“ Type: Chicken „
I now find it quite amazing that, until about 18 months ago, I'd never even heard of a Panini, let alone eaten one. Then, just before I retired from my job, one of my work colleagues asked me if I'd share a chicken Panini with her.
We were waiting with the rest of our team to board the next train after the one we were meant to catch was cancelled. So, we went into the station buffet. Whilst I was humming and harring about what to get to eat, I was generously offered the opportunity to taste this Panini thing.
Okay, I said, I'll give it a go. Thinking it was to be eaten cold out of the packet (yes, I know I'm a peasant!), I was surprised to find out that it had to be heated up in the microwave and presented in such a way that the Mozzarella burnt the roof of my mouth. No, I wasn't told to let it cool down a bit first.
The lady behind the counter had already spread the Pesto Sauce inside the Ciabata sandwich before serving it to us, which meant that she must have had hands made of asbestos because the contents were still very hot when presented.
I took one bite, the cheese was very hot; I burned my mouth. But the flavour was something else. The combination of Mozzerella, chicken and Pesto really hit the spot for me. So, lesson learnt, I let the thing cool down a bit. Then I thoroughly enjoyed the remainder of what was on my plate.
Would I have had another one after that initiation? I don't know. However, as luck would have it, I casually mentioned to my wife that I'd tried this thing called a Panini and perhaps she ought to try one too. At first, she wasn't keen, as she's not generally a patron of microwave meals or snacks. But she tried one and now we usually have one a week or a fortnight as a treat.
If you like chicken or Mozzerella or Pesto or Ciabata bread then, if you haven't already tried the Ugo's Chargrilled Chicken, Mozzarella & Pesto Panini, you're in for a whale of a time when you do. If you have a problem with any one of these ingredients, for instance an allergy, then perhaps you're better off trying the Ugo's Bacon Panini. Otherwise, please give it a go. It may not be life-changing, but it will hopefully make you feel better.
Normally I wouldnt purchase these, but my daughter was with me and as they were on offer, £1.79 instead of £2.39 I picked up a couple in my local Sainsbury store. They weigh 170 grams
On first impressions the packaging looked quite trendy and appertising. You take the marinated chargrilled chicken, mozzeralla & pesto panini out of the packaging, leave the cardboard sleeve on , taking care to set the pesto sauce sachet aside and microwave for a minute, turn it over and heat for a further minute. Simple. Then allow to stand for a further minute, before putting the pesto sauce on , then tucking in.
To say I wasnt impressed would be an understatement. The panini, was limp, I like mine crisped. It did advertise on the packaging it was a hot crispy panini. I dont think this was a meal for the microwave either. The chicken was tasteless and looked like processed food. The mozzarella was ok, mind you mozzarella hasnt a taste as such and all thats required for it to do was be stretchy and it was, the pesto sauce was nicely flavoured as well.
It does say to ensure food is piping hot before serving and it was, but unfortunately it was a bit tasteless. These are never worth the offer price never mind the full price.
I must admit with the 2nd one I popped the panini in the George Foreman and it did taste more like a panini should, but the chicken still remained tasteless, so I`ve gone back to the chicken and cheese variety which I make myself in good old george. At a fraction of the cost.
of which sugars 2.0g
of which sats 3.1g
Allergens: Paninis contain wheat, gluten, milk, egg, mustard and many contain seseme seeds and soya.
Be careful also some products may contain bones
Overall I found this a very disappointing product, it was an expensive way to find this out. But I thought it was worth it at the time because when you have a panini out , you can pay £3- £3.50 for one.
I had a shop brought lunch today as the place I'm at has bare cupboards today lol.
The only sandwiches they had left at the local co op were egg or ham neither I wanted so looked at offers section and saw these Ugos there at an offer price of £1.79, Guessing normal price will be over £2.00.
If you haven't seen a Ugo's before they are a panini which take just a few minutes to be ready in a microwave.
I've tried to see where else they are available but not coming up that they are stocked in major supermarkets. If you want to try one then co op is the only store I know definitely sells them.
The flavours available there were chargrilled chicken, mozzarella and olives or the one I got which was Chargrilled Chicken, mozzarella and pesto.
On removing the ugos from the plastic outer wrapper the panini is in a cupboard sleeve which it must stay in when you microwave, Remove the sauce sachet first though.
