Sarnies to sat­isfy Santa

Want to savour the flavour of Christ­mas be­fore the big day? We test the fes­tive sand­wiches on of­fer

Cynon Valley - - SHOP FOOD -

TURKEY, BA­CON & STUFF­ING WITH CRAN­BERRY SAUCE

(412 calo­ries), £3, Boots FRESH and nutty tast­ing malted bread that was stuffed with de­cent slices of lean, moist turkey. The ba­con added a nice salty hint and the cran­berry a pleas­ant sweet and fruity fin­ish.

NO TURKEY FEAST (340 calo­ries), £3.30, Marks & Spencer

THE roasted soya pro­tein looked bland but the fill­ing was lifted by the cran­berry chut­ney and spinach leaves. The soya was firmer than meat and chewy with a de­cep­tively del­i­cate stuff­ing flavour.

VEG­GIE BUB­BLE AND SQUEAK FRITTER (342 calo­ries), £2.65, Co-op

THE sweet potato, spinach and cab­bage and sage fritter fill­ing was thin on the ground and un­evenly spread so all the fritter was in one part and just cab­bage and spinach in the other. Lack­lus­tre.

THE BIG BEEF (524 calo­ries), £3, Sains­bury’s

A MON­STER roll, lay­ered with ten­der beef with a York­shire pud in the mid­dle and slathered with gravy mayo for a gourmet twist, it’s the ul­ti­mate Christ­mas feast – once you’ve worked out how to eat it. De­li­cious!

TURKEY & TRIM­MINGS WRAP

(509 calo­ries), £2.50, Tesco A GOOD bal­ance of in­gre­di­ents that com­ple­ment each other. The stuff­ing had a great herby taste. A good sarnie for those who don’t like chunks of bread – but it’s a bit hefty on the calo­ries.

DUCK WITH BIT­TER OR­ANGE & JU­NIPER REL­ISH

(446 calo­ries), £3.20, Waitrose A TREAT for the taste buds with fab flavours of zesty or­ange, ju­niper and gin­ger (in the stuff­ing). We liked the fresh and light taste, and soft and crunchy tex­tures.

THREE BIRD ROAST

(593 calo­ries), £3.80, Marks & Spencer PACKED with tasty and chunky meats – turkey, roast chicken and duck. All the flavours work re­ally well. Too much for one but per­fect for shar­ing. And you get the feel-good fac­tor with a do­na­tion to hous­ing char­ity Shel­ter.

FES­TIVE BUB­BLE AND SQUEAK

(426 calo­ries), £2.50, Asda A VEG­GIE fritter with ve­gan sage and onion mayo gave it a lovely Christ­mas taste al­though the fritter was more akin to spicy falafel rather than tra­di­tional bub­ble and squeak for an off-the-wall fill­ing. In­ter­est­ing flavours.

DEEP FILLED FES­TIVE FEAST (613 calo­ries), £1.69, Lidl

THIS all-in-one break­fast­style num­ber isn’t for the faint hearted – or those count­ing calo­ries. It was stuffed with yummy chunks of sausage, turkey and ba­con but we found the mayo a lit­tle rich.

BRIE & CRAN­BERRY CHUT­NEY

(427 calo­ries), £2.10, Mor­risons THE Brie was good qual­ity – soft and tasty – and the cran­berry sweet and slightly tart. Shame about the white bread. It would have made a yummy toastie if it had been brown or gra­nary.

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