkey, chicken and duck. These are used in fairly equal measure, although there is visibly less duck than the other two meats. There is also a generous amount of stuffing running through the joint, you can actually smell the stuffing as the meat is cooking and it smells delightful as I am a big fan of stuffing in general.
For me personally, the highlight of the roast is definitely the marmalade glaze. It's delicious, tasting of a delightfully tangy marmalade the glaze will begin to caramelise and burn slightly while cooking to compliment the poultry perfectly. I couldn't actually fathom out whether the top layer of the roast was turkey or chicken as the flavours do tend to merge into one, however due to the fact the marmalade flavour went so beautifully with the meat it touched I suspect the turkey was on the top. Even if I am incorrect in this assumption, the marmalade is still wonderful and I actually found myself peeling this very thin layer off and eating it alone.
I found the chicken and turkey to be wonderfully cooked; very tender with a fresh flavour that only comes of good quality meat. The duck wasn't as flavoursome as I had hoped, although I assume it's the long cooking time that has caused this as my favourite way to cook duck is actually to pan fry it extremely quickly over a high heat. This seems to seal the flavour into this rather awkward meat, whereas the three hour cooking time of the Roast is a little long for duck I suspect.
My only complaint about the Three Bird Roast is the fact that the meat is rather dry after cooking. This is, of course, remedied by having the meat with lashings of thick meaty gravy, but the dryness means you really have to eat the whole thing in one go and it's difficult to use the leftover meat for anything. I was cooking for seven (including a toddler) so there were no leftovers to speak of, although I did go a little overboard with the amount of meat I served up for the girls'.
Speaking of which, this joint is rather larger than I thought it would be. It cost £9.99 and provided me with nine thick slices of meat, had I had the correct knife to hand I would have been able to carve thinner slices and make the joint go further. This wasn't a problem as I was also serving lamb on Easter Sunday, but perhaps if you were feeding a larger crowd you would need to ensure you served slimmer slices or even buy two.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who has a dinner party planned for over the Easter period, unfortunately Aldi do not stock this Roast all year round but apparently they were flying off the shelves (not literally!) this weekend so I suspect the store will eventually make them a permanent fixture.
I kept seeing this 3 Bird Roast advertised on tv and because I'm a poultry lover I decided to buy one when I was in Aldi last week, at £10.00 it was a bit more than I wanted to spend but I thought it looked and sounded delish so would be worth the money.
It wasn't. It fed our family of 5 and none of us particularly enjoyed it, with my dad even leaving part of his on the plate which is something he very rarely does because he loves his food.
You cook the 3 Bird Roast according to the instructions on the back of the cardboard sleeve..... and then add about another half an hour because even though I pre-heated the oven it was still undercooked in the middle and I know you have to be proper careful with chicken and turkey. You're advised to leave it to stand for a few minutes after it's been cooked so that the meat can settle and it will carve easier.
There's not much of a meaty smell as the roast is cooking and even after I'd taken it out of the oven I had to put my nose nearly on top of the roast to smell anything. I wasn't too concerned about that though because chicken and turkey haven't got much of a smell anyway, although I was a bit stressed that I couldn't smell any duck at all.
When I cut it I thought the meat looked proper nice, the darker duck meat looks wicked next to the pale turkey and chicken and my mouth started watering immediately! lol
Eating it is a different matter though. All 3 meats are mega dry and the turkey has gone proper stringy, so has the chicken actually but nowhere near as much as the turkey! It's easy to slice so that you get a bit of each meat on your plate but being as the meats are all so nasty that's kinda irrelevant!
The duck is probably the best of the 3, it's cooked through and has got a fresh taste and texture. I think a lot of the duck flavour has disappeared while it was cooking though and it was bland enough that if the meat wasn't visibley darker than I wouldn't have known straight away which of them I was eating.
I will NEVER buy this again and am disgusted that in the Aldi tv ads over Xmas it was recommending the 3 Bird Roast instead of turkey for the dinner, my mum would have been devestated if she'd served this up!!!
Not recommended..... and especially not at a tenner!!!!
This was the worst piece of meat I've ever had. It was scrappy, tasteless and a waste of money. It doesn't compare at all with ALDI frozen chicken breast which is delicious and real value for money.