“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I have eaten Quorn products for years now as I really like them on the whole, finding they offer a tasty meat-free option to my evening meal, with the Quorn mince offering a meat-free solution to some of my favourite meals such as Spaghetti Bolognaise and Chilli Con Carne. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Quorn is a man-made meat substitute and is completely suitable for vegetarians.
One of the meat-free products that I had tried a few years back was the pack of 2 "Quorn Peppered Steaks" and I remembered being rather unimpressed, so failed to repurchase this product for quite some time. When I noticed a recent offer/promotion in Tesco recently however, my eye was drawn to the range of Quorn products as there was an offer running that would let me purchase two packs of Quorn products for around £4.50, which allowed for a reasonable saving to be made as most of the products cost in the region of £3. I decided to give the Peppered Steaks in the range another try, mainly because the 196g package had changed considerably since the last time I purchased them, and so I was wondering if the product had undergone a bit of a 'revamp'.
The packaging is fairly average where Quorn products are concerned, and consists of an outer cardboard 'sleeve' which can be removed from the plastic tray contained within. The plastic tray holds two individual Quorn 'steaks' and has a plastic film covering on top. The card contains all relevant information about the product such as the nutritional content as well as the cooking instructions. The steaks can be cooked in the oven (14 mins) or under the grill (8 mins) as well as in the microwave (2 mins) or on the BBQ (8 mins). I always have potatoes or potato wedges with products like this and so have the oven on anyway so I usually cook products like this in the oven and this is how I cooked my Quorn Steaks on this occasion.
The Quorn Steaks had to be placed on a baking tray to cook and even as I was doing this, I could smell the spice of pepper and thought they looked to be quite delicious, thanks to the little flecks of red peppercorns and what appeared to be some herbs too. I was impressed also at the generous size of each of the Steaks, and thought they looked to be quite attractive overall. As they were cooking, I was able to witness the gorgeous cracked pepper and herb-like aroma and couldn't wait to tuck in.
Removing the steaks from the oven, I was slightly disappointed to note that the edges were slightly dark - not burnt to a crisp, but certainly getting there! The steaks had not exceeded their cooking time whilst in the oven, nor had the oven been too high and in actual fact this is something that I have found can occur with several Quorn products that I eat regularly. I find this annoying but admittedly it is not the end of the world. I thought that the slightly black edges of the steaks did take something from the overall appearance however, as they had looked really quite attractive prior to cooking, with the little flecks of red pepper standing out against the brown 'meat' of the steaks. As some of the brown 'meat' was now slightly blackened or at best very darkly-coloured, it was not really possible to see the red flecks on the peppery surface of the steaks which was a bit of a shame as it had looked so appetising.
The flavour and taste of the Quorn Peppered Steaks did not disappoint however, so I do think that this 'darkening' whilst cooking is something that only affects the image of the product and not the taste. Both my husband and myself found the steaks to be thoroughly enjoyable and even though my husband is a meat eater who regularly enjoys eating red meat, he commented how delicious his steak was. I had to agree with him and we both polished off our Quorn Steaks quite happily,
The peppery glaze is what really comes through on these steaks and I was pleased to have it there as I have found in the past that some meat-free 'meaty' products can be rather bland if they are without some sort of seasoned coating or flavour. The pepper flavour is quite delicious and provides a pleasant tangy 'kick' to the steaks that is not overly hot, being quite mild compared to other pepper products and flavourings. Certainly the peppery glaze on the Quorn steaks seemed to have been the main change in the steaks since the last time I had purchased them. I remember having large chunks of peppercorn on the steaks I had bought in the past which I didn't find particularly pleasant, so I was pleased that the 're-vamped' version of the product seemed to have amended the recipe, making the small pieces of pepper much finer and therefore more palatable to me personally.
The steaks are quite succulent considering they are meat-free and are extremely tender and quite moist, with no part - even the darker, slightly burnt edges - appearing to be dried out or loosing anything from their delicious consistency. Offering a pleasant 'bite' with every mouthful, the steaks were, as initially anticipated, a generous size and I found myself feeling satisfyingly full after my meal.
