“ Mini bite sized chopped chicken shaped into balls, and covered with breadcrumbs. „
I tried these mini chicken kievs for the first time yesterday, having spotted them in the corner shop and deciding they looked like just the right way to end a slightly rubbish, rainy, grey, depressing day. I wasn't wrong, these are ideal comfort food, as long as you like garlic!
You get 8 mini kievs in a bag, and they're about the size of a moderately large meatball. Bigger and rounder than a chicken nugget, smaller than a full on chicken kiev obviously! One bag is enough for a snack or a supper but if you were making an actual meal you would probably want to add some vegetable and maybe something carby to complete the picture.
They are basically chicken balls filled with a garlic and cheese sauce, cooked from frozen they take about half an hour in the oven. Some of the sauce did start to escape from the kievs towards the end of the cooking time, as always seems to happen with this kind of thing, but not enough for it to be much of a problem.
The chicken is obviously pretty processed, but its still reasonable tasty, with a breadcrumb coating that turns a lovely golden brown colour on cooking and is neither too crispy nor too soggy, its just right! The sauce inside the kievs is quite runny, its not a thick stringy cheese but it is just creamy enough, and the garlic flavour is pretty strong, you can smell it as soon as you open the oven door!
This isn't exactly a health food, processed and quite high in calories and salt, so I wouldn't recommend it for everyday consumption, but as a comfort food or something easy with no prep required when you're busy, they're not a bad buy. They were a bargain price too at only £1 for a bag, although this was a special offer at an independent shop so obviously the price will vary depending on where you buy them.
Firstly, I was driven to write a review based on disappointment. Although incredibly tasty in general, for some reason when I cook them I lose a large amount of the creamy garlic/herby filling :(
The description also states they are chicken kievs but looking at the packet they are turkey, and reviewing the Bernard Matthews website he appears to only deal in Turkey.
My general experience of turkey is not fantastic- i've had 3 bags of these in the last 6 months- 2 were lovely (although I lost the filling to my oven trays!) and the other was a strong, bland taste (obviously not such a nice turkey!)
I got 2 bags in farmfoods for £2, which I believe is excellent value for money. You get approximately 12 in a bag- so good for a standard adult couple but I am greedy and comfortably eat all 12. In my fan assisted oven I follow the instructions and leave them in for 15 minutes which is just right- any longer and i feel i would lose even more of the kievs contents!
Please be aware that these are incredibly hot when they come out the oven and will burn if you bite right into them!
There are 232 calories in a 5 mini kievs serving of Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs.
Calorie Breakdown: 44% fat, 23% carbs, 33% prot.
Wandering around my local Asda store I was at a loss of things to buy to pop into the freezer. I get sick of eating the same foods, felt like a change but didn't know what to get and then I spotted these mini Kiev's from Bernard Matthews. You can get these in both a chicken and turkey variety which I wasn't aware of till I got them home and looked at the packet as I had assumed they were simply chicken ones!
The plastic bag is white and green in colour and on the front there is a photograph of the mini Kiev's and I am told that they are Bernard Matthews Farms '8' Mini Kiev's 'Made from British turkey filled with a cheese and herb sauce. Combine with salad & potatoes of your choice for a delicious, filling dinner' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, the best before date is clearly stamped on there and there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed. On the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, I'm told how to store them (they are freezable by the way), a full nutritional chart is given along with being told how to cook them , the weight is stated (which is 182g in this case) and contact details for Bernard Matthews are given. Easy enough to open bag, this is and it is informative enough though a proper pain to reseal as there isn't one given.
All you do to cook these is simply put them in the oven for about 15-17 minutes or alternatively grill them in about 12-15 minutes the choice is yours of course and me personally instead of having to stand over them watching them cook on a grill and having to keep moving them about bunged mine in the oven as I thought it much more simple to do so!
When they came out of the oven, course I got 8 round and small balls. Covered in small and hard crunchy looking golden brown breadcrumbs they looked really appealing. Do not do what I did though and bite into one hungrily as one comes out of the oven as they may look harmless and tempting enough as the filling inside will ooze out and burn you! I ended up with a well burnt looking sore chin for a couple of days after doing so, so you have been warned!