Mine took just 2 minutes to cook and then I left it a few minutes as it was piping hot. Inside the panini were 4 pieces of fair sized chicken which was covered in the melted mozzarella, I added the pesto sauce from the sachet but found it quite a strong taste. The panini on the whole was quite tasty and not too crispy or too soft.
The panini was about 6 inch long weighing 170g as it says on the wrapper.
Calories were 229 BUT per 100g which I think is quite misleading as often products show amount per item or product. In total the calories are approx 390 for the whole panini. Now I'm wandering if this is including the sachet of sauce or not!
On the whole I would buy again if it was a case of I was having to eat or buy out and subway wasn't an option.
I'm all in favour of home cooking and generally all the meals we have in our household have been created by either me or my wife, sometimes though it works out to be cheaper to rely on convenience foods that come pre-prepared and offer a quick alternative to homemade food. If you have ever browsed the chiller sections of the supermarkets I'm sure you will have seen the prepared burgers and hotdogs that Rustlers offer. Great hangover food or something to bung in the microwave after a heavy drinking session down at the pub, however they are highly processed and taste not a patch on what they should yet are insanely popular.
Similar in concept to the Rustlers range are these Panini's from UGO, available with a variety of fillings I tried the bacon and cheese last year and rather enjoyed it so when I saw that this 'Chargrilled Chicken, Mozzarella and Pesto' Panini was back on half price offer in Morrisons at just £1.24 I had to give it a try.
Wrapped in the packaging as illustrated above it does look like a premium branded product, the design is tasteful and the inclusion of the "Deli Cafe" text gives a good impression. The Panini is enclosed within a serrated cardboard sleeve that is designed in such a way to allow the bread to go crispy when cooked in a microwave. Cooking instructions indicate that you simply cook on one side for just over a minute, then turn over and repeat then add the separately packaged Pesto to the cooked chicken and cheese.
Having had one of these Panini's for tea tonight served with a simple side salad it made for a delicious and filling meal. The chicken breast pieces in the middle of the sandwich are chunky and have griddle lines on them from when they were cooked. Topping the chicken are large pieces of cheese that melt delightfully when cooked, the pesto sauce is light and full of flavour and when combined with the other ingredients add a tasty twist to what could have been a simple and boring sandwich.
The bread itself does crisp up nicely and although I found the outer edge to be a little too overcooked this was the part that overhung the cardboard sleeve so was exposed to more of the heat in the microwave.
All in all it was very tasty and certainly on a par with Panini's I have eaten before in a cafe or Costa coffee and at the price I paid proved to offer a substantial saving on the ones eaten away from home.
Nutrition wise the information given lists the values per 100 grams and as each Panini actually weighs 170 grams it is simple enough to make a rough calculation as to what a full Panini will provide. 229 calories, 21.6 grams of carbohydrate (of which 2.0 grams are sugar) 8.6 grams of fat (3.1 grams are saturates) and 1.4 grams of fibre are listed so the Panini on the whole works out to be just under double these amounts. That to me is quite good, especially as this was the main part of my evening meal today.
In conclusion then, for convenience and the taste this has been a great choice which I enjoyed immensely, if I was to have bought the separate ingredients of this Panini in and made one from scratch myself then I would have had to pay considerably more than £1.24 and even £2.49 when not on offer. Taking into account the partially stale edge that tasted overcooked from the microwave I would have no hesitation in awarding this 4/5 Dooyoo stars and comes highly recommended by me.
I bought mine from Morrisons for £1.24 but can't ever remember seeing them in Tesco so availability may be not as widespread as some other alternatives. However if your local supermarket stocks them I would certainly suggest that you give them a try they would make an ideal lunchtime meal that takes minutes to prepare and leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Thanks for reading my review.
I can remember the exact time and place that I first tried this and that is quite surprising for me because usually I cant remember what happened yesterday! Anyway when I used to go to college they were handing these out one day as I was walking through town and because I was a student who needed every penny I took one to warm up for lunch later that day. If Im honest I had never heard of "Ugo's" before and I had never heard anyone talking about it so I went into eating this panini with a completely open mind and no-one else's opinions to cloud my judgment.
kCal: 229 Fat: 8.6g
Protein: 16.4g saturates: 3.1g
Carbohydrate: 21.6g Fibre: 2g
Sugars: 2g sodium: 0.6g
That to be fair is pretty dire for one sandwich and I cannot understand where all these calories are coming from! But more on that later :)
You simply put this panini in the microwave for around a minute turn over and microwave for another minute. I would advise you to leave it a few minutes before you start to eat it because it is piping hot when it comes out of the microwave but that can only be a good thing in my opinion.