The nutritional information on the cardboard sleeve informs me that each of the Quorn Peppered Steaks will provide only 115 kcal and 3.7g fat, which I think is extremely low considering the generous size and delicious flavour. As with all Quorn products, they are completely suitable for a vegetarian diet and there is sufficient allergy information provided so that consumers can make an informed choice about the suitability of the product.
Overall, I was very impressed with the delicious Quorn Peppered Steaks and I will definitely be repurchasing them again in the future.
As @ June 2012, the price for the pack containing two Quorn Steaks is:
Tesco = £2.65 (Or buy any two packs for £4)
Asda = £2.51
Sainsbury's = £2.65
I orginally tried these when they were on offer in a local supermarket and since then never buy at full price as they very often are on offer at £1 or 3 for a £5 - it varies at supermarket and month by month. Normally they are priced around £2.50 per pack of 2.
Firstly I would say these are very tasty product and actually had a lot more kick than I thought they would - so be warned they are peppery! I find they go really well with mashed potatoes or even a salad as a healthy option.
They are very easy to cook and can even be cooked in the microwave within minutes. However, do be careful, if you over cook them they can become easily dry. On the whole though they stay moist and succelant but do have a chewy texture which some people may not like, esp any non meat-eaters which are trying them.
My partner is a non meat eater and has tried these. Whilst he finds they are tasty he does say that they don't taste anything like Steak. However he continues to eat them as a healthy option with just 0.5g saturated fat and 107 calories per steak.
On the whole a tasty Quorn product, not my favourite, mainly due to the texture but still a very cheap (when on offer) and easy addition any diet.
The ingredients for these Steaks are as follows:
Quorn steak (92%) [mycoprotein*, rehydrated free range egg white, onion, flavouring, partially hydrogenated rape, palm & palm kernel oils, milk protein, roasted barley malt extract, tapioca starch, gelling agent: pectin], pepper coating (water, wheat dextrose, black pepper, salt, green & red peppers, sunflower oil, gelling agent: xanthan gum). 48% of product.
im not a vegetarian, but i have been keen to try other products. i have tried the quorn chicken and mince (the mince is more or less identical, chicken a little strange) so i wanted to try this as a substitue to meat.
the best thing is its low in calories, fat and naturally high in protein.
okay so its not a steak, thats obviously but it tasted very similar to a kind of cheap burger (i loved it) reminds me of a macdonalds burger without the grease and fat. it has a kind of tuna steak texture when u bite into it. although the flavour was pretty blan, a bit of tomato ketchup MAKES the flavour, probably why i concluded with the burger idea. to be honest i loved it, it was really filling i had mine with stir fried vegetables and cous cous.
the only thing i have to say it smelled slightly artificial. not disgusting just strange!
Quorn peppered steaks can be found in the chiller section of most supermarkets. They are normally priced around £2.18 but can often be picked up cheaper as they are often subject to supermarket promotions so can often be picked up for less.
Quorn is manufactured by Marlow Foods and has been around since 1985. It was developed in the UK by the chemical manufacturer ICI. It is essentially a meat substitute which is high in protein and fibre and is naturally low in fat. The main ingredient in quorn is a substance called mycroprotien which is produced by growing and fermenting a fungi called fusarism in large tanks. This is then bound with egg whites before other ingredients are added to it.
They come on a black plastic tray with a clear film lid which is slid into a cardboard sleeve. The packaging shows a quite realistic picture of the product and highlights the fact that they are high in fibre and low in saturated fat.
There are 2 good sized (approx 98g each) per pack, each 'beef' style steak has been coated with a green and red pepper and black peppercorn glaze.
The storage instructions given on pack are to keep refrigerated and use by date on pack. They are also suitable for home freezing, they should be frozen on day of purchase and can be kept for up to 3 months.
There is a good range of cooking instructions given on the back of the pack, with instructions for oven, grill, microwave and even BBQ cooking. I prefer the oven method which is basically to pop in oven at 220c/425f/Gas Mark 7 for 14 minutes.
