Monday, 16 July 2012

Review #3


Fresh Idea For..
Sizzling Steak
with Caramelised
Red Onion

First off, I am not a great fan of packet mixes, so do not buy them as a rule. But I do like the Maggi brand, mainly because of their, for want of a better description "Worcestershire Sauce". Which my mum and now I have been using for years as a flavouring etc, in much the same way as the Worcestershire Sauce. So we gave this packet a go, because it was on special offer buy one get one free.

So once you bought this packet you need the ingredients, which are in this case.
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 2 red onions sliced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 450g (1lb) beef frying steak, fat off, cut into strips
  • Things to serve it with (potatoes or rice, vegetables etc, up to you really)
  • 100ml water
 That is basically what it says on the back of the packet. 

So they say follow the instructions, and on this packet, it is precise and to the point. They do make a point of not rushing the onion bit, which as a amateur cook I can understand as you need to caramelise them. But that important information is put in the cooking tips part and not under step one where it should be.

Apart from that if you follow and do as said, the recipe seems to work. The problem I have with these and any packet mix of this sort, is you need to know basic cooking (not for beginners) and really all it is doing is adding the flavouring. Which if you had the time or more importantly the ingredients (I think that is why these sell) you could do it all from scratch. 

Well before a summery and judgment here are some pictures.

Step 1

Spend time to caramelise the onions

Peppers in
 Step 2

Beef and Maggi added

 No step 3 it was just adding water and cooking 'till 'done' 

Ready to eat

Well we had it with, well you can see....

All in all, if you got basic cooking skills, (how to slice onion, peel a pepper, shred and trim a piece of frying steak) then you can do this. Its good for people who don't cook on a regular bases, in other words don't have the ingredients to make up the flavours provided in the packet mix.

Be warned the 'sizzling' in the title means hot as in a quite hot 'chilli' hot. Well it did to me as I am not a fan of spicy food. I ate it, the instructions worked.

This packet will be bought again and put in the cupboard for 'emergency' use in the future.

I will, and have tried the other products in their range on the strength of this. 

So best suggestion to you all that have read this far is give them a go. Wait like us 'till they on special offer.

We bought this product so was not sponsored at all (well that is normal for us)
Written by Gerry Ellett

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