“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snack „
When it comes to pastry I simply love it. My hips don't though but me.... I just can't get enough of the stuff and I love pies and sausage rolls and anything like that and I know I'm more of a savoury person than a sweet one lol!
So I saw this in my local Tesco costing £1.79 and boy oh boy did I fancy it! So I treated myself and my Mother to it for our tea one night last week!
Dark burgundy box and on the front I'm told it's Tesco 'Puff Pastry' Sausage & Onion Lattice which is 'Pork sausage meat with onion and herbs, wrapped in puff pastry' and contains no hydrogenated fats is made with British Meat and is suitable for home freezing, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, and the display to and use by dates are clearly displayed and to the top of the box there is a photograph of the lattice in slices looking very tempting indeedy which is what sold this product to me in the first place! On the back of the box again I'm told again what it is, I'm given cooking instructions and freezing guidelines, ingredients and allergy advice are given, a full nutritional rundown is explained, contact details for Tesco's are given there is bar-code on there along with size being stated (400g) and the recycle symbol is clearly displayed.
To Cook The Lattice....
On a baking tray in the centre of a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes from chilled or 40-45 minutes from frozen on 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5.
The Lattice Itself....
Well I found this ever so straightforward to cook it! As directed I grabbed it out of the box and put it on a baking tray in the centre of me oven and cooked it from chilled (the way I purchased it). It looked like a pale, uncooked lattice of course (at it was after-all lol) and I grabbed it out of the oven all looking lovely and golden and flaky to the touch with a lovely sausage and sage smell to it after about 20 minutes cooking.
I cut mine in half for me and my Mother which gave two very large portions and after we ate it we felt we needed smaller slices so this would be a great, economical meal for a family more than to pig out on like we did.
Taste wise it's odd really. The pastry is light, buttery, crispy and a bit flaky as you would expect puff pastry to be though it didn't fall apart on us. Lightly seasoned the pastry is great (at first). However things get a bit complicated from there!
First few bits of this greasy sausage meat with tiny pieces of onion in it is lush and tasty! Really all you could hear from me and my mum is yum noises. However after a few small bites you realise your mouth is filled with grease and a really harsh fatty taste with a strong taste of sage as well. As I said earlier we felt cut into small slithers this would be lovely and you'd be left wanting more but us, we had to leave it as we felt the same as each-other and simply found the flavours overwhelming, sweet and far too greasy and after a while the pastry we had loved at first had become sort of soggy and heavy tasting too and when we looked at the bottom of the lattice the pastry looked really greasy, slimy and stodgy.
All In All....
Best served in small slices, this is simple to cook and at first few bites is nice enough. It is a fairly boring lattice though which really is just pork fat, onion (5%) and some pastry encasing it. No vegetables, it's just a belly busting bit of lead to weigh you down and bloat you out lol. It isn't awful but I sharnt buy it again for sure as I found it really sickly after a while!
Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten.
Cannot guarantee nut free though factory is.
Nutritional Advice Per one-third of a lattice....
Calories: 485 (proves my point on grease!)
Fat: 36.8g (and again lol and that's only for 1/3!)
Only available in Tesco stores.