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Asda Southern Fried Potato Wedges

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Brand: Asda / Type: Potatoes

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      16.04.2010 17:22
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      Although they do look very tasty, I wasn't at all keen on these

      Potato wedges are probably my favourite type of frozen potato and they are a constant thing in my freezer that I put with almost any meal.

      I usually buy Iceland's potato wedges but, having not realised that I'd run out of them the other day, the Asda wedges were the only ones I was able to get as I was shopping there that night. I already felt a little disappointed in being forced to get the Asda ones as I really do like the Iceland ones so much, but Asda wedges are better than no wedges!

      The wedges take around 20 minutes to cook in the oven and they have a very distinctive spicy smell when being cooked. Once cooked, they look very tasty with their golden brown crispy skin. Inside, the potato is very soft and fluffy, like mashed potato but it is the outside that makes me love potato wedges so much. The outside is like the skin of a potato, but not quite as hard, and is coated with spices and herbs to give is that unique slightly spicy, slightly southern fried flavour.

      However, I found this flavour a little strange for some reason. It didn't taste like any other wedges I've tried before, whether that was the Iceland ones that I'm used to, or others that I've occasionally had, such as McCains. The coating had a funny tasting tang to it and, although they weren't disgusting, I didn't really enjoy eating them either. Maybe it's purely because I'm used to the Iceland ones that I didn't like the taste though so they may be perfectly tasty for others.

      These only cost 52p for a big 750g packet so they are very good value for money. The Iceland ones cost slightly more at £1 for a 1000g pack. Personally though I'd rather spend that very slight bit more on the Iceland ones as I much prefer the taste of those.

      I'm sure that if I began having the Asda wedges all the time, I suppose I would get used to the taste and like them more. But because I like the Iceland ones so much already and they're also good value for money, I definitely won't be buying these Asda wedges again.

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      18.06.2009 17:52
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      I prefer Chips to any other Potato product, but now and again I like to have Curly Fries, Waffles or Potato Wedges. I got a bag of these in Asda the other wee and was impressed with the price tag - 56p for a 750g bag. Pretty cheap in my view, lets hope they were worth it! You get these in the frozen section next to the Chips.

      The packaging isn't that exciting. It is a plastic bag, which you rip into to get the Wedges out. The bag is a medium green colour and it has a picture of the Golden Wedges on the front. Compared to the picture of the Wedges, the writing seems quite small, and I would have thought that the product writing would have been a little larger, but it is easily identifiable for what these are.

      You either cook these in the Oven or in a Chip Pan. I tend to cook these in the Oven, as I tried in the Chip Pan once, and they ended up really greasy. I find that they end up crisp enough, and pretty dry when these are cooked in the oven, but the inside stays pretty fluffy. To Oven cook these you just place them on a tray on heat 220 for approx 20 minutes.

      Per 150g of Wedges there is

      182 Calories
      3.1g Protein
      25.4 Carbs
      7.5g Fat

      I guess the Fat content is if you are Oven cooking these, and the values are what I was expecting for such an item.

      There was a mixture of thickness of Wedges in here. I prefer the thinner ones, but there was some half Potato looking ones in here, and I don't find them that appealing. You also find that since the thicker ones take longer to cook, then if you leave the thinner ones in then they can burn or go crisper, and you don't want to take them out, as they will get cold! But it's not as bad as it sounds, and they tend to cook roughly the same time.

      Although it says there is a Southern Style Coating on these, it isn't that strong. You can taste a slight tang mixed in with the Potato Skin side, but on the fluffy Potato part then I don't think you can taste it. Pity there wasn't more flavouring, but you can always make these more interesting and dip them into a Salsa, Mayo or other sauce - this is what I normally do.

      A good enough product and especially for the money.

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      18.02.2009 10:01
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      Just OK...

      I bought a pack of these online, as I do like potato wedges, and thought the price of just 52p for a 750g bag was very reasonable, as I occasionally buy Iceland's own brand, which I think cost nearer to the £1.25 mark.

      These are frozen potato wedges which are coated in a slightly spicy southern style coating. As I said, I have had this sort of product before, but not ASDA's brand, although to be honest I didn't think there would be much difference between them.

      The wedges can be either baked in the oven or deep fat fried. Personally, I would say there is enough fat in my diet without deep fat frying my food, so I chose to put these in the oven each time. I was surprised when I tipped them onto a baking tray, as there was a huge variation in sizes. Some of the wedges were a reasonable sort of size, but there seemed quite a few, which rather than being wedges, where huge chunks of potato - almost like small potatoes had been halved. The problem with having such uneven sizes is that obviously the bigger ones take longer to cook, so each time I made them, I ended up with either the large ones being a little hard in the centre, or the small ones being so crisp they were charred.

      Once cooked, apart from the very small wedges which had got quite burnt, these looked quite nice. They were a nice golden brown colour and there was a nice subtle, spicy smell to them.

      The potatoes had a nice texture to them, and were slightly crispy on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside. The spicy coating wasn't as strong as some other brands I've had, and although I could certainly smell the spices, there was only a slight mild spicy taste to the potatoes, which was a little disappointing really. They didn't taste greasy or heavy like some chips - such as the southern style fries you can get and overall the taste was quite pleasant. I do like quite spicy food, and so it may just be me who thought these were too mild, but if you're wanting that strong southern spicy flavour, these probably aren't the best option available.

      Nutritionally per 1/6 of a pack (each pack is 750g), these contain:

      182 calories
      3.1g protein
      25.4g carbs
      7.5g fat

      Overall, I thought that these were alright, and they are certainly the cheapest I have seen around, but it's a shame the wedges were such varied sizes, because they didn't cook evenly and they didn't have much of a spicy taste, so I don't think I would buy them again.

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