“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I am a lover of Quorn but hadn't tried the mini kievs until today.
I purchased a frozen bag of these for £2.49 from my local Tesco store, having not been able to find them in Asda or Sainsburys. There were 16 kievs in the bag, and they looked just like the chicken mini kievs which I haven't eaten since I was a child.
The kievs are small round shaped items which consist of a cheesy, garlic flavour filling, encased in Quorn 'chicken' and coated in breadcrumbs.
As I said they were frozen so I placed some on a baking tray and baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes, and after this they were piping hot and crispy looking. When I say piping hot I am really referring to the filling in the middle which gets incredibly hot, so be careful when you bite into one of these!
To me these tasted very similar to normal chicken mini kievs. The main difference, and only negative point I have, is that the Quorn version is slightly drier. This is mainly because the filling is quite thick, and not really a runny sauce, more of a paste. However the flavour is great, it was very garlicky, which I liked, and they were nice and crispy.
I'd definitely buy these again. They are slightly expensive so I won't get them every week, but definitely occasionally.
Each kiev contains 41 calories and 1.5g of fat.
Even though I do eat meat I'm a fan of many Quorn and other vegetarian-targeted products, but these just really do not work. The bland, tasteless squashy texture makes these all round unpleasant. With a regular chicken Kiev, you get the crunchiness of the crumb, with the softness and delicious flavour of the chicken and the garlic butter ties it all together.
But instead of chicken, there is Quorn. Quorn only works well if it is flavoured well, with gravy or a good sauce. Without it, Quorn tastes a lot like cheap brand kievs that are mostly rusk. The filling instead of garlic butter is a creamy sauce with garlic and cheese, which instead of flavouring the kiev, just seems to fill your mouth with a garlic odour, and leaves a big squashy blob of Quorn in your mouth for you to chew on. The crumbing is just as bad, it is very fine and may as well not be there, it's the kind that every few seconds you hear a crunch sound as you chewed a slightly bigger bit, you won't be able to taste it though.
They do still provide you with similar nutritional benefits that a chicken kiev would provide you, so are good in this respect, and combined with some carbohydrates and veg will produce a good for you meal, it just won't do anything for your palette. However, I don't recommend them on any other levels.
A couple of months ago, I was browsing Tesco online when I came across Quorn Mini Kievs. I love most Quorn products, so decided to give them a go. I was not surprised, when both myself and my family loved them. Unfortunately I haven't seen them in Tesco for a while and they do seem to be very hard to find anywhere else!
Some of you may not know what Quorn is, so I will explain that first.
Quorn is a mycoprotein which is a member of the fungi family. It is high in protein, low in fat and has zero cholesterol. It is also high in dietary fibre and essential amino acids.
Quorn Mini Kievs come in a clear plastic box, with a cardboard sleeve wrapped round it. The front of the sleeve is brightly coloured and has a close-up shot of a plate full of healthy vegetables and some very tasty looking Quorn Kievs. The back gives you all the instructions you need to cook the kievs to perfection.
After cooking in the oven for 15 minutes, you are met with the most appetising, bite-size Kievs. Cutting into one, you find that the sauce oozes out onto the plate. The cheesy, garlic sauce centre is wrapped in chicken style Quorn, which is coated in breadcrumbs.
The cheese and garlic sauce is very tasty, with the garlic flavour definitely the stronger of the two. The cheese is creamy and there is also the extra addition of herbs, which make the sauce even more full of flavour. It is really important not to over cook the kievs, as this sauce will become solid.
The chicken style Quorn does taste very close to real chicken. It has a nice bite, is succulent and easy to chew and will then melt in your mouth. Wrapped around the chicken style quorn is a lovely crumbly golden breadcrumb mixture. This holds it all together in a neat little mouthful of a package.
I bought a couple of packs in Tesco because they were on special offer at around £1 only. I am unsure of the full price, but it was around the £2 mark.
If you can locate these, they are definitely worth trying, although they are quite expensive at the full price.
I loved them enough to award them 5 stars and will be snapping up a few packs the next time I see them!
Quorn Mini kievs!
In May this year I will have been a vegetarian for five years! I do not eat any version of meat and I also don't eat fish. And I also don't eat gelatin which is in many of the little gummy chewy sweets that I like! To be honest I have not found turning vegetarian very hard, and Quorn products have really really helped varying my diet and adding protein back in to my diet - which is what many vegetarians may be lacking. Trust me I know as I have been anemic (Iron deficient) because I didn't have enough iron in my diet which I would have obtained from eating meat.
