“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Sandwich „
We don't have cheese and onion sandwiches in the U.S. so I'd always been curious when I heard a reference in a British TV show or novel. I finally had my chance when I made it over the pond recently and popped into the Tesco near the Gloucester Road tube station....yum! I don't know if the Tesco version is a standard take on this combination, but it's revelation! It had never crossed my mind that the cheese and onion would be a mashup. It's substantial, naturally tangy, a nice balance of flavors, and, as I recall, not full of awful ingredients. The brown bread is really nice and can give one the illusion of healthy eating, and for the price it cannot be beat! (Any sub-$2.00 store bought sandwich in the USA is going to be, frankly, disgusting.) It was also available in a three piece package which is nice if you're making it dinner. Tesco recently had a disastrous attempt to enter the U.S. market, alas. I guess I'll just have to wait till my next trip over.
Nothing beats a decent sandwich for lunch these days, and if you are in a rush or do not have a long lunch break prepacked sandwiches can be a god send, but only if find a decent one that won't break the bank, or taste like rubber. I believe I have found such a sandwich. Tesco sell a cheese and onion sandwich, made with brown bread, and I love it. I love cheese, I love onion, I love them both together and I only eat brown bread. I have found most sandwiches are still on white bread, especially the ones I want to eat. The filling in this sandwich is just perfect, not to little that you feel cheated and not so much it makes you feel sick to chew on it. The bread is nice and soft, with soft crusts too, but not so soft that it fells soggy. It comes in the usual plastic triangle packaging, with a peel front lid, so you can easily open it when you need to, but the sandwich still stays sealed and fresh until you are ready to eat it. The only down side to this sandwich is the amount of fat in it. 33.1 grams of fat and 555 calories! Its a bit of an unhealthy lunch, so I do not eat these very often, which is a shame as they do taste great. This sandwich only costs £1, so it is a great deal for a real nice sandwich, but due to the high fat content, I recommend you eat this only once in a while. You can find these is most Tesco supermarkets, Tesco Express and other Tesco stores.
I don't know why but I always prefer pre-made sandwiches to homemade sandwiches. I don't know why but they just seem to taste better. When I was working I was good and saved the pennies by bringing food to work for my lunch and now I'm working from home for my partner I eat whatever is in the fridge for lunch so I don't need to go out and get anything. But now and again when I'm shopping in Tesco I pick up a sandwich and it is always the same sandwich! I find after doing a shop and then getting back to working its nice not to make anything so for now and again I don't mind buying a sandwich! My sandwich of choice is Tesco's cheese and onion sandwich on brown bread. In fact I like all brands who make a cheese and onion sandwich but I find Tesco's is far nicer than most. *** Packaging *** As with most pre-made sandwiches this particular sandwich comes in the standard clear plastic carton so you can see exactly what the sandwich looks like and more importantly what the filling looks like! The label on the front is very basic and simply tells you what the item is in a green font together with the nutritional information for the sandwich. *** The Filling *** The filling in this sandwich is made up of cheddar, red Leicester, onion and mayonnaise so all in all it's a relatively easy filling (and yes it could quite easily be done at home!). The filling has a lovely consistency as the two types of cheese are grated quite finely as are the onions which is nice as you are not finding any oversized lumps in your sandwich. The mayonnaise holds the cheese and onion well together and forms quite like a thick paste! I find that the filling in the sandwiches are very generous which is great. Its also a nice touch that Tesco use two types of cheese even though they both have similar tastes its nice to see a bit of colour. *** Taste *** With these sandwiches I find that the bread is always soft (unless of course you have a day old sandwich and it's a bit on the hard side) and tastes very fresh. Tesco use butter on the sandwich but to be honest I don't really notice it as it's obviously overpowered by the filling. The filling has a wonderful cheesey/ onion taste but is predominantly onion based which for me is perfectly fine. You can easily taste the cheese but you can't tell the difference between the two types of cheese which again isn't really a problem. There is definitely a lot more cheese than there is onion and as I said above the filling is very generous so you get quite a bit of filling per mouthful! The mayonnaise binds everything together and has a really mild taste so it doesn't overpower the main components of the filling. For me the sandwich tastes great and if I could I'd probably eat one of these sandwiches everyday and don't seem to ever get bored of them! The bread tastes lovely and fresh and the filling has plenty of flavour. It certainly isn't bland but maybe not for people who dislike the taste of onion as even though there is a small amount in the sandwich you can definitely taste it. *** Ingredients *** Brown Bread with Oatmeal, Mayonnaise, Cheddar Cheese (11%), Red Leicester Cheese (with Colour: Annatto) (11%), Onion (7%), Butter. Brown Bread with Oatmeal contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Oatmeal, Oats, Wheat Bran, Wheat Protein, Salt, Yeast, Treacle, Spirit Vinegar, Muscovado Sugar, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Acetyltartaric Esters of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate), Malted Barley Flour, Vegetable Oil, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid). Mayonnaise contains: Vegetable Oil, Water, Egg, Spirit Vinegar, Cornflour, Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt. *** Nutritional Information *** Per serving: Calories - 555 Sugar - 3.5g Fat - 33.1g Fibre - 3.0g Salt - 1.8g Allergy advice: contains milk, wheat, gluten and egg. *** Price *** This amazing little sandwich costs a bargain £1.00 which I think is a wonderful price considering the ingredients and the fact that the filling is so generous. You can't make a homemade sandwich for £1.00. *** Overall *** For me this is a great sandwich which I never tire of. It tastes great and has plenty of flavour with a nice, smooth texture. On the downside it isn't the healthiest sandwich but as I have it occasionally I don't mind the high fat content and calorie count! For me the price and taste is a definite winner and I will certainly be buying again!
