“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I had bought a couple of packets of these Quorn escalopes over christmas as having a festive theme with the goats cheese and cranberries, I figured they would make a nice option for my veggie husband when we were having festive dinners. Indeed, we took one of these to my mums on christmas day and he had this instead of the turkey as his christmas dinner and he was not disappointed. I had forgotten that a spare pack was lurking in the back of the freezer and this week as I was rummaging for something else I came across this and decided to do them for tea. For a Quorn product these are unusually high in fat and calories, which is probably their only downside. Each escalope contains 281 calories and 4.8g of saturated fat, this equates to 5 weight watchers points which is fairly high but then if you have it with some steamed veg and a small portion of carbs (potatoes or pasta) it will still make for a fairly low point meal. Anyway, these are particularly tasty escalopes and very enjoyable even to a meat eater like me (although I am so accustomed to eating quorn it is hardly unusual for me!). These escalopes can be cooked in the oven from either chilled or frozen, I cooked them from frozen which took about 25 minutes on 200 degrees. They go a lovely golden brown when they are ready and you can tell from the more flattened out shape of them that the cheese inside has melted and gone lovely and oozy. On cutting into the escalope, I was quite surprised that the cranberries appear to be still rather whole and are scattered in the cheese, I think I was expecting a layer of cranberry style jam rather than chunks of the fruit, but a closer examination of the box showed that this is indeed the way it is supposed to be. It's actually very nice and the sharpness of the fruit is nice against the cheese. The cheese is a combination of goats cheese and soft cheese and so although I usually find the taste of goats cheese a little overpowering, it was not so here. These were a real success in our house and at £2.49 for a box of two they are quite good value to make a quick and convenient meal. Unfortunately they do seem to have disappeared off my local supermarket's shelves at the moment and I am putting this down to them being something of a seasonal product - although the Quorn website still features them as a current part of their range. Hopefully I will be able to find another stockist or at the worst I will just have to wait until this christmas and then buy in bulk!
My continuing crusade to eat less meat is still going strong with my other half now being dragged along for the ride. Whilst doing my regular, painful monthly shop round Tesco I spotted these, Quorn Goats Cheese and cranberry escalope's. I was struck by the unusual combination of flavours and on examination of the packet was even more tempted as the photography made them look meaty and inviting. Even better they were being sold in the discounted section for £1.15 as they were approaching their sell by date. I love these types of bargains and its often scary to think that with the hefty discount the supermarket is still making a profit. On getting them home even my other half was impressed with my moneysaving skills and willing to give them a try. Now generally speaking I try to avoid processed foods such as escalope's as I like to cook but at least once a week life gets in the way and makes it difficult for me to be a culinary queen. Already happy with my purchase I discovered that they could be frozen, even better a freezable bargain, they also require no defrosting which is perfect when you leave in a household that permanently forgets to take items out of it. Our meat free night rolled around and I grabbed these out the freezer. The packaging is funky and tempting declaring the escalope's to be a source of protein and fibre. I preheated the oven to 200 degrees and popped them on a baking tray for 20 minutes (15 if not frozen). The other advantage of not eating a meat product is I am less concerned about food poisoning if not cooking right through. This ended up being a unfounded concern as after 20 minutes they were perfectly cooked. You get two escalope's in a packet and standard price in Tesco is £2.79, a little pricey but without the concerns that the cheaper turkey ones have been made from mass produced, bad quality meat. They look exactly like the meat escalope's, a good size and nicely coated with bread crumbs. Once cooked they retained their shape and darkened in colour. I served them with salad. They tasted delicious, with the same texture as a turkey escalope but with the added flavour of the melted goats cheese and the sweet, cranberries. The goats cheese and cranberry mix covers about two thirds of the escalope which was sufficient and the combination of flavours were unusual but pleasant. I honestly could not taste that they were meat free, I think the overwhelming flavour of goats cheese is a good mask for the micro protein underneath and it was even a resounding success with my partner. Sadly these wont win you many prizes in the dieting department with a substantial 16.8g of fat of which 4.8g are saturates making it 24% of your daily allowance. In terms of calories each escalope is 281 but the salt content is also hefty with 1.4grams. For this is loses a star as I like my products to be low salt. However it was still very enjoyable and teamed with a salad it isn't all bad. A perfect introduction to meat free eating and a good freezer item for speedy mid week meals.