“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I decided to become a vegetarian over 5 years ago after deciding meat wasn't right for me anymore. I didn't know much about vegetarianism and so mainly ate pasta resulting in me becoming very anemic and needing iron supplements. My options were eat meat, or find something that could supply me with the much needed nutrition my body needed. So i started researching on various vegetarian sites and came across the brand Quorn which caters to vegetarians and gives them a selection of variety in their diet with all the same nutritional benefits as meat. Over the years I've tried many products from Quorn and have always been amazed at how similar to meat it actually is. I came across this product while shopping one day in the vegetarian isle and decided to give them a try.
Appearance - They come in a cardboard box with the Quorn brand name and products details on the front. The pack contains two mature cheddar and broccoli escalopes which are very reasonably sized. One would easily do in a meal. The back of the box gives nutritional information and cooking instructions. They should be stored in the freezer.
Price - Quorn can be expensive and these come in at £2.49 but many supermarkets tend to do multi-buy offers on the Quorn range.
Typical Values Per escalope
Energy - kj/kcal 1048 / 251
of which sugars 2.5g
of which saturates 3.5g
Cooking the Product - I preheated the oven to 200°C and let them cook for 22 minutes. They didn't change much in color but did get a slightly darker shade. To make sure they were cooked correctly i stuck a knife into the center and pulled it back out and felt the knife to make sure it was warm in the center.
Eating the Product - After plating up and leaving to cool for a couple of minutes i dug in. The first thing i could taste was the strong runny cheese and the texture of the broccoli. The cheese on these escalopes tasted phenomenal with the broccoli. The base of the Quorn escalope tasted very similar to chicken. It isn't as chewy as chicken but can be broke apart very easily like chicken.
Conclusion - This Quorn product has became one of my favorites if not my favorite of the Quorn range. But sadly they have became increasingly difficult to get a hold of. I'd recommend them to anyone for a healthier option than chicken. I'd also recommend them to any vegetarians or anyone who is considering a vegetarian diet. The thing i have issues with are lack of availability and the price which is why i'm rating them 4 stars.
I really liked the Lemon and Pepper escalopes from Quorn so when I saw these Mature Cheddar and Broccoli escalopes on the Tesco Online store site I thought I would try them as well.
There are two escalopes in a pack and I find that one is plenty for a dinner so a pack of these would do two dinners. They are found in the chiller part of the supermarket so I usually use one straight away and put the other in the freezer for another day.
The escalopes are a similar size to the Lemon and Pepper ones, they are sort of round but with an irregular shape to look like a piece of meat. I personally don't see the point in this but I suppose some people like their vegetarian meals to look like the meat alternatives. I think it would be a good idea if you are just trying to get a child to change their diet, may be they need to reduce their fat content, then you could dish one of these up and they probably wouldn't realise what they were eating.
The escalope is covered in a nice coating of breadcrumbs, one side has a slight bump to it where the cheese and broccoli is placed. I usually put this bumpy side up when putting it in the oven. You can grill them if you want to but I prefer doing them in the oven. They take about 12 minutes under the grill or about 15 in teh oven.
When cooked, if you cut the escalope across where the cheese bit is you will find that the cheese has melted and you get a lovely sauce running out. The quorn bit inside is a white colour similar to a piece of chicken and the texture is similar but I find it more tasty than when I used to eat chicken years ago.
You can have these escalopes with what ever you fancy, I sometimes have them with some wedges and tomatoes and salad or another day may be mash and some green vegeatables. I have even had them with my roast dinner as a meat alternative.
The escalopes are currently selling at Tescos for £2.42 a pack, although you can buy three items from the Quorn range for a fiver. This deal won't always be on on but I find there are often deals on this range of foods which makes it a better deal.
You will take in 244 kal for each escalope that you eat which is really good as a main meal, the fat content is 13.7g (sat fat 3.5g) sugar 2.5g and salt 1.5g.
