In Spain we usually have at least three or four fat celebrations, and not in all of them we can prepare all the dishes. Although most families get involved in the kitchen at Christmas, the truth is that there are many circumstances for which we may need some help.
For some time now, there are many meat preparations that we find in supermarkets, which promise us a festive meal in which the only effort we have to make is to put the meat in the oven.
This is the case of the new Alcampo stuffed chickens and rotis, made by the Madrid company Iberoelaborados SL, with hand-boned birds, which have an animal welfare certificate.
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Both rotis and stuffed chickens are available with three different fillings: mango and bacon; goat cheese and caramelized onion; and plums, dried apricots, pine nuts and Pedro Ximénez. And they are very competitively priced at €10.95 for a roti (800 g) and €32.95 for a chicken (2.2 kg). They are recommended for 4 and 10 people, respectively. But are they worth it?
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Trying the stuffed chickens
Undoubtedly, the advantage of this type of meat preparations is the ease with which they are cooked. Just put them in the oven for the indicated time –70 min for rotis and 100 min for stuffed chicken– to have them ready and just right. We had to leave the chickens a little more, but because we put three at a time along with the other three rotis –we are that gross–. In any case, with the filling they are never too dry and it is enough to see that they are well browned all over.
And how were they? Well, the truth is that the writing has liked a lot. Sure, it’s not the same as homemade stuffed chicken—and there are preservatives on the ingredient list that we wouldn’t use at home, like sulfites—but all three fillings are tasty, and the chicken itself is juicy and rich.
Among the colleagues who tried them, they kept the one of goat cheese and caramelized onionalthough I prefer the one with plums, dried apricots and Pedro Ximénez, the most classic.
The truth is that, by adding some of our sauces for stuffed chicken, some good French fries and some Christmas starters, we have a very apparent celebration meal ready.
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