Aldi's Four Bird Roast

(60 Posts)
JakeBullet Sun 09-Dec-12 09:16:01

Am I being dead skanky doing this as the Christmas meal at home? Anyone tried it as good as I am hearing?

There's only going to be me, DS and exDH (yes really) for Xmas dinner.

Every year I knock myself out buying a turkey, stuffing it, getting all the timings right for cooking etc and this year I just want to take it easy. I have bought one of these, it's in the freezer along with smoked salmon for breakfast etc.

I just want to relax and enjoy things this year without all the hassle. I want to be able to have a drink and know that all the prep is sorted out for me.

It's not something I would usually buy and in the past I have bought into all the hype about turkey (or other meat). This year though I am on benefits for the first time ever so don't have the spare cash I am used to having. Aldi's had good deals on the salmon and other stuff so I went there.

Don't know why I am asking really lol, surely if we enjoy it then that's all that matters.exH said "ooh delicious" when I told him what I'd bought.

So anyone else tried it? What was your opinion?

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 09:23:06

I saw this on telly the other day and my first reaction was OMG, that's just too weird, and what birds are they anyway?

I don't really like the idea of meat that's been sort of, well, messed about with too much iykwim?

But I'm sure I'm just being prejudiced about it, it's probably fine.

<goes out in garden to shoot sparrows>

PottedShrimp Sun 09-Dec-12 09:25:06

I can't bear the thought of it tbh. A bit gagworthy IMO

But if you like it, thats all that matters.

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 09:27:09

Fwiw it's just me and my kids this year - and we usually have either a really small free range chicken, or some kind of 'part' of something like just t he breast or whatever, whatever is left in Sainsburys smile

and I spread out dinner over two days so we might have the stuffing and bacon thing on Christmas eve, with some roast spuds, instead of having everything all together in one huge meal - that sort of idea.

RightUpMyRue Sun 09-Dec-12 09:28:17

We tried it about a month ago when the ads came on the telly, we thought YUM! Let's get one today!

It was disappointing I'm afraid. The meat was a bit flavourless so the stuffing was the thing you tasted most. I wouldn't recommend it.

If it's only 3 of you I'd just get a nice big chicken and do all the trimmings with that. Or maybe a smaller chicken and a ham too?

LedaOfSparta Sun 09-Dec-12 09:30:32

My friend was saying only last night that she did this for her, her DH and DS one year and that it was lovely.

Don't kill yourself (financially or effort-wise) if you just can't do the big trad turkey this year. It's Christmas, you'll have cooked a nice meal and everyone will be happy.

bakingaddict Sun 09-Dec-12 09:31:43

I'm sure it will be lovely, especially with all the trimmings. I always recommend these to my mum and dad as they do a big turkey for themselves that always goes to waste.

For just a few people I think they are brilliant, why struggle trying to roast a huge bird while you can sit back instead and quaff christmas bubbly and cocktails.

AnaisB Sun 09-Dec-12 09:34:41

I don't understand the problem to be honest - although i haven't tried it. Is it because its from aldi or because it's 4 birds. I think it sounds lovely and it seems to get good reviews.

nbee84 Sun 09-Dec-12 09:36:03

I had one last year. We were off to my Mum's for a few days on Boxing Day so I didn't need a turkey for leftovers etc. It tasted absolutely fine, was easy to cook and there was plenty of meat for 6 healthy appetites - if I remember correctly there was a couple of slices left over. I did cook extra stuffing as we like plenty. It doesn't carve quite like they show you in the adverts grin and tends to fall apart a bit.

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 09:40:12

I don't know why I find the idea so off putting! I suppose if you buy a chicken or something, it's just, well, a chicken. like you'd get if you killed it yourself.

The fact someone has sort of mucked about with random bits of several creatures and sort of pasted them together into a manmade item, well just the less interference the better, I suppose - I don't know, just puts me off a bit.

Like the difference between an apple, and something made from bits of an apple, bits of an orange, and some banana and pineapple - and shaped to look like an apple. I just feel like saying, 'why?'

