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After doing many nights at work and running out of food at home I popped into the petrol station to pick up something a bit different to what I would usually eat. At £2.29 it was a bit cheaper than some of the sandwiches so I thought why not try.
Ugo's was situated next to the rustlers burgers and other microwave foods. Once opened you are greated with a panini wraped in corrugated cardboard, on further inspection this is the crisp wrap sleeve which also contains simple picture instructions, however, you still need to read the packaging on the outside with the microwave times. Tucked inside the cardboard is a sachet of mustard mayonnaise, remember to take this out as mine had a good minute in the microwave as I didn't see it!
After almost 4 minutes (2 lots of 1min 20 secs plus 1 min standing) it was ready to eat. It wasn't anything amazing, the bread was a bit too chewy and there wasn't enough cheese for my liking, although the bacon was good and came with two slices. The mustard mayonnaise however, was really nice and complimented the bacon perfectly.
The other day while shopping for a few bits in the Co-op I noticed a fridge full of these Ugo's Deli Cafe Paninis most of which were £1.79. A few also had only a day or so shelf life left so they had been reduced to £1.25. I popped several in my basket with the intention of giving them to my partner to take to work.
As I'm at home all day you'd think I'd have nice lunches but I have a couple of problems with that and either forget to get something until I'm so hungry I need a banana or something equally boring for my blood sugar or I can't be bothered to have anything exciting because it's "just me" so I decided to keep a couple of these paninis for myself.
The bacon, cheese and mustard mayonnaise flavour really appealed to me and after fighting my partner off it I've had it for lunch today. These paninis are cooked in the microwave in a special "crisp wrap sleeve" which is like currugated cardboard with a cross between foil and greaseproof paper on the inside. Because this one has a sachet of mustard mayonnaise in the pack you have to ensure this isn't inside the crisp wrap sleeve before it goes in the microwave.
The outer packaging of these has a picture of a panini with tons of bacon in it and oodles of cheese oozing out of the front and a pot of mustard mayonnaise beside it. That's how you'd like the finished product to look but it isn't going to look that spectacular!
I opened the cooking sleeve before I cooked it by gently pulling the cardboard apart and lifted the bread to check the contents. I like to know what I'm eating so I had to check. Inside there was 2 rashers of bacon and surprisingly no fat on them and a slab of cheese which the pack says is a combination of mozzarella, mature cheddar and edam and it looks rubbery like edam. The bread itself is panini style and soft before cooking.
The cooking times vary but we have an 850W microwave so I followed this to the letter and cooked for 1 minute and 20 seconds then turned the whole thing over and cooked for a further 1 minute and 20 seconds before leaving it to stand for 1 minute. The cooking sleeve makes sure this doesn't go soggy and crisps the bread up but not too much.
Once done I squeezed the sachet of mustard mayonnaise inside and found the long sachet was more than enough, when I bit into the panini mayonnaise oozed out the sides so plenty of sauce! The bacon wasn't crispy but it was well cooked and tasty and the cheese had melted and filled the bread nicely. The whole combined taste was lovely and the bread around the filling was just right with its warm and slightly crispy texture.
Now for the bad news! Calories in this are 295 which is ok for a meal but fat is a whopping 15.2 g which is alot for one snack! I found this filled me for a couple of hours but no longer so that's alot of fat for what isn't actually going to equate to a meal. It was tasty though and full of good quality ingredients and fine for an occasional snack I would say.
Just so you know if you forget the mayonnaise sachet and microwave it it will explode in the microwave and if you microwave the panini for too long it will go hard. My partner established these facts with one I sent him to work with!
If you like paninis I would recommend this one, the only thing I'd change about the ingredients is the bacon and that's because I like mine smoked and this isn't, but it's a very tasty snack. Four stars from me.
Ugo's bacon Panini
These were recently on special offer at Morrison's on B.O.G.O.F and never one for turning an offer down I bought a variety of flavours in to try, I figured they would make a quick and easy lunch time snack and being fond of bacon anyway I was sure to enjoy at least one of the fillings available.
Packaged as shown above the cooking instructions couldn't be simpler really, remove from packaging, take the sauce out and pop in the microwave for 1 minute, turn over and cook for another minute. Then all you have to do is to add the sauce, let it cool and enjoy.
And enjoy I did! Thanks to the protective cardboard sleeve that the Panini sits in whilst being nuked in the microwave the Panini retained its crusty texture and consistency. The 2 generous slices of bacon combined with the molten cheese are full of flavour and the Mustard Mayonnaise sauce brings it all together to make a very satisfying lunchtime snack.
