“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
Quorn cheese and leek escalopes are one of the many products available in the Quorn chilled range and can be found in the chiller section of most supermarkets. The price does vary slightly from store to store but retail in the region of £2.48, but are often subject to in store promotions so can often be picked up cheaper.
What is Quorn?
Quorn is a vegetarian society approved meat substitute which is high in non-animal derived protein, low in fat and salt. It is produced by growing and fermenting a fungi called fusarium. Quorn was developed by chemical giant ICI and is produced in the UK by Marlow Foods.
The cheese and leek escalopes come in a pack of 2 x 120g escalopes, they are packed on a black plastic tray with clear film lid and have a cardboard sleeve outer. The front of the pack shows a quite realistic photograph of the cooked escalopes. Both the plastic tray and the cardboard sleeve are recyclable, the plastic film is not.
The escalope is 'chicken style' quorn with a layer of cheese and leak on top and coated in breadcrumbs. Each escalope is 120g and is about the size of the average outstretched hand and just over 1cm in thickness.
The product should be kept refridgerated and used by the date shown of the front of the pack. Alternatively they can be frozen on the day of purchase and can be kept for up to 3 months.
The product can be either cooked in the over on the hob.
To oven cook they should be placed on a baking tray and cooked on middle shelf of pre-heated oven at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 15 minutes. (This time should be reduced by 2 minutes if using a fan assisted oven and increased by 5 minutes if cooking from frozen).
To cook on the hob, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over a medium heat and cook for 10 minutes turning frequently. It is advised that the product should be cooked sauce side down for the first 2-3 minutes before turning.
The product contains egg, milk and gluten.
My Experience Of The Product
These are one of the quorn range that regularly finds its way into my supermarket trolley. I have tried them both cooking methods given on the pack but by far prefer the oven cooked method, I find that frying makes them a little greasy and detracts from the taste of the product. Oven cooked makes the bread crumb coating really nice and crisp and leaves the quorn centre nice and moist. The thin layer of cheese & leek sauce works really well with the quorn, the taste combination works really well together.
The only bad thing I can say about this product is that some of the larger piece of leek tend to be a bit 'dried out' but all in all I think this is one of the better products in the quorn range. The pack suggests serving with seasoned vegetables and new potatoes, this is just one of the many things they go well with, they are great with salads and chips and rice. As well as the suggested methods for cooking I also find the escalopes are nice grilled and cook well wrapped in tin foil and cooked on the barbecue.
I would definitely recommend giving these a try, I find quorn products can be a bit hit and miss but these are definitely one of their better products, very tasty and quick and easy to prepare.