“ Type: Frozen Food „
I am known to shop in Iceland from time to time, mainly because of their low prices and free delivery, and one of the items that is regularly on our list to stock up the freezer is these southern fried wedges. With a bag costing £1.00, or £1.25 on occasion in the past, I find these absolutely fantastic value for money.
These wedges come provided in a standard bag really, one of those stretch thick plastic types that can be torn open or simply cut to access the wedges within. These wedges just need to be poured on to a baking tray and then cooked for 20-25 minutes in the oven, well, that is how I cook them anyway. You can cook them under the grill or even fry them if you choose to but I just prefer the crunchy outside and soft inside that comes from oven cooking them.
These wedges are delicious when they are cooked and I tend to cook mine for around 25 minutes at about 200-210 degrees. I like to ensure that mine are extra fluffy and soft inside as I cannot stand hard potatoes in any form. These wedges have their skin on, like traditional wedges, and they have a southern fried coating on them. This coating gives them an orange kind of look but I like that about them as I know that they are coated even if my husband has cooked them instead of me. The skins on these wedges remain hard and the potato within is very fluffy, light and delicious. I love the slightly varying sizes of these wedges as they are not large and small all in one bag so the cooking of them is quite even.
Before we serve up our wedges we tend to leave them for a couple of minutes on a few sheets of kitchen towel to soak up some of the grease that tends to be released from these.
Overall we love these wedges, they are quite versatile and we use them with a number of dishes. In the past I have taken some of these (cooked first), added some pasta sauce or chopped tomatoes over the top, sprinkled on some dried herbs, chucked on some cubes of mozzarella and then grilled for a few minutes to give a delicious side dish with a difference. The gentle yet spicy flavouring of these wedges works very well for this and helps to lift the flavour of the potatoes and give them a real bite.
I don't go into Iceland very often but when I do I always pick a bag of their Southern Fried Wedges up, they're only about £1.00 for quite a big bag and they're delish!
They take about 20 mins to cook in the oven or you can grill or fry them, I always do stuff like this in the oven because I think they always cook best like that.
The wedges have still got their skins on and have got a yummy flavour. They're quite a lot of southern fried flavouring on them and it's gorgeous, it's a bit spicey but doesn't blow your head off like a lot of southern fried stuff does. You can taste the spices in the wedges and that gives them a wicked flavour, the edges of them go lovely and crispy but the potato inside gets a delish fluffy texture.
They're just the right size as well because a lot of own brand wedges are tooooooo big at the minute, everyone is bringing out jumbo wedges but I prefer mine thinner and smaller because that means you can actually taste the flavouring and not just the potato.
I have mine with anything that I'd usually have chips with. Today I had a few with a burger in a bun for my dinner but they also go wicked with gravy so if you want a few with your cooked dinner then go for it! I think they are a bit better with salt and vinegar on them because thay helps bring the flavour out and also gives them a bit of moistness because these wedges are a bit dry tasting.
You get quite a bit of fat out of them when they're cooking, that's good in a way because it means the wedges don't stick to the baking tray but sometimes i have to put them on kitchen roll to get the last bit of oil off them because even though they don't TASTE greasy they do get a bit of a greasy feel sometimes.
Recommended.... delish wedges as long as you remember to blott all the fat off them!!!
I shop in Iceland quite a bit for frozen food and they're own make of southern fried potato wedges is the thing that I buy most in there.
These are made from soft potato which is cooked in southern fried spices to give the wedges a delicious and slightly spicy flavour. The curved side of the wedges still have some of the potato skin left on but this isn't hard or even detectable when eating them so for those who don't like potato skins you won't even notice it.
They take around 20 minutes to cook in the oven and when cooked the potato inside is soft and fluffy but the outside is quite crisp and gives off the most tasty southern fried flavour which is what makes these so lovely. You do need to be careful though as I often end up overcooking these even just slightly and this turns them too crispy and nowhere near as nice as they should be.
