Product Type: McCain Ready Meals
Newest Review: ... coating and are shaped into smiley faces. I remember enjoying these as a child and I suppose some of my fondness comes from pure nostalgia.... more
We all love smiley faces :)
Member Name: char2011
Advantages: Cook quickly.
I've been eating these McCain Smiles every since I can remember an till this day I still love them. These smiles are potato and shapes like smiley faces . The smiles have a crispy coating and the potato in the centre is soft when cooked. They are about 1.5-2 inches long and about 1 centimetre thick.
These potato smiley's taste very much like chips just in a different shape and these have a slightly crispier coating than oven chips. They have a very soft potato centre with a crispy coating. I like when they cooked slightly over the recommended time of 12-15 minutes because I like when the coating is crispier than normal because it makes a greater mix with the soft potato inside.
The Smiles smell very much like oven chips also but I think these smiles are much better quality than oven chips. What I find with oven chips is that when they are cooked in the oven I always get a few that don't cook properly or some that are half cooked. Even when I leave them in for a little longer they come out half burnt. With these smiles when they are cooked in the oven they come out perfect and I never get the problem of half of them being uncooked/half cooked.
I never have any trouble with broken or mashed smiley faces when I get these they are quite thick so there's no wonder they always stay in tact. Most of all they don't get stuck to the tray when I put them in the oven which fries sometimes do. You know they are cooked when they are crispy and a light golden colour.
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McCain Smiles are to be stored in the freezer and the 454g packet is quite small and doesn't take up much space in my freezer.
McCain Smiles can be cooked in the oven fried or grilled. I prefer to cook mine in the oven because in my opinion this is how they come out the best to eat. The cooking time in the oven is 12-15 minutes on gas mark 7.
These Potato Smiles are available to buy at ASDA for £1.30 for a 454g bag which is approx. about 10 to 15 smiley faces. They are very often on sale for £1 is ASDA but either way they are very worth it. All other supermarkets will have a similar price varying from £1-2. They are definitely my favourite alternative to fries/chips.
Summary: Great alternative for chips.
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