Dumfries & Galloway chef, Chris Walker, 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.
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 chef Chris Walker, owner of the Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright, to show customers how to create a restaurant quality festive feast using Galloway Beef from the comfort of their own home.
Chris is a passionate supporter of local produce including the Galloway breed. As Chair of tourism organisation Visit South West Scotland, he believes the showcasing of Galloway Beef by Aldi this Christmas is ‘hugely important’ in raising awareness of the region.
Chris’s video will premiere on the Aldi Scotland’s Facebook page this Friday, where he’ll demonstrate how to prepare a Scotch Galloway Beef Sirloin Joint, served with a hazelnut, chestnut and mustard crust, and a mushroom and Port wine jus.
He commented: “I designed the recipe to bring a traditional festive feel to the joint, where the mellow, warming flavours in the crust allow the beautiful rich Galloway Beef flavour to come through. The hazelnut, chestnut and mustard crust keeps all the juices locked in the joint, and also provide a stuffing-style side, rather like the traditional Christmas dinner.
“I was delighted to be asked to take part in this campaign. Galloway cattle are an ancient, native breed and very much part of our local food heritage. One of the exciting things about this promotion with Aldi is that it brings the word Galloway to the forefront of this amazing premium beef product. Galloway is a place as well as a breed, and reminding people of the natural, rural backdrop of beautiful south west Scotland is hugely important.
“Our corner of Scotland has been known as Scotland’s best kept secret for too long, so it’s wonderful to see Aldi championing our delicious native beef and sharing one of our local hidden gems with the rest of Scotland.”
The Scotch Galloway Joint wrapped in Ayrshire bacon and Scotch Galloway Beef Rump Joint will be showcased by 2019 Masterchef finalist, Jilly McCord, and chef Craig Wilson, owner of Eat on the Green in Aberdeenshire.
Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland 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.
“Chris, Jilly and Craig 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 Aberdeenshire’s Craig Wilson, aka The Kilted Chef. Craig 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 Innis & Gunn beer) for a scrumptious festive centre piece.
Aldi is the biggest volume 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.
Dorothy Goldie, Breed Secretary of Galloway Cattle Society, 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 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 19th December.