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Bernard Matthews Turkey Dinosaurs

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Brand: Bernard Matthews / Type: Meat

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      15.11.2010 17:52
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      A quick oven food for a treat that's fun for the kids.

      Bernard Matthews is a brand I have grown up with and having a mum like mine oven food every night was what we lived on and these dinosaurs were one of the meal along with chips and spaghetti that frequented the table often.

      Nowadays I have a much more varied diet and don't often each quick oven foods but I always like to keep something in there for a treat or nights where I really can't be bothered cooking.

      My mum picked these up for my little one and they had been in the freezer for a month or so when I remembered about them. As a treat tonight I made them for my son.

      They are a pretty good size with 6 in the pack ranging from 50p to £1+ with varying types of dinosaurs inside. B.M also does a range of turkey shaped foods and they all taste the same it's about picking the shape you like best!

      They are frozen turkey covered in breadcrumbs. The ingredients are:

      Turkey (45%), marinade, breadcrumbs, batter and vegetable oil.

      As you can see it's not a great meat content but for the price it's not bad.

      I oven bake them although there is the option to grill. 220 degrees for 15 minutes (turning halfway through) and they're done.

      The nutritional information for 100g baked (1/3 of the pack or 2 dinosaurs) is as follows:

      Energy: 1260KJ
      302kcal
      Protein: 13.3g
      Carbohydrate: 17.7g
      (of sugar) 2.2g
      Fat: 19.8g
      Saturates: 4.0g
      Fibre: 1.7g
      Sodium: 0.30g
      As salt: 0.75g

      The above is why I don't like my son having food like this on a regular basis however as a one off is no problem.

      They are pretty thin in comparison to the picture on the packaging I'd say in reality they are around half that size. The good thing about them is there isn't much fat or grease that leaks from the product and although not being the best they do taste ok, although you can definately tell they're processed, not brilliant but better than some things I've tasted!

      I'd say as an occasional thing for the kids they are great but they aren't nutritious or healthy at all. They are also a little dry although that could be my cooking!! The breadcrumbs stay the same sort of colour unless you burn them and are crunchy so give a bit of texture between the inside and the outside.

      I made them with chips, possibly would go with macaroni cheese as well. Overall a fairly decent product and at the end of the day did you ever think you'd be eating a dinosaur?

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        16.04.2010 01:18
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        A Yummy Change..... And The Dinosaurs Are Dead Cute!!!

        I got these Turkey Dinosaurs in Cool Trader the other day, they was only 59p for 6 dinosaurs and that might sound a lot because the pack in the photo Dooyoo have got up makes them look tiny but each dinosaur is about the same size as a fish finger only obviously shaped different!

        They taste the same as all the other Bernard Matthews breaded turkey things but with them being shaped like dinosaurs it means kids will deffo love them as soon as they see them. It's kind of wasted on my little sister because she's only 2 1/2 so we still cut all her food up but if we're careful we can put them back together so that they still look a bit like they're supposed to! lol

        The dinosaurs take about 20 mins to cook in the oven and after they're done the breadcrumbs go nice and crispy. They don't look much different to when they went into the oven frozen because the breadcrumbs don't change colour much, you don't get a load of fat come out of them while they're cooking and they don't taste greasy at all.

        The turkey inside is proper nice, even though it's a bit dry it's deffo moister than I thought it would be. It's got a nice meaty taste and even though the dinosaur shapes are a bit bland tasting you can liven them up with some salt and vinegar and a blob of ketchup. They taste like turkey and that's the main thing and you can tell they're madly processed but at least they don't taste TOO fake!

        I reckon you'd use them with anything you'd usually have fish fingers with. We had ours with chips and beans with sausages because I opened the wrong tin, the little sausages were a bonus though! lol The breadcrumbs go nice and crispy and I think the soft turkey goes wicked with the breadcrumbs they've used.

        Recommended..... delish dinosaur shaped breaded turkey!!!

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        09.04.2010 10:29
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        kids will love them

        My five year old son is dinosaur mad, he loves everything to do with them so when I saw this pack of turkey dinosaurs in Sainsburys, I popped them in my basket. This is what we thought of them.....

        The pack is quite large, just slightly bigger than an A4 piece of paper. It is made of a thick plastic film that is not recyclable. The pack has a picture of the dinosaurs on a plate with a background of bright green grass. It has in big writing at the top, Bernard Mathews farms and a picture of the union jack. On the back there is all the nutritional information and ingredient list, along with clear cooking instructions.

        The pack contains six dinosaurs, I think it is random what type of dinosaurs you get but we got three tyrannosaurus Rex and three stegosaurus. The dinosaurs are shaped out of 100% British turkey and covered in crispy breadcrumbs.

        There are two different ways to cook the dinosaurs, you can put them under a medium grill for 8-10 minutes or you can bake in a preheated oven on gas mark 7 / 220 for fifteen minutes. With either option you should turn the dinosaurs over half way through cooking.
        I cooked mine in the oven as I tend to burn things under the grill. I left them in for an extra five minutes so they were slightly crispier.

        The taste test - My little son was delighted to see two big dinosaurs on his plate, he excitedly started making up little stories where he was a knight fighting the evil dinosaurs which eventually ended with him bravely eating them all up. He thought they were delicious and asked if I could buy them again. My ten year old daughter was less impressed with the shape but said they tasted nice. I had the tail off of one of them and thought they were OK, the turkey was a little thin but the bread crumb coating was lovely.

        I think they make a great quick dinner that would appeal to young children. I like the fact that they are 100% turkey so you know that it is not half meat and half god knows what.

        Each Dinosaur contains approx 200 calories and 17g of Fat, 3g of which is saturates. You can buy them in the frozen section of most supermarkets. They cost between £1.00 and £2.00 depending on where you buy. Which is great value.

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