“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potatoes „
My mum buys these quite a lot because even though she cooks wicked roast potatoes herself these frozen ones taste just as good and all you've got to do is shake them out of the bag onto a roasting tin. It saves all the peeling and chopping and my mum admits they come out tasting loads nicer than her own!
The potatoes are all different sizes but they are all quite a big and take about 50 minutes to cook. When they're still frozen they've got a proper greasy feel but that's the goose fat and it melts down as the potatoes are cooking and they cook in this.
They look wicked when they're cooked, the potatoes go golden brown and look all fluffy on the surface of them.
They simply taste like the nicest roast potatoes ever. They're delish and crisp on the outside but the potato inside is so fluffy that it melts in your mouth, it's not soggy like a lot of frozen roasters but is perfectly dry and fluffy.
They're not madly greasy but you can tell they've been cooked in some sort of fat because of how yummy and crispy they are. They go perfect on a Sunday dinner and I reckon you could serve them to anyone and hardly anyone would know they weren't home made.
A bag costs about £2.00 and that's not bad because of them being Finest, most of the frozen stuff is dearer than that and a bag of these easy does all 5 of us so that works out as cheap as buying spuds and fat yourself.
I always go to my daughter for Christmas Day but she doesn't let anyone help her to cook Christmas Dinner, as my son in laws mother plus my other daughter and her husband also attend it gets a bit hectic in the kitchen with nine people to cook for. Last year she spent so much time cooking that she didn't get to sit down and enjoy her youngest daughters first Christmas, so this year we decided to look around the supermarkets for some corner-cutting foods which would allow my daughter to actually have a relax on Christmas Day for once.
We tried all the foods out before the big day and discarded many as not good enough for the biggest and most exciting meal of the year, but one which definitely made the grade (and onto the overloaded plates) was these frozen Tesco Finest Goose Fat Roast Potatoes.
They come in a very attractive silver plastic bag which shows a pile of crispy and beautifully golden roast potatoes, you get plenty in this 1kg bag and just one and a half bags did all nine of us. A bag costs £1.99 which is very reasonable considering an equivalent sized bag of Maris Piper potatoes costs £1.69 and a pot of goose fat around £1.29, plus this meal ingredient will cut down on so much time as you don't need to wash, peel and chop the potatoes.
The Roast Potatoes take just 35 minutes to cook at Gas Mark 7, the instructions on the packet were spot on and they were cooked and golden in exactly the time they were supposed to be. This was perfect because it meant the potatoes went in the oven at the same time as the pigs in blankets and roasted parsnips and all were ready at exactly the same time, no messing around with having to alter the oven temperature for different items this year! The potatoes feel a little greasy to the touch when frozen but this is to be expected considering they are encased in a thin film of goose fat.
When placed on our Christmas Dinner plates I was extremely glad she had chosen these roast potatoes instead of making her own as I was aware of how much time and effort my daughter had saved herself. You honestly cannot tell that these are frozen roasters, admittedly they look a bit too perfect to be home made roasters but they definitely have that moreish taste that generally is missing from other brands of frozen roast potatoes. They are not overly greasy as I had been expecting them to be but the entire potato had soaked up the slightly gamey flavour of the goose fat, the insides are soft and very fluffy especially after being soaked in the rich gravy she had used on our dinners.
I will definitely be buying these roast potatoes from now on as they are absolutely delicious and very authentic. I do like the Aunt Bessie's roasters, but I thought these were much nicer tasting and more like fresh potato than any other frozen potato product I've ever bought. The roast potatoes come in a variety of sizes from a couple of huge boulder sized roasters to some scarcely bigger than my thumb, this caused a bit of a problem while cooking as the smaller ones had shrivelled a little by the time the more massive potatoes were cooked through. My daughter had anticipated this however and sorted through the bags to pick out regular sized potatoes so that they were all cooked at precisely the same time.
