“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
Just before Christmas I was in Tesco shopping for a few bits and pieces food wise with my Mum. Although at the time I thought I was spending Christmas with family I still bought a few bits and bobs to have over drinks and the likes with friends and to be a little bit Festive in my flat. However I ended up not at my parents for Christmas and was lucky that I'd bought lots of bits and these I have bought from Tesco on and off for about 3-4 years now.
I don't see these on sale in the store all year round but always at Christmas, sometimes on Valentines day and around Bonfire night and the likes. They usually cost a pound a box, which is what I always paid prior to purchasing this box however on the run up to Christmas I managed to get a very nice little deal of any 3 Tesco party foods for £3.00 so I grabbed 6 lots of things!
These come in a sealed tight plastic see-through bag and within a square shaped box. On the front of the box we are shown a picture of the prawns in filo pastry casing and clearly told what they are and who they are made by, we are told that they are freezable, that they weight in total 110g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and then on the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional advice chart shown, cooking instructions are given and contact details for Tesco are stated. Nice enough packaging this is and its as informative as it needs to be of course.
The Filo Prawns:
These are best cooked from frozen and all you need to do with these is place them on a baking tray and in the oven for about 15 minutes. I do turn mine and to be honest a couple always tend to stick a little to my baking tray but not all thankfully and they're ones I eat sneaky in the kitchen if sharing them lol! They go golden brown and a little hard to the touch and the 'tail' of the prawn sticks out of one end ofeach of them.
I let these cool slightly before rushing into biting them and what you get is a long and pink and well cooked prawn inside layers of crispy filo pastry. They do make a little mess so I hang my head over a plate but the prawns are dry inside so at least there's no sauce to get everywhere!
The prawn tastes well seasoned and basically of prawn and they are succulent enough. The prawns are not chewy however you don't get huge prawns but at least with the pastry you can still taste them. I can't say the pastry tastes all that much but for me its more about the texture being crispy anyway.
They are not greasy and only contain 30 Kcal and 0.6g of Saturated Fat in each so in my view these are lovely, tasty little nibbles, perfect to be scattered on a nice big plate with a little pot of sweet chilli sauce to dip them in, great for sharing though they do get snapped up rather quickly these!
Only available in Tesco stores and they are usually a pound a box and you get 10 of them!
In Tesco the other day me and my mum got a load of their frozen party food ready for the Xmas night buffet that we have every year. She used to make all this sort of stuff herself but the supermarket party food is so cheap this year that it doesn't make sense to cook it from scratch! Some of the food is obviously naff so over the last month we've been buying a few bits to try out so that come Xmas day there's not going to be any cheap and nasty food on offer.
These Filo Prawns are delish, they only cost £1.00 for a box of 12 and that's madly cheap because you couldn't even buy 12 big prawns for that let alone the filo pastry and other bits!
I think they're mega yummy. Each Filo Prawn is about 2 1/2 or 3 inches long so they're not as tiny as I thought they'd be. They look wicked after they've been cooked because the pastry goes a lovely golden colour and the tail of the prawn sticks out. The only bad thing I think is that the tail of the prawn looks a bit weird when it comes out of the oven because it's crisped up and looks madly dry. Still tastes nice though so who cares??? lol
They take 17 mins to cook and that's perfect I think because after that time the prawns are still tender and juicy, give it a couple of minutes after you've took them out of the oven though because the prawns get so hot that they'll deffo burn your mouth!
You can taste the prawns good in these and that shows they're good quality I reckon, the filo pastry goes nice and crispy and that matches the soft juicy prawns perfect. There's a bit of seasoning and herbs on the inside of the pastry and that brings the flavour of the prawns out a but stronger, and over all everything tastes wicked together.
I've eaten these hot and cold and they're delish both ways so they'll deffo be perfect for our buffet. I thought they were nice dipped in sweet chilli sauce but other people said this takes over the taste a bit too much. If you're doing a buffet though you could put a coulpe of dips out so that people can decide if they want to use them or not.
For the price I reckon these are a mega bargain. They taste like they should cost loads more and everyone who's tried them has said how yummy they are.
In Tesco last week I noticed they were selling boxes of their frozen Filo Prawns for 20p each, they are apparently discontinuing the product and these were the last few left in my local store. The usual price is £1.50 for ten and I have bought them before at that price so I jumped at their sale price and stocked the freezer up with 15 boxes!
Tonight I fancied a treat, I was having a zero fat salad for tea as my diet is going great guns again so I decided to cook myself a box up to even up the balance on my plate! Each Filo Prawn contains 24 calories and 0.5g of saturated fat, which isn't great but when teamed with lettuce and tomatoes doesn't make for that bad a meal nutritionally.
They cook in 14 minutes at Gas Mark 6, surprisingly the cooking instructions are very accurate on the box - which I mention because Tesco frozen food often, I find, give incorrect cooking instructions.
Once cooked they look very appetising indeed, the tails of the king prawns are poking out of golden filo pastry and they certainly look like they cost much more than 20p! I'm always impressed at how little grease seeps from these prawns, while the baking tray isn't exactly dry after cooking it's certainly not swimming in fat like a recent batch of Filo Prawns I bought from Iceland.
As I mentioned, the tails are still on the prawns. They crisp up beautifully so I eat them but if you don't like the tail they are very easy to pull off without pulling half of the prawn out too!
The prawn itself is fairly succulent, not the plumpest king prawns I've ever eaten but they are large with a delicate yet delicious flavour. They are well cooked and retain their moisture nicely, I think they are absolutely delicious and feel like a real treat.
The filo pastry is lovely too. It has crisped up beautifully in the oven and is just the right thickness for the size prawn. Where the pastry is wrapped at the end it's obviously thicker and slightly moister which is an excellent contrast to both the prawn and the crispier pastry at the other end.
I think these prawns are excellent, even at full price. I have served them at parties, as nibbles when I have vistors and had them with an accompaniment with a meal as I did today. They feel like a very sophisticated treat rather than something bunged in the oven from the freezer.