Compared to the price cafe's charge for a Panini (usually around £5.00) this was a far more economical way to enjoy the taste for a fraction of the price. Costing just over £2.00 for 1 the value for money is excellent and the taste is superb. I was very pleasantly surprised with the whole thing and now whenever I shop in Morrison's they always end up coming home with me.
Nutritional information reveals that per 100g the Panini provides:
1.9g of which are sugars
6.4g of which are saturates
Allergen advice warns that the product contains gluten, milk, egg, mustard and may contain traces of sesame seeds and soya.
On the whole then these are a quick and easy, enjoyable change from a regular sandwich at lunchtime, either served by themselves or with a small side salad. I thoroughly enjoyed all the different varieties (Chargrilled Chicken, Chicken Mozzarella & Black Olive and Bacon with cheese) but have to say the bacon was my favourite of them all. Very handy to take to work as well if you have access to a microwave, within a few minutes you can be tucking in to a tasty hot sandwich which will definitely fill a hole.
My only word of warning, particularly with this variety is to watch the cheese when you take it out of the microwave, it is extremely hot as you can imagine and will burn you if you get it onto your skin. Do be careful when adding the Mayonnaise sauce and allow it to cool a little, I was impatient the first time I had one and ended up scalding my finger, I just couldn't wait to eat it, it smelt that nice!
A definite 5/5 from me can't fault it at all and is a lunchtime favourite now!
This morning, I was feeling a bit tired, so my lovely lovely boyfriend decided he'd pop my daughter off to school, and then cook me breakfast in bed.
Well, I say cook, but that's a bit fo a stretch . His repertoire consists of spaghetti bolognese, and scrambled eggs . But he did pop off to the corner shops, and come back with a UGO's Deli Cafe Panini, filled with Bacon, Cheese, and a Mustard Mayonnaise, which set him back £1.79 on special offer.
He knows me very well my boyfriend . Not only did he bring me the sub in bed, with a steaming hot cup of tea , but he even put the packaging on my computer desk with the comment 'I know you'll probably want to review it later'.
So, taking a look at the packaging, its a cloudy white, slightly transparent top half with a black bottom half . The word UGO's is writted across it in large green letters, with the words Deli Cafe underneath on a hanging sign, There is a picture of a panini, nicely streaked with grill marks and packed with bacon and cheese, and a pot filled with the sauce. The pack has full ingredient and nutritional information, and tells me that the weight of this sub is 145g.
Looking on the back, there are the cooking instuctions which are very simple . My fella cooked it in the microvwave, a simple matter of shoving the sub and its cardboard sleeve into the microwave for 1 min 20 seconds, turning over and then heating for another 1 minute 20 . Obviously this varies from microwave to microwave, but pleasingly they have included instructions for three different category microwaves, as well as for George Foreman style health grills .
The sub came out lovely and crisp - which was a surprise, as many breads go soggy, chewy and a little rubbery when microwaved . My boyfriend had already squirted all the mayo onto the sub, saving me even that small amount of work, so I took a big bite .
WOW. I am not often impressed with microwave foods, but this was truly delicious . There seemed to be a huge amount of tasty bacon here, cooked just the way a like it - not chewy and soft, but not crispy and dry either. The cheese was stretchy, a mixture or cheddar, mozzarella and edam, and I really liked this mix of flavours . The mustard mayo was made with wholegrain mustard, and there were a few grains scattered about . It has a nice kick to it, without being too hot and overpowering . The panini bread itself was crisp without being hard and dry, with a dense wheaty flavour .
I relly enjoyed the whole combination of flavours - but what damage was this quick and easy breakfast going to do to my body? Frustratingly, in a move that seems to be common to all microwave burgers and sandwiches, the nutritional info showed the value per 100g - and the sub weighs in at 145g. If the UGO's people are reading this, please simplify things by giving us the nutritional value for the whole thing - it makes life so much easier!
Well, per 100g, there are 194 calories, and 15.2 g of fat . That is an awful lot of fat, 15% in fact . It also states that these values are for the panini 'as sold'. Now, the mayo comes in a seperate sachet, so does this count include the mayo, or not ? Either way, it's not healthy, and certainly not something I would recommend eating on a daily basis .
That said, I really did enjoy it , and I found it kept me full until about 2pm (I ate it at just after 9) so it did work as a full meal for me . And despite the horrific fat content, it tasted so nice that I probably will go and buy it again occasionally as a treat. However, I am aware that the normal price of these when not on offer is around £2.30 in my corner shop, which is a little pricey.
