Another week has passed and it still amazes me how many different Christmas sandwiches are available. There’s so much choice from every food outlet, trying to pick which one to devour next is proving more difficult, and, with only so many days left in December, I’m not going to be able to eat them all. Choosing one sandwich over another deprives you, dear reader, of the a priori knowledge I have to bestow. But one thing was for certain, the next sandwich was going to contain one specific ingredient.
I needed bread. A sandwich in the traditional sense was sorely missing from this season and it was time to rectify. I’m all for culinary suffering, they often make for the better reviews, but after two weeks of Yorkshire pudding Christmas sandwiches, I needed something more classic.
I hereby present to you: Aldi’s Specially Selected, butter basted turkey Christmas sandwich, with pigs under blankets, cranberry and port chutney.
As evident from the title, and from the subsequent packet description, this sandwich contains butter basted cooked turkey breast, cooked pork sausages, smoked cured bacon, cranberries and port chutney. As a person who doesn’t often eat sandwiches, I found it very reassuring that Aldi were able to affirm that the turkey breast and pork sausages were both cooked. I can often find myself mid-mouthful before a sudden feeling of terror rises within me as I realise I’ve not checked to see if the sandwich I’m eating is actually risk free. Thank you Aldi for sparing me this anxiety.
The rear of the packet continues with the additional filling description of: mayonnaise, fried onions, parsley, sage and onion mayonnaise, pork, sage and onion stuffing and finally, sage and onion bread.
After reading the constituents, I really question why there’s so much sage in this sandwich. The medical website WebMD describes sage as a remedy for digestive problems, including: loss of appetite, flatulence, stomach pains, diarrhoea, bloating, and heartburn. I couldn’t help but wonder if Aldi was trying to punish me or save me from a fate yet the come.
It was with trepidation that I took the first bite.
My thought on this initial consumption was, “Finally! Bread!” It was so nice to eat a sandwich made with bread. Yet, just as soon as the bread thought came, it was lost to the abundance of flavour which hit the senses. This sandwich was engaging and the taste, intense. The sausage and bacon flavours were prominent; with a pleasant taste of stuffing throughout. The cranberries and port chutney were sweet and complimentary to the overall flavour. The subtle piquancy of the fried onions complimented and enhanced the sapidity you should have with this sandwich.
Or maybe I just like the taste of sage.
I have only 2 negative comments to make on this sandwich. Firstly, the bread wasn’t as moist as it could have been. No amount of sage or onion spared it. Secondly, it wasn’t until near the end of the sandwich that I remembered it contained turkey. Due to the strong flavours of the other elements, it was overpowered and easily forgettable.
All in all, I’d be happy to recommend this sandwich and would give it 9 out of 10.