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Sainsbury's Whole Plaice

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Fish

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      19.07.2008 21:11
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      A great and satisfying evening meal

      Before I begin, I must say that the photo heading this article and the "seafood/shellfish/fresh fish" description doesn't tally up with what I am reviewing here. My review is for SAINSBURY'S BONELESS BREADED PLAICE FILLETS - not for fresh plaice fillets. I can't write a review on fresh plaice fillets, as I have not sampled them from Sainsbury's.

      I haven't pointed out the confusion to DooYoo Admin, as it has taken me ages and ages to type the following review out on Wordpad and I don't want to start from scratch again. It wasn't until I'd previewed and published the article that I noticed the problem/error....this preamble is being typed under "edit" mode.

      So, the title of my review should be.....


      Description: 2 boneless plaice fillets coated in light & crispy breadcrumbs

      Each fillet weighs approx. 260g

      Cost: £2.49 per pack

      Nutritional information:

      Each fillet provides..........

      Calories: 264
      Fat: 11.2g
      Salt: 0.96g
      Total sugars: 1.7g

      Plaice (60%), Breadcrumb (12%), Palm Oil, Batter, Rusks, Breadcrumb contains: Wheat Flour, Yeast, Salt, Batter contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Cornfoulr, Salt, Sugar, Paprika, White Pepper, Rusks contain: Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast.

      NB: I'm not quite sure what they mean by "Rusks"

      On the pack, is a note which is headed "Dietary Information", and next to that is printed the words "Contains Fish"!!!!!! (well, well, well, what a surprise!). There is also a little message which warns the product contains wheat gluten.

      Sainsbury's Whole Breaded Plaice can be found in the frozen food department, and comes in a rather attractive dark blue box, on which is a picture of a very succulent-looking plaice fillet coated in golden breadcrumbs. In the picture, the plaice fillet has been cut in half, to show an image of firm white flesh.

      I am a great plaice lover, and it is always my choice of fish whenever having a fish & chip shop meal. For me, plaice has a particular and peculiar flavour all of its own, that is at times rather pungent, but incredibly delicious.

      Over the years I have come to prefer the breaded plaice fillets from supermarket frozen food departments above the battered and rather greasy fish & chip shop offerings, and I have tried many different brands. Once or twice I have been disappointed, and won't name and shame the culprit manufacturers of second-rate plaice in breadcrumbs, but Sainsbury's offerings are rather good.

      There are three different ways of cooking Sainsbury's Breaded Plaice Fillets according to the instructions on the pack; grilling, shallow frying, oven baking or deep frying. I have tried all of these methods, and personally find that oven baking does the fish the most justice. It is difficult to fry the fish properly so that all the fish is thoroughly cooked right through without burning the breadcrumbs. Deep frying is a slightly better method, but a lot of oil/fat gets absorbed into the breadcrumb coating, making it greasy and adding far too many extra calories. As for grilling, the problems are very similar to that incurred when frying; the outside burns before the inside even gets reached.

      Whenever I have Sainsbury's Breaded Plaice Fillets, I take a flat baking tray and smear it with just a tiny smidgeon of oil, lay the fish onto the greased tray, and bake in a preheated oven (temperature 400C, gas mark 7) for approximately 25 minutes....and, the results are rather delicious - firm, white fleshy fish with a very good plaice flavour and the breadcrumbs aren't too chewy.

      The only improvement I could make would be to leave the skin on. I think for most people, having the skin removed would be seen as an advantage, but for me it is a disadvantage as I think the skin of fish is the best and tastiest part.

      It does warn on the pack that although the fish is marketed as being "boneless", very tiny bones could be still present - but to date, I have yet to find any bones myself.

      Sainsbury's do have a winner here, and the breaded plaice fillets are delicious with raw tomatoes, peas, jacket potato and a twist of lemon. Alternatively, a great accompaniment is baked beans and home-cooked chips.

      Highly recommended for all plaice lovers!


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    • Product Details

      "Plaice, along with the other major demersal fish in the North Sea such as cod, monkfish and sole, is listed by the ICES as ""outside safe biological limits."""

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