I do recommend these - but not often, as they'll do damage to both your wallet and your waistline . For these two negatives, I'm taking away one star, but it still ranks a respectable four stars with me .
I brought this Panini in Morrisons today because I knew I was going to have to do my own dinner and I couldn't be bothered to cook anything proper so got this because it can just go in the microwave.
You have to put it in a crisping sleeve that is just really a cardboard tube that stops the panini going soggy in the microwave. The mustard mayo comes in a separate sachet so you can add it after you have warmed the panini up and that stops the mayo going hot in the microwave.
Inside this one there are 2 rashers of bacon and some cheese. The flavours are dead nice but the bacon is a bit stringy where the fat is. I think it would have been loads nicer if Ugo's had took all the fat off the bacon because it doesn't go very nice in the microwave and I had to pull it all off myself.
There isn't a lot of cheese on it but it has a strong flavour so goes good with the bacon. I only put half the sachet of the mustard mayo on because even though its not very strong there is a bit of a kick to it and I didn't want to cover the taste of the bacon.
The panini cooks quite nice and is nice and chewy but hasn't gone tough or rubbery in the microwave like another brand I brought ages ago. It tastes nice and doughy and has a wicked floury flavour that goes brill with the bacon and cheese and soaks up the mustard mayo to bring all the flavours together.
I quite liked it but prefer making my own paninis because they might take more than 2 minutes but they taste loads fresher than this. I think this one was also very dry tasting even when I had put the mayo on it but I don't know what else I could have done to make it more moist.
I bought a sandwich as they were half price at Morrison's and I developed a love of Paninis when I was pregnant.
It had couple of week's best before date which I found quite surprising as it was in the chillier section.
It is quite a large sandwich which weighs 145g.
Contains wheat, gluten, milk, egg, mustard and may contain traces of sesame seeds and Soya.
I followed the instructions to microwave although it can also be cooked on the George foreman. For seven minutes
For a 750W microwave you remove the cellophane outer package but leaving the cardboard sleeve but slipping out the long sachet of mustard mayonnaise. I cooked it for one minute and twenty seconds, turn over then cook for a further one minute and twenty.
While it cooked I did not get a house filled with the smell of cooking bacon but did get the aroma of smoking cardboard. Now that too me, this is not appetising.
I waited a minute before removing it from the microwave and opened it up and got a slight smell of bacon. The cheese was quite stringy and I applied the mustard mayonnaise. There was plenty of mayonnaise.
As I opened the sandwich there were a couple of slices of bacon and a little cheese.
I sat down now not quite so excited about my sandwich. I took a bite and was disappointed to find that the bread was chewy the bacon and cheese quite tasteless and the overwhelming taste was mustard mayonnaise.
After eating the house still smelt of cooked cardboard.
It may well have worked a little better if it was cooked on the George Foreman
I did eat the sandwich but if I wanted to eat the same again I would make it myself for a little more effort I could have had twice the taste. I personally would have liked more bacon and cheese and less mayonnaise. I do think the combination of flavours works well but needs more balance.
Not personally recommended by me
I saw that a few people had been reviewing the Ugo's Deli Cafe range over the last few weeks, so thought I'd jump on the band wagon. I have been a fan of these microwavable meals for a while now and thought I should add my two cent into the discussions on them.
So I will start off by admitting that I often have this as a mid morning snack or (dare I say it) as breakfast.
The bacon is moist and tasty, the cheese melted and delicious! The mustard mayonnaise is a lot milder than I expected and adds a nice mild flavour to the bacon and cheese without being over powering.
As with the Chargrilled Chicken one, I have a tendency of leaving the sachet in the pouch and microwaving that along with the sandwich, a problem my girlfriend never seems to have - I guess it is because she reads the label.
They are easy and simple to microwave, just 2 mins and they are ready to eat.
The bread tastes freshly baked and is lovely and hot, the cheese is melted around the bacon.
There are plenty of filling and it always keeps me going until Lunch!
The first Ugo I tried and the only 1 I have went back for seconds on. Unfortunately the 2nd time I had this, it put me off and I now won't buy this 1 again, but I'm sure some people will like this one.
Ugo's are found in the Rustlers/Microwave burger/convenience chiller section of the shops they sell them in. The normal price for this from my local Tesco was £2.29, which I though a bit expensive, but they were doing an offer of 2 for £3, so this is when I tried the Chicken 1, as that way it wasn't too bad priced.
Packaging is alright. These are in a thick plastic bag, which is a bit cloudy white plastic and you can just see through the bag. The bottom half of the bag is black and has the writing on it, a little picture of the Panini and the ingredients that goes into it.
