Lidl’s new and limited edition croqueta and turrón flavoured gyozas hit the shelves this month, created by Michelin Star Chef Carlos Maldonaldo at the reasonable price of €3.49 a box.

Changes in consumption habits have led to international dishes being introduced to Spanish Christmas tables, a trend which has been increasing in recent years. Following the success of Lidl’s Roscón de Reyes created by Carlos Maldonado, winner of MasterChef3 and owner of the Raíces restaurant, Lidl and the Michelin Star chef have collaborated again to create the Deluxe Gyoza. The innovative and unique limited edition Deluxe Gyoza created by Maldonaldo can be found in two varieties: a salad with an Iberian ham croqueta flavour or a sweet of soft turron made from almonds and pistachios. Both of these will only set you back €3.49 and can be found in every Lidl in Spain. These are the first Asian-Mediterranean fusion gyozas produced by the shop in Spain.

The croqueta gyoza is filled with a rich homemade bechamel sauce, with a hint of nutmeg and an intense flavour of the highest quality of Iberian ham accompanied by a delicate farmhouse bacon sauce which gives it an unforgettable flavour. The sweet turrón gyoza is made of almonds and pistachio, accompanied by a blueberry jam with a hint of fleur de sel, which is thought to elevate all types of desserts.

Spain’s Director General of Purchases, Miguel Paradela, stated “one of Lidl’s main objectives is to offer to our clients special launches created by some of the best chefs in Spain, products that stand out from the rest, with the best quality-price relationship and so original that they cannot be found in any other supermarket. We are sure that this innovative proposal will be a success in the Christmas months.”

There are various methods for preparing these Japanese empanadas: the first and easiest is in the microwave and heat it on high for a minute. They can also be steamed over boiling water which will take seven minutes. Finally they can also be cooked in a pan with butter where they should be browned and when ready a thin layer of water should be added, covering the gyozas for 4/5 minutes to finish them off.

Michelin Star chef Carlos Maldonado commented, “We have worked with Lidl this year on a product which will get everyone’s attention. The new Deluxe Gyozas are groundbreaking, with two flavours which will add a fun element to every table. The Iberian ham croqueta gyoza is perfect as a start and the sweet turrón and pistachio gyoza is ideal for dessert. We wanted to give a different flavour to the Christmas meals and I think we have achieved it with these innovations.”

In an ever changing world, change and innovation are essential, and these gyozas are Lidl’s attempt to keep up with the shifting gastronomic trends, both in everyday life and on the Christmas table, where traditional food is still highly prized. While it is still essential to hold onto these foods like ham, fish and seafood, it has become common to introduce international elements to traditional Christmas dishes, like delicatessen products or other novel options and flavours that were not present a few years ago

Report by Danny Weller

Article copyright ’24/7 Valencia’

More info:

Lidl Valencia stores

  • Gran Vía Marqués del Túria 52, 46005, Valencia
  • Carrer de Sagunto 118, 46009, Valencia
  • Carrer de Maestro Rodrigo 41, 46015, Valencia
  • Carrer de Peris i Valero, 145, 46001, Valencia
  • Carrera Malilla 75, 46026, Valencia
  • Camino de Moncada 83, 46025, Valencia

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