SoggySummer Sun 09-Dec-12 09:45:47

I dont get the issue with 4 bird roasts either. Have seen this slagged off alot this year but 4 bird roasts have been about for yonks and yonks but this is the first year I have seen it sneered at so much. I am guessing its the Aldi thing???? I am sure M&S do or did one and lots of butchers have always done multi bird roasts for as long as I can remember.

Not sure its a cost cutter really. I would prefer a chicken and the spare cash used for the pigs in blankets etc.

chimchar Sun 09-Dec-12 09:46:21

we had one a few years ago.

there seemed to be more stuffing than meat. it tasted nice, and was lovely and easy, but just too stuffingey!!

i'm going for an easy life this year too. need to pull my finger out!!!

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 09:47:02

I think maybe loads of people had no idea they existed - I'd never heard of them!

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 09:47:42

What birds do they use btw? I'm guessing chicken, turkey, duck, goose?

Aren't they just better separately? Or do they go together?

mrsshears Sun 09-Dec-12 09:50:35

Don't do it!
We had one a few weeks ago and it was awful, mainly stuffing and fell to bits when we carved it.

blondietinsellyminx Sun 09-Dec-12 09:54:14

Watching with interest! smile

Think M&S do a 3 bird roast. Some of Aldi's stuff is amazing, i'm v impressed with all of their fresh/frozen fish stuff I've tried so far.

Back2Two Sun 09-Dec-12 10:00:55

You can get nice things like stuffed turkey breast, boneless so easy to cook.
How much is the four bird jobby?

MissCellania Sun 09-Dec-12 10:03:02

Lads, she's already bought it!

JakeBullet Sun 09-Dec-12 10:15:42

No is nothing to do with it being from Aldi grin

Generally I am anti things being shoved into other things....apart from anything else I feel it's hugely disrespectful to the animal or bird which has died for food . Generally I am a bit of a hippy where things like that are concerned . Just saw the ad and reviews and it sounded smile
It's just that this year I want to relax and quaff wine grin instead of slaving away in the kitchen. I did consider chicken but tbh I can have that anytime and this sounded a bit differently.

Might rethink it as I am still unsure.....or just go with it and put it down to experience if it's horrible.

ceeveebee Sun 09-Dec-12 10:33:12

We had one from M&S last year. Not nice at all - the stuffing was too strong (morello cherry) and meat was dry. I think it was chicken, duck and turkey breast.
This year we are getting a rolled turkey breast wrapped in bacon from a bother on Smithfield market. Serves 12 adults and delicious - we had one a couple of weeks ago when we had a pre Christmas meetup with friends

gingerpinz Sun 09-Dec-12 10:40:02

I doubt it will be horrible, based on reviews, and even if it's not the nicest thing you've ever had if it serves the purpose of having a special meal without too much effort then that's all you want, presumably.

We have gone for the Aldi frozen, stuffed pheasant (and their frozen roast potatoes too!) for this reason. I know it's just a fancy Sunday roast and I know it wouldn't be that stressful to do it all myself but I cook from scratch every day of the year and on this one day I would rather just shove stuff in the oven and play with my boys (1 & 4) while drinking fizz than do any more than is absolutely necessary in the kitchen. It may not be haute cuisine but we will still enjoy it, I will be totally relaxed and feel like I'm having a treat and we will all enjoy the day, which surely is the most important thing.

TheElfOnThePanopticon Sun 09-Dec-12 10:44:23

I love Aldi, but have not heard great things about the 4 bird roast, and was unimpressed by the list of ingredients. We will be having a chicken with Christmas trimmings for our dinner.
I have heard people getting very excited about the Aldi venison steaks, though, although my kids are only really keen on venison if it's minced so possibly not great for a family meal.

armani Sun 09-Dec-12 10:49:45

We had one last year and it was awful tbh.