The pesto sauce isn't actually on the panini when you cook it but in a small sachet that comes in the packet. I liked that because I dont really like pesto so I didnt have to have it on the sandwich but because it comes separately you can add as much or as little to the panini as you like depending on your personal tastes.
After looking at this after I had cooked it I was really looking forward to trying it because it smelt so damn amazing obviously I cant comment on what the pesto sauce tasted like because I dont like it and therefore didnt try it but I can tell you about the rest of the panini!
Well the first thing I noticed when I took a bite out of this was how hard it was, very chewy and really thick. I do like thick bread but this was just to much for me and I very nearly hurt my jaw when I was trying to take a bite and that is no exaggeration!
The second thing I noticed was that there was hardly any chicken and even less cheese inside which I was disappointed by because of how much I was looking forward to tasting it. To be honest the chicken and the cheese did taste really nice and unlike other "microwave sandwiches" I have tried the chicken was properly cooked and tasted succulent and like normal fresh chicken which impressed me. My only problem with the sandwich filling is that there just wasn't enough of it and because the bread was so thick I needed a lot of flavour on the inside to balance the textures out.
This gets a 2.5 star rating from me although I cant show that on the dooyoo rating scale! It was exactly what I needed at the time and filled me up for hours afterwards but I think that was more because the bread was so thick and stodgy and not because I really enjoyed the meal. I did like the filling but there just wasn't enough of it and they were really stingy with the mozzarella (which is my favourite cheese!!) which annoyed me because that was probably the part I was looking forward to the most. I recommend if your looking for a quick snack at work and don't mind to much about the taste as long as its filling but this certainly isnt good for a full meal, well not for me anyway.
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I'm not mad keen on Ugo's food but was starved when I got home after shopping yesterday so nuked myself a Chargrilled Chicken, Mozzerella And Pesto Panini. It only took about 2 mins in the microwave so nice and easy to cook.
After you've cooked it you have to put the pesto on yourself, that seemed weird at first but when I bit into it I realised that is because you don't want piping hot pesto! lol
It wasn't too bad as a quick snack but I thought it had quite a boring taste and there wasn't enough filling on the panini for me, the main thing I could taste was the bread and I had to concentrate to get the flavour of the chicken. The pesto was a bit too strong for the rest of the ingredients and even though I only used about 1/2 of the sachet it covered the rest of the flavours.
The panini had gone nice and soft and the big pieces of chicken were cooked proper good. There wasn't enough mozzerella I don't think and I reckon it could have done with at least double the amount to make the sandwich better.
At least it wasn't mega greasy like a lot of these microwave paninis and it was filling because the bread was quite stodgy. I've just looked up the price and these Ugo's paninis are over £2.00 and that's a total rip off for such a tasteless snack.
If you need something quick, then this would be perfect! I came across these as they were on offer for £1.79 in the Co-Op and I thought they would make a good lunch or dinner if I was i a rush. They have a reasonable length of sell by date and they looked tasty too!
What are they?
Ugo panini's have not been around very long and they seem to be very popular. You can buy them in all convenience stores and sometimes in petrol stations and off liciences. These are not like any other microwave panini's because they are not greasy and the chicken is not in small pieces, it is in big chunks which can be hard to eat when it is steaming hot!
How long to they take to cook?
When I cooked my panini, I kept the unique crisp sleeve around it and put it in the microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds, then after this I turned it over and cooked it for a further 1 minute and 20 seconds. Then i was ready to eat. So you can probably tell how quick it is ready to eat! After this time it is extremely hot so I left it to stand for a few minutes.
The Ugo panini that I tried was Chicken, Mozzerella and Black Olives. The panini itself is cooked in olive oil, so it tasted authentic and the bread was tomato and herb flavour so this adde to the many lovely tastes! There was plenty of mozzerella which added to the 'Italian' in this. Also as I said before, the chicken was in chunks and was not unhealthy and processed. The black olives was in the form of a sauce and this created the savoury taste.
Per 100g of the panini, there is 214kcal, 25.3 carbohydrates and 5.5g of fat. In my opinion, this is not too bad, but it is not the best. Healthy than fast food restaurants I suppose.