The outside is simply crunchy and plain in flavour then inside of that you get a mushed up light pink turkey and then within that you get a good dollop of a creamy looking sauce which tastes of very light cheese and parsley with a hint of a garlic flavouring to it. You can see the herbs within this and the sauce is really tasty, smooth, slightly creamy and plentiful.
All in all I thought these Kiev's tasted rather lovely. The garlic within them wasn't too overpowering or Strong and the cheese wasn't too mature and so all the flavours harmonised together really well in my opinion. I put mine with a nice crisp salad and only paying a pound a bag for these (as they were on offer at the time in Asda) I thought they offered great quality for not alot of money however you don't get many and they are small so your tummy may beg you to eat all 8 of them lol!
Nutritional Information Per Kiev:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and if not on offer like when I bought them will cost around about £1.50 a bag and other flavours are also available from this range.
Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs are really tasty! I've bought them this week because a pack of 12 were on offer for £1 in Tesco, normally £1.35, and yes, they are worth buying at full price.
A 272g pack contains 12 mini kievs. Each kiev is about 2cm in diameter, they are small turkey breast balls filled with cheese and herb sauce and coated in breadcrumbs and batter. Yes, they are as nice as they sound. Per 100g sold contains 205 calories and 3.0g of saturated fat. The only problem is, once you have a taste for them it's difficult to stop! We tend to share a whole bag between the two of us in one sitting, but to be honest, I could eat more! Therefore, a bag doesn't last long.
They can be found in the freezer in most supermarkets. They come in a green plastic tall bag with a picture of the kievs on the front. That is exactly how they look after cooking, lovely. They need to be kept in the freezer and cooked from frozen. They can be grilled or oven cooked. Personally, I prefer to oven cook them for approx 20 mins on gas 6, because I find they burst whilst cooking under the grill and you loose a lot of the sauce (I don't know if that is because my grill is too hot).
They recommend you to leave them stand for 5 mins (if you can!) before eating as the sauce does become very hot.
I much prefer the mimi kievs to the normal size ones now. If you enjoy any type of kiev, these are the ones to try!
Ive never been a huge fan of chicken kievs, I had some really bad one's on holiday one and it kind of put me off for life! But my mom always buy's these mini kievs and she kept raving on about how great they were so in the end I tried them just to shut her up really lol. And Im very glad I did as they are now one of my favourite things to have for dinner or even sometimes just a few as a snack if your peckish. Another hit from Bernard Matthews I think.
Now these are slightly different to the normal kievs as they are a hell of a lot smaller. They come in quite small round balls of chicken covered in breadcrumbs. Inside the chicken is the garlic and herb sauce which is sooooo tasty! BUT! It is VERY hot so careful when your eating them as you could burn your tongue as I have so many times!
These kievs taste so nice! The chicken is succulent and doesnt taste like its manufactured and stuffed with preservatives like some kievs do. The breadcrumbs arent anything overly special but then they arent horrible either and then we come to the sauce the thing that makes the kiev!
The sauce really does taste great it has the flavour of garlic and herbs that mix very well together without being to over powering or giving you that terrible garlic breath.
I usually cook about 5-7 kievs at a time and that normally takes about 10-12 minutes at around 150 degrees. Although I havent actually read the cooking instructions thats how I usually cook them and it's always worked for me! A good way to tell if they are cooked is when a little bit of sauce is just escaping out of the breadcrumbs this means they are definatley cooked!
I usually have about 5 or 6 kievs with some chips and this is more than enough for a full meal and fills me up until my next meal.
But you could serve them with salad or even chopped up into a pasta (Ive never personally tried them that way but my friends say it's very nice!!)
At around £2 for a packet that contains about 15-16 kievs Id say these are fantastic value for money and will quickly become a family favourite, if they are around for long enough that is! Sfter the initial hesitation of trying them they have quickly became one of my favourite foods and Im sure they will become with you to. The flavours all compliment each other perfectly, even though as Ive just read the sauce contains cheese which I couldnt really taste if Im honest!! Unless the other falvours do over power that. Great meal and even brillaint as a snack. Recommended from me.
