“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Meat „
PRICE: £1.79 for 4 slices (110g), with a current 3 packs for £4 offer
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per slice):
(of which sugars): Nil
(of which saturates): 0.4g
Salt equivalent: 0.3g
Beef, salt, pepper, triphosphates, polyphosphates, diphosphate, caster sugar
Produced in a factory which uses gluten and milk ingredients
No added water
I'm not very good at cooking roast beef, and am even worse at slicing it, yet frequently have a craving for a roast beef sandwich. I solve this problem by occasionally buying some pre-packed sliced roast beef as although it's rarely, if ever as good as the real thing, it's often an acceptable substitute.
I love a peppery touch to some of my foods, and was rather impressed with the appearance of Morrisons 4 Peppered Roast Beef Slices.
The product is packed in a flat, stiff black plastic tray, covered with a removable plastic film which shows a serving of the beef with some salad inside a baguette. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy advice, Morrisons' contact details and quality claim, and advice that none of the packaging is recyclable.
Inside the pack, the beef looks beautiful. It's a lovely rich red colour and appears to be cooked to medium rare, which is how I like it. There is no evidence of peppercorns around the edges or embedded into the flesh, and looking at the ingredients list, it's unclear as to whether whole or cracked peppercorns are used, or simple powdered pepper - nor is it clear, if it is powdered pepper, whether it's the black or the white variety.
On opening the pack, there is a faint roast beef smell present, but it wasn't enough to get my taste buds drooling. No matter though, as the appearance of the beef more than compensated for that.
Each slice was of uniform size - nice large circles which are moderately thick - and they separated from one another with great ease. There was no tearing of the slices as I pulled them apart, and they retained their shape very well.
I decided to make a couple of roast beef and salad sandwiches, hoping that a strong peppercorn flavour would be present. I was pleased to see that each single slice of beef perfectly covered a whole slice of bread taken from a large loaf, without leaving any naked bits of bread around the edges. There was even a little beef overlap, which goes to show how large each piece is.
Sandwiches made, I settled down to do the taste test.
On taking a mouthful of the first sandwich, the beef was lovely and tender and I didn't have to tug hard with my teeth to bite off a suitable sized chunk. The meat almost melted in my mouth, but though it was moist, succulent and had a good beefy flavour, I couldn't detect anything resembling pepper or peppercorns at all. There was absolutely no sensation of hotness, and it was as if I were eating ordinary, un-peppered roast beef.
The beef had a slightly salty flavour, but this isn't unusual for the pre-packed, sliced variety, so I personally don't view that as a fault or a disadvantage, but I was a little disappointed at the lack of pepper.
Even so, I did enjoy the sandwiches very much, but for the future, I can't see the point in buying the peppered variety of Morrisons Roast Beef if it tastes (and it does!) exactly the same as the unpeppered version.
Despite the seeming absence of anything even remotely pepper-related, this is a very good quality product that's low in fat and calories and high in protein. Although there was a salty taste, the actual salt content is relatively low, compared to some other pre-packed delicatessen-type foods. The price is very reasonable too - buying a single pack will only cost £1.79 and there is more than enough inside a single pack to feed one person. If advantage is taken of the 3 packs for £4 offer, there will easily be ample to feed a medium-sized family with large appetites. That is much cheaper than a small-ish joint of fresh beef would be, and there will be more very tender meat, which is exceptionally lean and of high quality.
The beef can be heated (thoroughly!) through and served as a part of a roast dinner, or with lots of different accompaniments such as mashed potato and green vegetables, with chips and salad or as I ate it, made up into sandwiches with salad. I'd imagine Morrisons Peppered Roast Beef would be a good buffet item to serve at a party.
The only little niggle is the lack of pepper, in which case I'd suggest perhaps buying this product yet not expecting it to have a pepper flavour, or alternatively opting for Morrisons' ordinary packed roast beef, which is exactly the same - though I'm not sure if there's any difference in price.
As for rating this product, it would get the full 5 stars if it tasted of pepper or peppercorns, but due to the lack of flavour of what the product title is all about, sadly one star gets knocked off.
Thanks for reading!
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