“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Stuffing „
I decided to have a chicken casserole for dinner the other night and to go with it, I decided I wanted stuffing balls with it. I had a box of this "Sage and Onion Stuffing Mix" in the cupboard so I decided to try to use it. This pack from the "Basics" range at Sainsburys cost just 15p for an 85g pack.
--- The Pack ---
The stuffing mix comes in a cardboard box that is white and orange, just like the rest of the Sainsburys Basics range. The box is 14cm x 8cm x 2.5cm in size, which makes it quite noticeable on the shelf alongside the other brands. The front is quite simple with the product name in a large font and a picture of an onion and some sage. The rear contains all of the product information and some cooking guidelines on the preparation and cooking of the stuffing.
--- The Stuffing ---
On opening the box, the stuffing is enclosed in a small plastic bag that is as big as the box. The stuffing mix is a very light brown/beige colour and appears to be made from dried produce. I poured the mix straight into a large bowl and it has a noticeable smell of the sage straight away.
I followed the guidelines exactly and poured in 250ml of boiling water as instructed. After stirring well for a few minutes, the mix started to absorb the water and form a thicker mix that much more resembled stuffing. It gave off a lovely smell of onions and sage and reminded me of a Sunday dinner due to its lovely smell. I left it to settle for about 10 minutes before I used it to make stuffing balls. I made balls about 4cm in diameter out of the mix and placed them aside.
To cook them it recommends that you cook the balls separately on a tray, however as I was cooking a casserole, I decided to place them on top as I have done this before and it usually cooks well. The stuffing balls rested on top of the vegetables and chicken very well and didn't disintegrate in the food. Despite the casserole being a little watery, the balls didn't seem to absorb any more water or fall apart. I left them to cook in the oven for 30 minutes at about 200oC before serving the meal.
Some of the balls had managed to stay on top of the food and so these had cooked very well with a nice crisp outer and a soft inner, however some had fallen into the liquid of the casserole. These ones had still cooked, but were soft through-out due to cooking in the water. This was not a problem overall though as they still tasted very nice.
The stuffing had a lovely flavour that tasted just like any other that I have had in the past. I could definitely taste the onion and sage and it seemed to complement the chicken casserole very well. Despite being such a cheap pack of stuffing, I was very impressed with the taste, the lovely smell and how easy they were to make.
--- Healthiness ---
Being part of the Sainsburys Basics range, they aren't going to be the healthiest or made of the best ingredient. A 50g serving of stuffing has 60 calories, 0.3g of fat, 0.5g of salt and 1.3g of sugar. It also contains a lot of ingredients, in total 11, which includes 11% dried onion, 2% onion powder and 2% sage.
On the whole they are okay, but they probably shouldn't be eaten too often due to the high salt content.
--- Overall ---
I really enjoyed these as part of my dinner as they made a nice accompaniment to the casserole. I found that they were very easy to make and once cooked, they smelt and tasted absolutely delicious. For the low price that they cost, they are well worth the money and I will be buying the pack again as it is well worth the money paid. I am going to only give these 4/5 as they contain such a high level of salt.
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I am trying out various sainsbury's own products to see how good they are and I got this purely out of curiosity as the price was 16p!! It is only a small box (85g) but for 16p, I couldn't resist.
I am so pleased with the outcome. This box easily makes four reasonably sized stuffing balls (bit bigger than a golf ball), and tastes really nice.
I wasn't sure how it would taste as I usually buy paxo stuffing, but I don't think I could even tell the difference. I'm no connoisseur of stuffing, but I don't think many people would be able to tell the difference.
I just added boiling water, molded it into balls and cooked it in the over for about 20-30 minutes, and the outcome was great. It stuck together perfectly, and stayed in balls, and it didn't burn.
I can't fault this product, I think for 16p it really is amazing. I would urge everyone to try it out, I really don't think it can disappoint.