“ Brand: Napolina / Type: Tomatoes „
I've just eaten the most delicious breakfast and just had to tell you all about the main ingredient, Napolina Chopped Tomatoes with Pepper & Chilli. I usually buy Tesco Value Tomatoes but when a recipe rather obscurely called for (and I quote) 'tinned chopped tomatoes with added flavouring' I knew it would be Napolina I looked at in the supermarket as from personal experience their 'flavoured' chopped tomatoes are delicious.
This tin was no exception. As soon as I opened it I could smell the delicious aroma of rich tomatoes, there is of course the scent of chilli too which is not overpowering in the slightest and blends in well with the overall smell of the tomatoes. I think I can detect a very subtle aroma of red pepper, but this is more or less completely masked by the chilli so I cannot be sure.
Pouring the tomatoes into a bowl I am extremely impressed by how thick they are. The tomatoes are chopped into large fleshy chunks and mixed into a sauce so thick that it's hard to tell where the tomato ends and where the sauce begins! The entire contents of this tin are a deep, rich red which had my mouth watering before they were even heated through!
The tomatoes are absolutely delicious, they absolutely knock spots off any cheaper brands of tinned tomatoes that you might hear me recommending. When hot the sauce is so thick that it clings to my spoon, the chunks of tomato are soft and full of flavour and there are no stalks or 'bad' bits of tomato as happens when buying Value Tomatoes. Of course, when you're spending a few pennies on cheap tomatoes then you don't really mind the odd stalk or green bit but considering these £1.09 I was expecting them to be of much higher quality, which they were.
The chilli flavour isn't overpowering in the slightest, it enhances the flavour of the tomatoes and gives them a slight kick more than actually changing the taste of them completely. The chilli makes the tomatoes reminiscent of a Chilli Con Carne, although doesn't completely alter it so completely as to make you think you are eating anything other than tinned tomatoes. I'd imagine these would go wonderfully in a curry or some kind of Mexican dish, and perhaps equally well in bolognese although I am not really a big enough fan of the taste of chilli to want to alter bolognese sauce to the degree that this would.
There are diced red and green peppers in this tin mixed in with the tomato, I'm not a fan of this particular vegetable so was a little worried that they would spoil the whole outcome of my breakfast. I needn't have worried though as the peppers, like the chilli, seem to merely enhance the rich tomato flavour and even though I could taste the peppers a little they were cooked well enough that they act as a seasoning rather than an actual added flavour.
I think these chopped tomatoes are fantastic, whenever 'flavoured tomatoes' are called for in the future I know exactly what brand I'll be buying!