When I first stopped eating meat in the 1970s there was no such thing as Quorn...or if there was, it certainly wasn't for sale in any supermarket or health food shop that I frequented.
I had about nine years of not eating meat but gave into my husband's pressurising when I had had my first child and was breast feeding. He really thought that a vegetarian diet wasn't healthy enough, and also felt my daughter, and subsequent offspring would be influenced into not eating meat because I didn't. Now this daughter is twenty eight and eats meat as do two of her siblings. My youngest has just decided to stop eating it, for her own ethical reasons.
I stopped eating meat for the second time about seven or eight years ago. I am not proud that I was swayed before. Now I have found that being vegetarian is so much easier than in my youth.
Quorn, a myco protein, from the fungi family, is, to me along, with a multitude of other meat abstainers, a Godsend. Well, almost! Although for mince type based dishes I tend to prefer soya, Quorn is a great addition to my diet and makes life meal times more interesting.
Of all the Quorn products, in my opinion, any emulating chicken are the most successful. Quorn cheese and broccoli escalopes certainly don't let the side down!
My daughter, who I have explained, has very recently decided not to eat meat, is very picky. This is a worry but I think these escalopes will help her to have a good diet that's not too boring. As she isn't a lover of broccoli, I was concerned that she wouldn't eat these. I was pleased that the broccoli is well blended with the cheese sauce and looked more like parsley than broccoli. So she is getting the benefit without being horrified by florets of broccoli on her plate!
I prefer to cook the escalopes in the oven ( 18 mins on gas mark 7 or 220oc/ 425of ) but they can be gently fried for about 15 minutes. When ready the Quorn is tender and the sauce is creamy and tasty. The breadcrumb coating is tasty and not too dry.
The escalopes are a source of fibre as well as protein, so that's a good start. They are approved by the vegetarian society. As they are made from myco protein, a member of the fungi family which is very low in fat but high in fibre and protein they are a healthy addition to any diet.
The egg used in this recipe is from free range eggs and, vegetarian cheese is used. They contain 10.4g of fat per escalope and 3.5g of protein. I will not list all the ingredients used as I don't believe readers want to know this or I would just copy the packaging.
**Allergy sufferers, be warned that this product contains egg, milk, wheat and glutens.
The card packaging is widely recyclable.
I buy these in a pack containing two escalopes. The pack weighs 240g. These can be expensive at around £2.00 and over region but I usually find a deal so they come up better than this. They are readily available from good supermarkets.
I serve the escalopes with chips, wedges or mashed potato, along with vegetables or tinned baked beans. I find them quite filling. They make a tasty, satisfying meal for vegetarians or meat eaters. They really do taste and in texture they are like chicken. My son, who eats meat, loves these Quorn escalopes.
As I've said in a previous review I'm no longer a vegetarian but this is a product I regularly come back to in the Quorn range. I quite regularly buy them and I think alot of people would like it, vegetarian or not.
Price: Quorn Mature Cheddar and Brocolli Escalopes are £2.48 from Sainsbury's for a pack of 2. This may seem quite expensive but considering it is a meat alternative it isn't too bad value. They're a decent size too, and one is plenty enough for an adult.
Cooking Instructions: They say for best results cook in the oven for 18 minutes at 220 degrees or gas mark 7. However I cooked mine on the hob, sauce side down for about 10 minutes, and I found it cooked lovely, the breadcrumbs became nice and crunchy and the sauce lovely and melted.
Look and smell: The breadcrumbs become golden brown and the smell of the escalope it lovely, really cheesy. When you cut it open the cheese and brocolli sauce oozes out and I couldn't wait to eat it!
Taste: The taste of the cheese is lovely, it's quite strong but then it is mature cheddar but it really sets off the escalope well. There isn't too much broccoli which is good as I was expecting lots of brocolli and no cheese or chicken substitute however it was mainly chicken substitute with a layer of cheese and broccoli sauce which made it really well balanced as the sauce is so flavoursome. I like to serve mine with salad in the summer, I find that if you include a bite of the escalope in every mouthful of salad it really compliments well and means you don't need to use salad dressing high in calories so gives you a heathy meal.