I love Chicken Kiev and decided that as i have two very unfussy children it would be good to see if this is a food that they would like but rather than serving them a whole massive kiev on a plate i thought these would be ideal.The mini kiev balls are of a small size so ideal for little mouths....
The packaging states that the average contents is 15 and i had 16 in my pack so i must have got lucky.The packaging is bright green and clearly has bernard matthews on it so there is not mistaking it in the freezer department.The cooking instructions are clearly laid out on the back of the pack too.I oven cook mine which takes about 15 minutes with a fan oven at 200.You can also Grill them which takes less time, about 10 minutes so it makes them a quick little meal to prepare.
The balls are breadcrumb coated so be sure not to overcook them as they will become like little bullets that when trying to be cut into will fly off your plate....The sauce inside the balls does get incredibly hot so to avoid burnt mouths of little ones i always cut them open and let then cool a little.The sauce inside is very thick & creamy and definitely very garlicy....so dont expect any kisses after this meal...lol
These are a processed food so the nutritional value is not going to be great but once in a while doesnt do any harm.I have listed below the contents listed on the pack so people know the full facts.
PER KIEB the values are:
CALORIES - 47 which is 2.4% of guideline daily amount (GDA)
SUGAR - 0.2g which is 0.2% GDA
FAT - 2.4g which is 3.4% GDA
SATURATES - 0.5g which is 2.5% GDA
SALT - 0.2g which is 3.3% GDA
As you can see there are some naughty things in there but all things in moderation.I love these and they are a definite freezer must have.I get mine in asda and i often find that they are only £1 a pack so not only something nice but a right old bargain too.Bernard matthews are a well known brand and i think that the quality of the meat is very good considering how low the items are priced.
Everyone knows of Bernard Matthews( well nearly everyone!)he is the King of anything to do with Chicken or Turkeys. Now one of his most popular ranges must be the Mini Kievs in the well known green plastic bag. These are small (I'm sure that they have got smaller over the years!) round balls of British Turkey (comes from East Anglia area) that are covered in golden breadcrumbs and best of all has a lovely runny cheese & herb sauce in the middle, with the distinct taste of garlic.
Now these have been a firm favourite in my household for many years and I buy at least one bag a week if not more, but they started to creep up in price over the last couple of years so I started to cut back to just the one bag again!
Now there is a knack to cooking these just perfect otherwise you will loose all of your runny sauce onto the baking tray and be left with just hollow turkey balls, not very nice!!!!
Firstly place you kievs onto your baking tray evenly spread about, pre-heat your oven to 200c/400f/Gas 6, when heated to correct heat then pop in the kievs and cook for 15-17 minutes. Now when it gets to around the 12 minute mark keep watching your kievs and you will then see the sauce trying to escape from the ball, once you can see 3 kievs starting to leak a little sauce pull them out quick and hey presto perfect kievs!! Be careful when eating these straight away as the sauce is very hot and could burn the inside of your mouth (like I have many times before!).
Now these taste absolutely lovely and we have never had any chewy bits in the meat.There is just the right ratio of sauce to turkey, with not too much breadcrumb covering, BUT I swear that you used to get 14 kievs in a bag and now it only advertises 12 per bag (sometimes you even got 15!!) and 12 is all you get!
Th cover of the bag advertises the kievs on a plate with a salad and what looks like little crispie potatoes. This has 6 on the plate so I expect that is what is called a serving ( not in my house!), so one bag will be enough for 2 people.
Each kievs has;
These can be found in the freezer section in the supermarket, at present they retail for around the £1.70 mark, but in Farmfoods they are selling them for £1.00 with the sell by date being Dec2010 so plenty of time left on them, makes no difference in my house though, as they only live in the freezer for a couple of days at a time!!
5 stars for the perfect little kiev!
I'm partial to something smelly sometimes, especially cheese and garlic - it always seems stodgy and naughty in a meal and has an extreme toothsome flavour about it adding alot of zing to a meal so when I seen a bag of Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs I had to try them out. Mmmm mouthwatering at the thought of a few mini balls of turkey filled with a cheeese and herb sauce which lists garlic as an ingredient - delicious!
