“ Brand: Dalepak / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Although I'm not vegetarian I have eaten these as a meal accompaniment for years! A firm favourite in my household, as an adult and not living at home anymore I still buy them rather regularly!
Cardboard box with a photograph of the gills on the front and I'm told that they are Dalepak '4' Cauliflower Cheese Grills 'A delicious blend of cauliflower, onion, green beans, Vegetarian mature cheddar cheese and medium soft cheese, lightly seasoned and coated in a crisp crumb coating' and that they are Vegetarian society approved and the weight is stated which is 397g. other information listed on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, a full nutritional chart is stated, I'm told how to cook them and contact details for Dalepak foods are also given. Nice enough packaging and of course it's very informative.
Well you are meant to cook these from frozen and have options on how to cook them! You can either grill them in about 16 minutes, oven cook them in around 20 minutes or shallow fry them in around 9 minutes. As I've consumed a lot of these I have had them cooked in all the above methods and it really comes down to your personal preference. Obviously cooking them in oil isn't the healthiest of options though so if watching your waistline grilling or cooking them in the oven is probably your best way forward with these lol!
They are round in shape, rather thin really but of good very size in general. Evenly coated in lightly seasoned and golden breadcrumbs they do go a little hard but saying that, that texture goes well with the soft and slightly mushy insides. They cook easy though look pleasant and give off a vegetable sort of aroma when they are cooked.
Cut through them and you get like I have just mentioned a squishy centre. Mashed up cauliflower with some cheese and onion, you can see the nice fresh green beans in them. You can taste the cauliflower mixed with cheeses though it isn't too strong on flavours. The green beans are crunchy and add a nice texture to them and there is a hint of a mustard and onion flavouring overall.
These.... to me are wonderful. I like the way that all the flavours blend well and nothing flavour wise is too strong and/or overpowering! Yummy grills, easy to cook, easy on they eyes and really tasty and filling! Lovely Dalepak! I shall continue to eat these for the next few years I'm sure!
Nutritional Information Per Grill:
Energy: 191 Kcal
of which sugars: 2.6g
of which saturates: 1.9g
Salt equivalent: 0.9g
These are usually on offer in supermarkets and frozen food type places at about a pound a box.
I like to pick up and try something new to eat occasionally and these cauliflower cheese grills from Dalepak looked rather tasty so I decided to give them a go.
The grills are made from cauliflower, onion, green beans and cheddar cheese which are coated in breadcrumbs. I'll admit that this doesn't sound exceedingly tasty but they look nice on the pack and I was surprised to find that they are actually rather nice.
They take around 15-20 minutes to cook and can be oven cooked, grilled or fried. I prefer to oven cook them as it gives the breadcrumb coating a bit of crispiness but still keeps it quite soft which is exactly how I like these. When cooked, all of the vegetables inside are really soft which makes them so tasty to eat as I prefer them to hard vegetables. The cheddar cheese adds a delicious cheesy flavour which compliments the vegetables rather nicely.
If you're vegetarian these are a delicious frozen option to mix with some potatoes and with some beans or more veg on the side. They're not very big so they do need to be mixed with something else to make a complete meal. Even for people who aren't vegetarian, these are still really lovely and I'm glad I gave them a try. They make eating vegetables very easy for those who aren't too keen on veg as the cheese and breadcrumbs make it taste lovely.
Now I'm not a vegetarian but you will sometimes find me browsing in the vegetarian freezers as I sometimes quite like their meals and products so when in Iceland the other day it was no surprise to find me nosing in their veggie freezer too. It was here I picked up a box of Dalepak Cauliflower Cheese Grills, a box of 4 for just £1. I love cauliflower cheese anyway so had high hopes for these.
The box they come in is white with a green dalepak banner waving about. It clearly says 4 Cauliflower Cheese Grills with a picture of two grills next to it. We are told on the box that these are a delicious blend of cauliflower, onion, green beans, spring onion and vegetarian cheddar cheese lightly seasoned and coated in a crunchy crumb. We are then told that these are suitable for Vegetarians. To cook these you can either cook them in your oven or on the grill, I chose the lazy option and bunged them in an oven tray and waited the required time.
After cooking and taking them out of the oven I was quite pleased, they looked appetising enough having golden breadcrumbs coating them I could't wait to tuck in. Cutting one open though I wasn't met by the lovely bright greens that looked so appealing on the picture on the box. Instead I was met by a tangy, not so appealing smell, I think it was meant to be onions but they smelt more like they were gone off really.
1 grill contains;
1.0g salt equiv
Tasting one of these I spat my second mouthful out in an instant, in my opinion they are vile. The texture doesn't quite feel right, I crunched through a slightly crispy crumb coating and that was the best bit about them and then I my teeth squidged through a slimy substance of all mashed up colours and flavourings which tasted nothing like what is explained in the main ingredients list on the front of the box. I couldn't taste cauliflower and I certainly couldn't taste cheese of any sort either, the spring onion was sort of evident but it didn't have a, well a spring to it. The texture felt like slithery wet onion pieces and mashed potato all squashed together but it tasted nothing like either and absolutely stunk of what to me seems like gone off onion.
From looking at the other reviews on here it looks like I'm the odd one out on this whole flavour malarky but I found them vile and threw them out I didn't even let my twins try them as they tasted gone off and funky.
I am recently trying to cut down my meat consumption, while I am not actually becoming a vegetarian I have found myself trying more vegetarian foods just lately in an attempt to fill the red meat gap.
