“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I only go to Morrison's on odd occasions as my usual supermarkets are Tesco and Asda, my daughter lives close to a Morrison`s so when visiting her the other day we took a trip over and I got myself what on the face of it seemed a bargain tasty snack but in reality was a waste of bloody money.
The snack I refer to is the Morrison`s bacon and cheese grills, although calling them bacon and cheese grills should really be against trading standards because the so called bacon was more like reformed ham and the cheese well...... I give up what was it?
The only thing of any real note in these things was the grease that came from them once heated and ready to eat, there was no mistaking what it was, it was horrid, disgusting grease.
The bacon or should I say reformed ham was nothing like real meat and chewing it was like trying to chew your way through a tyre, I binned the packaging without ever checking the calorie or fat content but I am willing to bet it is huge and I thoroughly recommend everyone avoids these like the plague.
These Bacon And Cheese Grills from Morrisons are horrible, me and my sister had one tonight and even though she quite liked hers I thought mine tasted proper greasy and I couldn't eat it all.
They are slabs of thick ham that are flavoured to taste like bacon, this is topped with cheese and then the whole thing is covered in breadcrumbs. I grilled mine but I think you can do them in the oven or fry them, god knows who would want one of these madly greasy things fried though! lol
The main flavour of them is just grease as far as I can tell. The bacon tastes very artificial and was loads too chewy for me to believe it was proper meat, it was a bit rubbery as well and that was annoying because I chose to grill it to avoid it going like rubber.
The cheese is quite mild and tastes very processed, it's a bit stringy like mozzerella but hasn't got half such a nice taste. It's bland and some of the bacon flavour has soaked into it and even though cheese and bacon are a classic mix these 2 don't go well at all.
The breadcrumbs I think are the source of the greasy taste and they're plain rank. The ones at the bottom of the Grill under the ham have gone soggy and soaked up every drip of grease out of the meat, the ones on the top are still quite crunchy but they are also proper oily tasting.
These taste horrible and I'll never eat them again. The taste is pure disgusting and it's the worst kind of food ever, it's got to be madly unhealthy and I wish I'd kept the pack now to see how many grammes of fat was in it! Shedloads I bet!
As you know I have a thing about cheese and chocolate. Well today I am writing about these lovely little cheese and bacon grills.
They come in packs of four and are packed in a plastic clear container with a simple stickon label on the front. Giving you a clear view of the items for sale. There is on some packs a slide over cardboard cover too which I do not think is absolutely necessary especially in this day and age of recycling.
The items inside are four small squares of bacon which I think has been reformed from bits and cheese slices on the top covered in breadcrumbs.
They do not give off any real aroma until they are put under the grill which is my preferred way of cooking these.
Then you get a gentle smell of hot bacon and cheese wafting around the room, it smells delicious and gets the tastebuds going a treat.
Tasting these I would advise that you let them cool down a little due to the hot cheese but once you cannot wait any longer and pop a piece into your mouth the flavours burst out and give you a lovely flavour of bacon and cheese with a coating of crisp breadcrumbs which is simply delicious.
You can serve these with chips or new potatoes and peas. or with a crispy green salad.
I love these for a light meal and would suggest that if you are feeding a family of four you would need two packs. But at £1.49 a pack and sometimes available on a buy one get one free they are very good value.
MORRISONS 4 BACON & CHEESE GRILLS
COST: £1.49 per pack (presumably intended to serve 2)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per grill):
- of which sugars: 1.8g
- of which saturates: 4.7g
Salt equivalent: 2.3g
Pork, water, salt, sodium triphosphate, sodium polyphosphate, disodium diphosphate, potassium nitrate, sodium nitrite, sodium ascorbate, cheese, butter, rennet, emulsifying salts, calcium phosphate, dried skimmed milk, onion extract, whey powder, chives, wheat flour, yeast, ascorbic acid, sunflower oil, dimethylpolysiloxane, wheat starch, vegetable oil, paprika extract
NUTRITIONAL & ALLERGY ADVICE:
Contains gluten and milk. May contain nuts (including peanuts)
Morrisons Bacon & Cheese Grills caught my eye in the chilled ready meals section of the supermarket, and I thought they'd be a good thing to eat with Morrisons Crispy Potato Slices (see other review) and a few vegetables. Never having eaten a bacon & cheese grill in my life, I felt - ever the optimist - this could be a journey into some kind of epicurean nirvana, exploring avenues unknown into the world of fat, calories, phosphates and food additives....quite a lot of these used in certain combinations can taste rather nice, if you shut your eyes to the ingredients lists.