I am always looking for different things to eat such as pies, snacks and sandwich fillings. I would be lost with out Quorn products, they offer so much variety and choice and protein to my diet. I now have many options to me being vegetarian.
I tried the mini kievs a few weeks ago and they are really quite nice but they can be quite dry like some other products I have tried. They are great for lunch boxes and little snacks through out the day! And the main reason I love Quorn is that the products are really low in calories! Which is really good! One of the mini kievs has 44 calories! They are really nice with melted cheese on too.
I have tried many of the Quorn products and I will be reviewing them shortly. They are quite cheap and they are very high quality! They contain fibre and protein which is an essential part of your diet. The products range from £1 to £2 for the kievs. They are sold in a few super markets but I don't think that the super markets offer and stock a lot of products for vegetarians but you can also buy them from Holland and Barrats at the back of the store. Even my sister again who is not a vegetarian likes these and some of the other products in the range.
*Not really available in a lot of supermarkets
*Great for all the family
*Perfect for lunch boxes or as a little snack
*Really low in calories!
*Can be a little bit dry
*High in essential protein and fibre
Thank you for reading my review.
I love chicken kievs and haven't had them in ages so when me and my Vegetarian mate who I'm currently staying with and helping to clear her house out with, on the way back from doing a car boot sale (and a sudden snowstorm taking place thus stopping us in our tracks!) we took our earnings of a whopping £10.00 to Sainsbury's on the way home and decided to stock up the freezer a little when we saw these on offer for a pound a box (usually closer to £2.00 a box) and we decided to get them for our tea!
Clear plastic carton and over that there is a slide on/off cardboard sleeve and on that there is a photograph of the cooked kiev on there and I'm told that they are Quorn Kiev Bites ' Delicious mini garlic & herb Quorn kiev bites a great quick snack for any occasion' and that they are high in protein, a source of fibre and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly stated. Other information listed on the sleeve includes being told a bit more about the product, I'm told how to cook them (In the oven for 15 minutes), the size is stated (225g), a full nutritional chart is listed as are the ingredients and allergy advice stated and of course contact details for Quorn are listed. Nice enough, easy to open and uninformative packaging this is.
The Kievs Themselves:
Well I counted 10 rather small breadcrumbed rounds that were firm to the touch. I bunged them in a preheated oven and on a baking tray and cooked them from frozen in the 15 minutes suggestion time. They came out still firm to the touch and a lovely golden colour and didn't want look greasy at all and filled the kitchen up with a garlic aroma that was really nice!
Taste wise well we had a mixed result with these. My Vegetarian mate absolutely loved them..I wasn't so keen. Like I say she is a pure Vegetarian and I'm part time! What they are is breadcrumbed mycroprotein which is a form of fungi (mushroom). Inside there is a stiff but incredibly light tasting cream cheese and in my opinion that cream cheese was too stiff and not one bit runny and although the garlic within it was nice enough the blend of herbs was a bit too much and tasted too rich for me. All in all they are nice bite sized pieces, easy to cook however in my humble opinion the cheese inside was bland and I couldn't taste cheese as such just herbs and a strong aroma of garlic. Not for me, but me mate adored them and after only consuming just half of one she was talking about getting more! Not like chicken kievs so don't expect them to be but really not awful and they are well seasoned and good quality and at least they taste of something!
Nutritional Information Per 22g Bite:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
A few weeks ago I tried my very first Quorn product (their mince) and liked it so much it inspired me to go hunting for other Quorn products to try out and to see whether they were just as good as the mince. Now I really like the Bernard Matthews Mini Kiev's and these Quorn style Kiev's looked a lot like my usual ones so I thought these would be a really nice thing to try out and see if they could take the place of my meat Kiev's.
of which sugars 0.2g
Fat 2.2g of which sats 0.8g
Salt Equiv 0.25g
And bearing in mind that those values are PER KIEV! these are actually pretty bad for you calorie wise so they are definitely meant for a treat and I don't recommend you have them often at all. I thought vegetarian food were supposed to be healthy!
1 Box Contains Around 10 Kiev's
I think at real price they are around £4 per box which is quite expensive.
Preheat your oven to 200c/400f/Gas mark6, pop however many Kiev's you need onto a baking tray and cook them for around 15 minutes straight from frozen.
Now the box that these Kiev's come in suggests that you serve these Kiev's with carrots, broccoli and other vegetables but I chose to have them with chips, which was probably even more unhealthy for me.
These Kiev's are really nice to eat but I found myself worrying about those 41 calories every time I put one in my mouth and wondering how on earth there is so many in this little ball. Having said that though they are really soft and actually taste quite like chicken and they are really juicy and don't taste artificial and fake like some vegetarian foods I have tried.