BurnThisDiscoDown Sun 09-Dec-12 10:58:51

We had one last year and it was very nice. It does fall apart a bit when carved, but I find it hard to get worked up about that tbh. Lidl do a 3 bird one which was also nice. smile

AnaisB Sun 09-Dec-12 11:00:17

Four bird roasts are pretty traditional and I don't get the problem with "things inside things." What about stuffing, monkfish wrapped in parma ham, or (god forbid) pigs in blankets - chopped up meat and fat inside intestine wrapped in bacon?!

AnaisB Sun 09-Dec-12 11:02:23

And in terms of showing respect to the animal the name "pigs in blankets" takes the piss!

HollyGoHeavily Sun 09-Dec-12 11:08:17

Relatives cooked one of these on Boxing Day last year - tbh, it wasn't very nice. Some of the meat was quite greasy and other bits really dry and the stuffing was grim. If you want a no fuss, no mess option i'd go for a turkey crown - you just shove it in a roasting tin and baste a few times. It's very easy to carve and no waste.

AllTheYoungDudes Sun 09-Dec-12 11:10:12

I've cooked it,it was ok.I wouldn't have it for Christmas dinner cos we always have beef.

Bigwuss Sun 09-Dec-12 11:15:20

We had one last year, the kids loved it as it was a bit different.

whateveritakes Sun 09-Dec-12 11:33:00

We had it last year and if you think stuffing birds is disrespectful let me assure you these are so removed from any sort if bird it wouldn't matter.
It tastes like cheap stuffing (think cheap pre packed chicken and stuffing sandwich) and the meat is processed to death. Wasn't anything like I'd thought it would be (ie nice).

If you want quick and no fuss why not get Quail (Waitrose do two for £4 something). Red magazine had a nice suggestion for them last month.They cook in 20 mins and are different. Small birds though so won't be left overs.

nellyjelly Sun 09-Dec-12 11:35:37

Buy a turkey crown from M and S instead. Still turkey but cheaper than the whole thing.

derekthehamster Sun 09-Dec-12 11:40:38

Oh, I have a friend coming over for tea later, so I thought I'd try one of these. Nevermind, i have plenty of veg to go with it if it's horrid grin

ProfYaffle Sun 09-Dec-12 11:45:42

We've had it, I agree with others, it was fine but stuffing dominated and the layers slid apart when we carved it. Personally I don't think it's special enough for Xmas day but cheap and convenient to keep in the freezer for the inbetween Xmas and New Year period when you want a bit of a break from faffing in the kitchen.

JakeBullet Sun 09-Dec-12 11:45:55've all talked me out of itgrin .

Will get Turkey Crown from somewhere and use this another time. I always make my own stuffing so can be a plain turkey crown.

yeah I agree it's not exactly one bird shoved in anothergrin

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Sun 09-Dec-12 11:53:51

I always get a turkey crown. There are quite a few of us so I get a large one, but I just want it for Christmas dinner and a little cold for later, no more than that and everyone gets breast meat.

I'm deeply suspicious of whole turkeys being eaten over the course of days and days in leftovers. Sounds like the road to a stomach upset to me.

The four bird roast - hmm I'd like to try it but not for the first time for Christmas dinner. Too much riding on it and I wouldn't risk it.

They always remiind me of that old song 'there was an old woman who swallowed...' all those things to catch each other confused

Wow, I'd heard of the three-bird roast but am very excited to hear there's a four- bird roast! It's like razors, where they keep adding an extra blade grin

<holds out for five bird roast>

ceeveebee Sun 09-Dec-12 12:12:35
nkf Sun 09-Dec-12 12:15:10

I find the idea of three or more bird roast a bit weird. I don't know why. I can see it's not so very different to stuffing inside poultry but don't the meats just sort of cancel each other out?

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Sun 09-Dec-12 12:16:31

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made one with ten once. I remember seeing the programme and boggling at the logistics of it.

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 12:24:56

I would have thought it harder work than just a bird?

I mean it's not hollow so will probably take a good while to figure out if it's cooked all the way through or not iyswim?

I'm a useless cook and even I find a roasted chicken not too tricky...but I'd be downright scared of a huge lump of stuff like that!

