“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
I love pate whether it be on crackers or on toast and its usually a staple in my fridge weekly. However I do realise how fattening it can be and so when I spotted this reduced fat variety I thought it had to be worth a go!
The 175g of pate comes in a white oblong plastic tub with a silver foil that goes over the pate to keep it fresh and peels off with ease. On the lid of the tub there is a photograph of the pate and I am told that it is Tesco 'Smooth' Reduced Fat Brussels Pate and that it contains 50% less fat than standard Tesco Brussel Pate and has reduced saturates, the size is stated (as I've listed already), there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the best before date is clearly stated. On the bottom of the tub other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage details are listed as is a full nutritional value chart and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough tub and it is informative enough.
Well what this is, is pork fat, pork liver and pork pate. It is a smooth and pink in colour and looks a bit slimy really.
This is a moist pate, well seasoned but for me lacks on flavour as well as fat. It has a light meaty taste to it but nothing really with a slight bitter undertone to it. It spreads with ease but for me it is a bit slimy with a slight weird tinny taste when consumed that I can't rid myself of after eating only a small amount.
A slimy offering with not a lot of flavour sums up this pate. Sure it may be a bit better for you and your hips...granted but I'd rather have something a bit more tasty in my tummy! Not for me this one it just didn't tick all the required boxes....sadly!
Nutritional Information Per 40g Serving:
Only available in Tesco stores costing 64p.
a bit watery compared to the full fat version
Tesco Reduced Fat Brussels Pate 175g
***What's it like***
I am not usually a fan of low fat this or low calorie that, as I find that there is always usually a compromise with taste. I would rather just eat less to start with. However, I like pate and know that it is incredibly high in fat and just not very good for you, so I thought that I would give this low fat version a try - how bad could it be?
It comes in a little black plastic pot, covered with cellophane and a plastic lid. It then has outer cardboard packaging, which is blue and white and clearly states that this has more than 50% less fat than the standard version.
The best before date had around 10 days left to run, so you are not under any pressure to get it opened.
It comprises of pork liver, pork fat and pork pate (47% pork liver). I sometimes wish I didn't read the labels, as they can be a bit off putting! It contains 100 calories per 50g serving - with fat of 7.7g and 3.2g of saturated fat. Having said this, I wouldn't be able to eat a third of the pack in one sitting! So in small amounts it wouldn't be too bad.
I usually have pate either on toast, crackers or French stick. It smells nice upon opening and is the smooth type of pate - that is easily spreadable. I didn't have to use too much either. The taste was still quite rich and bacony if you know what I mean - even though it was reduced fat. To be quite honest, I just couldn't tell the difference, between this and the normal version. It tasted of Brussels pate, I don't know how else to describe it.
It is not suitable for those with a nut allergy.
Would I buy it again - definitely! In fact, I had to buy some more as I had eaten the last lot, since I put the request in to review it, so I had to get some more just to make sure my review was up to date in the interests of research you understand.
As diet conscious food goes, this is one of the better ones and worth eating, knowing that you are cutting back, without losing any of the taste.
The downside is too much PACKAGING!! As with all this type of food, there were 3 layers before you even get to the food. Get rid of the cardboard Tesco and print the details of the product on the pack please!! Also if you get rid of the cardboard pack, then you have no record of the best before date, which is a nuisance.
It's ok for an occasional treat, as even though it is reduced fat, it still doesn't offer much in the way of nutritional value.
It is of course only available in Tesco and currently cost 67p. They also do the full fat version.