Yesterday my husband and I tried Tesco's potatoe gratin for the first time. We were after dolphinoise potatoe and this seemed like as great cheaper alternative. There was one packet of dolphinoise potatoes for sale down the ready meal aisle and this cost £3.50 a packet to serve 2. In comparison Tesco's potatoe gratin cost £2 for a portion for 2. As a result we went for this cheaper option and felt confused on what the difference was,
Tesco potatoe gratin comes in a silver tin foil tray with a thin plastic film over the top. You peel the plastic film off the top and pop into the oven for 25 minutes and that's it cooking is done and your ready to eat!
We found that Tesco potatoe gratin was delicious, it is thin slices of potatoe layered in a creamy slightly cheesy sauce. We had our potatoe gratin with some garlic chicken and loads of different vegeratables and these things worked really well together. My husband generality doesn't eat vegetables with up them being covered in Garvey or tomatoes ketchup. This potatoe gratin has so much lovely sauce in it that he didn't need any extra sauce for his veg.
Tesco potatoe gratin is not a very healthy option. It contains loads of calories and fat and so I wouldn't recommend that anyone incorporates it into their daily duet. However, as a one off treat surly this is fine.
I am still as little confused on what the difference is between potatoe gratin and dolphinoise potatoes. I think we definately did the right thing and saved £1.50 buying this product.
450g of own-brand potato gratin from Tesco currently costs you £2 - a suggested serving size for two people. A 225g portion contains a hefty 300-odd calories, just under 10% of these coming from fat and of that, about 6% is saturated fat, which comes from the lashings of double cream, single cream and cheddar cheese that've gone into its manufacture. Given that 62% of the gratin is potato, much of the rest of it (about 28%) comes from milk-based products.
The gratin comes in its own fairly sturdy foil dish, and is topped by clear plastic film that has to be removed before the thing is bunged in the oven (about 180 degrees for around 25 minutes) so it's pretty easy to 'cook'. It looks reasonably like the illustration on the packet - and appetising - when it comes out of the oven, but unfortunately the results once it's ready to eat aren't overly impressive. It's a gratin made with cheesy sauce, which is always a mistake to begin with, and in this case the cheese taste is not great. Combined with all the cream that's gone into making the gratin the overall result is that the sauce is too thick, cloying and super-sickly to eat. Although what you get in the gratin is a pretty concentrated cheese sauce, I'd say there isn't enough of it in principle either. The texture of the potato slices once cooked is not good; they sort of crumble / break into little pieces yet still manage to be slightly slimy. The gratin as a whole is barely more than an inch thick.
Since it's possible to make a perfectly good gratin at home very simply (by slicing potatoes, seasoning between the layers, adding garlic and then coating the whole thing with cream then cooking slowly in the oven) I'm mystified as to how this cook-chill dish from Tesco can have turned out so badly. The ingredients that went into it are all perfectly good. I can only conclude that some effect of storage, or a startlingly bad recipe contributed to this somehow.
I would not buy this again, or even eat it even if I were to be given a Tesco Potato Gratin for free.