RooneyMara Sun 09-Dec-12 12:26:55

Yes NKF I think that's it, it's not like meat with stuffing, or meat with something else, it's meat with, erm, more meat, and they are all going to get lost in each other.

TimeyWimeyStuff Sun 09-Dec-12 12:33:48

We had an amazing three bird roast from a local farm shop last year. Always a winner with me!

Snog Sun 09-Dec-12 15:52:46

WE are getting the Adlington 3 bird roast from ocado this year - goose, chicken and pheasant
I'm pretty excited about it and i hope its tasty as its certainly £££!

JakeBullet Sun 09-Dec-12 16:55:46

Just been looking at the price of turkey crowns shockshockshock

Might just stick with the Aldi thing and toast to a more successful 2013 financially.

Hah! It's been a revelation being on benefits....don't think I ever considered how expensive stuff was at Xmas before grin.

Ho hum!

serin Sun 09-Dec-12 19:39:39

We bought the Aldi one a couple of christmases ago when it was the 3 bird Turducken (turkey, duck, chicken!)

Seriously, it ruined christmas dinner.

I am not a fussy eater and do the weekly shop in Aldi but honestly the thing was beyond vile.

The kids still tease me about it.

Eat it now if you must but dont let it spoil your christmas dinner!

You could always try a Lidl goose - they're £19.99 and really good - this'll be my third year of having one - I do it á la Gordon Ramsay with a citrus and 5 spice rub, and red wine and date sauce (Googole will find recipes for both). Seriously tasty, plenty of meat - would probably feed 6 at a pinch, but actually feeds 2, plus scraps for dogs, and some left over for a salad on Boxing Day, when we also have some cold turkey from a (Lidl, £9.99) turkey crown, plus home baked ham (butchers, dunno how much it'll cost yet).

Hassled Sun 09-Dec-12 19:50:57

Agree the Aldi one is bloody vile. It tastes like school dinners smell.

Hassled Sun 09-Dec-12 19:52:32

If you're skint, buy a chicken. A good roast chicken is a fine meal - it will be much nicer than that Aldi shiteness.

SpeckleDust Sun 09-Dec-12 20:05:33

Aldi sell fresh and frozen turkey crowns in the lead up to Christmas. The fresh ones are still a bit pricey, but the frozen crowns are only £9.99. I got a fresh one a couple of years ago and it was very good (with very little waste).

sausagesandwich34 Sun 09-Dec-12 20:13:29

our butcher does a 7 bird roast with a quail in the middle which I've always found odd as only one or 2 people at most get any so what's the point?

derekthehamster Sun 09-Dec-12 20:18:37

Just finished the aldi one, new and improved recipe on the packaging if it makes any difference. It was yummy grin

TapirAroundTheChristmasTree Sun 09-Dec-12 20:24:34

We had this for xmas dinner last year - it was a big hit, even my notoriously fussy ds liked it.

Back2Two Tue 11-Dec-12 20:31:58

Please tell me they don't call it a turducken? Turd?

The M&S Four bird joint is £120!

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Tue 11-Dec-12 21:16:30

The Aldi 4 bird roast is nice, just highly flavoured. You could get that and a Quorn roast (3 for £5 in Asda) for people who want something bland. I cook the
Quorn roast for just under the time stated then slice and put in a dish with veg gravy for 15 mins in the oven, as Quorn can be a bit dry. Still only £15 for all the meat (and non-meat).

I've had that, it was rubbish. Tiny and you'd never know there were 4 different flavours.

JakeBullet Wed 12-Dec-12 13:48:18

We are having it......I was going to get a chicken but sadly my car battery died this week and so did the's cost me just shy of £130 I didn't really have to get both done. Still, at least the car is on the road again.

Aldi 4 Bird Roast it is then....

RaspberryLemonPavlova Wed 12-Dec-12 14:08:09

We like them here, adults and children. It will be fine.

HoHoHokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Wed 12-Dec-12 14:11:46

I have cooked it a couple of times and think it's really nice.

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