Nutrition: Each escalope has 244kcal which I was really pleased with, especially seen as the cheesy sauce would make you think it was high in calories. It also contains 13.7g of fat which isn't bad as 65g is the daily allowence and I would only usually eat this as a main meal as it's quite filling.
Overall: I really like these Quorn Escalopes even though I aren't vegetarian, and I find the chicken substitute really realistic and the flavour combination works so well together. They're fairly priced too and are a regular feature in my shopping basket. Another great product from Quorn, vegetarian or not!
I have been a vegetarian for many years now, and in this time tried tons of vegetarian products on the market. I have tried plenty of own brands, (Tesco, sainsburys, asda) aswell as Quorn and Linda McCartney. Over the time I have discovered favorites, products I will never try again, and some that are in between these, that were OK and I will buy again, but they wont be regular stock of my freezer. The Quorn escalopes fit into the later catagory.
The escalopes come in environmentally friendly packaging. They come in a cardboard box (with no plastic inside) which most people find they can recycle easily. There are two in a box. They are shaped a bit like ovals and covered in breadcrumbs. You can cook them in the oven or under the grill. I found the oven gives the best results. They are easy to cook, you just put them in from frozen and take them out when they are ready, no faffing around.
The escalopes smell a bit funny in my opinion, I dont like the smell of cooked brocoli and cheese filling my house-maybe it is personal taste, but the smell almost puts me off what I am about to eat.
Normally Quorn products are very low in fat and calories and ideal for a dieters regime, this one has a little more as the cheese is added.
Inside the breadcrumbs is a piece of Quorn, which tastes nice (nothing amazing, just nice) and it is coated with cheese and brocoli. The cheese and brocoli go well together, and I love cheese, so adding it to any product is a winning idea. The topping just doesnt seem to liven up a plain unflavoured bit of Quorn quite enough.
All in all this is a non offensive product, the flavour is not too strong (unless you do not like brocoli). I like it and will eat it again, but for me it is not a must have product.
Quorn's mature cheddar & broccoli escalopes are gorgeous. I would eat them far more often than I do, if it wasn't for the price. We are a family of five and at £2.48 for two escalopes, they are just a bit too expensive to have on a regular basis.
Quorn is a bit of a superfood. It is a mycoprotein and is part of the fungi family. It is high in fibre and protein, is low in fat and has zero cholesterol.
As a vegetarian, it forms a high percentage of my diet.
Quorn's mature cheddar & broccoli escalopes are really tasty. As well as the Quorn, which does look and taste quite like chicken, there is also a thick cheese sauce and a nice amount of broccoli.
As soon as you cut into the escalope, the cheese sauce oozes out. It has a lovely creamy, cheesy taste to it and the broccoli is perfectly cooked. I find the amount of broccoli just right and not too overpowering. The escalope is then covered in a golden crumb coating, which is crunchy around the outside and a bit softer towards the middle.
I do find Quorn's escalopes quite filling, they are a decent size and very well filled. One escalope will give you 244 calories, which I don't think is that bad, when you take into account the rich filling.
This is a product that I would be happy to recommend to both vegetarians and meat eaters because they are just so delicious!
Quorn is seen by most as 'vegetarian food', which yes it is, but you certainly would not need to be a vegetarian to eat it. I first discovered Quorn some years ago when I started on a healthy eating plan and Quorn was recommended because of the low fat content. I regularly incorporate quorn pieces, mince and various fillets into my somewhat varied diet, but am not at the moment following any kind of eating plan. Ah yes, the good old See Food Diet!
I recently read a review on this product, Quorn Mature Cheddar and Broccoli Escalopes and fancied trying them. When doing my on-line shop yesterday I noticed that these were on offer at £1.49 for a pack of two escalopes, instead of the usual price of £2.49 (Tesco). Perfect chance to try them ...
