“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Beef „
COST: £1.75 for 355g
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per half a roll, as consumed):
- of which sugars: 1.8g
- of which saturates: 12.8g
Salt equivalent: 1.3g
Beef (25%), wheatflour, water, pork fat, onions (7%), beef fat, cornflour, rice flour, beef gelatine, reconstituted dried egg, tomato puree, beef extract, bay leaf, black pepper, rosemary extract, barley, malt extract, salt, vegetable bouillon, onion powder, spice, natural flavourings, E500, pepper extract, black pepper
Contains egg, wheat and gluten
Somerfield Minced Beef & Onion roll is to be found in the chilled section, and comes in a largely reddish coloured cardboard box, that has images plastered all over it of a delicious looking minced beef roll. The back of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients, allergy advice, freezing guidelines, heating guidelines and Somerfield's quality claim together with their contact details.
Inside the cardboard outer box, is a foil tray in which the minced beef & onion roll rests, placed on a small sheet of greaseproof paper. On the packet, Somerfield recommends that the product is to serve two people, and I'd say that's a fair estimate.
The minced beef roll is made of shortcrust pastry filled with mince, gravy and onions, and the product is already cooked - it merely needs heating through in the oven. During the heating process, it gives off rather a nice meaty aroma, which got my taste buds rather excited!
On removing from the oven, I assessed that even I couldn't manage to eat the whole thing, so I removed the greaseproof and cut the roll in half, with the idea of eating one half for my evening meal, and saving the other for breakfast the next day (yes I know I'm weird!!).
The pastry was well-browned and very easy to cut through, revealing a very generous serving of mince and onions inside, that smelled utterly delicious. I had peas, carrots and broccoli with the mince roll - no potatoes, as I never mix them with pastry products.
The mince and onion filling was absolutely steaming, piping hot, and I felt that I'd like to leave it for a few minutes to cool off a little, so I scoffed the vegetables first. By the time I finished those, the mince had cooled to a point where it was still hot, but easy to eat.
I cut a piece of the pastry, and on chewing, declared it to be nice and light, yet at the same time being rich and buttery. I certainly can't make shortcrust pastry anywhere near as good as that. I then sampled a forkful of the minced beef, gravy and onion mixture, and it truly was superb. The gravy tasted delicious - not too peppery, as some products of this nature are guilty of - and the mince/onion/gravy ratio was perfect. The meat didn't have any gobbets of fat or gristle, and that pleased me enormously.
The pastry was a little thicker than I personally like it, but I'm not viewing that as a negative regarding this product. All in all, it was absolutely beautiful - so was the other half which I had cold for breakfast the next morning.
The protein content in Somerfield Minced Beef & Onion Roll is very good, but sadly the fat and calories are disgustingly high - but as is my usual statement, that's to be expected for this sort of product. At £1.75, it makes a very cheap meal for two people and would go with a variety of vegetables, and I'd imagine it's great (if you want a real pig-out) with chips and beans.
I'll definitely buy this again, and take my imaginary hat off to Somerfield for this delicious meat and pastry product.
Thanks for reading!