“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Fish „
PRICE: £1.96 for 2 fish fillets
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g, pack weight is 300g):
- of which sugars: 1.1g
- of which saturates: 0.8g
Salt equivalent: 1.3g
Plaice, water, wheat flour, potato starch, wheat starch, wheat gluten, modified maize starch, salt, dextrose, disodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate, whey powder, paprika extract, curcumin extract, vegetable oil, yeast, mono- and di-acetyltartaric esters/fatty acids, ascorbic acid, mustard flour
Contains fish, gluten, milk and mustard. Produced in a factory which uses celery, egg, shellfish and soya ingredients.
Morrisons Chunky Plaice fillets are to be found in the chilled fish section of the supermarket, and come in a clear, stiff plastic tray-style pack. Around the pack is a paper strip, mostly lilac and yellow coloured, showing an image of a plate of fish with a salad and lemon garnish. The front of the paper strip shows basic nutritional information, and the back shows more detailed nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice. Also on the back are the cooking instructions (pre-heated oven @ 200C/400F/Gas mark 6 for 17-20 mins - pre-heated medium grill for 11-14 mins), storage instructions, advice that the product is freezable, allergy information and a note to say that as yet, the packaging isn't recyclable, but that Morrisons are working on it. There is also a warning that though every care has been taken to remove all bones, some may remain.
Plaice is my favourite fish, and I've tried many different brands of the breaded variety, both frozen and chilled - with mixed fortunes. Whilst meandering around Morrisons the other day, I spotted their own brand, and decided to give it a try - so plopped a pack into my basket, with the view of having at least one of the fillets for my evening meal.
Dinner time was approaching, and I decided that instead of having one piece with potatoes done somehow and other vegetables, I'd have both pieces and skip the potatoes. I opted for the oven-bake method, and set to work preparing a big salad to have with the 2 fish pieces.
Though the packet is clear, it's still not all that easy to determine the quality of the fish by its appearance, and on unsealing the upper strip, I was pleased to see 2 nice chunky pieces of plaice inside, covered with what looked like a fairly generous coating of golden breadcrumbs.
During the cooking time, there was a lovely aroma of fish rising up from the oven and as pleasing as it was, I opened the window just a little as I didn't want the smell to linger. Next door's cat was perched high up on the fence, and I swear he was winking at me and licking his lips, once I'd opened the window and the smell wafted in his direction.
When the cooking time was up, I removed the baking tray from the oven, and was greeted with the sight of the 2 pieces of fish sizzling nicely - with a moist yet crispy crumbed appearance, full, plump and succulent. The golden yellow colour of the breadcrumbs contrasted perfectly with the colours of my salad, and the whole visual effect made my mouth water and my stomach rumble. Feeling sorry for next door's moggie as I watched him craning his neck to get a better look, I cut a piece of fish from the corner of one of the fillets and placed it on my kitchen window ledge - this fluffy black ball shot forward like he was jet-propelled, and scoffed the lot. Happy that I'd brightened up someone's life, even if on a small scale, I settled with tray on lap to sample Morrisons Chunky Plaice Fillets for myself.
Slicing through one of the fillets, there was a lovely crackling noise instead of that awful crunch you get when the breadcrumbs have dried out in the oven. The fish inside was succulent and moist, smelling delicious. I was delighted to notice that the skin of the plaice hadn't been removed - some people hate it, but for me it's the best part, and I always feel cheated when I buy breaded plaice and find there's no skin.
Fork headed mouthwards, I delighted in the appetising aroma, and eased the first piece of fish into my mouth. The coating was lovely and crispy and the plaice flavour was strong, yet very pleasant. The fish was a lovely white colour - such a change from the greyish, dry mush that some brands of plaice fillets can turn into during the cooking process. The skin wasn't at all slimy, and had a lovely, what I can only describe as substantial flavour. The breadcrumb coating hadn't hardened around the edges either, which for me was a definite plus.
Before I knew it, I'd scoffed all the fish and was left wanting more, even though both pieces were very substantial, thick and chunky. One piece was slightly smaller than the other, but still could be considered a generous portion.
Happy and satisfied, I mentally declared Morrisons Chunky Plaice Fillets to be in the ranks of the best I have ever tasted, and I certainly shall be buying them again. They are excellent value for money, at just a few pence under £2 for 2 very generous-sized pieces, and unless you don't like the skin, there is no waste at all. Though there is a warning on the packet that some bones still may remain in the fish, I found none at all - even with the leeway Morrisons give themselves with the warning, it would have put me off if I'd have found just one tiny bone in it.
I give Morrisons a full thumbs-up for their Chunky Plaice Fillets, and recommend them highly to all plaice lovers, especially if you adore the skin. The only thing I would draw attention to is the rather high fat content, but it's no worse than any other brand of breaded plaice.
So, from GentleGenius and next door's satisfied cat, Morrisons Chunky Plaice Fillets come highly recommended - possibly even the best of the bunch.
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