Feeling a bit under the weather at the moment (oink oink) I fancied something warm and filling for my tea. With the other half away this week there is only me to think of, so out came the Quorn (which promptly arrived this morning).
Normally one of these sorts of things is not enough for me, but then normally I would serve with salad and beans. As this evening I really wanted chips I thought just one piece would be enough. So I just cooked one piece, with some chips and half a tin of baked beans!
~ COOKING ~
The escalope took 18 mins in the oven, but can be shallow fried for less time, from frozen.
~ SMELL, TEXTURE, APPEARANCE AND TASTE ~
On removing the escalope from the oven I could really only smell the chips it was cooked with. It did not seem to give off any particular smell. Until I cut into it. The cheddar sauce seeped out wonderfully and smelt delicious, very cheesy, but not overpowering, just a nice pleasant cheddar aroma.
The escalope is flat on the bottom with a 'lumpy' top where the cheddar and broccoli filling are covered in golden breadcrumbs. There is plenty of cheesy sauce and small amounts of broccoli hiding under these breadcrumbs.
I couldn't really taste the broccoli and the pieces were quite small. The quorn piece itself was very nice, I probably would not have known it was quorn if I had not cooked it myself. I really enjoyed this and found that with my few chips and beans it was plenty for me and I feel really full.
~ OVERALL ~
For the current price of £1.49 (Tesco) I would buy again and I think that they two escalopes are value for money. I will probably pick up a couple of packs for the freezer while they are still on offer. I doubt I would pay £2.49 for them (unless I was in a cooking quandry).
I think that the small pieces of broccoli would be a good way of getting veggies into a child who would not normally eat them and that the quorn itself could pass as the real thing.
It did taste good and I am surprisingly impressed with the product.
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 cheese and broccoli escalope's.
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.
Quorn do various products which come in breadcrumbs and such like and these are one of those types. They are found in the freezers.
They come sold in a 240g box. The box contains 2 of the escalope's, each weighing 120g. I was really shocked when I saw the price I must admit. I was going to be charged £2.49 for only two of these!! This meant that each escalope worked out at £1.25! This was absolutely extortionate!! Often there are offers on with these products but unfortunately not at the moment!!!
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. They were cut in half so you could see the delicious filling. The breadcrumbs were the tempting part too! The picture showed the escalope served up with potatoes which looked as though they were roasted In lashings of butter!
Opening the box you come across the escalopes. There were 2 the packet which again reiterated to me just how blooming expensive they were! As they were in breadcrumbs, they just looked like normal chicken products. They looked quite large which was an upside!
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 21 minutes. By this time the delicious smell had filled the air. It smelled just like a regular meat product and there was a delicious smell of cheese too!
Taste wise the escalopes were really quite delicious. They did resemble the usual chicken product. However the only difference was that the chicken taste wasn't the most predominant. The main taste I detected was the cheese! It was delicious and tasted quite like cheddar but also resembled the cheese you get on a pizza. The broccoli was a nice touch too! The texture of the chicken was nice enough, but quite chewy and the breadcrumbs were gorgeous!
A typical escalope contains 254 calories and 14 of fat! This is quite a lot however it is quite large so its not so bad.
This is one of my favourite Quorn products. I have eaten Quorn regularly since becoming a vegetarian seven years ago, and believe this is one of their best products. It is truly tasty. It is an ideal alternative to a chicken kiev or something similar. The whole thing is of high quality. I managed to get them on special offer so that was even better. The cheese is quite a strong taste and goes really well with the chicken. As with most Quorn Products, this is low in fat and therefore great for meat eaters who want to watch their weight. It is fantastic served with a variety of side dishes such as veg, salad or potatoes. It is easy to cook in the oven, though watch you don't burn your mouth when you bite into it as the sauce gets really hot. The size of the fillet is quite big so is adequate to make a meal with a small side of something. They are very moreish and you'll end up getting them everytime you shop!
