“ Brand: Linda McCartney / Type: Vegetarians „
I like the taste combination of cheese and onion, so the Linda McCartney cheese, leek,and red onion plaits was a vegetarian food I was really lookimg forward to trying. I decided to do so when they were on special offer in Sainsburys, cosying £1 rather than £1.89 for two. [340g total weight] I am glad I tried them at a reduced price because at the full one I don't think they are fantastic value..
The plaits are described as a "Delicious blend of mature cheddar and mozzarella cheese, potato, leek,and red onion in a light pastry lattice." Being frozen they do have to be cooked before use, but once you have they can be eaten hot or cold. I like this versatility because I think the majority of pastry products taste best hot, but I also like them cold with salads or as part of a picnic. As I bought two packs of two, I could try these plaits both ways. Being frozen also gives them a longer "shelflife" than a chilled pastry would have, which is useful. They come in a simple cardboard box, so it is easy to open and slide out just one, and keep the other frozen until you want it.
Once I had removed the packet, I was a bit surprised to see how small each plait looked. They do seem to appear bigger in the picture on the front of the box, but perhaps that is because it is in extreme close up. Apart from that, I liked the appearance of the pastries. The plaited top is loosely done so you can see plenty of filling inside. I thought this open texture may result in the contents spilling out while they were baking but the pastry expands to close most of the gaps and this is only a small problem. Cooking takes 25 minutes, and by that time they looked puffed up and crispy. They also smell satisfyingly cheesy.
On breaking one open, I was pleased to see the cheese had melted well and looked deliciously gooey. I had high expectations of the flavour because the cheddar used is described as mature and there seemed to be plenty of it. I couldn't see much red onion, or leek for that matter but I thought that was fine as they also have a strong flavour and a little can go a long way. Unfortunately, I found the actual taste rather boring. There was nothing horrible about it, but the cheese seemed very mild to me, and I could scarcely tell there was any leek or onion there. I It could have been so much nicer considering what good taste partners the ingredients are. The filling is soft and creamy which makes for a nice contrast with the crispy pastry, and I did like the fact the plait's base was also well cooked rather than soggy. However, taste is the most important thing, and that was disappointing. I actually prefered these cold, which is the opposite to how I usually feel. The pastry kept it's texture well, and the cheese taste seemed to come through a bit more strongly. I enjoyed eating one as a snack, but I don't feel they are substantial enough to qualify as the chief part of a main meal. On their own, one kept my hunger pains away for a few hours but that's all. That is a shame because the very high fat content means that having two would actually exceed your daily recommended RDA of saturated fat. [Each plait has 76% of your RDA alone!] I am not very happy about the salt levels being 1.0g per plait either.
It is easy to find similar vegetarian pastries, even outside of special veggie areas in the supermarket, usually in the chiller cabinets. They tend to be cheaper than these Linda McCartney ones, and I am afraid to say that they taste nicer too. The plaits have one of the worst fat contents I have seen in similar products, and for this reason they would have to have been very delicious to tempt me to eat them again. As they aren't, I won't re-purchase even if they are on offer.
I'm not really sure how I ended up buying these. I'm a meat lover and usually bypass anything specifically for vegetarians. However on my last trip to the supermarket Linda McCartney's Cheese, Leek & Red Onion Lattice's ended up coming home with me and to be fair they were quite a delicious surprise.
For £1.59 these frozen lattices provide a delicious supper. Just stick them in the oven for 25 minutes and you have a tasty pastry to indulge on. The melted cheese burst out of the criss cross of the lattice an combines with the leek and red onion to provide a wholesome taste. The pastry comes out golden brown and crumbles in the mouth. To get more from the pastry simply brush milk over the lattice before putting in the oven. They are of a decent size and head the plate of any meal leaving you full to the brim.
I have had these the next day cold for lunch and again they are good (not as good as hot). Compared to the cold pastries you get petrol stations I would say Linda McCartney's are tastier.
The filling is tasty and plentiful with the lattice bursting at the edges. If I had to be picky it would be that it needs a tad more leek. Apart from that I can't fault these.
I often buy these especially when they are on offer, last week a box of 2 were selling at £1 in our nearby Asda. They are normally on sale at about £1.79 in most supermarkets from the frozen department.
I buy these so when we run out of bread and can't be bothered going to the shop I can just put them in the oven for dinners the next day. So we eat them cold.
