“ Brand: ASDA / Type: Snacks „
When I make Bolognese in my house it is always accompanied by garlic bread, well actually that should be it WAS always accompanied by garlic bread because I have now found Asda`s garlic dough balls and they are absolutely delicious and very easy to cook.
The balls come in a silver foil tray and they are already partially baked, they take between 8 and ten minutes in the oven and that's it they are ready to eat, I would always suggest that you just give them the eight minutes and even slightly less if you are cooking fan assisted because too long and the go hard.
Once cooked they are served looking perfectly browned and they smell out of this world, and taste it, each ball is about three or four adult bites in size so I always have three of them and my wife has two but there are twelve in a tray and they are only £1 so no need to go sparingly with them.
The balls are lovely and crisp on the outer but nice and doughy on the inner and they taste delicious and of course very garlicy but they are not at all greasy like many garlic breads can be.
My wife and I both love these and my eldest grandchild has taken a real liking to them too, I often have them on their own now just as a snack and I would recommend these to anyone, well anyone that likes garlic anyway!
I am a huge fan of Pizza Express dough balls with garlic butter and had been using their at home range from Tesco however it was a little expensive at around £3-5 so when I saw these in Asda for £1 I thought I'd give it a try, but wasn't expecting to be impressed.
The balls come ready coated in a garlic and herb butter and come part baked. To cook you simply put the foil tin into an oven for 8-10 minutes. I like to keep an eye on mine so they are cooked just right. I must comment that i have cooked them without the tray and it doesn't make much difference. I think the tray is used to keep the garlic and herb butter from running away and tainting your baking tray.
They smell divine when they are cooking. I love garlic so I enjoyed smelling the garlic and herb butter throughout my kitchen. When I first tasted them it was heaven, such a strong but not overpowering taste. Not for a first date! I think this product is a bargain at £1 and so very very tasty. I like to eat with pasta, risoto, lasagne, well anything italian but i also like as a starter on it's own, with a buffalo mozeralla, beef tomato and basil salal or even with soup!
After having the garlic dough balls in Pizza Express and loving them, I decided to give Asda's version a try.
These are white bread balls which are filled and coated with garlic and herb spread and they come in the chilled section in Asda. They're already part baked which means that they only need to be cooked in the oven for 8-10 minutes before being ready to eat. They're supposed to be cooked in the foil container that they come in which does mean that all 12 dough balls need to be cooked at once. Although I don't think the foil container actually makes a difference to the outcome of cooking them, as I tried a few out of the container and they seemed to cook just the same. They're ready when they begin to turn a golden brown colour and you can feel that they start to crisp up a little. These need to be booked exactly right otherwise overdone and they're too crispy, underdone and they're still too soft.
If done right, the dough balls do taste very nice. They're probably quite filling as they're made out of bread so a few each is enough for one person. The garlic and herb spices on top make it taste delicious although they are a little dry still. Like you get in Pizza Express, we put a dollop of butter on the side of our plate and dipping the dough balls in this made them much nicer. Garlic butter would probably be better to use but normal butter worked just as well. It made the dough balls less dry and gave them a bit more flavour. It would have been nice if there had been a butter dip in the packet already and then these would have been perfect.
They make the perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal such as pasta or pizza or even to accompany a salad. These are very tasty and I won't hesitate to buy them again. The only thing that would make them better would be if they came with a butter dip and then they'd be getting 5 stars.