*Quick and Easy
*Easy to get hold of
*Salad would be better I suppose
I would recommend this to be consumed occasionally. This is because it is not very healthy.
3/5 from me!
Ugo's Chargrilled Chicken, Mozzarella & Pesto Panini
The title of this product gives a clear indication as to what it is - yes that's right, it is a panini containing chargrilled chicken, mozzarella cheese and pesto. It is designed to be cooked in the microwave and available from most supermarkets and some smaller shops in the chilled section. I bought this from my local Tesco express where it cost me £2.30. This did seem a little expensive but I wanted a fast lunch for work and it sounded pretty good, the ingredients are all things that I enjoy so I assumed it would be worth it.
You simply put it into the microwave for just over a minute, turn it and then set it for just over another minute. Then, add the pesto sauce, serve and enjoy. So far, so good. Not so, it isn't pesto as we know it, it is in fact a kind of mayo/salad cream stuff with a little pesto mixed through it, which has a kind of creamy taste and texture. It was okay, but proper pesto would have been a lot nicer, so that was my first disappointment.
My next disappointment was when I added the sauce, there was 3 lumps of chicken and a small rectangle of mozzarella. It was all squashed to one side, meaning that the other side was really just bread. There didn't seem enough filling, more would have been a lot better. Nevertheless, I added the mayo/pesto stuff and stuck it on a plate.
I then glanced at the calorie content - oh dear! The panini itself weighs 170g and the nutritional information is per 100g, so in effect, you need to almost double this information to understand what it contained;
kCal: 229 Fat: 8.6g
Protein: 16.4g saturates: 3.1g
Carbohydrate: 21.6g Fibre: 2g
Sugars: 2g sodium: 0.6g
That is quite a lot of calories and a huge amount of fat for one sandwich - it wasn't as if there was lashing of cheese in there to compensate for this!
Anyway, I began to eat it and again, was disappointed. It was bland, the mayo/pesto stuff didn't really taste of much and because of the apportions of filling to bread, there wasn't much taste. Not that more filling would necessarily have made much difference to this snack, as it all tasted a little insipid. Certainly not what I had hoped for, or even close.
I wouldn't buy this again or recommend that you do. Don't be fooled by the yummy sounding ingredients, they don't live up to your expectations and for the price, you could buy something much tastier and more satisfying!
I was on one of my regular bargain hunts at my local Morrisons supermarket last week when I came across this on a buy one get one free offer. The normal price was £2.20 so the offer made it a reasonable £1.10 per panini which I find is about normal for this type of product. That in itself wasn't enough to make me buy it because as a rule I hate the ready prepared microwave junk fare but I remembered a friend recommending them to me a couple of months previously. As the friend in question has very similar tastes to me I thought I'd give them a go.
There were two flavours available but on closer examination one was Bacon, Cheese & Mustard Mayo. As I hate mustard with a passion I purchased two Chicken, Mozzarella & Pesto ones.
The outer packaging of the product is papery plastic which is quite thick and the markings were clear and concise, with the ingredients, heating instructions and nutritional information (per 100g) being easy to read. The packaging opens easily by hand.
Inside the packet is a cardboard crisping sleeve which had the heating instructions on with the panini inside. One flaw is that the microwave timings are not on the sleeve and were in a block of text on the outer packet, not very easy to read in a rush.
To cook the product all you have to do was heat the panini in the sleeve for 1min 10, turn it over and repeat. You then had to add the pesto and allow it to stand for a minute. A very quick and easy cooking method when you're in a rush.
The panini itself is not flat as you may expect but is more like a six inch long sub. The bread itself is nice with a crispy outer but is soft internally which I found to be a nice balance.
Inside the 'panini' are three chunks of chicken breast. The chicken seems to be of reasonable quality and is tender, it doesn't quite fill the panini though so you might have a couple of bites of solely bread.
The cheese is one strip of mozzarella which again isn't really big enough for the size of the bread. It does melt well though and becomes stringy as mozzarella should. It accompanies the chicken well.
The pesto I was expecting from the packaging comes in a tube and is actually mayonnaise with a bit of pesto in it. I'm not a fan of mayo so found this a big disappointment and I feel it should be made clearer on the packaging.