According to wikipedia Quorn is the leading brand of mycoprotein food product in UK. A mycoprotein is any protein-rich foodstuff made from processed edible fungus.
It's made from the soil mould Fusarium venenatum strain PTA-2684. Not mouth-watering stuff I know, but bear with me!
Quorn is produced as both a cooking ingredient and a range of ready meals. It is sold (largely in Europe but also in other parts of the world) as a healthy food and an alternative to meat, especially for vegetarians. As it uses egg white as a binder, it is not a vegan food. Quorn came under criticism for using battery produced eggs but phased them out by 2004.
I watched a documentary about slaughterhouses on the Peta website a few years back, and apart from a couple of slip-ups I have been a vegetarian since.
I relied very heavily on meat-replacement products at first, and I found Quorn to be the best brand even though they don't actually class Quorn as a meat-replacement product.
I am reviewing the cheddar and broccoli escalopes (they aren't called mature cheddar anymore) because they are my favourites and I always have some in the freezer.
They are described as 'Two succulent Quorn escalopes topped in a broccoli and cheddar cheese sauce and coated in crunchy golden breadcrumbs.' The weight is 240g and you get two in a box, with no extra packaging inside. The box I have is identical to the one illustrating this review though I have noticed that the Quorn logo has been updated recently to look more cartoonish, and that will feature on new boxes.
Containing less than 3% saturated fat, and less than 250 calories per serving (one escalope) they are also a good healthy eating option.
Each escalope is a good size and just one with veg and potatoes makes a filling dinner. They cook from frozen in 18 minutes. The sauce side is easy to identify and it's important not to cook it upside down or the sauce will spill out all over the baking sheet/grill. It can also ooze out if the cooking temperature is set too high, or if you leave them in for too long, but there is so much sauce it doesn't matter if you lose a little bit.
The breadcrumbs are always nice and crunchy on both sides, the 'chicken' is moist and not chewy, and there is such a generous amount of sauce that you never get a dry bite even at the ends. The sauce does taste cheesy but not overly so, and you can see that there is plenty of broccoli, you can taste that too and the flavours are really nice together. Actually I'm going to wrap this up now because I fancy one for lunch.
The cost varies from shop to shop between £2.10 - £2.50, I paid £2.34 from Tesco, and there are often 3 for 2 offers available for Quorn products.
My local Tesco also have the escalopes in lemon and black pepper, and goats cheese and cranberry. The Quorn website also lists a mozzarella and pesto option, and a gruyere cheese version, and also sage and onion turkey style escalopes, so lots of choice there!
Having a veggie treat can often mean a laborious day in the kitchen trying to come up with some exciting but still without meat. When Quorn started producing these various different escalopes with fillings of all kinds I was quite excited because it definitely makes a welcome change from the plainer quorn varieties.
The taste of this cheddar and broccoli escalope is really quite good. There is no bland flavour, but rather a strong cheese taste and a nice amount of broccoli as the proportions are just right. The broccoli also has its own flavour rather than just being drowned out by the cheese.
One problem I have had while cooking is that the flavour section on the top of the escalope has sometimes come away mid grill, for this reason I would never recommend cooking it facing down!
I usually have this as a replacement when my co-diners are having something like a steak or a piece of fish with some potatoes and veg for example.
These can be quite expensive at £2.50 for two, but they are freezable and are a good thing to keep on hand for when you might need them. I find that they are quite over packaged for what they are and that is something that can really put me off when buying. You won't win over any meat eaters with this dish, and it's not the healthiest quorn product available on the market, so this is probably best suited to veggies looking for something different.
I have been a fan of quorn for many years, and ive always loved chicken escalopes, so when i saw quorn had there own version, i ran out and bought them.
You get 2 escalopes for about £2.50, and thery are fairly large, so good portions. You need to put them on a low heat, if you put them to high, the cheese will ooze out everywhere.
