“ MAnufacturer: Asda / Type: Pate „
I love pate, I think it's a lovely, indulgent treat and I occasionally pick it up when I see it at the supermarket.
I spotted this product in the chilled sector at my local Asda store, it was situated near other meat products - it was ext to the salami and chorizo sausage.
I decided to buy Asda's Brussels pate to go on some crackers and bread and although it was great value (around 55p for 175g) I was a little dubious and wondered if it would be as nice, as smooth and as rich as other brands I have bought.
********** Nutritional information *************
Nutritional values (per 100g):
Carbohydrate: 3.6g; (of which is sugars: 2.7g);
Fat: 21.5g (of which is saturates: 8.6g);
Ingredients: Pork liver (33%); water; pork fat (18%); pork (5%); pork connective tissue; tomato puree; salt; tapioca starch; dried onion; sugar; emulsifiers; wheat fibre; spices; acidity regulators; pork protein; preservative; dextrose; brandy and coriander.
Each packet needs to be eaten within two days of opening and this product is not suitable for pregnant women or vegetarians (obviously).
*************** My opinion *************
Although this pate is certainly edible, I think it is distinctly average. The flavour isn't as strong as it could be and it isn't as rich tasting as other products I have purchased. I didn't like the fatty clear gel that you can see around the pate and although there isn't very much of it, I find it quite disgusting that it lurks around the pate tub. The pate also had a salty after-taste which isn't particularly pleasant.
The ingredients list shows that only 56% of this product is made out of pork produce. The remainder is made up of different flavourings and preservatives. The salt content is also quite high, so if you are trying to lower the amount of salt you consume in your diet then you should probably stay away from this product.
This pare is quite high in fat, but as a rule I think it is okay to eat pate (and other fatty treats) on an occasional treat. You can also avoid some of the fat consumption by leaving bits of pate that have a clear gel attached to them, as this is obviously fat.
This product is spread-able, but the consistency isn't as smooth as other pates I've bought, you have to battle slightly to get an even layer onto your bread / cracker.
Overall I'd say that there are much nicer, better pates on the market. I wouldn't buy it again, because if I'm going to indulge in pate then I want to make sure that I thoroughly enjoy it and unfortunately this product didn't make the mark.
I give this product gets an average three stars.
Well, I really love pate of all varieties. Think it takes me back to my childhood and memories of sitting with my cousins at the breakfast bar while our grandad brought us piles of warm buttered toast with liver sausage! So the first taste I have of any pate on toast brings back happy times, sunday afternoons playing armies in the backgarden then in for tea and 'Supergran' on TV! Ahh...those were the days!
So I've loved pate from an early age and it's still one of my all time favourite foods! Hubby is also a big fan as are our two daughters - espeically the eldest who is 3. So pate frequently features on our weekly shopping list!
We generally do our main shop in Asda so it's no surprise that we've been regular eaters of Asda 'Brussels Pate' for some time now. So what do we like?? The pate has a nice flavour, not too over powering - just slightly meaty and over all savoury. The pate is smooth so it spreads well on toast without ripping the bread! The tub also has a recloseable lid which is great as nobody likes that dry brown/pink crust that seems to form on pate if the air hits it for more than about 10 minutes!! It also costs a creditcrunch-busting 55p per tub (175g) which is great!
And what's not so good? As with all pate's, this is quite fatty and has a fair bit of salt in it but then again, you don't need a huge amount (although I do love a good thick spreading on my toast!) so it's not so bad in reality. However, the figures are...
21.5g fat/100g (of which saturated 8.6g)
If you are being particularly health conscious, you might like to try the Asda 'Good For You Brussels Pate' which has 25% less fat than the standard one - it's 5p cheaper and tastes much the same! Or for a bit of a change there's also Asda 'Brussels and Garlic' pate which is equally yummy!
We all love pate especially on toast or in a sandwich or even with some oatcakes or other crackers - yum, yum, yum!
Anyone who knows me, knows that when it comes to eating I eat whatever is quick unless it is shoved in front of me or if go out for a meal but my philosophy is that I cant cook...... wont cook and I have no intention of learning to cook at my age as life's to short and I get by lol
So I live on toast and Rivita's mainly as even I rarely can go wrong making that. I have a variety of jams, marmalade's, peanut butters and always get pate in a weekly shop.
With Brussels Pate I'm a right fuss pot. I find the slabs in plastic from a refrigerator in a shop don't spread easy, tubes of spread are normally too heavily liver bound based. Then I found this one that I'm reviewing today and my prayers were answered on every level!.
Asda Brussels Pate (smooth pork liver pate) comes in 175g Dark blue and white plastic longish pot. It has a push on and pull off lid and on first opening you have to remove the foil protective cover off the pate. On the base of the pot it tells me to keep it chilled, ingredients, warnings, and nutritional values. Also tells me if I'm not a 100 % happy with this product to call the phone number given for a replacement or refund from Asda.
Well it spreads really easily which to me is the most important thing. I hate when I've made toast and I come along tearing my bread with a chunk of something that resembles lard. This is not fatty or greasy in taste of appearance. It's very smooth in appearance and very rich and meaty in taste. It tastes mainly of pork and I always think I can taste a small hint of garlic but I can't according to the ingredients so maybe that's the ginger and other spices adding to the flavour.
When eating it, it has a lightly bitter, sharp taste on the back of the throat but I don't mean in a nasty way it's just all part of the taste. It's not heavily salted, thick or sweet. It's just a pork spreading pate which tastes of meat as it should and is a really nice pink colour so looks appetising as well! Great on toast and crackers.
Pork Liver (33%), Water, Port Fat (18%), Pork (5%), Pork Connective Tissue, Tomato Puree, Salt, Tapioca Starch, Dried Onion, Sugar, Emulsifiers,(Citric Acid Esters of Mono and diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Wheat Fibre, Spices (Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid) Pork Protein, Preservative (Sodium Nitrate), Dextrose, Brandy, Coriander.
Not advised for pregnant women due to very concentrated Vitamin A.
Allergy advice - contains gluten and wheat.
May contain traces of nuts/seeds.
Keep refrigerated, once opened consume within 2 days.
of which is sugars 2.7g
of which is saturates8.6g
Equivalent as salt 1.5g
175g is 53p only in Asda.
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