Everyone enjoyed them, my youngest daughter didn't even realise they were frozen roasters until after she'd eaten her dinner and I told her! Even my baby granddaughter munched her way through four of them after her mum realised she'd cooked too many and left some to go cold while we were eating, I handed the baby one to chew and she absolutely loved them so this in my opinion makes them perfect for a finger food - if you ignore the slightly greasy hands afterwards!
A serving of these Goose Fat Roast Potatoes contains 205 calories and 8g of fat, unfortunately the bag doesn't say how big a serving should be but I'd estimate this would be around 150g which gives you a decent sized pile of spuds on your dinner.
This product is packaged in a silver foil oven tray with clear plastic lid, enclosed in a cardboard sleeve showing a picture on the lid of the roasted potatoes in a serving dish on a black dotty background, and nutrition and cooking information on the bottom.
The 900g tray of potatoes is said to serve 4 and on removal of the cardboard sleeve this seems a generous quantity. Good, because I want it to serve 7, all be it two of the servees (is there such a word??!!) being children and one a baby.
These roasties are made with British Maris Piper potatoes. Another plus point as these are my tatas of choice when home roasting. The rubrik on the front of the packaging tells me they are 'generously basted in goose fat for a crispy coating and soft, fluffy centre', and sure enough, when I look at the potatoes after removing the plastic lid pre-cooking, they are coated in hard white fat - not so nice.
Now, generally I make my own roasties using a method passed from Grandmother to Mother and met with approval from all but the most picky of family members (Oldest male HonestBob sproglet, who wants the darn things crispy on the inside but pale on the outside - go figure??!). However, I'm having homeostasis problems at the moment (one minute I'm hot and the next I'm freezing!) and my chest wants to take its last breath (i.e. I've got a nasty cold) and I want an easy life, hence the ready to cook, shove it in the oven and forget about it, tray of potatoes.
Only I can't forget about it. The instructions give two ways of cooking this product, but do not write this at all clearly. The first bullet point is straight forward enough and I remove the outer packaging and film lid. The second instructs me to place container on a pre-heated baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven (200 degrees C/400 degrees F/ Gas Mark 6) for 20 minutes. The third bullet point tells me to turn the potatoes and then heat for a further 15 minutes. But what's this? A fourth bullet point tells me that 'for crispier potatoes' I should tip them from their foil tray onto a pre-heated baking tray and reduce the time by 10 minutes. Ahhh, does this mean 20 minutes in the foil tray followed by 10 minutes on a baking tray or 25 minutes over all (whole cooking time is supposed to be 35 minutes) on a baking tray. I am left none the wiser, but as I had completed bullet points one and two before I realised that bullet point four provided me with a conundrum, I followed my first idea and cooked them for 20 minutes in the foil tray and for a further 10 minutes on a baking tray (hmmmmmmm, I may have done this wrong!).
The family weren't particularly impressed although all of the potatoes were eaten, if only by redistribution from original plates to those who didn't mind these rather greasy offerings. Despite transferring them to a baking tray they were not crispy, in fact the larger potatoes were a little hard in the centre, as if barely cooked through.
These potatoes contain 170kcal per 100g (385kcal per quarter of a pack) and 8.4g of fat per 100g, that's 27% of an adult's daily amount. Clearly it would not be a good idea to have these potatoes on a daily basis. My own home roasties are much healthier. Generally I would not put these on the plates of the littlest HonestBobs simply because the fat content is so high. However, I'm going to go easy on myself for this one occasion as littlest HonestBob still hasn't recovered his appetite from having chickenpox and he now has a cold so is off his food again. He's eating so little, that any calories I get in him are welcome (even the ones in Smartie format). For a one off treat these are OK, but they are probably best saved for Christmas dinner and you'll have to work out the correct cooking instructions and timings for yourselves!
These are available from the chiller cabinet at Tesco but can be home frozen on the day of purchase and will require 50 minutes to cook from frozen (give or take a bit!).