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Tesco Potato Gratin

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Potato

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      25.04.2010 11:23
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      Not good gratin

      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.


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