These are just so nice and I think they're much tastier than other brands of potato wedges even the McCain ones which have quite a bit of hard skin left on and not as much flavour as the Iceland ones. They're also much cheaper than McCain's wedges costing only £1 for a huge bag full which is excellent value.
Iceland's southern fried potato wedges are so delicious. They're tastier than McCain's and cheaper than McCain's which means that they really can't be beaten.
We live on frozen food in my house as neither my husband nor I are great cooks. But, whether or not you eat a lot of frozen food, Iceland's Southern Fried Wedges should be a constant in your freezer as they are in mine. These are potato wedges in a southern style coating and they are the tastiest potatoes I have ever had in my life!
They come in a dark blue plastic bag with the Iceland logo along the side and a big picture of the cooked wedges looking very golden and delicious. Across the centre of the bag is a yellow stripe and the bold letters announcing BIG VALUE PACK £1. Iceland tend to have this on most of their products just to encourage you to notice and buy their food even more as they are such great value. You may have noticed that the packaging I've described is different to that pictured on dooyoo, but seeing as the first review was written on these in 2005, it's pretty obvious that the packaging is going to have changed since then.
The bag's size is 1kg and inside the bag is filled up with wedges right to the top. I'm not sure exactly how many meals the bag provides for but there are a lot in there and I'd say maybe it would do up to 10 meals, depending on how many you eat in one go.
They can be cooked either in the oven on gas mark 7 or 220 degrees C, which takes 18-20 minutes, or they can be deep fried which only takes 3-4 minutes. I've only ever oven cooked them as there's usually other food items in the oven that I'm doing at the same time so I can't say which produces the best results but I would have thought the oven as it turns them slightly crispy. Depending on how you like your frozen potatoes cooked, these often take only about 15 minutes before they are soft and plump and ready to eat but I tend to leave them in for a little longer so that they crisp up. When cooked, they are a deep golden brown colour and the smell is just gorgeous with a spicy scent which reminds me of sweet chilli sauce. Actually, even when they are frozen and first taken out of the pack, they have this scent but it's even stronger when cooked and the lovely smell wafts around my house and ends up making me even hungrier before they have even finished cooking.
Each wedge is a sort of crescent shape - long and straight on one side and curved on the other. The curved outer edge has a crisper layer similar to that of a potato skin but, for those who don't like potato skins, it doesn't taste anything like it, it just looks similar with the darker colouring, but it is simply a little crisper. The rest of the outer part of the wedges is a little less crispy and the inside is full of soft, white potato. The coating is the best part about the wedges as this is what provides the excellent southern fried flavour. I'm not really sure how to describe a southern flavour apart from to say that they are a little spicy and tangy. Undercooked or overcooked these are still delicious either way.
The wedges contain 86% potato and the southern fried flavour comes from spices, garlic powder and onion powder. For every 100g that is oven baked, the wedges contain 178 calories and 7.8g of fat.
Since having these a few years ago I've become addicted to southern fried wedges and I've also tried McCain's and Asda's wedges but none compare to Iceland's. The McCain ones are actually pretty horrible which is surprising for such a popular food brand but I refuse to buy any other brand of these now apart from Iceland. To be quite honest though, the price is so good for these at one ridiculous pound that there's no point in splashing out on the McCain ones which cost almost double the amount when Iceland's ones are sooooo much nicer!
Ooh sitting here writing this review with the pack open next to me is making me want some from the smell! Well I know what I'm having for dinner now!
Ive recently had Iceland wedges and found that different brands can vary in size and flavour, but Iceland for me are by far the best, most of these bags do state to cook them in the grill or oven, but for me thats too long winded ! I like to slap a pizza in the oven and then 3 minutes before its ready just drop the wedges into a deep fat frier at around 150 degrees, the result is perfect tasting wedges every time.
hope this hint helps, happy eating.