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Aldi teams up with top Scottish chefs to create perfect festive feasts with trio of beef joints

By Kirsty Brown

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Aberdeenshire chef, Craig Wilson, is to star in one of three video guides that will be premiered by Aldi later this week showing customers how to create the perfect Christmas dinner.

The ‘Three Wise Chefs’ videos have been produced to inspire people to try the exceptional range of Scotch Galloway Beef joints being launched by Aldi this Christmas.

Aldi has teamed up with three renowned Scottish chefs to inspire people to try an exceptional range of Scotch Galloway Beef joints this Christmas.

Tender and full of flavour, Galloway beef is rarely available in supermarkets and Aldi’s trio of joints offer incredible value for money.

Aldi’s Scotch Galloway Beef Sirloin Joint (£14.99 per kg), Scotch Galloway Beef Rump Joint (£8.99 per kg), and Scotch Galloway Beef Joint wrapped in Ayrshire bacon (950g, £10.99) will make the perfect centrepiece for your festive meal.

The supermarket has partnered with renowned local chef Craig Wilson, owner of Eat on the Green in Udny Green, to show customers how to create a restaurant quality festive feast from the comfort of their own home.

A champion of Scottish produce Craig, known to many as The Kilted Chef, has developed a recipe using Aldi’s Scotch Galloway Beef Rump Joint, which he roasts with rapeseed oil, fresh thyme, sea salt, cracked black pepper and Orkney Brewery’s Clootie Dumpling Ale (or any Innes and Gunn beer) for a scrumptious festive centre piece.

His recipe will be showcased in a video guide which will premiere on Aldi Scotland’s Facebook page this Sunday.

Kilted Chef Craig Wilson.
Kilted Chef Craig Wilson.

Commenting, Craig said: “The quality and flavour of the Galloway Beef Rump Joint makes it the perfect centrepiece for a special Christmas Day celebration.

“As someone who is passionate about Scotland’s world-class produce, the range of locally reared and grown ingredients available in Aldi is exceptional.

"At this time, it’s never been more important to support our local farmers and producers.

“The Galloway Beef Rump Joint offers great value for money; it is beautifully tender and easy to prepare and cook.

"I’ve chosen to pair it with The Orkney Brewery Clootie Dumpling Ale, as it’s full of those warming festive flavours we love, however if you’re unable to get your hands on a bottle, the Innis and Gunn range would go equally well.

“I would really urge people to take advantage of this unique opportunity to try one of the oldest, and purest, native cattle breeds by selecting one of Aldi’s Scotch Galloway Beef Joints.”

The Scotch Galloway Joint wrapped in Ayrshire bacon and Scotch Galloway Beef Sirloin Joint will be showcased by 2019 Masterchef finalist, Jilly McCord, and chef Chris Walker, owner of the Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright.

Group buying director at Aldi Scotland Graham Nicolson said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers these three fantastic cuts of one of the finest types of beef Scotland has to offer at our everyday amazing prices.

"Scotch Galloway Beef is of the highest quality and enjoyed in restaurants around the world, and we wanted to show our customers exactly how some of Scotland’s top chefs would cook it this Christmas.

“Craig, Jilly and Chris have created three deliciously indulgent recipes that our customers can easily follow at home using quality produce stocked in our 96 Scottish stores.”

Masterchef finalist Jilly McCord has created a winter warming dish with the flavours of a classic Beouf Bourguignon paired with the delicious Scotch Galloway Beef Joint wrapped in Ayrshire bacon – a real Auld Alliance.

Served whole and beautifully pink in the middle, this dish is enjoyed with creamy mashed potatoes and lashings of the beautifully rich sauce.

Finally, the trio is rounded off with Dumfries and Galloway’s chef Chris Walker, who has developed a delicious recipe using the Scotch Galloway Beef Sirloin Joint, which he serves with a hazelnut, mushroom and mustard crust and a mushroom and Port wine jus.

Aldi is the biggest retailer of Scottish origin beef and regularly tops NFU Scotland’s ‘shelf watch’ surveys, which means customers are guaranteed to find the highest quality, locally sourced meat all year round at Aldi stores in Scotland.

Breed secretary of Galloway Cattle Society Dorothy Goldie said: “By championing the Galloway breed over Christmas Aldi is providing people with an opportunity to experience the rich flavour of one of Scotland’s oldest and most environmentally sustainable native breeds.

"We are absolutely delighted to be working with Aldi and Scotbeef, and we’re looking forward to knowing that Galloway Beef will be the centrepiece of festive dinners across Scotland.”

The Scotch Galloway Beef Sirloin Joint, Scotch Galloway Beef Rump Joint and Scotch Galloway Beef Joint wrapped in Ayrshire bacon, which was recently commended at the Christmas Quality Food Awards 2020, will be available from Aldi stores in Scotland from December 19.

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