“ Brand: McCain / Type: Potatoes „
In my home on a Saturday we have a tradition. We always have steak for dinner which my Step-Father cooks. It became a tradition when he met my Mum and said he couldn't cook but had cooked a steak a couple of times and then from then on this was his job! Actually he is a great cook and from doing steak he got confidence in the kitchen and is a bit of a budding master-chef in the making but that's a whole other story!
So along with steak he puts together other accompaniments usually consisting of an egg, onion rings, mushrooms and fried tomatoes and the only things that usually changes on the plate week for week is what types of potato we have. We have wedges, chips or waffles but we all get fed up of them and so when my Mum saw these on offer in Asda at a pound a bag decided that we should give them a go. When I saw them raw and ready to be cooked I was dubious as they looked so plain but try them, I had no choice about lol.
Well the potatoes come in a large square bag which is plastic and half of it is coloured burgundy the other half is see-through. on the front of the bag there is a picture of a sunflower and some potatoes and then I'm told in large writing that they are McCain Classic 'Consistently great quality' Saute Potatoes which are slices cut from fresh potatoes. On the back of the bag other information includes being told about other McCain products in the range and being told a little bit about this product, ingredients are listed (potatoes and sunflower oil are all that is listed), cooking instructions are given (you can shallow fry or deep fry these), nutritional information is listed, size is stated (2.27kg in this case) ad contact details for McCain's are given. Informative bag this is and easy to open etc.
The Saute Potatoes:
Well all these are, are slices of potato! Nothing else they've simply been dipped in sunflower oil at some point and before they are cooked look nothing more than small oval slices of rather thin potato.
Now my Step-Dad always deep fries these and all you do is plunge them in a fryer that is rather hot of course for about 2-3 minutes, (5 if you shallow fry them).
When I was served these I was a bit shocked. I don't know how or why come but the potato looks quite different when it's cooked. So they go a light golden colour but what surprised me is that the outer slice of potato came slightly away from the centre giving it a slight puffed up look to it. These were simply rather lovely. They looked interesting, needed a little seasoning granted but tasted of really good quality potato. I liked the outside of these being a bit crispy and the inside remaining sliced and whole. We all loved these!
Easy to cook, easy to eat and just, well....perfect really and make a really pleasant change from other potato offerings! I'm impressed at the quality of these and highly recomend them and that's from someone who isn't usually a 'tatty' fan!
Why not make a shepherd's pie or fish pie or something, make up the dish and top it off with these pre-fried? My Mum did the Shepherd's pie the other day and it was lush!
Nutrional Information per 100g Deep Fried:
Energy: 206 Kcal
of which sugars: 27.2g
of which saturates: 1.1g
equivalent as salt: 0.1g
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about £1.75 a bag if they're not on offer!