The steaks are really very tasty. The pepper seasoning really brings the best out of the steaks. It gives a lovely, hot peppery taste but Quorn have got it just right with these steaks they are certainly peppery with a bit of a kick but are not at all over powering. The steaks are meant to replicate beef, I really can't comment on the likeness as I have been vegetarian for around 26 years have very hazy memories on how beef tastes. I would however say that they have a quite dense texture but are beautifully moist. They are quick and easy to prepare and are quite versatile as they go great with vegetables, pasta, salad and chips.
Energy - 107kcal
Protein - 11.2g
Carbohydrate - 7.3g (of which sugars - 2.2g)
Fat - 3.7g (of which saturates - 0.5g)
Fibre - 3.9g
Sodium - 0.4g
Salt equivalent - 1.0g
As with all quorn products quorn peppered steaks are suitable for vegetarians and are vegetarian society approved.
Allergy advice - Product contains egg, milk, barley and wheat germ.
I would definitely recommend these steaks. I have over the years tried most Quorn products over the years and these are definitely one of the best. I love them!
I am a 'part-time' Vegetarian. When me and my flatmate first started residing together she had been a vegetarian for years though one day simply stopped and started tucking into anything meaty with vengeance!
I however had gotten used to following a meat free diet and so although I had never completely given up on meat still, to this day consume meat free products rather often and one of my favourite brands in Quorn so when I spotted these the other day on offer for a pack of two costing a pound I decided to get them us both to try out.
The 'steaks' come in a black plastic tray with a clear plastic over them. The sleeve over that simply pulls on and off and on the front of said sleeve has a photograph of one of the cooked steaks on it and I am told that they are Quorn 2 Peppered Steaks 'Delicious Quorn steaks coated in a green & red pepper & cracked black peppercorn glaze' and that they are low in saturated fat and high in protein, that they are Vegetarian Society approved, the best before date is clearly stamped on there and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too. On the back of the sleeve other information listed include being told a bit about the product and how to cook them, the size is stated (which is 196g), ingredients, allergy advice and storage instructions (you can freeze them by the way) are given, there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for Quorn are listed. Nice enough packaging this is, its informative enough and there isn't too much of it either which is a bonus!
Two rather large brown coloured 'meaty' looking steaks, they are rather thick and have a peppery smell to them along with seeds of red and black bits all over them, evenly coated. You can oven cook them in about 14 minutes, grill and BBQ them in around 12 minutes or do as I did and bung them in the microwave for about 3 minutes. When cooked they look firm, but moist and give off a really strong peppery smell.
At first bite I didn't like these at all. The texture seemed weird and like a cheap beefburger...a bit mushy. However I soon got used the texture and started to really appreciate the flavour that these have to them!
Made from mycroprotein these have a nice taste of onion and the pepper coating although distinctive isn't burn your you brains out hot. They are moist steaks and of course you can serve them any way that you want to!
These for me are low in fat, fuss free to cook up, filling and really, really flavoursome. I love the seasoning these have to them and will be certain to purchase them time and time again in the future!
Nutritional Information Per 'Steak':
Available in all good supermarkets etc and if they're not on offer will cost about £1.80 for a box of two.
Quorn Peppered Steaks ~
First of all I have to say that I am not a vegetarian but a few weeks ago, while having a very off and sluggish day, I made the decision to start eating a little more healthily.
So I have been slowly working my way through various different Quorn and meat free products in general, making a note of which I like and those I wouldn't bother with again, and I am very proud to say that I have now lost 7lbs in weight in the process........... Happy Days !!
So although I hadn't intended to prove anything to myself, weight loss wise, I have inadvertently shown that there are definite health benefits to eating these products.
Quorn products are convenience foods aimed mainly for vegetarian consumers as the products are made from Mycoprotien which is a nutritious member of the fungi family and which is naturally low in fat and high in protein and fibre.
One of the products I was impressed with during my quest was these peppered steaks from Quorn.
Packaging ~ These come in a black plastic tray covered with a clear plastic sealed covering and inside a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve shows a very tempting photo of the steaks covered in finely chopped red and green peppers, and served with potato wedges and tomatoes as a serving suggestion. We are also told on the cover that the steaks are low in saturated fats and high in protein and we are given the following nutritional information:
For each 98g steak:
Calories ~ 107
Sugars ~ 2.2g
Fat ~ 3.7g
Saturates ~ 0.5g
Salt ~ 1.0g
And for those interested in the allergy advice they contain egg, milk, barley and wheat gluten.