So how do you cook these? They come in a Microwavable sleeve and you cook on 1 side for 80 seconds, then cook on the other side for a further 80 seconds. The sleeve is meant to crisp the Panini up, and it seems quite crisp when it comes out. The instructions cater for different microwave wattages, so it is easy to cook.
So what put me off this? Well Bacon and Cheese is lovely together. The mustard came is a seperate sachet, and I didn't use this, as i'm not the biggest fan of mustard. The panini was loaded with the Bacon and the cheese melted on top and tasted lovely. When I looked into the Pannini the frst time, I saw that it was Streaky Bacon. I don't normally eat Streaky, as I don't like the fat, but I was surprised as it didn't seem fatty and had a nice taste. The 2nd time I ate this, every mouthful I had the Bacon would snap off and the fat seemed to twang against my teeth. I just found that a bit offputting. Weather this one the Bacon was more fatty i'm not sure, but I haven't bought again.
I think if you do eat Streaky Bacon then you will love this snack, as it is hot, tasty and a nice lunch to be had.
OK - I recently bought the three different Ugo Deli Panini's at Morrisons, as I thought they sounded nice, and more importantly they looked tasty, simply and quick to make as lunch at work. So for the next few days I am going to eat a different one for my lunch and then let you know what I thought, whether I would recommend it, etc. So here I go...
I often don't have long for my lunch when I'm at work. So I really need something quick and easy for the days when there isn't an hour free to go out and get lunch. Ugo's Deli Panini's are perfect!
So Wednesday morning, I came into work with my first Ugo Deli Panini - Bacon, Cheese and Mustard Mayo. At just over £2 each they were less than I spend on my lunch most days at the sandwich shop or Jacket Potato man.
Ugo's packaging is quite sophisticated looking. The different packages have different colours - All the packaging is black but the colour strips across the middle vary depending on which Panini you have - the Bacon and Cheese has a yellow strip.
At lunch time I went downstairs to the staff room and more importantly the microwave, got my Panini from the Fridge and started to read the instructions. They are pretty standard and simple to follow - the only thing you need to remember is to remove the sachet of sauce (Don't cook this in with it! I can't image that adding a good flavour to the sauce or Panini).
Just over 2 minutes in the microwave and the Panini is ready for eating. It is packaged in a foil lined cardboard cover which helps make the Panini crisp and hot while still being soft. Thanks to this slip my Panini was perfect - crispy but still soft. Pulling it out of the microwave the cheese was oozing out the sides, and it smelt really good.
There is quite a lot of filling in the Panini, with two generous slices of bacon and plenty of cheese, plus a sachet of Mustard Mayo which you add one once it is cooked.
The bacon wasn't fatty, and full of flavour. Still moist and tasty while being cooked well. The cheese was plentiful and quite mild, which went well with the bacon (as a big cheese fan, I was more than happy with the portion). The sauce was nice, and gave a good mild flavour to compliment the cheese and bacon. The cheese did not have the rubbery taste you can often get with microwavable food, it was tasty and melted well on the bread.
The whole combination of tastes worked well together and the lunch was filling. Overall I was really impressed, and I will be trying this again.
I bought mine at Morrison's for £2.29 and my colleagues have told me that they have also seen them in Tesco and Sainsbury's.
Nutritional information can be found on the website: http://www.ugosdelicafe.com/nut_2_2.php
When I am at work at the weekend, I always need something quick and easy. The local supermarket didn't have a good range of sandwiches this morning so I scoured the shelves for something tasty for lunch. I spied these Ugo's Panini sliced in the chilled area next to the sausage rolls.
At just over £2 each I thought they were a bit expensive, but the lack of choice forced my hand as there was nothing else I fancied to eat.
Ugo's packaging is done to be classy and look expensive. They are marketed with a Deli style classic two tone colours in black and clear. It almost looks like they are worth the inflated price you will pay for one.
The Panini is designed to be nuked in the microwave for 2 and a half minutes in a special foil lined cardboard cover which is supposed to make the Panini crispy and hot.
There are clear instructions on the packaging but despite me reading them twice, I managed to leave a sachet of mustard mayonnaise that was also supplied inside the foil packaging, so I nearly ended up with melted plastic in my lunch as well as everything else.
Cooking time is done in two stages, with instructions to turn the Panini over half way through. This is to ensure both sides of the Panini crisp up together.
It does also say that if it isn't crispy after cooking time then to repeat the process for a few more seconds until it's crisped up.
