Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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At Last - Quorn Beef Pieces!
Quorn Beef Style Pieces
Member Name: flodombey
Quorn Beef Style Pieces
Advantages: Tasty, very healthy, soak up flavours well
Disadvantages: Not available everywhere
Being a massive fan of Quorn products I was very excited when I saw this new item their range which is a quorn version of beef style pieces. These are darker in colour than the chicken style pieces and are in slightly bigger, meatier looking chunks.
I bought them on special offer in Tesco's as part of a two bags for £3 offer which was across the frozen range, I have not seen them in the fresh version which I know you can get the chicken style pieces in - but I think this has only just been launched, even frozen I cannot find them everywhere yet - only in Tescos. Hopefully this will soon change and they will be readily available.
I imagine when not on special offer these will retail for around the same price as the chicken pieces and mince versions, i.e. around £1.89 for a 300g bag.
I used the bag I bought to make a veggie version of Stifado in my slow cooker. This is a greek casserole style dish which I usually make with stewing beef. I was a little tentative about whether it would actually work with the Quorn pieces as one of the main features of the dish is the heavily marinated meat - but once cooked I have to say the quorn had done an equally good job of soaking in the flavour and worked incredibly well.
The texture is, of course, not really anything like actual beef, but then personally I do not expect it to be, I want it to be a filling part of a meal to replace the meat and as far as I am concerned this does a wonderful job of that. One of the other major plus points of all quorn products it the very low fat content, for quarter of a bag which is a standard serving, there are only 80 calories and 0.8g of saturated fat. Ideal for anyone on a diet or trying to reduce their fat and cholesterol intake.
They have tried to give a beefy flavour to these pieces and it isnt too synthetic, I notice on the ingredients that they have used roasted barley malt extract to achieve this which I am in favour of over artifical ones. I do like the taste and think it works well.
In case anyone is interested, this is the Stifado recipe I use in my slow cooker which is very tasty when served with garlic mash or rice:
300q bag of quorn beef style pieces
2 onions chopped
1 tbsp cornflour
1 small 250ml bottle of red wine (any - I use rioja)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Add the defrosted pieces to the slow cooked, coat with the cornflour as you would for real beef, this is just to give the sauce some thickness.
Chuck in the chopped onions and empty the can of tomatoes over the top, give it a good stir.
Add the cinammon, allspice and red wine vinegar and give it another good stir till everything is well mixed together.
Tip over the bottle of red wine, you should find it just covers everything in the pan, I usually leave about an inch in the bottle actually and find this is the right amount.
Stir one last time, stick the lid on and cook on low for around 8 hours stirring occasionally if you can (although I have left it all day and its been fine without).
Summary: A great new addition to the quorn range
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