I am a bit of a lover - hater of pre-packed sandwiches. They are never as nice, tasty, fresh or healthy as handmade sarnies, but they have their purpose. I recently had a long debate with my dad about the pros and cons of these, which ended in him saying ' I don't understand why they make them!!!'. Interesting point of view. *Where From & How Much* Tesco Cheese & Onion Sandwiches are only available at Tesco, in store, at fuel filling stations and on-line. They have varied in price over the years going from 68p to 88p, back down to 74p, back up to 88p and are now £1.00! So yes, priced at £1.00. *Nutritional Bits* Each pack of sandwiches contains 275 calories and 3.7g fat; which is not too bad *Allergies Information * Contains Barley Flour, Gluten, Maltodextrin, Wheat, Wheat bran, Wheat Flakes, Wheat Flour, Wheat Protein, Eggs, Egg whites, Fish, Milk, Whey Powder, Mustard & Mustard Seeds and may contain Nuts *Appearance & Taste* Two slices of malted brown bread are sandwiched together with a delicious cheese and onion filling. The bread contains oatmeal and therefore there are grain type things lurking, which makes the bread very tasty. The blend of grated red Leicester and cheddar cheese along with grated onion and mayonnaise makes for a delicious filling. The mayo is creamy and there is a definite mustard tang in there. I love the crunch that is offered by the onion. *What I Think* I have always said that these are my favourite pre-packed sandwiches ever. I used to work part-time at Tesco (years ago) and for a few years had these sandwiches from the staff canteen vending machine at break on each shift (twice - thrice a week!). They are fabulous with a good dollop of full fat mayo, so really bad for you! These would always be my grab-a-sarnie of choice for the taste and price. I just love them and recommend them. In all honesty the calories on these things are not too bad, but I am kind of not bothered by that as generally pre-packed are quite high.
I was out at lunchtime today and nipped into one of them tiny Tesco supermarkets that just sell the essentials. I wanted a sandwich but there wasn't much choice in there so I brought a cheese and onion sandwich on brown bread. It was very tasty but a bit bland and tasted like it needed a bit of salt and pepper! It's grated cheese and I should have checked before I chucked the packet but it looked like there was 2 different cheeses in it because there was a lot of normal coloured cheese and some that was more orange like Red Leicester. The onion is grated very small but there must be loads in there because you can taste it quite strong under the cheese. The onion doesn't overwhelm the cheese at all though and you can still tell it's a nice cheesy sandwich. The cheese and onion is mixed with a yummy mayo dressing and that goes so nice because it has absorbed the flavour of the onion and that also moistens the bread nice. I loved the bread actually even though I'm not usually mad keen on brown bread. It's got quite a faint brown flavour and doesn't taste that much difference from white bread, it was very soft and fresh feeling and I think the taste of it went wicked with the cheese and onion. The sandwich only cost me about £1.35 and I reckon that was a bargain compared to the prices of the other sandwiches in Tesco.
Although I try to be cheap and virtuous for my lunch, often I am swayed by either a proper meal at the work canteen, or I tend to pick a pre-packed sandwich. I know there are often vastly overpriced, cheaper to make your own etc, but there's just something about your Lunch being ready for you without you having to do any work to make it! This is in the Sandwich chiller section of Tesco, and you find little packs of fruit, bottles of juice and cold Pasta Salad. This is normally £1.30, but was on offer for £1 for a while about a month ago. You can also get this in a lower calorie, lower fat version and it is the same size pack, but filled with lower calorie filling. Since I normally eat this at work then I take this out the fridge a good while before I eat it. That way the bread softens up and the filling doesn't taste so much stuck together. Even in the house I will take this out the fridge about 10 minutes minimum before I will eat it. The pack is alright. It is just the normal triangle shaped plastic tray thing and this is covered with a peel off plastic cover. The nutritional information is on the base of this item and this has 550 calories and 32g fat per pack, so not good on either count. The sandwich is cut into 2 halfs and they are triangle shaped as well. The Cheese and Onion filling is quite thick as well. This is a spread like the kind you can buy in tubs. The Grated Cheese bits are Cheddary and this is mixed into a Cheese spread. The Onion bits are mixed in well also and you get a nice mix of Cream-y, Chees-y, Tangy Onion. The Brown Bread is soft and tastes pretty Wholemeal like. A nice sandwich that is a good enough size for your lunch and is quite filling due to the creaminess of the filling. One I buy often when in Tesco.
I often go for one of these Cheese & Onion pre-packed sandwiches when I grab a sandwich from Tesco, and I had one just yesterday in fact. They're quite cheap at £1 a packet, though the price has increased by about 30p during the course of the last six months. That's understandable given the rise in the cost of bread and dairy in general though, so I still think £1 is a fair price and decent value for this sort of product. Inside the packet there are two ready made sandwiches on soft, fluffy brown bread. It's a lot thicker and springier than the standard Tesco Wholemeal bread, so I'm not sure exactly what brand they use for it, although possibly that's because I buy medium and this is possibly thick. The filling is extremely generous with all different sized strips and little chunks of cheeses. They've used a combination of red leicester cheese and cheddar cheese which go together nicely to create a creamy flavour with a good, varied texture. Then they've added a thick, creamy mayonnaise to the mix along with lots of little finely grated onion. I absolutely love the taste of the filling, and the fact that it's so rich, creamy and varied in texture. But I do feel they perhaps use a little bit too much. These sandwiches are almost overflowing with filling, and given the high calorie and fat content, I think these would be much better if they cut back on a third of the filling and reduced the unhealthiness of these sandwiches in the process. Each packet contains 550 calories along with 33g of fat. The sugar content is minimal at 3.5g, but beware that there is 0.7g of salt in these which is pretty high for a sandwich. These are very tasty and very filling but not a healthy option.