I like trying various types of potatoes with meats. My partner wanted to treat me to a nice Steak and we were looking in Asda for something to go with it. He spotted these Dauphinoise potatoes. They are described as being 'Rich & Creamy' and on the box it states they are 'Thinly sliced Maris Piper potatoes smothered in a rich garlic and cream sauce with a little nutmeg'. I especially like having this sport of thing with Steak and I do like Garlic a lot so I thought this would go well with it. What was also good is that they were on a special Roll back offer of £1.75 and apparently this product is now 'an improved recipe'. On the front of the box the potatoes do look appealing and the picture shows them as being browned on the top. The 430g portion box serves 2 people and is suitable for Vegetarians.
The potatoes take about 25minutes to cook in the oven. They came out with only some of the potatoes slightly browned so in hindsight I think I should have perhaps put them under the grill for a few minutes before serving as I would have preferred the potatoes a bit more crispy on the top if possible. The potatoes were plentiful and certainly enough for two people. They also came out quite soft but to be honest I was not greatly impressed with the sauce Now this is perhaps my own fault as I did not fully read the box when I bought it. The sauce is actually a little too creamy for me and I found it slightly sickly, although overall it was ok. You could taste some Garlic in the sauce which is what I like but I cannot say that I could taste any Nutmeg. If you are a lover of this type of sauce then you will most likely enjoy this, but I probably won't buy this again; although I must say that I think the price is very reasonable.
Cooked potatoes, Dauphinoise sauce with Cream, Milk, Cornflour, Garlic puree, Salt, Black Pepper and Nutmeg
Half the pack contains 289kcals
This product contains Milk
This potato side dish is plentiful but a little too creamy for me. Therefore I am awarding it 3 Dooyoo stars.
I really love Gratin Dauphinoise but it's such a pain to make - slicing the potatoes as thin and yet as uniform as you can then having to wait while it bakes, so when I saw this readymade version in the refrigerator section of Asda today I thought it was worth a go.
Extra Special Dauphinoise Potatoes come in a standard sized ready meal foil container with cardboard lid (like a takeaway box), with a cardboard sleeve over the top. There is an image of a casserole type dish of Gratin Dauphinoise on the front of the box (though the one I bought differed slightly from that shown). The description on the box says "Thinly sliced Maris Pipers, smothered in rich garlic cream sauce with a little nutmeg. Inspired by the French classic."
Upon removing the cardboard lid from the foil container, I was met with in insipid-looking load of gunge, basically, but I assumed it would look a bit more appetising once cooked. Into the oven it went, gas mark 5 for 25 minutes. Often with this type of ready meal there is the option to prepare it in the microwave but not here, the oven's always best anyway!
After 20 minutes I got the potatoes out and did the old 'stick the knife in the middle and see how hot it is when it comes out' test to see if it was cooked all the way through. Still cold. They were warming up after 25 minutes but I left them in for 35 minutes - giving them an extra ten minutes - before deciding that they were probably ok. The sauce was bubbling furiously at any rate. They hadn't gone crispy on the top as I'd hoped but they certainly looked better than they did when I put them in!
Cutting into the gratin on my dinner plate, I found that the potatoes had remained intact and didn't fall apart which I was impressed with, and the creamy sauce had a nice consistency - smooth but not runny. I found that for the most part the potatoes were cooked and had a pleasing firm nature, however, every fourth mouthful or so I was coming across a hard undercooked piece which really put me off the rest of the dish (a bit like finding a bit of eggshell in your omelette). I felt that after having the gratin in the oven as long as I had, I really shouldn't be finding undercooked bits. The sauce tasted fine but was a little bit bland. I forgot when I was eating it that it was supposed to contain garlic and I couldn't taste it in the dish; I thought the sauce could have had a little bit more pep really.
Half of this 430g pack provides 292 calories, which isn't too bad for a main meal accompaniment I don't think, and 18.5g fat and 1.4g salt - both of which I think are quite high. The gratin does not contain artificial colours or flavours, or hydrogenated fat. Nowhere on the pack does it state whether or not this is suitable for vegetarians, so maybe they think this is stating the obvious (though in this day and age that seems to be the norm). It definitely contains milk at any rate.
At £2 per pack, which will feed two as a main meal accompaniment, this is not the cheapest - some new potatoes and a tin of beans for example would be half the price - but for something a little bit special it's not too expensive. Just make sure you give it plenty of time in the oven!