Product Type: Linda McCartney Ready Meals
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Linda McCartneys Toad in the Hole
Linda McCartney Toad in the Hole
Member Name: rojm
Linda McCartney Toad in the Hole
Date: 03/11/11, updated on 06/07/12 (96 review reads)
Advantages: nice taste
Disadvantages: salt content
I have tried pre packed vegetarian toad in the hole in the past and have not been too impressed; although until I was shopping last weekend I have never seen a Linda McCartney one.
As they were on offer in Tesco for £1 and are normally £1.36 each, I thought I would give them a go and bought 3.
They are packed in an oval shaped tin foiled dish (unlike the square ones you normally get) with a cardboard lid and are then placed inside a cardboard box. I found them in the frozen food department of the supermarket. In each dish there are 2 sausages in the middle of the uncooked yorkshire pudding.
I cooked all 3 one each for hubby and me and one for my 2 girls to share, although I did wonder if 3 would be too much as we were having them with veg and potatoes. The girls didn't end up wanting the potatoes but I still wondered if one would be too much for me.
I placed them in the oven, the back of the box said it would take 35 minutes to cook at 220C. As I was cooking other things I cooked them at 200C, then again I cook everything at this temperature.
As they were cooking there was a really nice smell but I can't put my finger on what the smell was like. It had to be a mixture of the sausages and yorkshire pudding although I don't normally think yorkshires smell.
As we have a fan oven they only took about 30 mins to cook, but for the last 5 minutes I turned them on their side and kind of leant them on the side of the dish. I did this as when I checked on them the bottoms seemed a bit soggy. Doing this took that soggyness away I think.
When we have had pre packed things like this in the past the sausages haven't been that good and have always had the tast of sage, these didn't they were quite fat and tasted really nice. They were still made from textured wheat protein but it was a subtle flavour and the sausages were soft so the girls liked them but not too soft that the adults didn't like them. There was also no garlic flavour added but it did have onion flavour but not so it was noticable.
My youngest had moaned before eating this and said she didn't like yorkshire puddings - so I told her it was a special one and only gave her a bit. She said the sausages were really nice and the yorkshire pudding tasted like eggs to which the eldest agreed. I didn't think it tasted like eggs but it does have egg in the ingredients so she could be right.
I thought these were quite filling to have a full one with other things, but half wouldn't have been enough.
Each 222g pack contains 380 calories.
I have to point out that I am shocked at the salt content in these each pack contains 1g of sodium which is 2.5g of salt.
Until I read the salt content I would have said I would have these once a week, now I would say I would definitely have them again but less often.
Summary: better than others