The Kievs come in a green and white bag the green meant to be grass as I've just noticed the blades along the top. Bernard Matthews farms it says at the top of the packet and Mini Kievs along the middle. There is picture of a plate of Kievs, one in half so you can see the sauce inside, accompanied by some salad and chips. We are told that these are made from British turkey filled with a cheese and herb sauce, combine with salad and potatoes of your choice for a delicious filling dinner. Sounds scrummy!
Each of these mini ball shaped kievs contains;
On the back we are told that these are, chopped and shaped marinated turkey breast filled with a cheese and herb sauce coated in breadcrumbs and batter.
You can either cook these in the oven for approximately 15-17 minutes or you can grill them for 9-11 - but I've never grilled them.
They look exactly the same once cooked as they do when frozen - simply small balls (roughly the size of a golfball) but this time steaming hot as well as smelly. It is a cheese and herb sauce but it contains garlic powder as it says in the ingredients and this is quite strong. The breadcrumbs turn slightly golden once cooked and once cut open you can see the turkey is quite a light colour. As for the sauce , well this depends on the length of time you cook them and the strength of your oven...
I've had varied results with my balls and my sauce!
You have to cook them for the exact amount of time and I'd say turn them often too as more often than not I've ended up with half a cooked turkey ball and the other half not cooked, half the sauce cold and the other half steaming hot. If cooked too long the sauce can easily soak up or leak out leaving you with no tasty sauce and just a few herbs stuck to the insides of the ball which is a little boring. By rolling them over during the 15-17 minutes you can ensure an even cooking session and you can keep an eye on the sauce within.
The sauce is smelly and extremely flavoursome. It's surprisingly quite a thick and creamy sauce too and fills the balls adequately - if not all dried up or leaked out from overcooking that is. It is almost a pale creamy green in colour and the herbs are speckled throughout. Garlic I find is quite a dominant flavour within the sauce yet it is cheesy at the same time. Although quite a strong flavoured sauce it combines well with the turkey and breadcrumbs and these textures sort of weakens the flavour slightly so it's not so pungeant, intense and overpowering.
Beware though the sauce inside - if still in the ball - usually comes out piping hot so best to cut these balls open rather than pop a whole one in your mouth at once - as a whole one does fit in comfortably - I've tried and it hurts when hot!
When cutting them open the sauce does tend to come out of the balls leaving a gloopy herby mess on the plate - go on be naughty and lick it off, it's just as scrummy on it's own as it is within the turkey ball.
The turkey isn't all that flavoursome really but is nice and tender meat and the breadcrumbs add a slightly rough texture which altogether combines lovely to make a flavoursome, garlicky, cheesy, herby and ever so smelly ball of lushness.
If you don't like garlic these are NOT for you ... if you do then definitely give these a try for a processed food they actually make a tasty, filling meal.
Apparently these tasty treats have been around for a while but I've only recently spotted them in the supermarket. I initially brought them when they were on a 2 for £3 offer but since then haven't been able to resist them!
Bernard Matthews mini kievs are made from 100% british turkery breat meat and are filled with a cheese and herb sauce, coated with breadcrumbs and batter.
They currently retail at £1.69 in my local supermarket and the packet states an average content of 15 although mine have only ever had 14! This still works out at just 12p per kiev though so I think its good value
They are a frozen product so have a good best before length on them. I brought my last pack July 09 and the date shown was Sept 10 so good to throw in the freezer for whn you need something handy!
They take about 17 minutes to cook on gas mark 6 or they can be grilled in about 10 minutes so quite convienient. I have noticed that if you try and vook them quicker by increasing the heat that the filling tends to ooze out the kiev and make a right mess on the tray so I dont recommend this!
They make a real change to any chicken product Ive consumed recently. The meat was still moist and not at all dry and the filling was nice and creamy and not to cheesy and over bearing. This has an added advantage that my toddler is also keen to eat them too!
