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Sainsbury's Party Bites Duck Spring Rolls

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      29.12.2008 16:24
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      A tasty addition to the buffet table.

      Browsing in Sainsbury's on Christmas Eve I decided to buy a selection of their party food to take to my daughters house on Christmas Day, I knew she would do a big dinner but thought I could warm a few bits up and put them out on the table buffet style in the evening.

      One of the items I bought was these Duck Spring Rolls, I've had these loose from the deli in Tesco and they are very tasty so this packet jumped into my trolley almost of its own accord.

      The rolls are terribly over-packaged, that was the first thing I noticed. The ten rolls are laid out in a plastic tray which is divided into two sections, presumably this is so you can eat five without pulling the heat sealed film off all ten of them. This seems a little silly to me as if you're buying these for the purpose they are intended (as party food) then surely you would use all ten as I did! Anyway, even if you did only want five then you might as well put the others into a tupperware box which wouldn't take up as much room in the fridge.

      They take just 12 minutes to cook on Gas Mark 6 and smelled absolutely gorgeous as they were cooking, but then I was simultaneously cooking half dozen different boxes of party food so cannot comment on what was the duck rolls and what was the Indian Tikka selection! I'm not sure if these are ready to eat, there was nothing to indicate this on the packaging but 12 minutes seems more like a 'warm through' cooking time rather than an actual 'cooking' cooking time plus the rolls looked cooked to me even before putting them in the oven and exactly like the cold ones I usually buy from Tescos deli.

      I really enjoyed these duck rolls and ended up eating three to myself, including one which inexplicably jumped into my mouth as I was putting them onto a plate. They are crispy on the outside, but the filling of duck and vegetables is deliciously moist with the duck melting in my mouth. The vegetables, water chestnuts and carrots as far as I can tell, remain wonderfully crisp and flavoursome which mingles nicely with the richer flavour of the duck.

      There is a Hoisin sauce flavour to these rolls but it's more subtle than I would like. It's not visible as the thick purple sauce should be and is more like the duck itself has been cooked in the Hoisin rather than drizzled with it afterwards. If you concentrate on your mouthful you can definitely detect the Hoisin sauce, but I would have preferred more of it!

      Each roll is big enough for either two piggy sized bites or three more dainty ones, of course mine were gone in two and very nice they were too. Everyone liked them who tried them and my granddaughter had the bright idea of warming some Sweet & Sour sauce up to dip them in, this turned out to be a very good idea as the rolls dry up a little when they have cooled down so it was nice to have a dip. They were still lovely cold though but I must admit I prefer them straight out of the oven.

      Each Duck Roll contains 70 calories and 3.4g of fat, Sainsbury's use British duck to make them too which is nice to see as our food seems to be coming from further and further away at the moment. You can freeze these duck rolls which is handy as I plan to buy a few more boxes for the mini party I'm having on New Years Eve. They cost £3.29 for the ten rolls, but are currently on Sainsbury's special offer of two boxes of any chilled party food for £5.

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