Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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Quorn Mini Kiev
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Quorn Mini Kiev
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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!
Summary: A reasonable substitute for Chicken kiev!
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