My Panini wasn't overly crisp but it was steaming hot so I decided to eat it in its present state anyway.
Removing the foil cardboard is a task in itself, as you have to find a small section that can be peeled back to remove the casing. Without this you could and probably would end up with a messy looking Panini on your plate.
I noticed there was a generous amount of melted cheese oozing from the edges of the Panini as I prized it open to add my mustard mayonnaise sachet. Upon looking inside the Panini, I noticed that the clever chefs over there at Ugo's had cleverly placed the cheese to make it appear there was a lot when in fact there wasn't that much inside. Two generous sized pieces of bacon were watching me from the middle of the bread so the understatement of cheese was let off as I was able to squeeze over a large portion of mayonnaise as well.
The Panini actually looked quite inviting on my plate, if not slightly greasy, which I noticed when I picked it up and saw a tiny puddle of grease left on the plate.
It appeared to have been cooked well and evenly, with no overly crispy edges or undercooked bread areas.
Tasting the Panini, I was pleased to see it was soft and not too chewy after being nuked for the cooking time.
The flavours coming through worked well together with the mustard giving a little kick to my taste buds with the slightly salty flavour from the bacon.
I was almost too scared to look at the nutritional values and when I did I was glad I hadn't checked before eating as they are very high at 295 calories and 15.5 grams of fat per 100g. The pnanini slice was 145g all in.
There is also some dietary information on the packaging for allergy sufferers as well in the form of the panini containing wheat, gluten, milk, egg, mustard and may contain traces of sesame seeds and Soya.
Overall it was big enough for me to get a decent sized snack from it, but I did need something else to bulk out my lunch as well. I wouldn't buy this all the time at the price it was being sold, but it certainly made a nice change from a pre packed sandwich which costs around the same price.
Having previously enjoyed one of Ugo's paninis (chicken, mozzarella and pesto) I didn't stop to think when I saw them on offer in the supermarket. I'm always on the look out for "easy" lunch snacks that require little preparation but which are satisfying and not that unhealthy. As Ugo's hit the mark last time I thought that I'd try the other flavour - bacon and cheese with mustard mayo.
The panini is cooked in the microwave, and, thanks to a special cardboard-type wrap it will crisp up rather than go soggy. In under a minute per side you have a hot, crisp panini with glorious-looking melted cheese and, again, it wouldn't look out of place in a high street café.
The filling is not insubstantial - two good thick rashers of bacon, a decent amount of cheese and more than enough mustard mayo (which you add after cooking). The bacon was full of flavour and cooked to perfection, retaining some of the moistness that makes bacon so moreish. I didn't find the bacon too salty nor smokey - it was just a good natural taste. The cheese was actually a blend of cheeses. These worked together to provide a cheese that melted well without going rubbery (as cheddar can sometimes do) nor too stringy (a la mozzarella). The flavour was again well rounded and didn't take the roof of your mouth off as again some cooked cheeses can do. I wouldn't describe the flavour as mild but it certainly wasn't strong enough to put you off. The mustard mayo was light and fresh. The mustard flavour worked well with the other ingredients. It was not overpowering and certainly not as strong as mustard on it's own. It added a fresh, creamy texture and flavour to the whole that, thankfully was not over-acidic.
Compared to the chicken version I was, however, a little disappointed as I felt (crisping the panini aside) that I could have easily recreated this from the contents of my fridge. It didn't offer that "special something" that the chicken variety did.
Portion wise I was still pleased. So often commercial offerings can leave one wanting more but this was ideal for a lunch snack.
There was no discernable aftertaste, which was great and I was just left feeling satisfied.
It's not all up though - despite the smell of the panini when cooked being very tempting the smell when cooking is appalling, just as it was with the chicken version. I suspect that this is down to the "crisp wrap sleeve" doing its business but it didn't add to the experience. Thankfully the product was worth the dodgy aroma!
The RRP (as at Feb 08) is £2.29 but I paid just £1.14 in Tesco on offer. At the lower price I'd say they were excellent value for money. At the higher RRP I'm not sure that they'd be a frequent visitor into my trolley but I still think that they compare favourably with other pre-packed sandwiches and there is certainly enough filling to justify the price.
I really like the idea of these paninis. They open up the "micro-lunch" market to those who want more of a fresh taste and don't fancy a pie or pastie or other, similarly processed offering. I suspect that these are aimed at the female market and probably the 20s to 35s and, if so, I think they hit the spot. For me it'll be the chicken version if I buy them again as they give a good café culture from a microwave! For the bacon and cheese I'll make my own!
Authentic panini stone baked with olive oil.