I have one issue though. The sauce did not look or taste like real kiev sauce it just sort of sits in the middle of the kiev and while it does taste nice and really creamy that isnt the kiev sauce I like. The normal kievs I have have that lovely runny, squirty sauce in the middle that is piping hot and in my opinion the best part of the kiev but these Quorn ones did not. They do taste nice but not nice enough to turn me veggie.
These are nice but just not good enough to turn me from my real meat kievs and I think it had a lot to do with the sauce more than the "chicken". I do find it pretty amazing that Quorn can manage to make fungi taste like meat because these really do taste like proper chicken but at 41 calories a pop I would rather eat meat. I was left a bit disappointed by the second Quorn product I tried and I wouldnt really recommend unless your a proper vegetarian because I think meat eaters would prefer normal kievs.
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I really like most quorn products, I'm not vegetarian but I like them because they taste good, are lower in calories and fat and don't involve battery farming of chickens. Quorn have recently expanded their range to include loads of convenience foods, one of those if the mini kiev bites which come in the freezer, a packet of 12 bites costs around £2.
Mini kievs were one of my favourite foods when I was a kid, those succulent little balls of reformed chicken with a herb and butter filling and covered in breadcrumbs were great, as an adult I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole because they are made by Bernard Mathews and you can guarantee the scraggiest parts of the chicken have been scraped off the carcus to go into them.
The quorn kieves are slightly bigger than the meaty ones but apart from that they look the same. To cook you chuck them in the oven for 15 minutes although I think they probably took more like 20 minutes to cook properly. The good thing about these kievs is that the balls did not burst during cooking which always seemed to happen with the meat ones and you would lose some of the filling onto the oven tray.
Breaking open the kiev and I can see a little dollop of almost solid filling inside, the ratio to quorn to garlic and herb butter was all wrong, they could do with a lot more filling. The filling itself is fairly bland with no real taste of garlic but very herby taste and it was too solid for my liking too, it would have been nice if it was runnier. The quorn itself is different from the texture of the quorn fillets, it's like they were trying to imitate sausage meat here and it is really dry and grainy and crumbly and quite bland. When you bite into the kiev and chew it the taste of the herbs is really overpowering leaving a nasty taste in my mouth and repeating on me later, I can taste sage and parsley in here but there are probably more herbs in the mix.
These quorn kievs were pretty dire, very dry and crumbly with an overpowering taste of herbs. Health wise they are not great either with 44 calories per kiev. I suppose if you are a veggie who really misses junk food then these are worth a try but I bet you won't buy a second packet.
Having a good old clear out of the freezer trying to make room for all the Christmas goodies and maybe a turkey (WHY ARE THEY SO EXPENSIVE !!) if I can find a cheaper one than the ones I've seen so far, I discover at the bottom of the freezer a couple of boxes of these Quorn Mini Kievs.
Hoping they are not out of date, I pull them to the top and luckily the date is Nov 10, so thats OK. Now again as I mentioned in another review (spotted dick) these were a bargain I got when Tesco's were having a freezer clearance sale and I got about half a dozen of these as they were selling for 49p, that week it was madness the prices they were selling things for. Thats why the freezer is still bulging at this time of year!
Now these come in a clear plastic box , with a cardboard sleeve which is recyclable. With it's usual orange logo and with the pictures of always heathy appetizing meals on the front this is no different, showing these kievs being served with carrots and broccoli.
On slipping the sleeve off the box you will see roughly 10 mini keivs (220g), slightly smaller than the size of the usual mini meaty kievs that you can buy. Made from Quorn chicken style meat with a garlic and herb soft cheese sauce filling in the middle and covered in golden breadcrumbs.
Now I love all Quorn products, BUT these I found a little bit disappointing as I have cooked a few boxes of these in the past and the "Sauce" in the middle has never been runny. Now if I had overcooked these then I would imagine that like the Bernard Matthews Mini Kievs the sauce starts to run out and you are left with a hollow kiev. Not with these it is still in the centre just sitting there soft, piping hot, but not runny! I've even tried leaving them a bit longer and all thats happened it that they just got darker and darker still with no leakage or runny sauce anywhere!.
Apart from that one minor thing, these are really nice. The taste is very garlicky which is a surprise for a small little kiev, but it is nice and the kievs are soft and tasty to eat. These can be a bit on the moreish side, but at 41 calories per kiev you have to watch how many you pop in your mouth!.
Now to cook these you can only do them in an oven and that has to be set to 200c/400f/Gas mark6, place onto a baking tray and cook from frozen for 15 mins.
