“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Potatoes „
PRICE: 99p for 750g
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 150g single serving):
(of which sugars): 0.6g
(of which saturates): 0.9g
Salt equivalent: 0.5g
Potato (96%), sunflower oil, modified potato starch, dextrin, salt, rice flour, spices, dextrose
Produced in a factory which uses egg and milk ingredients
For me, frozen and chilled potato products often have to push the boat right out to come up to scratch. Though I have been pleased with some products in this range, I have found a lot of instances whereby I've had dry chips, lumpy bits in croquettes, black wodges where potato eyes haven't properly been removed and other not so nice blots on the landscape of potato satisfaction.
I decided to give Morrisons Crispy Potato Bites a try to see if they exceeded the quality of other products of a similar nature.
Morrisons Crispy Potato Bites are to be found in the frozen food section of the supermarket, and come in a plastic bag which is white, tan and cream-coloured. The front of the bag shows a serving of the potato bites, and the rear shows nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy advice, Morrisons' contact details, storage/cooking instructions and advice that the packaging is not recyclable.
Inside the bag, the potato pieces are like little chips - cut small in length, but of a decent and fairly chunky width. They are a lovely golden colour, and need to be cooked in a pre-heated (hot temperature) conventional oven for 20 minutes, turning once during the cooking process, or they can be deep-fried in hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
I opted for the oven-bake method, and during the cooking process, little or no smell emanated from the oven.
Once the cooking time was up, I removed the baking tray from the oven and was pleased with the appearance of the potato pieces - they had turned a nice shade of golden brown, and didn't appear to be greasy at all. There was a faint crispy potato smell which closely resembled home-cooked chips, and my mouth began to water.
Taste test time!
I speared one of the little potato pieces with a fork, and once in my mouth, I chewed and found that the outside was nice and lightly crispy, and the inside was soft, fluffy and succulent. Continuing to eat, I was enjoying them very very much and was impressed at the almost 100% similarity to home-cooked chips. I then wish I'd served myself with a larger portion, as I wanted to go on eating them.
Over a period of time, I finished the whole bag of potato bites and can honestly say that I came across no black bits/eyes at all, no hard crunchy uncooked wodges inside, and was thoroughly delighted with the product; the price is very good too at 99p, and I managed to make them last for approximately six meals.
It is my opinion that Morrisons Crispy Potato Bites is the very best frozen potato product I have ever tasted and I shall (providing the quality remains the same) continue to use them forevermore. They are tasty, lightly crispy on the outside, beautifully fluffy inside, are just like home-cooked chips and very very moreish.
Bearing in mind the nature of the product, the fat and calorie content (though of course high) isn't too evil compared to similar, and as one average-sized portion is very satisfying, there is no need to double up from the point of view of appetite - although it may be tempting to have more than the suggested portion simply because of the delicious texture and taste.
Well done to Morrisons for this very high quality frozen potato product, which is reasonably priced and certainly won't break the bank - a single portion of the potato bites costs less than buying a large potato and making it into your own chips.
Thanks for reading!