To cook ~ These steaks are convenient in that they are so quick and easy to cook. These are the times from chilled, just add a couple more minutes to each if cooking from frozen.....
Oven ~ 220c/425f/gas 7 for 14 minutes
Grill ~ Medium grill for 12 minutes turning occasionally
Microwave ~ Cook in tray with pierced film lid on high power for 2 minutes and stand for 1 minute, based on an 800w oven.
BBQ ~ Brush steaks with a little oil and cook for 12 minutes turning frequently.
Opinion ~ Well I have to say that these are not as peppery as I would have liked but they do have a very pleasant taste. The taste really can't be compared to a thick juicy steak, but of course the health benefits are the reason for my choosing these as opposed to having a steak and so I have to compromise. The peppers really do not taste as strong as you may expect but you can taste them and it is pleasant and the steak is quite juicy and tender. The texture is a little on the soft side, in fact a little too soft, I would have preferred something a little more chewy, something to get my teeth into. Having said all this they are very pleasant and a far healthier option to meat all the time and when served with mashed potato, veg and gravy, they do make a tasty meal that I really enjoyed.
All in all I would deffinatley buy this Quorn product again and probably quite regularly due to their health benefits and the fact that they are also quite cheap at around £2.00 for the pack of 2 steaks. And also that they are great for slimmers!!
Thank you for reading my review !!
While at my mother in laws a couple of weeks ago she said she had got me and my husband these to try for lunch, so naturally we obliged and they were not as bad as I thought they were going to be.
I don't like the quorn burgers, they are very rubbery, and these looked similar when uncooked but with peppery bits on top, so I wasn't holding out much hope.
I'm not sure of the price of these, as I haven't seen these in Sainsburys but I imagine based on other quorn products that they would be around £2.00 to £3.00.
On the Quorn website it describes these as "Deliciously succulent Quorn steaks topped with green and red peppers and cracked black peppercorns." I would say that is a fair description.
The steaks are made from the same mycroprotein as other Quorn products which is some sort of fungi.
I think you can cook these in the oven, I forgot to ask my mother in law what she did, but I'm sure there are directions on the packet.
The Ingredients (taken from the Quorn website) are as follows:
Quorn steak (92%) [mycoprotein*, rehydrated free range egg white, onion, flavouring, partially hydrogenated rape, palm & palm kernel oils, milk protein, roasted barley malt extract, tapioca starch, gelling agent: pectin], pepper coating (water, wheat dextrose, black pepper, salt, green & red peppers, sunflower oil, gelling agent: xanthan gum). 48% of product.
Nutritional Information according to the Quorn website is:
Per Steak - 107kcal energy, 11.2g protein, 3.7g fat, 3.9g fibre, 7.3g carbohydrates.
The steaks themselves, actually looked quite appetising when cooked. (Some meat substitutes can look very weird). You could see all the different peppers on top, which made it look more interesting. The taste was actually quite nice, I wouldn't say fantastic and nothing compared to actual steak, but good. You could taste the pepper, and it gave the steak a good kick to it, it did taste like most other Quorn products (hard to describe), it's a fairly bland taste but the pepper made it nice. The texture was soft and a little rubbery but nowhere near the rubberiness (no other word for it) of other Quorn products.
All in all I did enjoy these and would buy them again. I wouldn't recommend them as an alternative to an actual steak but as their own product and as a product for vegetarians I would recommend them.
For more information you can visit the quorn website at:
I eat poultry and fish but when it comes to red meats, I rather not bother. I also often favour vegetarian options and normally cook from scratch.
Putting together one of my last grocery deliveries I noticed that Tesco were running special offers on Quorn products.
I ordered a few items (after all, £1.10 or so is still better than more than twice that) to keep for emergencies or for when my vegetarian friends come so I have something just in case.
Quorn is the brand name for a range of vegetarian food products made from mycoprotein. Mycoprotein ( myco- Greek for fungus) - is a protein from the Fusarium venenatum fungus and is used to create meat substitute in vegetarian dishes.
