“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread „
Tuesday is shopping day for me, and I always like to treat us to something nice for an early lunch when I get back. Today, our treat was a Tesco Garlic and Parsley Flatbread.
A Flatbread is really just that, it's a form of bread that's fairly flat - kinda the way a pizza or a naan bread is flat - rather than being a loaf or a roll. It has a topping - Tesco do a cheese and tomato one, and this garlic and parsley one. They may actually do more, but these are the two flavours sold in my local store.
I opted for the garlic and parsley flavour today mostly because my husbands got a stinking cold, so I thought it better not to go for the one loaded with dairy (i.e. cheese), as he's snoring loud enough to wake the dead at the moment as it is.
This isn't a product you eat straight from the packet, you need to heat it up, and they advise the oven for this. It only takes 5 minutes on gas mark 6, so not really very long to wait, and the smell of the garlic as it heats is rather nice and makes the pleasure of waiting that bit better.
We shared one between the two of us along with some cold cuts and salad, though to be honest, I think if I have this again, I won't choose to have it with salad as it didn't work so well as a combination to be honest. Its more like eating a garlic pizza bread or something, where you just have it on it's own rather than eating a Panini or bagel where you want to eat it with something.
The flavours were good, fairly subtle, but very tasty. It was a little bit buttery in the same way as a piece of garlic bread is, but the garlic flavour wasn't as strong as in garlic bread, and was sort of toned down even more by the parsley that was sprinkled over the top. The bread itself is quite light in texture, lighter than a pizza bread texture for example, although the doughiness was similar to that. It had a sort of crumbiness to the outside of it too - I don't mean like bread crumbs, but again if you think about something like Domino's pizza where they use a course semolina flour to dust the dough with, it had that sort of effect to it, so I'm guessing something similar is used for this. It isn't a bad crumb, it's just a little rough compared to the warm dough of the bread.
The price of these isn't cheap, for one flat bread I paid £1.39 so comparable to a good loaf of bread which would last you several days really. According to the packaging it can be frozen which is useful as this would be something quite nice to serve up cut into strips I think if I had friends over for dinner - perhaps as a bread side to go with something Italian in style. It's not something you want to eat when watching your weight, but at the same time I was surprised that it wasn't higher in fat (it's just under 5g per 100g).
Would I buy it again - yeah I think I would, though as I've said I think I'd serve it up slightly differently next time. It's much subtler than serving garlic bread with a dinner, so I think would go down well with people who maybe find something like that a little heavy too.
The other day I found that we had too many eggs in the fridge, so I decided to make a Spanish omelette to use them up. Since this was going to be a dinner dish, I went shopping for some side dishes. I bought some Chorizo to fry and serve on the side, and then spotted the Tesco Garlic & Parsley Flatbread on the shelf, and decided to give it a try. Some salad and rocket leaves picked fresh from the garden and tossed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil completed the menu.
The garlic & parsley flatbread was light and delicious. It only took about 5 minutes to heat up in the oven, and it complemented the other ingredients in our meal perfectly.
The bag in which it was sealed said that it would be ideal with an Italian meal or that it could be covered with a topping for a tasty snack. There was a quarter omelette and a quarter of the flatbread left at the end of the meal, so I put the omelette on top of the flatbread and decorated it with the remaining few slices of chorizo, wrapped them all in foil and stored in the fridge. Reheated a couple of days later, it was still just as good as the first day.
One quarter of the flatbread contains 145 calories, and most of the ingredients are easily recognisable as natural.
I wasn't sure about the preservative listed as Calcium Propionate, so I looked it up. This ingredient has the E number 282 and is used in breads because of its ability to inhibit the growth of molds and other microorganisms. One website claims that it is one of the safest food additives, while another claims that it is neither safe nor necessary.
I liked this flatbread, and since it's suitable for home freezing, I think that it would be very useful to have a few stashed away in the freezer. I bought this for £1 although the usual price is £1.25.