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Homepride Creamy Cheese & Ham Potato Bake

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Brand: Homepride / Type: Potato

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      23.11.2010 08:30
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      Creamy Sauce That Doesn't Taste Of Cheese Or Ham

      Boyfriend was working late last night so, as Potato Bake takes an hour to cook in the oven I'd thought I'd do that and catch up with Sunday's episode of "Garrow's Law" on BBC Iplayer whilst it was cooking. Who says men can't multi-task!?


      The sauce comes in a standard glass jar with a screw top lid. The label covers around one third of the jar and has the Homepride logo and the front along with a "no need to boil potatoes" badge. We're also told that this sauce contains no artificial colours or flavours. The rest of the label contains the ingredients, nutritional information, cooking information and the contact details for HL Foods who are the owners of the Homepride brand.

      You can visit the website at: www.homepride.co.uk

      The product is described as:- "A deliciously creamy Potato Bake sauce made with cheese and ham"

      Nutritional Information per 100g {per 1/4 jar: 125g}:

      Energy kJ: 427kJ {534}
      kcal: 103kcal {129kcal}
      Protein: 1.5g {1.9g}
      Carbohydrate: 3.8g {4.8g}
      of which sugars: 1.2g {1.5g}
      Fat: 9.1g {11.4g}
      of which saturates: 1.4g {1.8g}
      Fibre: 0.6g {0.8g}
      Sodium: 0.44g {0.55g}
      Salt Equivalent: 1.10g {1.38g}

      Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Oil, Onion, Ham With Milk Proteins (3%), [Pork, Water, Salt, Citric Acid, Milk Lactose, Glucose Syrup, Milk Proteins, Flavouring, Dextrose, Antioxidant (Sodium L-Ascorbate), Preservative (Sodium Nitrate)], Modified Maize Starch, Double Cream, Salt, Dried Egg Yolk, Sugar, Flavourings, Cheese Powder (0.5%), Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Mustard Powder, Garlic Powder, Spirit Vinegar, Yeast, Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Ground Nutmeg, Glucose Syrup, Black Pepper, Colour (Beta Carotene), Red Peppers, Onion Powder, Turmeric, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavouring, Onion Extract.

      Allergy Information:

      The product contains milk, wheat, gluten and mustard


      At time of writing these sauces cost around £1.42 for one jar. Asda are currently charging 71p per jar.

      Taste and opinion:

      Potato bake isn't something that I do very often. In fact this is only the second time I've made it after a slightly less than satisfying meal courtesy of Homepride's Garlic and Herb Potato Bake that I reviewed back in May. So, here goes with the creamy cheese and ham flavour.

      As with the Garlic and Herb the preparation is very easy. Just peal and slice the potato and put them in layers in a dish with the sauce. You don't even have to cook them beforehand. Very simple.

      Opening the jar I could smell a faint aroma of something. I'm not entirely sure what it is but it's certainly not a meaty smell that could be the ham nor is it particularly cheese-like. Given the ingredients listed above it's more than likely some combination of the things used to flavour the sauce. I can see bits of pink meat in the sauce which is obviously the ham. There doesn't actually look to be a great deal of it so I'm feeling a bit dubious to what extent I'll be able to taste it when it's cooked. The recipe recommends cooking this sauce for 50 minutes, taking it out of the oven, adding some cheese and then returning to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
      Obviously whatever cheese you add is liable to affect that taste of the product so I've decided not to add any cheese whatsoever and just sample it as it comes for the purpose of this Dooyoo review.

      The sauce itself is quite thick and the last remnants need to be got out of the jar with a spoon. Even so there is still quite a bit on the sides of the jar. I place a small amount of milk into the jar, replace the lid and shake it up and down to try and clear the jar of as much of the sauce as possible. Removing the lid, I pour the liquid into the casserole dish with the rest of the sauce and place it in the oven.

      Tastewise I have to say that I'm not really that impressed with this. As I suspected there doesn't appear to be an awful lot of ham in the sauce at all and what there is is fairly tasteless. The bits of ham are really quite small so you can swallow them without even noticing that they're there.

      It doesn't even taste of cheese either. There's no overwhelming taste that you can put your finger on at all and say "that's what it tastes like". It is relatively thick and quite creamy and there's a slight edge to it which may come from the vinegar, onion, turmeric or a number of other ingredients but calling it "Creamy Cheese and Ham" is really stretching things a little too far. "Double Cream Sauce With A Hint Of Vinegar" would perhaps be more appropriate.

      So, if you're looking for something that "does what it says on the tin (jar)" then you're going to be sadly disappointed with this sauce as the taste of the cheese and ham is conspicuous by its absence. If, however, you're the sort of person that doesn't like strong odours and is looking for a creamy sauce with a slight edge to it then look no further than this.

      Please remember that I didn't add any cheese to this sauce, and therefore didn't follow the cooking instructions to the letter. Adding your own cheese may well improve the taste experience of the sauce, but that, of course, may well depend on the type of cheese used.

      On the nutritional front this does have just over 9% fat which is fairly high compared to some of the other sauces on the market.


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