One of the purchases was a pack of 2 Quorn Peppered Steaks, and by peppered steaks they mean coated in green & red pepper and black peppercorn glaze. I have a very big soft spot for peppers and always keep sliced peppers in the freezer as I tend to throw a handful into almost all my dishes whether it is required or not. Seeing the picture and the red and green 'bits' on the packaging enticed me into buying.
Now, had I been in the store and looked in the fresh produce fridge with the Quorn products, I would have pushed the plastic tray out of its cardboard outer to see what the actual steaks looked like. Ordering online made this impossible and I had to go on trust and hope for the best.
As mentioned, the steaks arrive in a plastic tray with plastic film covering the top so you can see what's underneath. All the green colours could automatically make you think that you are looking at a green and healthy product and you may be right. The packing boasts that it is low in saturated fat and high in protein (which, due to what the product actually is, a fungus, is believable). Even at 107 calories per steak, you could indulge yourself and have two without raking up too much of a calorie count.
Furthermore, the product is approved by the Vegetarian Society, however it is not Vegan due to eggs and milk contained in the steaks.
Prepared meals are for the people who can't cook, won't cook, can't be bothered to cook and me.
The back of the cardboard sleeve will give full instruction on how to cook the steaks. There are 4 ways of going about it, oven cook, grill, microwave and barbeque. Each time the settings required as well as cooking times from chilled and (if you decided to freeze them on the day of purchase) frozen.
The instructions say that for best results the steaks should be oven cooked at 220ºC for 14 minutes (or 2 minutes less for fan assisted ovens) Do not overcook the items but make sure the are piping hot before serving.
I had steak cut oven chips in the oven for 15 minutes already when I decided to bang the steaks in with it on the same tray and bake them so they were ready at the same time.
Right from the word go I was rather disappointed. Each steak was no more than a little over half a centimeter thick and absolutely smooth. With peppers and crushed black peppercorn glaze I would have thought there would be some sticky up bits but I was sadly mistaken. The steak was "as flat as a pancake" and "smooth as a baboon's bottom".
How anyone can manage to eliminate the smell of peppercorn and peppers will also be a mystery I will never understand as the steaks had no discernable smell, and I would have expected at least something, maybe even a little smoky smell to give it some sort of steak-like resemblance (not just in shape but also smell). Never mind, there was still the cooking process and I was still hoping for more and was banking on the aroma to develop while cooking in the oven until ready. No such luck I'm afraid and either my sense of smell is totally off or the peppered steaks did not smell of anything much. As it's not my very acute sense of smell it has to be the latter.
What was a smooth surface before on the steaks did not look much different now. And if you had any worries that there might be some fat leaking or glistening, fear not. The top and bottom of the steaks were bone dry, but at least they were not quite as smooth any longer. But at least it didn't shrink and was still the same size as when it went into the oven.
With a handful of oven chips on the plate and salad on the side, the peppered steak looked a little small and sad. I packed the second one on top to give it at least a little bit of height and substance. Yet, still not much of a smell to speak of.
I don't know what I expected but cutting into one of the steaks was like running a knife through butter. There was no resistance, no texture, no nothing. I must say I looked at it in disbelief. But the proof of the pudding (or in this case steak) is in the eating, or so they say.
The steak was piping hot and I expected some of the red and green peppers to shine through and tickle my taste buds. But nothing, the bit I had on my tongue didn't even require proper chewing, it almost dissolved on my tongue.
Yet where were the peppers, where was the peppercorn? How can anyone manage to extract all flavour out of peppers is totally beyond me. The steak was very dry and incredibly bland and tasted of virtually nothing, at least nothing that I could identify as tasty.
I wish I could say that it tasted of something but even now I am still at a loss what the steaks actually tasted like, and I kept the cardboard sleeve so I don't write down the wrong information. I suspect the sleeve could have been just as tasty.
Buying the Quorn Peppered Steaks seemed a good idea at a time. They came with fairly long use by date and looked nice in the fridge. However, when it comes to cooking and eating, I must say I was thoroughly disappointed and I'm glad I tried them myself first before offering anything like this to my vegetarian friends. I have tried a number of Quorn products and this is the first one where I have to say that it and I will not cross paths again if I can help it.