The panini is 170g and the following nutritional information is per 100g.
kCal: 229 Fat: 8.6g
Protein: 16.4g saturates: 3.1g
Carbohydrate: 21.6g Fibre: 2g
Sugars: 2g sodium: 0.6g
For something which is quite unhealthy I would expect something more. It is not very filling and isn't substantial enough to be construed as a meal in itself. I actually had to have a sandwich afterwards as it did not touch my hunger.
For £1.10 not a bad snack but I would certainly not buy it again at pay full price. I'll admit I expected a tasty meal and this just didn't deliver.
We'd had a busy weekend with no time to shop properly, so we went to the local SPAR to grab something for lunch. The UGO'S chargrilled chicken, mozzarella and pesto Panini caught my eye. There was also a bacon and cheese option available in the chiller cabinet. It cost £2.79.
The packaging is a plastic packet, you can't see the Panini inside as the see-through part of the packaging is opaque, and the Panini is wrapped in its microwaveable packaging. The sell by date is very clearly displayed above the UGO'S logo. The green and black design of the packaging is quite smart.
The Panini contains wheat, gluten, milk, egg, mustard and maybe traces of sesame seeds and soya.
The preparation instructions are on the back, both text and as illustrations. Its straight forward, you leave the Panini in the microwaveable sleeve, remove the sauce sachet, turn in the microwave halfway through your specified cooking time, stand for a minute before adding sauce and eating.
The Panini looked fine, and there were four largish pieces of chicken, and a slice of (bright yellow) mozzarella. It looked generous.
I followed the heating instructions, then opened up the packaging . The cheese had oozed out all over the microwave sleeve, but not to be deterred (I was very hungry, don't judge me!) I scraped it all off with a knife and put it back inside the bread.
There was plenty of pesto sauce in the sachet, it looked like mayonnaise with green herby bits in it, and it tasted like herby mayo. I've had pesto before, but not pesto sauce so I don't know how it is supposed to taste, but it seemed fine to me.
The chicken looked better externally than the chicken you tend to find in most chiller cabinet chicken snacks. The packaging says the chicken consists of 93% chicken breast. The other 7% is made up of oil, starch, sugar, salt and emulsifiers. In taste and texture it was kind of close to being like the real thing, it wasn't dry but it was rubbery tasting, and it did have that squashed together look you get with mechanically recovered meat.
The Panini bread was just right, it was crispy but not hard to bite through and soft inside.
Altogether, the whole thing was okay, but it would have been better if I had added salad or something, the cheese and chicken and bread were quite a dry and bland culinary experience. It might have been nicer if the sauce tasted a bit stronger, once I was eating the Panini the sauce just tasted like regular mayo.
On the plus side, the Panini stayed warm right to the last bite, even though I answered the door halfway through lunch, and it was also definitely filling, I didn't need anything else afterwards.
I suppose I wouldn't mind having another one, but I won't be keeping an eye out for them either. Unless I am really really hungry!
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.
The Chargilled Chicken, Cheese and Pesto is one of my Fav's - why? because there are plenty of ingredients, the chicken is chargrilled to perfection and the sauce is mild enough not to be over powering but tasty to really enhance the flavour of the chicken.
I used to have a tendency of microwaving the sachet of sauce, with some practice (and by actually paying attention to what it says on the packet) I have now master the skill of removing it before hand. It is actually ok with the warm sauce, it never really made much difference to me.
The product is very very easy to prepare (remember to remove the sachet!) and in two mins it is piping hot and ready to eat!
The bread smells lovely, well the whole thing smells extremely appealing when it comes out of the microwave. And it does not disappoint!
As I mentioned on the Cheese and Chutney review I always need a packet of crisps or salad with it to fill me up but my girlfriend often takes these to work with her and says that there is plenty there for her lunch.
Not sure how long these have been out, but know they are quite new, as I am always on the lookout for new things to try. I came across these about 2 months ago in Tesco, as part of buy 2 for £3 deal. These seem to be found at the same area as the Rustlers and Microwave burger area in the chiller section. You get a few different fillings, but it is the Chargrilled Chicken one I am reviewing.
Packaging in alright. It is a cloudy clear plastic wrapper and it seems quite thick and strong. It has the brand Ugo's written in green and there is a wavy black bar that covers half the packaging and a little picture of the Chicken cheese and pesto as well as a picture of the Panini.
So how do you cook this? This comes wrapped in a seperate sleeve and must be cooked in the sleeve. This makes it crisper - so they say and the instructions are to microwave on 1 minute 20 on 1 side, then turn the product over and microwave on the other side for the same amount of time. this was based on an 850watt micro and the cooking times give alternative for other wattages.
