“ Brand: Asda / Type: Beef „
The other day my bestmate/flatmate came into our home rather excited. She was so pleased cos she had got this for our dinner and it usually cost £8.00 (for 2 people) but she got it reduced in the fridge section at our local Asda store late that evening.
What you get is two foil trays encased within a purple coloured sleeve and on the top of that sleeve we are told that it is Asda 'Extra Special' Beef Steak In Green Peppercorn & Cognac Sauce With Chunky Chips 'Marinated escallops of beef steak, slow briased for real tenderness, in a creamy sauce cut through with French Cognac and aromatic green peppercorns. Served with sea salt and black pepper' and that the meal for two people weighs 760g in total and there is an at glance nutritional chart shown. On the bottom of the sleeve other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice as well as cooking instructions given, a full nutritional chart and contact details for Asda are listed.
The Meal Itself:
What you get is like I stated earlier two foil trays of food, one with the beef in sauce in and the other with the chunky chips and all you do is oven cook this lot for 30 minutes and serve two people with it from chilled.
I was quite surprised at my portion size and how nice it looked on my plate. The chips were golden, well cooked and obviously oven cooked as they were not greasy and I could visibly see specks of black pepper on them. I have to admit to me they were a little on the dry side but then I don't have chips very often at all but when I do, I do for my sins have them fried. Tasty though and well seasoned they were as well as chunky.
I also got three thin slices of round shaped beef, obviously braised and tender (remember this a meal for two so my mate had the same as me on her plate!). The meat was nice enough with a sort of woody taste to it, I could taste the cognac slightly adding warmth and zing to the meat and the peppercorn and cognac sauce was slightly peppery in flavour but very creamy but again not one bit greasy. The green peppercorns gave flavour but the ones in it were not very many and pre pickled so edible and again gave a slightly hot, woody taste to the dish. This was very nicely seasoned once again, not one bit oily and there was a hint of garlic to it to.
Was it worth its full price of £8.00 though? Well not in my opinion really to be perfectly honest with you no. I can't say alot against this meal and the meat really was melt in the mouth great but I'd rather eat out at a cheapy place for that amount and for me the meal really did have too much of a woody taste to it but why I'm still not so sure. Not awful, looks good and is a decent portion for two people granted but it didn't set my tastebuds alight unfortuntely!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Pack:
Sat Fat: 11.4g