“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potato „
We got a packet of Tesco Finest Oven Baked Potatoes with Bacon as the 'side vegetables' course of one of their £9 meal deals (which also incorporated two Chicken Kievs, a bottle of red wine and a dessert) although the product sells separately at £2 for 400g - a suggested two servings.
The potatoes were indeed a fairly convenient food, although they had to be tipped out of the black-plastic tray they came in and onto a baking sheet for cooking (they took about 25 minutes in a hot oven). Call me bone idle if you like, but if I want to wash up a potato and bacon-greasy oven tray, I'm perfectly capable of dicing up a couple of spuds, putting oil on and then bunging them in the oven to cook - without having to pay £2 per packet for the privilege. Factoring in the necessity for washing the oven tray afterwards anyway, I felt that I might as well have home-made this (very simple) dish myself, and if I'd done that I'd probably also have gained equally good, or even significantly better results - certainly in terms of portion sizing, for I thought that the quantities given for two people in this ready meal were definitely on the stingy side.
Still, the Tesco potatoes as they were were quite nice. The cooked up to a nice 'squidgy on the outside' yet still slightly floury on the inside texture and tasted pretty good. The bacon in the ones I had purported to be 'Canadian smoked maple glazed bacon' (or some such fancy type), and I was very surprised to find that I could actually taste the maple-cured sweetness of the (nicely chunky) bacon bits that were in the dish.
I was also surprised to see on the 'traffic lights' food-police-style warnings that accompany this dish, that at just over 1g of salt per 200g serving, it only counts as having a 'moderate' salt content (ie an amber coloured light). I thought it was fantastically salty myself - but perhaps this was on account of my having consumed it with the meal deal Kiev and the red wine it came with.
In summary, these would be very easy to make at home so I wouldn't buy them separately as a side dish for £2 myself, but I'd certainly consider them again as part of a meal deal (if nothing more interesting-looking grabbed my attention).