“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
In the reduced price section of Tescos, I find you regularly encounter products that you'd swear aren't sold anywhere else in the shop. These Finest Mushroom, Leek & Gruyere Filo parcels being the latest example I bought from one of our local branches; I've had them (reduced price) once now but am not optimistic of ever finding them again.
Two parcels (at 320g total) usually sell for about £3 - and quite surprisingly, because I'm not generally the greatest fan of Tesco convenience foods, I'd say they would probably be worth paying the full price for, as they really are quite nice. They come in individual little foil pie-pans and take about 20 minutes in a hot oven to crisp up. Though the pastry has a tendency to stick to the foil, overall the results are very pleasant.
The outside is layers of crisp filo pastry, wrapped around a creamy and very tasty filling made from mushrooms, leeks and cheese. The filling is so good it actually tastes home-made, which is quite unusual for a food of this sort. They're not huge - each parcel is about 4 inches across - but they're so rich that one is definitely enough for a light lunch. One parcel contains slightly under 450 calories, as their second greatest ingredient (after filo pastry) by quantity is double cream, which constitutes 20% of each parcel - so of course they also contain quite a bit of saturated animal fat.
I found they needed a little seasoning but my other half thought if anything, they were a bit too salty - and actually each parcel does contain 1.5g of salt, so a moderately high level.
These were very nice for a treat - although they're not the kind of thing it'd be advisable for you - or indeed that you'd want - to eat every day.