The bacon & cheese grills come in a fairly shallow, clear semi-stiff plastic tray, covered with a soft, easy-peel layer of plastic over the top. There is a label stuck two-thirds of the way around the tray. The front and second portion of the label are identical, the second portion being smaller, and at the top, on a brown and orange background, the label shows the standard Morrisons logo with the words in white lettering "4 bacon & cheese grills", then underneath in smaller white lettering are the words "chopped and shaped bacon topped with processed cheese and covered with a crispy breadcrumb coating". This is repeated on the small side of the label. Underneath is a black on yellow £1.49 price sticker, advice that the product apparently contains no hydrogenated fats, no artificial flavourings and no artificial colours. Spread across the front of the label is an image of two bacon & cheese grills on a white plate (and they look delicious!) with a lettuce garnish.
The label stretches to underneath the plastic tray, and on a white background, bears the nutritional information, allergy and dietary advice, Morrisons' contact details, advice that the product is freezable, ingredients list, storage/refrigeration instructions and cooking instructions; bake in a pre-heated oven (200C/400F/Gas mark 6) for 15 minutes if cooking from chilled, and 20 minutes if cooking from frozen.
Each grill is approximately half an inch thick, approximately 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. The breadcrumb coating is a yellowish brown colour, and completely hides the bacon and cheese inside. I placed two of the grills next to my crispy potato slices on an ungreased flat baking tray, and cooked as advised in a pre-heated oven. During the cooking time, I could smell bacon wafting up from the oven.
On serving, each of the grills came away easily from the baking tray, and there was no leakage of cheese. The appearance was not offputting exactly, but it didn't make me leap around the kitchen emitting whoops of ecstasy at what I was about to eat. The breadcrumb coating looked flat, dull coloured and uninteresting... but, hell, I was hungry!
I decided to sample the potatoes first (see separate review), then tackled one of the bacon & cheese grills. It took a little bit of sawing with my knife to penetrate the breadcrumb coating which I discovered (hard to tell until you cut into it) was rather thick, but once inside, there seemed to be a reasonable chunk of bacon topped with a decent-sized smear of processed cheese. As I moved the forkful of food closer to my mouth, I noticed a very distinctive bacon smell....then, test time. I closed my teeth around the wodge of food, and bit down. The breadcrumb coating was rather hard and a little too thick for my liking, but it tasted OK. The bacon inside really did taste like bacon, and although the cheese had little flavour at all, its presence moisturised and to a degree, softened the texture of the overly hard breadcrumbs.
Chewing the combination of bacon, cheese and breadcrumbs was harder work than I'd have preferred, because of the breadcrumbs being too crunchy - yes the cheese moistened them from the inside, but the outer surface remained like granite. The blend of flavours in my mouth was nonetheless pleasant, and moreish to the point where I wanted to continue eating. They weren't overly salty either....well, no more salty than smoked bacon ordinarily is.
As I scoffed my way through the two bacon & cheese grills I'd served myself, I noticed that the strips of cheese and bacon were generous in length as well as thickness, running along the whole of the grill shape - not skimping at each end. I found that they had a taste which grew on me...the more I ate, the more I was enjoying them and when I'd finished, I wished I'd cooked three of them instead of the standard serving of two. OK that would have been plain greed, but being a greedy person where food is concerned, that's not a problem for me.
As an overall verdict, I'd say Morrisons Bacon & Cheese Grills are not very appetising to look at, but are rather delicious to eat. As far as the texture is concerned, I'd prefer the breadcrumb coating to be thinner, as it did overpower the filling somewhat and was too hard/crunchy for my own personal taste - it thus loses a star when rating this product - but as far as the overall flavour is concerned, I hand ten marks out of ten to Morrisons for a very tasty and satisfying creation. The product is on the high side of moderate as far as calories are concerned, because each grill is quite substantial and two would be more than adequate for most people, but the fat content is frighteningly high...29.4g for two grills! The product is very high in protein though, and the price is good.
I would buy Morrisons Bacon & Cheese Grills again and enjoy them, but not on a regular basis, despite me mostly having found them delicious, as I feel there are far less fat-ridden ways of having one's daily intake of protein which are just as delicious.
That's all folks....thanks for reading!