Disappointment would be an understatement as I have rarely ever had anything so bland and dry to eat (apart from bread without anything on possibly). I can not recommend this at all, unless you do not like flavours in your food and prefer the bland variety.
Card Sleeve - widely recycled
Plastic Tray - check local recycling
Plastic Film - not currently recycled
Who is Quorn?
Quorn is a brand name that produces vegetarian foods and has been doing so since the 1980's when mainstream vegetarianism first took off
What does it look like?
Um, it looks a bit like steak. It has a char grilled appearance with chopped peppercorns on top and comes in a black plastic tray in a cardboard sleeve
Why would I buy it?
If you were vegetarian or slimming (quorn products are high in protein but low in fat and cholesterol). You can also use it on the barbecue in the Summer (makes a change from the same old veggie burgers) or you can blast it in the microwave for a couple of minutes for a quick supper at home or a quick lunch at work. It would also be nice if you were cooking steak and wanted to offer any veggies a choice which would make them feel more included
What can I do with it?
More of a meal item than an ingredient, although you could chop it up and use in a stew or stir fry of some sort. There are lots of recipe ideas on the quorn.co.uk website
What does it taste like?
It has a good texture, though the taste is not as flavoursome as real meat. Ideally I'd serve it with a great barbecue sauce or some garlic mayo. You'd do well need to add some strong flavours to pep the taste up a little or it might seem a bit bland. Again more suited for those with an open mind as it doesn't taste the same as a steak would. If you don't like peppercorns you might not like the peppercorns on top, they can be a bit strong if you get a big piece
I first tried these a few years ago and wasn't all that impressed. I thought that they were overpriced and wasn't all that sure about the flavour. Recently however I have been buying my husband steak quite a lot and I have been having little tinges of envy as he tucks into a juicy steak with some chips, mustard and a bit of crisp lettuce. I would bever actually want to eat one but when I saw these on offer at my local Tesco's I thought I would give them another try.
I paid £1.07 for a pack of 2 steaks and I believe this was a half price offer so at full price I think that they are rather expensive. I wouldn't say I have a massive appetite but I can polish two of these off quite easily so I don't think that a pack would serve two people.
Ok so next time my husband was eating steak, I cooked myself up the sam meal, substituting the meat for these Quorn steaks. I wasn't expecting all that muck, but do you know what? ... I was really pleasantly suprised. They tasted great, I had imagined them to be really dry but they were actually quite moist and succulent. The flavour was also really great and the peppercorns on the top really added to the appearance and flavour.
It felt like a really heart and satifying meal yet it didn't bloat me or make me feel uncomfortable. It was just a really enjoyable change and felt nice to be kind of enjoying the same meal as my husband. I would definately buy these again but probably only when they are on special offer.
I decided to buy a pack of these Quorn Peppered Steaks a few days ago, after reading some good reviews of them here. I used to be Vegetarian many years ago, and though I am not any more, I still tend to eat quite a lot of Vegetarian foods. This is probably because I am not keen on the texture of meat, especially if I come across fat or gristle.
I bought a pack of two Peppered Steaks in Tesco for £1.07. They are on offer at the moment - the usual price is £2.15, so they are very good value. The steaks are found in the chilled ready meals section, and can also be frozen on the day of purchase for up to three months. They look similar to real steaks from a distance, as they are a dark brown colour, and are shaped to look like a piece of meat. They are coated with green and red peppers and a cracked black pepper glaze. Quorn is made from mycoprotein, which is derived from the funghi family, and is low in fat and high in protein and fibre. It is good for Vegetarians, as it provides a form of protein.
Each steak contains -
3.7g fat (0.5g saturates)
My husband and I ate the steaks with some mixed vegetables and sauteed potatoes. I enjoyed the taste of the steak, as did my husband, though he commented that he prefers the Quorn Escalopes, if he is having a meat-free meal. We cooked them in the oven, and they took about 14 minutes from chilled, though they can also be grilled, microwaved or barbequed. They do not taste anything like a real steak, though they are made to look like one. I would certainly eat these again, as I am not a big fan of meat.
I think that these Peppered Steaks are a versatile product to have in the fridge or freezer, as they go with lots of different foods, such as chips, beans, salad and all vegetables. They are low in fat and high in fibre, and therefore make a quick, easy and healthy meal.