I served mine with jacket potatoes and savoury rice but theyd go well with anything really, salad, new potatoes even chips, whatever you want, I would highly recommend them as something a little bit different.
On a slightly less positive note obviously as its a processed product the nutritional values could be better and it isnt as healthy as something that youd cook yourself, so for this reason I wouldnt be eating them all the time. Per Kiev the values are:
CALORIES - 47 which is 2.4% of guideline daily amount (GDA)
SUGAR - 0.2g which is 0.2% GDA
FAT - 2.4g which is 3.4% GDA
SATURATES - 0.5g which is 2.5% GDA
SALT - 0.2g which is 3.3% GDA
When you think I could easily eat 5 of these then you see where my last comment comes in but in balance they are a really lovely product!
I've always found traditional garlic butter filled kievs quite dull, as they seem to become quite dry when cooked, with most of the butter evaporating before they're done. I also find them somewhat greasy for my personal taste. This is what caused me to give Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs a try.
You can currently pick up a pack in Tesco for around £1.70 (this price often drops, as it seems to be one of those products that Tesco changes the price of quite frequently).
The pack has a clear picture on the front, detailing how the kievs look when they have been cut open (and with the usual serving suggestion accompaniments such as potatoes).
The predominant colour on the pack is green (this changed a few months ago), as I believe that they are trying to give a more 'natural' and healthy appeal to the product, especially after all the fuss about turkey and 'bird flu' last year, and all the negative press that Bernard Matthews in particular received.
Claims to note on the pack:
"100% breast meat", "no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives", "made from British turkey".
The kievs themselves are around the size of an 'average' meatball (or a ping-pong ball to be more specific!), and are filled with a cheese and herb sauce.
Each packet contains around 15 kiev balls (this is stated on the back of the pack, and having bought quite a few packs, there have always been at least 15).
Each kiev contains 47 calories, 0.2g sugar, 2.4g fat (0.5 saturates), 0.2g salt, so although they are not the healthiest food ever, they are certainly not the worst!
I think these are delicious; the breadcrumb/batter coating is never too thick or dry. It has a good texture to it.
The turkey meat itself always seems to be of good quality (i.e. no bits of gristle).
The filling is lovely and cheesy, has bits of parsley in it, but as listed in the ingredients; contains garlic powder, of which you can definitely taste.
Can be oven baked (between 12-17 minutes)
Grilled (9-11 minutes)
I also cook these on my George Foreman grill (takes around 5-6 minutes tops) which is great if you want a quick snack/dinner.
When cooked by any above method, it will eventually get to the point where the filling will start to spill out when ready. However, I find this doesn't tend to be a great deal of filling that expels, so you don't end up with hollow kievs when you come to eat them which is always a bonus!
All in all if you like garlicky & or cheesy things, or just kievs in general, you should give these a try.
In fact these are also great for a twist on spaghetti and meatballs, just by having the kievs in place of meatballs, and having a cheese based sauce instead of tomato on the spaghetti/pasta. Sounds a bit strange, but is really tasty (and quick).
For me personally I think the value for money is good, but if you were buying them with the intent to feed 4-5 people, you may need 2 bags (I think a reasonable portion of these for an adult 'main' meal would be around 4-6 kievs depending on the individual).
Obviously if you only get 15 kievs in a bag, this is worth considering whether it'd be cost effective.
Other than that; perfect!
With all the speculation regarding 'Bernard Matthews products' in the press, a few years, i do admit i steered clear of there products for while. I read a article in one of the main newspapers a couple of months ago, stating that 'Bernard Mathews' had spent lots of money, time and effort, to improve the quality of their products and that profits where slowly starting to rise again.
I'm not a big fan of lots of there food items, just that im patial to the odd one of his chicken Kievs once in a while. Shopping in my local Iceland a couple of weeks back i came across these mini chicken kievs, which where on offer at £1.00 a bag for about 15 balls so i grabbed a bag. I had seen them in the past, but thought they where a little to expensive for a couple of small balls of chicken.
~ What they are like~
Well each ball is about the same size as a golf ball,maybe a little bigger. They are made from chopped and shaped pieces of turkey breast, and inside it is filled with a cheese sauce, and then coated in golden breadcrumbs and batter.
