“ Brand: Bernard Matthews / Type: Frozen Food „
On a recent trip to farm foods I was on a mission to fill the freezer and was very surprised to see some of the great makes of foods such as Birdseye and Bernard Matthews for as little as a quid. While walking around I noticed cheese hamwiches by Bernard Matthews. The pack stood out to me as it was blue and green in colour and contained a picture on the front of the cheese hamwich. I thought they looked delicious and decided to buy them. My daughter can be a picky eater for all the right reasons as she loves veg and fresh fish and chicken yet when it comes to the not so good foods like chicken nuggets and battered products she just doesn't want them.
My daughter and I both like ham and cheese so I thought we could try these together with some veg as shown on the front and see if we liked them. The pack I purchased contains 8 cheese hamwiches although this is a promotion of 2 extra free so you usually get 6 for £1.50. I think this is well worth it considering they are a good size.
Each cheese hamwich contains:
Calories - 125
Sugar - 0.7g
Fat - 7.3g
Saturates - 3.1g
Salt - 0.3
Cheese hamwiches contain no hydrogenated fats and no artificial colours or flavours.
The above is based on cheese hamwiches being baked in the oven. I would only eat them baked as the taste differs when cooked differently.
Cheese hamwiches are triangle shaped with a layer of turkey ham at the bottom and cheese on the top. They are coated in breadcrumbs. Once cooked the ham is lovely and soft and the melted cheese on top compliments it beautifully. They are extremely tasty and I'm glad to say they actually passed my daughters taste test so they must be good. I serve my hamwiches with sweet corn, broccoli and cauliflower but they could also be cooked with chips, salad, beans or even potatoes.
Overall I would definitely recommend these, they are absolutely delicious and they cook in less than 20 minutes so they are convenient too.
I spotted these in Iceland at just £1.50 for 8..that is 2 extra free as well. They looked real appetising on the bag accompanied by some fresh carrots and broccoli and I had seen my husband eating them many times so thought I'd try them out.
Each hamwich contains
7.3 g fat
These hamwiches are basically triangles of turkey ham, topped with a triangle of pressed cheese and coated in breadcrumbs. Simple and basic. Not the tastiest convenient freezer foods I've tried in my life but they can make a good meal. They are not full of flavour but they are tasty, and all the textures and tastes that we do have combine together really well.
The turkey ham is a pinky colour, it doesn't have alot of bite of chew to it and probably has the least flavour too. It seems to taste better when you eat the cheese and breadcrumbs with it. I have you see took a hamwich apart before now to try everythin individually which just didn't seem right when I inspected everything closely lol. The cheese is white in colour, if undercooked slightly it has a runny consistency but if kept in the over a few mins longer it has a rubbery texture and is almost chewy to eat.
I'm not trying to put people off I quite enjoy them but I don't think alot of people will seeing as it is just processed junk.
Cheese Hamwiches are one of the things I always buy when shopping in Iceland. I love cheese so if I see the word on any type of food it usually appeals to me.
These hamwiches are triangle shapes of turkey ham topped with cheese and coated in breadcrumbs.
Lately I've been buying bags of eight for £1.50 but that's with two extra free so usually there would be six for that price.
Although I buy them in Iceland they are actually Bernard Matthews hamwiches. You can purchase them in other supermarkets freezers but I can't comment on prices.
You can either cook them in the oven for roughly 15-16 minutes or grill them for 10-12. I tend to cook mine in the oven rather than grill them but either way they taste quite good. Not the best tasting though, which isn't surprising as it's not 'fresh' turkey. The turkey itself would be quite bland and boring without the cheese on top.
For a frozen food they do make a surprisingly good meal. I usually have two with potatoes and a bit of veg.
One thing I will say though is whilst they are cooking keep an eye on them. The cheese seems to 'dry' up within minutes which can leave them boring and looking rather unappetising. The cheese on top 'makes' these if you ask me and when it dries up you are left with none so you are just eating turkey - which like I said doesn't taste all that thrilling on it's own.
Grilling them is probably the best option if you want your cheese to bring out the flavour and have a half decent tasty meal.
Once cooked they do have a lovely cheesy smell coming from them *my tummy is rumbling now* The turkey and cheese taste lovely together, but be warned the cheese is usually the hottest part and can burn your tongue, I'm talking from experience here.
Although I do enjoy these once in a while I'd really only reccomend them if you are looking for a last minute option to your tea or dinner, if you like your meat with a bit of oomph and taste, these will definitely not provide it.
These cheese Hamwiches are amazingly tasty, and cheap.
Made by the king Bernard Matthews they are like so many of his products a real treat to eat. At a very reasonable price ranging from the £1. I bought mine for on offer again of course, to around £1.79 upwards depending on shop and offers on at the time. I got mine from Farm foods I think they were having a clear out for new stock so most items that day were on special knockdown prices.
Each triangle of ham and cheese is coated with a crisp coating of breadcrumbs made to the special recipe only Bernard Matthews knows and they taste brilliant.
They come in packs of six and are packed in a plastic wrapper with all the signs that Bernard Matthews products have on them the Norfolk scenery and the big bold writing in the characteristic blue and gold. Two sandwiches on the front of the pack to signify the item neatly kept inside. The only draw back to this packaging is that sometimes it does burst open along the seam but that alone is no reason not to buy them.
The taste test
After grilling them for a few minutes on each side until golden brown I placed them on my plate getting a real aroma of ham and cheese so rich and lucious I could hardly wait to pop one into my mouth.
I served them with potato and veg but they can easily be eaten on their own or with chips or other accompaniments.
I break into the first one and get more of the lovely of cheesy hammy aroma that ouses out onto the plate cheese spilling out everywhere invading the room with the aroma, it looks smells and then the taste oh the taste is so mouthwatering and lovely I thought I was in heaven.
Be careful though they are very hot when they first come out of the grill or oven as you can cook them in the oven too, it is easy to burn your mouth on them.
You immediately taste the ham rich and delicious even though it is Turkey ham and then the strong cheese flavour comes through too melting together with the ham this combined with the rich breadcrumb mixture is really gorgeous.
I am making my mouth water writing about them.
The only draw back I can find is that you only get six to a pack so if you have a large family you would need at least two packs. Other than that what a lovely treat for a snack or teatime. Young kids would love these and I know this because my grandkids and my own children adore them too. Not just for us oldies.
They may come a little high is sugar and salt but mostly there is nothing to concern yourselves with other than some E numbers that those who have young children will worry about I suppose but I thought hey what the hey, I only live once and I felt justified in buying them for the flavour alone. To hell with cholesterol and other such issues. Go on the value and taste alone and these are truly worth the effort.
The ever inventive Mr Mathews reinvents the sandwich - using ham.