When taken out of the box these look like the rectangular pasties you can buy but the pastry on top is criss cross.
The instructions say cook from frozen for 25 minutes in the centre of the oven on gas mark 6/200 C. I find I don't have to cook them quite that long using a fan oven.
As they are cooking the smell is really nice it smells like cheese and onion cooking. it does tell you to brush egg or milk on before cooking but I never do so they probably look a lot lighter when they come out of the oven than if I did brush them with something.
These lattices (that I call pasties) also have quite a bit of potato in. As you are eating one you can spot the red onion quite easily but it isn't huge chunks, that goes for the leek too.
We all like these pasties but they do taste like cheese and onion pasties but a really nice one with a really nice smell and just the right amount of cheese.
I have never yet been able to cook these without some of the cheese bubbling over.
Although I am not a Vegetarian from time to time I do like to have meat free days. The other day I spotted these in my local Asda store reduced from almost £2.00 a box to £1.00 and simply rather fancied them.
The box has a photograph of the plaits on the front of it and we are told that they are Linda McCartney 2 Cheese, Leek And Red Onion Plait and that they are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the weight is stated for the two plaits which is 340g. Other information on the box includes cooking instructions (in the oven for about 25 minutes ), ingredients and allergy advice is given, nutritional information is listed and contact details for the manufacturer are also given Nice enough, informative packaging this is.
So to cook them is really simple and effortless. Pop them into the oven and they come out looking golden and smelling rather cheesy in around abouts 25 minutes.
These plaits are a squarish shape and actually rather large and puffed up looking, so generously filled they are. Filled with lots of cheddar cheese that is rather tangy with small flakes of red onion and light green pieces of leek in abundance, taste wise they are well seasoned and the cheese is melted but flavoursome. The onion, although a lot of visible oniony ingredients are within it are not to overpowering and texture wise very nice indeed!.
These are high qualify plaits that not only look good on a plate and are great served with a nice salad and the likes but taste wonderful too! Thumbs up from me!
Nutritional Information Per Plait (The Important Bits!):
Available in all good supermarkets etc and fine for home freezing too!
If you have read my review 'Meat Free Bangers', about Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Sausages, then you'll know I'm not actually a vegetarian, but I am really funny about eating certain kinds of meat, namely sausages and mince, and the reasons behind that are mainly because if I find a piece of gristle for example, well, that's me finished with the meal, I am very easily put off my food! I am also trying to avoid as much red meat for health reasons also, and am just sticking to white meats if at all possible, and with the wide selection of meat substitues available (they really have upped their game on quality now-a-days!), I am finding it surprisingly easy to be honest with you!
So, we started off on the Vegetarian Sausages from the Linda McCartney range and loved them, then moved on to the meat free burgers, and loved them too, this was quickly followed by the toad in the hole, lasagne and then the Peri Peri burgers, and each one was a success, we really were amazed at the quality of everything we had tried so far, and so carried on working our way through different products. One day we decided to do our shop at Asda, and came across these Cheese, Leek and Red Onion Lattice's, different supermarkets stock different items from the range, and so far this is the only place I have seen them, although a quick search also shows up that they are also stocked at Sainsburys too.
I am definetly more of a savoury person than sweet, so these kind of things are right up my street, and at £1.69 for 2, I feel this is quite a reasonable price. They don't look much when you first see them out of the packet, they look fairly smallish, and I felt I could easily eat them both! I was debating wether or not to have both of them or just the one, in the end I decided to just have the one, my mind being made up after reading the nutritional values. Each plait contains a whopping 14g of Sat Fat, and 1.5g of Salt! So by no means healthy at all, but like all things that aren't that healthy, they sure do taste nice, infact they taste absolutely gorgeous!! So as with anything, they are best eaten in moderation. A quick scan through the ingredients shows why the Sat Fat is so high, these contain both butter and cream! In the end though, after cooking, I found that they did expand quite abit, and one was more than enough to satisfy my hunger, and teamed with either baked beans or -like I did- tinned tomatoes, it makes a very tasty and filling snack/meal.
The mature cheddar and mozzarella cheese they contain, is of course vegetarian, and the potato, leak and red onion are chopped to a small and uniform size, so no finding a big lump of one thing and a small lump of another, it is an even mix of ingredients, and eating one is a very enjoyable eating experience as they are so very yummy! Cooking these is very quick and simple too, once placed on a baking tray they only take 25 minutes in the oven, so they are very convienient and great for if you are in a bit of a rush.