I followed all the instructions on the back of the packet and it told me to cook them for 15-17 minutes in a oven at 200 Celsius. I could smell them cooking and what hit me was the strong smell of the cheese wafting over the kitchen. When i got them out the oven i found that all the cheese sauce had leaked all over the baking tray.
From the picture on the front of the packaging they did look nice and appealing, but the taste was far from that, they where dry, and from what sauce was left over-powered the rest of the ball, and i could taste the chicken or the coating very much, from what i could taste it was very bland, and the chicken left a horrible feeling in my mouth afterwards.
I thought at first i had over-cooked them, but sure enough when i had some more another day they where exactly the same, but it's the same with all frozen foods, they look yummy on the packet but when you go to eat them the don't taste as near as nice as they claim to be.
Each ball contains 44 calories, which isn't to bad as i thought they'd be a lot more higher in calories than that, but that is just for one ball, if you are having these as a main meal, you'd probably have to have about 3-4 to fill you up.
My daughters enjoyed them, but i didn't, there handy sized for children meals, but i won't be giving feeding them these often. They taste nothing like the big chicken kievs, which are so much more tastier- the meat is so much more tender and juicy, and the sauce isn't to over-powering. So in future i think i'll stick to the larger ones
Yummmmmmm just writing this review is making me excited. I only started eating these in the last 2years when i moved in with my partner. First ever food shop in the trolley they sneaked. :)
They approximately about £1.59 from Icelands and you get about 15 in a pack so not bad value. We have an electric fan assisted oven and it takes about 10minutes before you have to quickly serve up as the sauce is pouring out, so make sure you catch them, if you leave them too long there dry and you lose all the tasty sauce. There pretty good for you if you only have about 4.....but as you will soon see the more you tuck into the more you can't stop. They don't taste like normal kievs as the sauce is slightly different not as garlicy but that can be a good thing. Word of advice try them on your next food shop and i'm sure you'll agree.
Everyone agrees I make a nice chicken kiev using chicken breasts, garlic butter and breadcrumbs and I quite regularly cook myself this dish for my tea. However I also have a long running love affair with the unhealthier and more processed Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs.
For those of you who have never encountered a Mini Kiev, it is a small ball of turkey breast meat which is hollow in the middle and filled with a cheese and herb sauce and then coated with orange breadcrumbs. Real kiddie food in the same camp as fishfingers, chicken nuggets and sausages in my opinion. They are the perfect size to appeal to children and I know plenty of adults who love them too despite the fairly hefty fat content and mass produced flavours.
Bernard Matthews proclaims on the box that the meat used to make these Kievs is 100% turket breast meat, which I think is brilliant when compared to a packet of chicken strips I bought a week or two ago that contained less than 85% chicken. What the other 15% was made up of I dread to think!
You cook the Mini Kievs on a baking tray for 15 - 20 minutes at Gas Mark 6, but I find they are very versatile and if I am cooking them with chips or something else that needs to go in the oven then the Kievs will cope at a higher heat. In my experience these Mini Kievs usually leak part or all of their filling during the cooking process and I have yet to find a solution to this, but the majority of Kievs keep just enough filling enclosed in their turkey casing to taste it.
They taste lovely. The turkey remains moist and tender with a distinct 'real'' turkey flavour that is complimented perfectly by the rich and flavoursome sauce inside. On the bag it says it is a cheese and herb sauce and the texture is definitely cheese-like. I cannot taste cheese in the Kiev at all, but the herbs are appetising and give these Mini Kievs a touch of adulthood in taste when from appearance they look like they would best be served with the dreaded turkey twizzler!
I remember eating these many years ago when the taste of the sauce was much more garlic like a traditional Kiev and I seem to recall they were marketed as having a garlic filling, but nowadays all the bag says (in very small letters on the back) is that this will in fact be a cheese and herb filling. Not a problem for me as I think this herby sauce is delicious and moreish, but I would imagine lots of people have bought these expecting a more hearty garlic flavour and been disappointed.
