“ Manufacturer: McDougalls / Type: Pies „
While on a budget shop in Morrisons this week, I came across this product and at only £1.00 I thought it would be worth picking them up as I knew they would go with something.
** The Product **
2 succulent chicken breast with a bacon and cheese sauce wrapped in a light puff pastry.
** The Packaging **
The lattices come in a orange cardboard box, the front and back of the box has a picture of the product when cooked with a boy licking a plate, the logo and flavour of lattice and a brief outline of the nutritional information. The sides of the box contain all the useful information such as nutritional information, ingredients and storage and cooking instructions. Overall the box is very appealing and the product looks tasty.
** The Taste **
This truly does taste delicious, the pasty is light, fluffy and encases the sauce perfectly. Although you would think the sauce would be cheesy in flavour and in looks its surprisingly creamy. I didn't think cheese and chicken would go very nicely together however the combination of flavour compliment each other well and you are left with a pleasant after taste
** Nutritional Information per lattice**
** Ingredients **
Chicken Breast (35%) Water, Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Cheese (2.5%) (Cheddar Edam (contains colour (B-Carotene)), Bacon (2.5%) (Pork, Salt, Spice Extract, Preservative (Sodium Nitrite) Smoke Flavouring), Onion, Tapioca and Potato Starch, Cream, Salt, Egg, Flavouring, Spices, Emulsifier (Mono and Digycerides of fatty acids), Stabiliser (Xanthan gum), Sugar, Potassium Chloride, Dextrose, Yeast, Herb and Onion Powder.
** Product and Availability **
This product is available in all major supermarkets and I have noticed in my local Londis. The product usually retails for approximately £1.20 however as previously stated I picked mine up for only £1.00 in Morrisons.
** Overall Opinion **
In general I think this is a great product, its quick and easy to cook and goes well with many things. I didn't think the chicken was the best I had ever tasted but it was far from being the worst. My partner is a really fussy eater and I managed to get him to eat these he remarked that they were "alright" which is really good as usually he would reply with a grunt lol.
I like the way that the filling remains in the lattice, and the sauce really is delicious. Overall I think product provides excellent value for money and a product that all the family can enjoy. Thumbs up from me!
I have only bought McDougall's Uppercrust pastries once, and have been so disappointed in them that I will never buy them again. They were on offer in a local supermarket, and I've enjoyed similar products before and so thought I would give it a try.
I'm not a ready-made pastry virgin. I've used other brands in the past and I know that you can't expect them to be amazing - nothing ever beats home-made afterall, does it? However, I do expect that a decent grade of meat be used. I found the meat inside the pastry to be chewy and fatty - I wouldn't even feed that quality meat to my dog. Besides being poor quality meat, it was also sparse. The filling was enough to coat the inside layer of pastry with sauce and that's it. I like a little meat in my pie, as it were!
The pastry itself was actually fine. It comes ready-glazed so there's no need to worry about having an egg if you don't regularly use them, or milk even. It cooked evenly and was nice and crispy when served. It was of a decent thickness and tasted rather good!
If it wasn't for the filling, I would recommend McDougall's Uppercrust products. However, as I said, I wouldn't even feed that kind of meat to my dog. Perhaps another product under the same brand name would be better, but I won't be risking it myself.
As many will know that I'm waiting for the birth of my first grandchild and am so excited that I'm on another planet at the moment, so when it comes to cooking I'm not quite with it as I'm on standby to jump in the car. So when I saw these McDougalls Upper Crust Bacon and Cheese Chicken Lattices I thought that they would be handy to have in the freezer for the rest of the family to cook for when I'm not here.
We ended up trying these last week and they were so nice that I went out at the weekend and bought a few more packets to restock the freezer. Coming in a orange cardboard box with a photo of the lattice on the front, it looks very inviting and for a change the product does actually look like the picture on the box!.
On opening you will find 2 large lattices which consist of being a large oval puff pastry, with the top having tiny little slits, so on cooking when the puff pastry rises it gives the look of a lattice effect. On cutting into the lattice you will find a good layer of white chicken breast that is topped with chopped bacon and then covered in a cheese sauce. The combination of the chicken, cheese sauce and bacon is really good. This tastes of good quality chicken and so far we have not had any horrible grisly bits that have been chewy.
The cheese sauce ( which is really creamy!) is tasty with not having that horrible ocean pie smell that you can get with some cheesey frozen meals ( that makes me feel sick that false cheese smell YUK!).
They also do these lattices with broccoli instead of bacon. When you take the lattice out of the packet it is very pale and not too thick, but once you have cooked this it rises lovely and goes a lovely golden colour and smells delicious!.
To cook these just pop into the oven, preheat to 220c/425f/Gas Mark7, place on a baking tray and cook for 25-30 minutes until it is golden brown and risen well. Served with a jacket potao and a side salad this makes a tasty hot meal, but not the most healthiest meal to eat, it's not to bad a meal for something that has come out of a packet from the freezer.
Each lattice contains;
Sorry to any Weightwatcher followers as this has 7.5 points!.
This packet of lattices weighs in at 310g and cost me £1.00 when it was on special at Morrisons. I'm not to sure what they usually retail at. Knowing that McDougalls have been around for many years (since 1864!) you can be pretty sure that if you buy any of their products it will be nice, but calorie laden ( a little every so often doesn't do anyone any harm!).
So I'm just off to check my mobile phone again ( 200th time so far this morning and it's only 7.30am!) as today is the day that my Daughter in law goes into hospital, so the rest of the family will be living of these for some day's to come!!! (their a lazy lot, as I'm the only cook in the family!).
I'll give these 4 Dooyoo stars, as I'm knocking on off as they are not the healthiest food to eat on a regular basis!.