“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Fish „
Morrisons 'The Best' Cod,Spinach&Gruyere Fishcakes
Description: Manufacturer: Morrisons / Type: Fish.
I am a big fan of the humble fish cake and do buy them from time to time. I must admit though that nothing I have ever bought has been nearly as good as the ones that my Mum makes!
These do look absolutely fab so when I spotted them for sale in my local Morrisons, I was keen to try them. Being part of their "The Best" range led me to believe that they would be good and having cod, spinach and gruyere made them stand out as being a little bit different too. I paid £2.55 for a 230g packet containing 2 fishcakes.
The fishcakes can be grilled or ovenbaked, I popped them into the oven and they were ready in less than 20 minutes, check packaging for cooking instructions as these vary according to the type of oven that you have.
While cooking, there is no real aroma from these fishcakes but they do look a gorgeous golden brown colour when they are ready to be served. Unfortunately, these fish cakes look better than they taste and were a little bit of a disappointment.
The fishcakes are quite bland and the inside is soft and even a little mushy. There isn't much texture (I like chunks of fish in fishcakes) and the flavours are not very exciting, making me wonder what the point was in paying extra for these.
Overall, these fish cakes were certainly nothing special, they were quite bog standard and had a disappointingly soft and squishy texture which let down the crunch exterior. For the price, I had hoped for something a lot better than these and wouldn't waste my money buying them again.
Nutritional information is as follows (per fishcake);
I've started doing a little shopping in Morrisons and when I saw these Cod, Spinach and Gruyere Fishcakes I just had to buy some to sample as they looked absolutely delicious in the packet.
After cooking for around 20 minutes I was surprised at the lack of aroma coming from the oven as previous fishcakes I've bought from Morrisons have had a delicious small while in the oven. No matter, I'd bought them to eat not to smell!
Unfortunately there is little flavour there either. There's a good amount of cod in the fishcake and it's cut into fairly chunky pieces which made the fishcake satisfying and filling, but the problem is the other two ingredients I was promised (the spinach and Gruyere) are barely there at all.
There is a general softness to the fishcake which I assume is the cheese as it melts around the cod, but the rich Gruyere taste is sadly lacking - an annoyance for me in all honesty as this ingredient was the main reason for me choosing these fishcakes above my usual smoked cod ones.
There is a little spinach in there although I can't taste it at all, and while the green of this vegetable makes the fishcake look appealing once it's been cut open I believe adding a little of the flavour would have improved this very one dimensional meal no end.
Personally I don't think this fishcake is seasoned well at all, it seems very bland as I eat it and while the texture is good I think it would have benefited from additional salt and pepper. I actually added more salt myself but this isn't the same as it simply sat on the breadcrumbs when I think it would have been better had the actual inside of the fishcake been seasoned better.
The breadcrumb coating is very nice. It's light, golden and very tasty. The breadcrumbs hold the flavour of the cod well and even though they haven't exactly got a taste of their own they do compliment the actual fishcake well.
In all though this was a big disappointment. I had expected a combination of three of my favourite flavours but unfortunately I might as well have eaten a plain cod fishcake. The Gruyere should have been stronger and the spinach could have been used far better to compliment the fish.
Another thing I found while eating the fishcake was that the inside was very sloppy, in fact taking away the cod pieces it would almost have been an extra thick sauce rather than the chunky fishcake I had been expecting.
I won't be buying these again, certainly not. In fact Morrisons have a long running offer where you can buy two packs of two smoked cod fishcakes for just £1.49, these cheaper fishcakes are far superior to these 'Best' ones and it will be those I buy in the future.
I absolutely love and adore fishcakes! I'm fussy when it comes to food and regularly go off things, shut up shop and won't eat but the things that always tempt me to wolf things down are fishcakes for some bizarre reason. As a result of that and living at home my Mother always makes sure some are stashed in our freezer for me and tries to pick up different ones as much as possible to try and get me excited with and last week she got me a box of these and excited I was lol!
The fishcakes come in a black plastic tray side by side with a clear cling film lid over that is very simple to remove. Over that there is a dark green sleeve that simply pulls on and off and on the front there is a picture of a fish cake and then in green, white and black writing I'm told they are (M) Morrisons 'The Best' 2 Cod, Spinach & Gruyere Fishcakes which are 'Made with line-caught Icelandic cod, spinach, Gruyere cheese and Maris Piper Potatoes, delicately seasoned and coated with a crunchy chive crumb'. I'm then given an at a glance nutritional value chart, the freezable symbol is shown, weight is stated (230g) and the best before date is stamped on as is the price (£2.49). On the back of the sleeve again I'm told what they are, ingredients are listed and allergy advice and warnings are given, nutritional information is fully given, I'm told how to cook and store them, I'm told the packaging is recyclable, that they are produced in the UK and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging and not lots of it but it is informative enough.
How To Cook Them....
Oven - Pre-heat your oven to approximetely 200C/400f/Gas mark 6 and bake on a baking tray for 18-21 minutes from chilled.
Grill - Under a pre-heated low/medium grill for 15-18 minutes, turn once.
When you eyes first see them they are round, not all that big but rather thick looking. Easy to pull out of their tray they don't fall apart and my Mum cooked me one of these in the oven and informs me it took 18 minutes from chilled as promised. They didn't smell particularly when cooking and when pulled out of the oven they were piping hot and the chive crumb had gone a lovely golden brown with a few flecks of visible green popping out of the breadcrumbs.
Really these are really plain and don't taste as exciting as they sound with the ingredients they listed as having in them. Under seasoned in my view and full of well cooked potato, I couldn't even detect a hint of cheese in these and my mother had one and neither could she. Not enough cod either though but what there was (37% according to the list of ingredients) was soft and succulent though a little to beaten up inside the fish cake for my liking and far to well blended.
The breadcrumbs didn't taste of much but were nicely cooked and added a great texture of crunch against the inside of the cake itself but again I couldn't taste much chive going on although as I chopped my fishcake up to eat it I could visibly see it still.
Ok but nothing special, they taste nice enough but miss being seasoned enough and therefore was a bit bland to mine and to my Mothers taste-buds! I wouldn't go out of my way to eat these though don't get me wrong if you like quiet flavours without bows, tassels and whistles you may like these and I'd say if interested do look out for these on offer!
Contains fish, gluten and milk
Produced in a factory which used celery, nut, peanut, sesame, shellfish and soya ingredients.
Nutritional Information.... Per Fishcake....
Only available in Morrisons.