There is enough Chicken in here and the Mozzarella is placed on top of the Chicken so it will melt over it. The Pesto comes in a seperate sachet, which is handy as i'm not overly keen on Pesto, so I didn't use it. When hot the cheese has melted alright, but there seemed to be more cheese in places and sparse in other bits, so not that evenly distributed.
I would certainly buy this one again, and I wouldn't buy the Bacon one again though (I will review that at a later date). This was tasty, full of flavour and a break from the norm. The only bit I wouldn't be too happy with is the full price of this item, as it normally retails for £2.35-£2.55, and I think that is a bit expensive. I would recommend you to try this, but perhaps look out for a special offer!
If you have read my previous review on the Ugo's Deli Bacon and cheese panini you will know that I have bought three of these and will be trying each of them over the next couple of days.
As with the first, the Chargrilled Chicken is just over £2 and very quick and easy to heat up.
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 chargrilled Chicken and Pesto one has a green strip.
They are very simple to warm in the microwave and take about 2 and a half minutes to heat up. It is important to remove the sachet of sauce before cooking, it is in the sleeve that the panini is packaged in for quicker cooking.
The panini had two generous sized pieces of chicken inside and plenty of melted cheese. The bread was crisp but still soft and smelt great as I took it out of the microwave.
The pieces of chicken were good cuts and very very tasty, still moist and the chargrilled flavour was not too overpowering, just delicious.
The cheese was plentiful and not plastic-tasting like you occasionally get with microwavable foods.
The pesto sauce was quite mild but very nice, and there was more than enough for one panini.
The combination of the Chicken, cheese and pesto sauce work extremely well together, and I have a fantastic lunch today.
It was extremely more-ish and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be having the Chargrilled Chicken one again.
I'll be honest, I'm often on the go and it becomes convenient to whack something in the microwave as a snack. After going through the usual Rustlers burgers etc. I happened upon this disappointment being on offer in Tescos.
Firstly, anything like this over £1.20 ish and you're having a laugh. I think at last check an Ugo "panini" came in at over 2 quid. So it better be good, eh?
Well, I'm afraid not. As another reviewer eloquently put, it tastes like the corrugated cardboard it is microwaved in. Heaven help you if you don't see the sauce tube stuffed in there too, and accidently cook it with that in there.
The chicken tastes fake, chemically-altered, plastic, I'm sure you know the type. The bread isn't too bad, but you don't buy it for the roll. Oh, and it takes AGES to cool down.
In summary, these Ugo things are a waste of time, taste awful, and are the biggest ripoff I've seen in a while.
Lunchtime at my office is always an experince. If you are lucky, you have the odd 5 minutes to go out and get something differnt, but for most of nus it is a quick cup of coffee at your desk. Well, this time I was one of the lucky one's and managed to escape office hell for 5 minutes, and run into the Tesco opposite.
I found myself in front of the sandwhich counter, and spotted these Ugo's chargrilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and pesto Panini's looking very inviting.
As I have never seen them before, I was intrigued, and decided to take the plunge, and buy one. I paid £2.30 for it, which I felt was fairly reasonable.
On my way back to the office, I had visions of how I would be the envy of the office, as the smell of freshly toasted panini would drift down the corridor, and remind the office coffee drinking lunchers, that there is a world of pleasure outside those gray world!
As I arrived back int he office, I opened the plastic wrapper, carefully following the instructions, removed the sauce sachet, andplaced it in the microwave. It was three long minutes as I waited in anticipation for my panini from heaven to be ready. It is wrapped in a brown paper sleeve, that you pop into the microwave, and then cook in the oven according to carefully laid out, and very clear instructions.
As I removed it from the oven, I could feel my stomach rumbling. But alas......it was not to be!
I was really disappointed with this panini. Firstly, even though I did following the instructions exactly, the bread was soggy, and not at all crispy. But it was the flavour that I found the worst....bland, tasteless, and the chicken tasted overcooked and not even the pesto sauce could liven it up. There was very little cheese on it as well, and to be thruthful, I still have to understand why it is called pesto sauce, as in my opinion it did not taste of pesto at all!
So there I was, left with the dreams of my perfect lunch that would be the envy of the office, shattered by my feet! Oh well, there is always next time......
Authentic panini stone oven baked with olive oil.