After trying and loving the Quorn Lemon Pepper Escallopes that are currently on sale at Tesco's for half price and that I recently raved about here on dooyoo, I went back to Tesco's today to stock up while they are still on sale. While I was there, I noticed these Quorn Peppered Steaks were also on sale at half price. They were £1.07 for two steaks - I quickly snapped these up as well.
I decided to try these peppered steaks for lunch because I was quite hungry after my shopping trip (I walk to the shop and the way back is up a massive hill carrying all my groceries!). So I popped one of these steaks in the oven and started unpacking.
I took the steak out of the oven about 20 minutes later as I like my quorn well done and nice and crispy. These had crisped up nicely by that time but weren't at all burned. I served this with a small baked potatoe that I made in the microwave and some steamed winter greens. In all, a very healthy and hearty lunch that was ready very quickly.
These steaks tasted very, very similar to salisbury steak to me. Now, having been vegetarian for a number of years I don't remember so well what real steak tastes like so perhaps these wouldn't taste like steak to a meat eater. But to me, the texture was just right, they were a little chewy but mostly quite tender, they looked like steaks and the taste was delicious. The pepper coating made these nice and interesting and the quorn itself was quite succulent.
I really don't understand how quorn can be so versatile - most of the time it tastes like chicken so then how is it able to also taste like steak? I have no idea how it works, but it does.
The best part about these steaks for me is that they are extremely low in calories - only 107 calories each! For a steak! Amazing. Well, it looks like I'll be heading back out to Tesco's to stock up on this variety as well, but first I need a break as I'm now stuffed but still exhausted!
Quorn Peppered Steaks are a great product from the Quorn range which I regularly use as my husband is a veggie. I actually find these are great for me on a low fat diet too as they are very low in saturated fat.
These quorn steaks are in the style of peppered beef steak and although I would never claim that they taste anything like the real thing, they are very tasty as a product in their own right and are wonderfully filling and convenient, being quick and easy to cook.
Each steak contains only 107 calories and 0.5g of saturated fat which equates to 1.5 weight watchers points per steak. Each steak is roughly the size of a small beef steak but looks like the textured protein that it actually is. There is obvious peppercorn seasoning sprinkled over the top of each steak and it is textured to resemble a chargrilled finish.
I have found that these 'steaks' are particularly tasty with a sweet potato mash on the side, the sweetness of this side dish works well with the peppercorn seasoning on the steak. Overall I do think you need to eat these with something else as they are, at the end of the day, pretty bland micro-protein and only really taste of the seasoning.
You can cook these in a conventional oven and they take around 20 minutes from chilled, you can also fry or grill them and they do not take long to heat through. I buy mine from Asda but I have also seen them in Sainsburys and Tesco and they range between being £1.50 a pack (of two) when on special offer to around £2.15 full price.
If you are veggetarian or live with with one I would highly recommend that you give these a go, although many people seem to have issue with non-meat products which are seemingly trying to imitate meat, I would say that these are simply a versatile, tasty and healthy meat alternative and does not bear much resemblance at all to the meat product it is supposedly a substitute for!
Another great, reliable product from the Quorn range, without which I sometimes think I would be lost for meal ideas!
I'm not a vegetarian but lately I've been trying various Quorn products! Quorn is a brand of non meat foods such as mince and chicken. One of the products I've recently tried is the Quorn style peppered steaks.
Quorn products are available in all supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. depending on what product it is you are buying, they can be found in the freezers, or in the refrigerators. They are easy to spot though and stand out nicely on the shelf.
These products are found in the fridges alongside the other quorn fresh products. However some quorn products are frozen and therefore can be found in the freezer section. None of the brand products are difficult to find though.
They come sold in a 196g box. The box contains 2 of the steaks. I was really shocked when I saw the price I must admit. I was going to be charged £2.16 for only two of these!! This meant that each steak worked out at £1.08! This was actually very expensive considering from McDonalds for example you can get a burger, chips and a drink for only £1.99!!