One item I have discovered a love for is the Dalepak Cauliflower Cheese Grills, which is basically a tasty cauliflower cheese encased in breadcrumbs. They can be oven baked, fried or grilled - I oven bake mine as they only take 20 minutes and can cook while I prepare the rest of my meal, and I certainly wouldn't fancy them fried as I imagine the loose coating would soak a lot of fat up.
I love cauliflower cheese but must say that if you are not a fan of the dish then you probably won't enjoy these Grills too much. You see, the inside is absolutely the best mass produced cauliflower cheese I have ever tasted. The cauliflower is in quite small pieces but there is plenty of it and it is encased in a deliciously rich and creamy cheese sauce. The sauce is quite solid although it does dribble out of the Grill a little as I cut into it.
I can taste the cauliflower quite strongly but it's certainly not overpowering and is complimented to perfection by the mildly flavoured cheese sauce. The cauliflower is cooked well; it's soft but not all mushed up as often happens when this vegetable is frozen in ready meals, it adds a lovely texture to the Grill and puts me in mind of eating fresh cauliflower cheese.
The sauce has a good full flavour, although it's fairly delicate and tones the cauliflower down beautifully. It has a richness that I usually don't expect from frozen cheese sauces in whatever product and isn't sticky or synthetic in the slightest.
The Grills are bulked out with green beans which make them look more colourful and attractive, but these don't really taste of anything and the delicate taste of green beans is completely overwhelmed by the other flavours. This isn't really a problem though as they do add a nice change of texture next to the softer cauliflower and sauce.
The breadcrumbs are also good on the Grills. They turn a lovely golden brown while cooking and enhance the taste of the cauliflower cheese rather than detracting from it. While they are well seasoned they don't really have a flavour all to themselves, which is good in my opinion as any stronger a taste and I believe it would completely ruin the balance of the different flavours in the Grills.
I can't fault them, if this is what vegetarians eat then who needs meat? I can certainly see them replacing many cuts of meat on a dinner and I don't see why they couldn't be used instead of a pork chop on a dinner, I imagine the breadcrumb coating would be delicious soaked in gravy and anyway I often serve cauliflower cheese as an accompaniment to dinner so cannot see why not!
There is a downside. Each Cauliflower Cheese Grill contains 240 calories and over 14g of fat, this is not good news considering I am dieting but then I would serve these with low fat vegetables and/or potatoes so the overall nutrition for the meal wouldn't work out too bad. Beware if serving with chips though!
***What is it?***
This product is made by Dalepak.
These are frozen individual ovals, filled with cheese and cauliflower, onions and green beans. They are coated with breadcrumbs. They are to be grilled or oven baked (20 minutes). It takes about 15 minutes in the grill (turn over after half the time has elapsed) on a medium heat and this is how I make them. You can also shallow fry them for 9 minutes but this makes them even more unhealthy! They can be cooked straight from frozen in the grill.
I buy these from Iceland (I actually have never seen them sold anywhere else) and they cost £1 for a box of 4 grills.
***Ingredients/Nutritional Info ***
Made with vegetarian cheese, cauliflower, onions and green beans. They are coated with breadcrumbs
0.5g sodium (salt)
I know when they're done because they look perfectly golden on top. When you cut into them the melted cheese is GORGEOUS! I'm not a cauliflower fan so was surprised by how much I like these. The combination of flavours really works- soft and tasty cheese and cauli inside and crunchy breadcrumbs on the outside. I can't even taste the green beans which Im sure have been added to encourage people to think these are healthy!
These are very high in fat but sooo tasty that I don't care frankly. I love cheese especially melted cheese anyway but of course I advise to eat in moderation
Cauliflower cheese is one of those things I really like, but never fancy eating. That's why I bought a pack of Dalepak Cauliflower cheese grills, as I could put them in the freezer, and eat if and when the mood took me.
~About the product~
Made by Dalepak, these are basically cauliflower cheese which has been shaped into a sort of oval pointed at one end (I call it bicycle seat shape!) and coated in breadcrumbs. They also contain onion and green beans.
They are made with vegetarian cheese, and are approved by the vegetarian society. They are not suitable for those with nut allergies as they are made in a production area which uses nuts.
These come in a cardboard box, which has a picture of the product on the front, as well as all the information you could need on the back.
These can be cooked one of three ways. You can either grill them, which takes 16 minutes, oven bake, which takes 20 minutes, or shallow fry in oil for 9 minutes.
At first I was cooking these under the grill, but I found that when I tried to remove them, they were falling apart, and going between the bars of the grill. I now choose to cook these in the oven, as when they're on a baking tray, you can pick them up using a fish slice, which makes it a lot easier to pick them up without them falling apart.
When these come out of the oven, they are a lovely golden brown colour. As I said, they easily fall apart, which is due to the filling being so soft.
I hate raw vegetables or cooked vegetables which are still a bit crunchy, so I was pleased that the cauliflower in these is nice and soft. The cheese is tasty and has quite a strong flavour which is good as cauliflower cheese can sometimes be a bit too bland if made with mild cheese.
These have a lovely texture, with the crunchy breadcrumb coating and the smooth, creamy cauliflower cheese filling. I would never have thought to put green beans with cauliflower cheese, but in fact, with the flavour of the onion coming through as well, it makes a very tasty combination.
These are not particularly healthy, as the cheese increases their fat content greatly. Each grill contains...
0.5g sodium (salt)
I buy these from either Iceland or Heron Frozen foods, and they cost £1 for a box of 4.
I really like these, they have a lovely flavour and texture, and they're cheap too. I wouldn't eat them too regularly because they're quite high in fat, but to have now and again, they're great.