“ Brand: Asda / Type: Vegetarians „
I could never be described as the world's biggest meat eater and in actual fact I was a strict vegetarian for over ten years. Because of this, I am very much on the look out when I am doing my supermarket shop to seek out meat-free alternatives to meat-based meals and snacks.
Doing an online shop in Asda.co.uk recently, I noticed that there were several meat-free meal options to choose from. I fancied trying out something new and so chose the 'Asda Meat free garlic kiev' which came in a box containing two individual kiev.
The kiev are similar to chicken kiev, although they have a meat-free soya type filling in place of the chicken. In the centre of the kiev is a garlic sauce and the whole thing is covered in a golden crumb coating.
The packaging is fairly basic and plain and consists of a basic cardboard box with the relevant information on it. What is nice about the packaging though is the picture on the front and back of the box which shows quite clearly a delicious looking Kiev with the garlic filling escaping from the centre onto the plate. If I wasn't convinced to try the product before, then the chances are that this little picture would have swayed my decision!
The kiev were convenient for me too cook and I simply had to pop them into the oven on a preheated baking tray. As I was serving them with baked potatoes and had my oven on anyway, this method suited me down to the ground.
The soya 'meat' filling in the centre of the kiev was similar to chicken in terms of colour and texture. The taste was really nice although I did think it was slightly superior to the taste of Quorn. There was definitely a sort of meat or chicken type flavour coming from the filling and I thought it was lovely.
The kiev were not at all disappointing in terms of the garlic sauce in the centre and this is where similar products always seem to let me down. First of all, there was no escaping of garlic filling onto my baking tray when I was cooking the kiev in the oven which is a first I think for a product like this one. Second of all, when I cut into the kiev once it was served, the garlic filling oozed nicely from the centre of the kiev and there was more than enough of the filling to accompany the rest of the kiev which again, is a first for me with a product like this one.
The crumby coating on the outside of the kiev had turned a delicious looking deep golden colour after the cooking time had passed and the coating really made the kiev very appealing to look at. If I am being honest I do not think that the coating had any huge big flavour to it, but it added a nice 'bite' to the kiev and gave a slightly crunchy texture to each mouthful.
My only complaint if I had to make one would be that the kiev are not a great size. This is fine for my small appetite but when it comes to my partner, he likes a good plateful to sit down to after his day at work and I don't really think that one of these offerings is a man-sized portion if I am being completely honest. On the occasion that we ate our kievs, we had a huge plateful of vegetables and potatoes etc to accompany it so it wasn't a huge problem this time, but in future I'll need to remember to make plenty of veg to accompany the kiev for my partner's meal at least.
The packaging clearly states relevant data such as the product of course being suitable for a vegetarian diet as well as allergy advice being listed. The nutritional information informs me that each of the vegetarian kiev when oven baked has 251 calories and 14.5g of fat which does seem quite a lot for a vegetarian product and this surprised me. On the plus side, there is no artificial colours or flavours in the kiev, nor is their any hydrogenated fat to speak of.
The meat free kiev can obviously only be purchased in Asda stores or are available online from the Asda website. They can be found in the frozen compartments in the supermarket. I got mine as part of a deal where I could purchase any two vegetarian meals for the sum of £3. Alternatively, you can buy them on their own for around the £1.60 mark.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend the Asda meat free garlic kiev and I for one will be buying them again, high calorie count or not! I can only award them full Dooyoo marks as both my partner and myself were really quite taken with the little kiev... Truly scrumptious in my opinion and I really cannot recommend them highly enough!