The breadcrumb coating is much the same as on a fishfinger. It stays soft during cooking and is a lovely contrast to the taste of the turkey and filling. On these Kievs the breadcrumbs are much more than something to hold the rest of it together, they definitely add something to the finished article and have a nice savoury flavour.
I eat my Mini Kievs with a large green salad usually and a blob of blue cheese sauce on my plate to dip the Kievs that have lost their filling and are dry, the blue cheese sauce goes lovely with the overall taste of the Mini Kievs. My granddaughters eat theirs with chips and beans and this provides them with a nice mixture of flavours and textures for their dinner. 100g of cooked Mini Kievs has just over 220 calories and 11g of fat so they are not diet friendly at all, but they are such a nice little treat that who really cares?
A bag of Mini Kievs will cost anything from £1 in Iceland up to £1.69 in the supermarkets. I think they are worth the money as the Kievs are so filling that you really only need three or four per meal so a bag can help to feed an entire family or a couple of very hungry people.
On my trip to the supermarket this week, I had more time than usual to just walk around the aisles looking at what was on offer and trying to get different things. Most weeks I usually stick to similar lines of buying the essentials and just some meat and so on because at university I don't have a freezer which makes life really awkward. Being home I do have a freezer so it means I can buy a lot of things and so this week I headed to the freezer section to see what there was that I could buy for the week that should last for a few meals or things that I just generally enjoy to eat but don't really get to buy and the thing I picked up were Bernard Matthews Mini Kiev's.
Bernard Matthews goes all the way back to fifty years ago; they now have an annual turnover of £400 million. By 1952 Bernard Matthew was producing 3000 turkey eggs at his Norfolk home and turned to turkey farming full time leaving his insurance job. He then bought a mansion near Norwich with 36 acres of land which is now the company HQ. In the 60's it was the biggest turkey manufacturer in Europe which it still is today. It still farms 8 million turkeys in present day on 57 Norfolk and surrounding area farms.
The packaging of the Bernard Matthews Mini Kiev's is quite eye catching when looking in the freezers. It is a light blue bag and at the top is the Bernard Matthews red logo. The top of the bag shows a lake scene which is quite pretty then under it is really big green text saying Mini Kiev's and underneath is a picture of the actual product which looks really nice and would definitely make people buy them.
The Kiev's are made from 100% breast meat as stated on the front of the bag in a big yellow circle. Each 23g serving of the Kiev's is 44 calories and has 2.3g of fat. There are no artificial colours or preservatives in the product or hydrogenated fat. Per 100g of the bag which is a third which is the typical serving is 199 calories and 10.1g of fat. The product contains egg, gluten and milk which are stated for anyone with allergies. The bag is 340 g and contains 15 Mini Kiev's which isn't too bad.
The actual appearance of the Kiev's looks similar to a large normal sized Chicken Kiev except these come in ball shapes. They are mini spheres and are covered in golden breadcrumb. They are big enough for miniatures and I usually cook about five at a time to make a normal serving making a third of the bag.
So, when cooking these I just place them on a baking tray for about twenty minutes and then wait for the garlic smell to arise for them to be golden. My main issue with the Kiev's when cooking is that you know they are ready because the garlic sauce filling leaks out of some usually when they are cooked. I always cut one open to check the chicken inside has cooked as well because sometimes the sauce inside is ready but the chicken isn't.
Once everything looks cooked, I am ready to eat them. They definitely taste really nice they are very garlic tasting and the white creamy garlic sauce is what makes them with the chicken and breadcrumb. They are quite small but are just enough and are very appetising.
If these sound like something that might appeal to you then they can be purchased at all supermarkets in the freezer section. I bought mine in Tesco and they cost me £1.59 which I think isn't too bad as the back should last for three meals which isn't really that bad at all and they are something different to eat.
I would recommend these for anyone who loves chicken and Kiev's or anyone who loves the other products in the Bernard Matthews range like Turkey Drummers or Turkey Jetter's. The website has more product and company information http://www.bernardmatthews.com .