Each Mini Kiev contains;
~~~of which sugars 0.2g~~~
~~~of which sats 0.8g~~~
~~~Salt Equiv 0.25g~~~
As everyone probaly already knows that Quorn is made from Mycoprotein which is a nutritious member of the fungi famliy and is naturally low in fat. So is a healthy alternative for vegetarians or meat eaters alike.
I don't actually know the exact price to buy these now as my Tesco's has stopped selling them and I haven't seen these in any other supermarket.
These are nice, but not my favourite Quorn product ( that being the Minted Lamb Grill I think so far!) as if I was having kievs I would go for the real thing with the sauce all starting to burst out of the meaty shell yum!!!
So I will give it a 3 stars for not being a runny sauce in the middle!
It was whilst I was in my local Tesco supermarket recently that I was perusing the fridges of chilled goods to see what offerings were available - I needed to stock up on a few items for evening meals over the coming weeks. I noticed that some of the 'Quorn' products were on special offer and this caught my eye as I scanned the fridges, looking for inspiration!
Having been vegetarian in the past, a lifestyle choice of mine that had a span of a decade, I have tried several Quorn products over the years, some of which I still buy regularly and some of which I detest.
I did notice on my recent shopping trip though that there seemed to be some new additions to the Quorn range of products - such as scotch eggs, cocktail sausages and these little Kievs.
After scanning the packaging and noticing that these Quorn Kievs could be frozen easily until I was ready to use them, I opted to buy a packet to give them a try as I like to try new products and I was keen to see if these were as tasty as they looked.
The 220g package of Kievs cost me around £2 from memory.
The Quorn Kievs, for those of you who are unfamiliar with them, is a little 'ball' shaped piece of Quorn, a man-made fungi based product, which is coated in lovely golden breadcrumbs. The centre of the Quorn is filled with a garlic and herb cheese sauce type filling. The first impression of the Quorn kievs is that they are similar to a chicken or turkey kiev in shape and size.
The Quorn itself is a kind of "fake chicken". It is a similar colour and size to chicken, although I do find that the texture is a bit of a give-away!
The taste of the Quorn itself is evident in this product, as is the case with most similar products available from the Quorn range of foods - I find the taste to be not all THAT similar to the taste of chicken, but it definitely has a 'meaty' taste to it.
The breadcrumb coating was very generous and covered the Quorn kievs perfectly. I found the taste of the coating to be quite tasty and the texture I found was quite crumbly. The Quorn inside the Kievs was that of the usual high standard I have come to expect from Quorn products and the texture complimented the crumbly coating perfectly.
The little 'blob' of garlic and herb cheesy filling was just that - a little blob! It tasted very nice and not at all over powering in terms of the garlic flavouring but I really didn't think there was enough of the filling to compliment the rest of the kiev. I know I am particularly greedy for things like sauces and fillings but come on!
Considering the price of these kievs, I was a little disappointed that the filling was a bit on the stingy side. I was also a bit annoyed because the impression given from the picture on the packaging for these kievs shows a very generous portion of filling in the kievs. I felt a bit cheated to be honest.
However, when it comes to cooking the kievs, this is very easy to do. They are provided in a plastic tray, from which they can be easily removed, placed on a baking tray and popped into the oven. They are reasonably quick to cook too, and only take around 15-20 minutes or so.
The smell coming from the oven as these little kievs were cooking was certainly very appetising. I did find it quite hard to tell if they were cooked properly the first time I checked on them as they hadn't really 'browned'. After spearing one with a fork though, I could see that they were indeed cooked properly and with that dinner was served!
The nutritional information on the packaging for these kievs tells me that 100g of this product will provide 207 calories and 11 of fat.
The product is of course suitable for vegetarians, and in fact the packaging proudly boasts the emblem of "The Vegetarian Society" to ensure that consumers know that it has been approved by them. The packaging also gives allergy advice so that an easy decision can be made by consumers who suffer from food allergies.
The package of Quorn kievs was 220g in weight and I would say that this provides two servings. I certainly could not have eaten the whole pack myself, and it provided enough for my partner and me for our evening meal, when served alongside some vegetables and potatoes.
There is a website which gives details of the range of products available from Quorn, which can be found at www.quorn.co.uk.
The Quorn kievs are available from all major supermarkets, including Sainsbury's, Asda and Tesco.
I probably would buy them again, particularly if they were on offer, but I wouldn't RAVE about them or anything. They were ok, and offered a nice change but I wouldn't say they were the bee's knees or anything like that! I'd probably only award them three stars!