The taste is delicious, the coating is great, and the cheddar and broccoli sauce is gorgeous. The quorn really does taste like chicken, and if i was blindfolded i wouldnt know this wasnt chicken.
This is a great meal, i tend to have it with mash and peas. Its a great healthy meal and one i'd throughly recommend trying.
You can buy other flavours, i think the new one is bacon and cheese, which also sounds very nice, though this is the only one i have actually tasted.
What i liked most about these escalopes was the fact that the sauce didnt dry out and was really gooey and there was loads of it.
Overall a great buy, you can pop them i your freezer, no need to defrost before use, and within 20-30mins they are ready, delicious
I've just started taking new medication which requires me to eat under a certain amount of fat. Whilst I already eat really healthily, I was getting sick of sticking to boring old salads and chicken and remembered how much I used to enjoy Quorn.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Quorn is made from a "mycoprotein" from the same family as mushrooms. It came about when it was predicted in the 50s that in the years to come there would be a shortage of foods that were a good source of protein. After extensive research this mycoprotein - Fusarium venenatum if you want to be all technical about it - was declared a winner and began to be produced by Marlow Foods under the tradename Quorn. At first people were a little skeptical of this new wonder food, but Sainsbury's began stocking the product and it became widespread in 1994. They now make burgers, sausages, sandwich "meats" and ready meals to name but a few, all naturally low in fat, protein rich and containing fibre. I find that Sainsbury's still seem to have the best range of Quorn around, at least in my local supermarkets.
While Quorn products are a meat substitute, they don't really claim to taste like meat. I find the taste of the Quorn itself very distinctive, yet hard to sum up! I'm not a fan of mushrooms and due to its origins you could be forgiven for thinking it would taste like them - rest assured it doesn't. (There is in fact some controversy over the fact Quorn had marketed it as being made from mushrooms - when in fact they are just in the same family - which apparently is a big deal and annoying if you are a scientist). It's a mild taste, soft but not chewy, and I feel really tasty! It should be noted that while they are suitable for vegetarians, Quorn products do contain egg white so as such as not suitable for vegans or those with allergies.
There are two escalopes in a box, and they cost me £2.18 at Tesco. For this review I will be comparing the price and nutritional information with a similar meat-based product, Bernard Matthews Ham and Cheese Escalopes. While I realise the ham will add extra calories, this is just a rough outline. These prices are from Tesco.
Quorn Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Escalopes - £2.18 for two
Bernard Matthews Ham and Cheese Escalopes - £2.29 for two (although they are currently on offer)
NUTRITIONAL INFO PER ESCALOPE
Quorn - 244 calories, 2.5g sugar, 13.7g fat, 10.4g protein, 1.5g salt.
Bernard Matthews - 351 calories, 3.3g sugar, 19.5g fat, 12.2g protein, 2g salt.
As you can see, Quorn are lowest in calories, sugar, fat and salt, and for a non-meat product contain a fair amount of protein.
Here the comparisons will end as I have not tried the other product. Well, what I can tell you is that these are seriously tasty! Each escalope is a good size, about half the size of a dinner plate! The breadcrumbs are crisp and not even soggy on the part that was touching the tray as is sometimes the case, the sauce is deliciously creamy without being overpoweringly cheesy (which I hate) and there was both a good amount of broccoli for the cheese and the right amount of sauce for the Quorn. For a low-fat product, they are certainly not stingy on portion sizes, I was very full up after a delicous meal.
The best part for me is that these can be cooked from frozen (which they must be kept) in 18 minutes, so I am able to have a quick, filling meal but also feel like I've eaten healthily, and had a tasty meal at that.
I will definitely be buying these again. I only tried them yesterday and I might even have one for my lunch, that's how tasty they are!
Delicious Quorn escalopes topped with a mature cheddar cheese and broccoli sauce, coated in crunchy golden breadcrumbs