These little bundles of joy take me way back to my childhood. Which was approximately last week. I grew up with these balls of garlic-y love on my plate and I still love them to this day! So mum and dad couldn't be bothered cooking occasionally, but the day after they always fed us up again with these!
They are essentially hollowed balls of chopped turkey, coated in breadcrumbs and filled with "cheese and herb" sauce. I say "cheese and herb" because that's what its called, though to my unrefined pallet, its garlic sauce. You get around 15 in a packet for between £1- £2 and I generally shovel away 7 / 8 at a time. Yes, I am UBER healthy. Ahem.
They aren't incredibly filling on their own so make sure you 1: eat the whole pack and look like a pig or 2: have something at hand to eat along side it.
The packaging is mostly Greens and blues and has a nice fresh look about it and comes in a bag similar to the ones chips come in.
I have one gripe with the packaging in that it guarantees clean plates. Untill Bernard Matthews show up at my door and start doing my dishes, I won't be a happy bunny.
You can cook these in a few different ways with varying levels of healthiness.
The oven: Bake them on a tray for 15-17 minutes at 200C/ 400F/ Gas Mark 6. It tells me on the packet that if your oven is fan assisted you should adjust your oven in accordance with your hand book. To this day I have not met one person who actually does this. So you can pretty much ignore that.
The Grill: Stick them under your grill on a medium heat for 9-11 minutes turning every so often. Not having a grill, I've never tried them grilled.
If you live in the dark ages / Scotland, and still own a deep fat fryer (it's my favourite kitchen appliance) then you can also do them in there. You won't find any cooking instructions for THAT on the pack, but I find about 5-10 minutes on full heat cooks them nicely. They turn out better if you put them into the oil before you turn the heat on.
Make sure you don't cook them for too long, whatever method you use, otherwise the sauce will erupt from the kievs leaving you with a dry hollow ball of turkey. Still tasty, but very disappointing!
There be a warning! Something you have to watch out for is the sauce. It's always molten lava for about five minutes after cooking. The brave can chance their mouth on this, but it would be advised to let them cool for five minutes before you eat them... and in case you forget, they have provided the worlds tiniest warning on the packet to jog your memory!
The pack is covered in information so you can decide if you want to let this processed wonder into your home. There are no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or small children in your Kiev's. Hydrogenated fat has also been kicked aside (which I'm told, by the pack, can only be a good thing)
Now to get my calculator out and give you some maths!
Each 23g serving (which, with a pack of 15 weighing in at 340g net, means for every one Kiev) there are
44 calories, 2.2% of your Guideline Daily Allowance (Gda)
0.1g Sugar, 0.1% of your GDA
2.3g Fat, 3.2% of your GDA
0.4g Saturates, 2.2% of your GDA
0.2g Salt, 3.5% of your GDA
Not too bad I would say, but then I'm not exactly a health freak. These could be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet but that's just down to common sense.
The pack delights in telling us that these are made from 100% Turkey breast meat. The pedantic side of me wants to ask how they make such a delightful cheese and herb sauce from turkey breast, but I'll let them off with their poorly worded packaging for now! Ingredients are as follows:
Turkey (40%), breadcrumb, water, wheat flour, vegetable oil, milk protein, tapioca starch, skimmed milk powder, potassium chloride, salt, egg powder
Cheddar cheese, water, skimmed milk powder, emulsifying salts, sodium poly, Di Monophosphates, milk protein, mature cheddar cheese powder, garlic powder, parsley
Particular attention is drawn to the fact they contain egg, gluten and milk.
What are half of these ingredients? Who knows. Not me! They taste good though!
You need to keep these frozen (apparently at -18c), the packs aren't too big so they won't take up much room in your freezer. They generally keep for about a year assuming you store them properly and don't defrost them.
The people at Bernard Matthews have been kind enough to supply us with contact details on the pack, one of which would be their website, so if you want even more information on them or their company, check it out at www.bernardmatthews.com.
In conclusion, these things make a great quick snack or are delicious as part of a meal. Downsides are that you may smell of garlic for a while afterwards and you may burn the bejesus out of your mouth if you aren't patient. Just remember to let them cool and you'll be set!
*also on Ciao*