“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Frozen Food „
Potato wedges are a very handy alternative to oven chips. They are lower in fat weight for weight as well, making them a healthier option. These wedges are made with the potato skins left on. I think this gives them a bit more flavour those without the skin and of course, everyone knows all the goodness of a potato is in the skin, again making them a little more nutritious. The skins also crisp up nicely in the oven. They are called 'spicy' and there is a dusting of orangey spice on them - a little chilli powder maybe, although it just says 'spices' on the label. However, they are not hot at all, the spice is very mild and just adds a bit of flavour to them. McCains spicy wedges are hotter, for instance. These are not especiallly cheap - they work out more expensive than oven chips. Also, the bags are pretty small, so they won't last long especially if you have a family to feed. Overall I really enjoyed these and I will have them again for variety as I like the 'skins on' feel.
Potato wedges are a great alternative to chips. The make a nice change, its always good to add some variety to your diet! They are also much healthier in termes of fat content, whcih is always a bonus. I have tried quite a few bags of the cheaper potato wedges. Some have been OK, and some have been disappointing. It soon became apparent that with potato wedges, similar to oven chips, you get what you pay for. With this in mind, and knowing I had to organise a lunch soon for a few friends, I headed to the slightly classier waitrose and spent a bit extra on these wedges. The wedges are made of thick and chunky maris piper potatos and taste gorgeous. Because of the spices they smell nice and strong and fragrant when cooking also. The outer shell is crispy and the inner potato is so soft and fluffy, which is a massive bonus. Beware these are a bit spicey though, so may not be suitable for children. When I think about the price they are not that much more expensive than the cheaper ones, but they more than make up for it in quality. Worth purchasing, to eat hot or cold.
When I offered to help organise the buffet for my granddaughter's 13th birthday last week I didn't realise I was going to be a little under the weather the day before, with preparing and cooking heaps of food the last thing on my mind. She wanted a low key but 'posh' buffet similar to that we ate from at a recent wedding, although I was aware there would be teenagers and children attending so I needed to keep the food child friendly as well as making it look attractive enough to suit her grown up idea. A friend mentioned she was going to go and have a look at the Waitrose store which has recently opened in the next town so I decided to go with her and see what I could pick up for the buffet. One item I grabbed was these Waitrose branded Spicy Jacket Potato Wedges and they went down wonderfully at the party with me even having to cook a second bag up while the party was in full swing because everyone loved them! I have eaten them both hot and cold and can honestly say they are absolutely delicious, easily the best shop bought potato wedges I have tried. While cooking the aroma of the spices infuses the kitchen and made my mouth water, I honestly could hardly wait until the cooking time elapsed so I could eat a couple! The wedges are made of Maris Piper potato (one of the best for home made potato wedges too) and have the skin still on them. They are liberally coated in a spicy mixture which helps give them a bit of a crunch, although this is counteracted beautifully by the fact that the potato inside is so deliciously soft and fluffy. Strangely the packaging doesn't tell me exactly what spices are used so I really am playing it by ear, or taste buds, here. I can detect the subtle addition of coriander, possibly a little tumeric and there is a definite flavour of paprika in there - although the wedges don't really have the orange tint which usually comes with the inclusion of this spice. The spices are all blended perfectly and provide each wedge with a small 'kick' which doesn't burn your mouth but leaves you with the sensation and aftertaste of having eaten something spicy. There's also a fairly strong garlic flavour to the wedges which surprised me. I don't mean they actually taste of garlic, but they are a little garlicky in their overall flavour. Mind you, the garlic does seem to become more apparent when the wedges are cold and is neutralised somewhat when they are fresh from the oven. If allowing them to go cold as we did for the buffet, please be aware that they will lose their crispiness as the cool down although I suspect most people would eat these hot as part of a meal so it shouldn't be a problem for a lot of you. This 750g bag cost me around £1.50, which is reasonable value from a more expensive shop such as Waitrose. I am sure I paid roughly this in Tesco recently for some of their jumbo frozen wedges which weren't half as tasty as these. 100g contains 119 calories and just over 3g of fat, which isn't too bad in my opinion considering how high in fat the Tesco wedges I ate were!