The box Is really quite attractive and jumps out at you on the shelf. The picture on the front Is extremely appealing and makes the product seem all the more tempting! The box is made of cardboard and on the front is the big QUORN logo! The back of the box obviously gives all nutritional information and ingredients as most products do. The thing I noticed about the front of the packet was the huge picture of the actual product itself. It looked absolutely gorgeous! On the front was a picture of the products. There was a gorgeous looking picture of the peppered steak. It looked as though it had been sprinkled with chilli and other spices and was sat upon a nice looking plate of rice.
Opening the box you come across the peppered steaks. There were 2 the packet which again reiterated to me just how blooming expensive they were! They looked like a good size but weren't overly big. They definitely weren't as big as the escalope's I had recently tried in the same range. They were quite pale in colour and I hoped they would brighten up a little bit once cooked.
We served them up with chips! So as you can imagine it wasn't a very healthy meal! we cooked them in the oven and from frozen they took around 17 minutes. By this time the delicious smell had filled the air. It was surprisingly very meat like and resembled real steak however only just not as strong!
Taste wise the peppered steaks were really quite delicious. They did taste quite similar to real steak but the main taste was the pepper. I think they had definitely put a lot of pepper in to them! The texture was nice and chewy and not soft and crumbly like I had been worried. With the chips they were perfect and dipped into HP brown sauce it was a lovely treat!
A typical steak contains 197 calories and 3.7g of fat! This is amazing and not bad at all for the size of them!
I've been eating Quorn products for years now, I regularly use the mince to make bolognese or the chunks in a curry and have tried the sausages but I wasn't aware of these peppered steaks by Quorn until I saw some reviews on dooyoo about them. Armed with the knowledge they existed I popped to our local Somerfield and found they were currently on offer at £2 for a pack of two. I have no idea how much they cost normally but I suspect it is somewhere between £2 and £3.
Quorn, as I'm sure everyone knows, is vegetarian and derived from fungus. They do a wide range of products now including a Quorn roast which I haven't tried as yet. Quorn is low in fat, low in calories, high in protein and unlike meat has some fibre content so it's much better for you. Each one of these steaks have 107 calories, 11.2 g protein, 3.7g fat and 3.9g fibre which makes them a dream for dieters!
The packaging is exactly as the picture above with a large picture of one of the steaks on the front. You can see the topping is made up of green and red peppers and cracked black peppersorns on the picture and on the product itself.
Inside the wrapper are two steaks in a plastic tray, each one is a reasonable size but only about half a centimetre thick so if you're expecting a slab of quorn like a real steak you won't be getting it! I personally do not like real steak and I also don't like slabs of meat in general so this is no problem for me at all.
The Quorn in this instance is coloured a dark brown, again to resemble steak and has red and green peppers and cracked black pepper on top. There is also onion in these steaks but no garlic. The steaks contain egg, gluten, milk and wheat so anyone with a food intolerance should check the packaging on Quorn items.
I decided to cook mine in the oven and to eat it with a large salad. I didn't even bother attempting to give one of these to my partner, he will eat Quorn mince and chunks in recipes but when it comes to steak he wants a real one or not at all! So in the oven it recommends 14 minutes at 220 degrees but 2 minutes less for a fan assisted oven, which we have, or about 20 minutes if cooking from frozen. You can also grill these under a medium heat for 12 minutes or 14 minutes if cooking from frozen.
I cooked mine from frozen and it took about 15 minutes in our fan assisted oven. The outside of the steak gets a slightly crunchy texture but the inside remains moist. The peppers on top are clearly visible and as I expected this product tasted very peppery! It does however have lots of pepper on top so it's to be expected. They are not over peppery though, I can't eat anything hotter than a Tikka Masala in the world of Indian takeouts and these steaks were not too hot for me so they are not excessively peppery.
With a large salad I found one steak perfectly adequate, you're not going to be fit to pop after this but it will fill you up for a few hours. The texture is nice and because it isn't meat there's no nasty surprises in there like a bits of fat or (shudder) a chip of bone. Just a tasty, peppery vegetarian steak that you could eat with salad, chips, vegetables, mashed or baked potatoes.
Overall I recommend these to any Quorn fans, I love the fact they have hardly any calories in them and not much fat. Tasty and I will be buying them again.