Fans baffled by Clodagh McKenna's budget Christmas dinner recipe

Viewers left baffled by Clodagh McKenna’s VERY sparse £5 Christmas dinner featuring a bacon-wrapped turkey breast, roast veg and cranberry sauce – and insist you can buy ready-made trimmings for 29p

  • This Morning viewers have been left baffled by Clodagh McKenna’s ‘budget Christmas dinner recipe’ which she claims cost just £5 per person to make 
  • Chef, 46, shared the recipe which involves one turkey breast split four ways 
  • Pointed out there was a lack of trimmings such as stuffing and pigs in blankets
  • Others said that it cost ‘much more than £20’ and would be cheaper to get premade ingridients 

This Morning viewers have been left baffled by Clodagh McKenna’s ‘budget Christmas dinner recipe’ which she claims cost just £5 per person to make.

The Cork-born chef, 46, shared the recipe which involves one turkey breast split four ways and served with roast vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce, and a trifle.

But viewers questioned how she managed to get the ingredients for just £20, while others said that it was a measly-version of turkey and the trimmings, with no pigs in blankets, stuffing, Brussel sprouts or bread sauce.

Some also claimed the ITV show ‘clickbaited them’ by suggesting that the whole meal is only £5, not discovering the cost referred to each portion until the end of the segment.     

This Morning viewers have been left baffled by Clodagh McKenna’s ‘budget Christmas dinner recipe’ which she claims cost just £5 per person to make

Cork-born chef, 46, shared the recipe which involves one turkey breast split four ways and served with roast vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce, and a trifle – pictured is the final dinner

‘There are so many of us on a budget this Christmas and I think it’s so important everyone can have a lovely Christmas day dinner,’ Clodagh explained.

‘We’ve got turkey and all the trimmings, we’re not doing chicken, we’re also doing my favourite Christmas berry pudding.’

She went on to explain that the whole food team were ‘so proud’ of sourcing the recipe so cheap.  

‘First thing you do is get a turkey breast, put it between two pieces of clingfilm and batter it,’ she revealed.

She went on to explain you cook the turkey breast by laying it down with string, putting smoked streaky bacon on top and adding homemade Irish potato stuffing before wrapping it in butcher string and cooking it.   

‘It’s cheaper to make yourself, she revealed. ‘It’s so much cheaper and taste so much better’.

Clodagh explained you cook the turkey breast by laying it down with string, putting smoked streaky bacon on top and adding homemade Irish potato stuffing before wrapping it in butcher string and cooking it

The chef suggested sharing one turkey breast between for people – it is pictured wrapped in bacon

The chef served the meal with roast potato with butter garlic and rosemary and an array of root vegetables.

While Clodagh didn’t explain how to make it, viewers pointed out budget supermarkets like Aldi sell stuffing mix for as little as 29p. 

She also went on to make cranberry sauce from scratch, mixing fresh cranberries, sugar, water, chilli and cinnamon –  with the ingridients costing much more than 50p, which is the price of a value pack of the Christmas condiment. 

The chef served the meal with potato roasted with butter, garlic and rosemary and an array of root vegetables.

But viewers questioned how she managed to get the ingredients for just £20, while others said that it was a measly-version of turkey and the trimmings, with no pigs in blankets, stuffing, Brussel sprouts or bread sauce

‘£5 per serving she says….. bit misleading that headline then,’ one viewer wrote.

‘It’s under £20 but £5 a serving. That “Xmas dinner for under a fiver” is a bit misleading,’ added another.

‘Course it cost her £5 she grows most of the ingredients in her back garden,’ a third wrote.

 ‘A Christmas dinner for only £5? Well, it sure don’t look like it!,’ said one.

‘If that dinner is £5 then I’ll eat my hat!’ added a fifth.

‘I’m sure you can buy a jar of cranberry sauce for under a quid,’ wrote one. 

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