Like all the items I've tried from the Linda McCartney range so far, these also come very highly recommended by me and I will award these 4 stars, deducting a star because of the high fat content and the high salt content.
If you've read my reviews then you will proabably know that I am always on the look out for a new food that doesn't contain meat. As my daughter has recently stopped eating meat I find that I shop more in Sainsbury's than I used to do, owing to the fact that they offer more selections of meat free food than Iceland or Somerfield. I would like to go more to Morrison's or Asda but they aren't so near and, therefore, Sainsbury's seem to be getting a lot of my custom of late.
These Linda McCartney 2 Cheese, leek and red onion plaits must be quite new to the range as I only saw them for the first time a few weeks ago. I think the price was £1.69 or thereabouts but these type of foods are quite often on an offer. For me, this isn't a bad price as I will only have one at a time served with something else or I'll share, if in a generous mood!
I always buy a selection from the vegetarian frozen food section, usually choosing some Linda McCartney range, Quorn and Sainsbury's own.
The picture on the box made these look inviting (showing a plait broken in half with the savoury filling showing)and I love cheesey foods and also the taste of onion, and I thought red onion would make a nice change. So into the trolley it went.
Before cooking it is suggested that these plaits be brushed with egg, milk, or a milk alternative. I use milk and this gives a nice glaze to the cooked item.
They require cooking from frozen in a conventional oven, 200c/ 400oF/ Gas 6. They take approximately 25 minutes. They are not suitable for microwave cooking.
I cooked both of the plaits but only ate one. I served it with chips and baked beans. My husband was having a pasty with chips and bean so this proved an easy enough meal to prepare.
I was a litle disappointed with the end result. I thought the cooked plaits looked inviting and the smell was good too but, on cutting open and eating I found that the filling wasn't as thick as I'd hoped and the taste, although nice, wasn't anything to write home about. So, I would say they ARE worth buying and I WOULD purchase again but just could have been a little better, in my opinion. I would have appreciated a stronger flavour, perhaps more oniony, but I do like my food quite flavoured.
I ate the second plait for lunch, the following day and this time I served it with a side salad. I must say that I preferred it cold as it seemed tastier to me when eaten in this way.
This product is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
All cheese is vegetarian.
Average GDA per plait:
* CONTAINS WHEAT, GLUTEN, MILK.
Walking down the frozen food aisle in Sainsbury last week when I spotted these Linda McCartney 2 Cheese, Leek and Red Onion Plaits, well they sounded very tasty so I grabbed a pack for myself and my daughter.
Eager to give these a try, when I got home I put the oven on at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 and waited for it to heat while I prepared a couple of jacket spuds and some salad.
Now when the oven was heated I opened the cardboard box to discover 2 rather large oblong pale pastry looking slices, with the pastry criss crossed over the top. I placed these onto a baking tray and cooked for 25 minutes. On opening the oven door the smell wafted into the kitchen and these smelt very nice indeed.
The pastry was a very even golden colour and very crisp and flakey. On cutting into this it was truly a wonderful experience ( sad aren't I!) as the soft cheese and red onion melted in my mouth. With little cubes of potatoes and a mature cheddar these really taste GOOD!.
My daughter is not a lover of Linda McCartney products and was surprised when after she had finished it I told her what these were. As she said that she hadn't tasted anything as nice as this for a long time and I must agree. Although I do try to avoid these sort of things in my diet, but these are the exception.
What makes these different from the usual cheese and onion pasties that you can buy is, that it contains vegetarian mature cheddar and vegetarian mozzarrella cheese. So these are suitable for true vegetarians who don't eat any other sort of cheeses. I also noticed that in the ingredients that there is parsley, carrot concentrate, cream and garlic which when all mixed together gives these plaits a lovely moreish taste!/
Each Cheese, Leek and Red Onion Plait contains; ( get ready for it!!)
~~~of which sats 14.0g~~~
Weightwatchers points (sorry!) 10.5
So not the healthiest plait to have on a daily basis, but as a once in a while treat it won't be too bad ( well I'm sticking to that!! so thats were that extra 1lb come from last week!!!!).
You can buy these from most supermarkets, but in Sainsburys they sell for £1.69 in the freezer section.
I am going to look out in Farmfoods for these as they often sell Linda McCartney food really cheap. I will give these 5 Dooyoo stars as although they are not to great for the diet they do taste delicious!.