As promised, I'm giving the Quorn Naked Chik'n Cutlets another shot. The plan I came up with was a modest one - I was going to make a chef salad. But first, I was going to give the cutlets a little boost. The box suggested using a marinade before grilling, so that's exactly what I did.
I mixed together some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, onion, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper, and dumped it all into a bag with the two remaining cutlets. Then I set them aside while I prepared all the other ingredients. It was a pretty simple salad, with whatever was in my fridge. I kind of wish I'd had some tomatoes, but tomatoes in winter are both pricey and not terribly tasty, so I don't keep them around much. But I shredded some lettuce, I hard-boiled some eggs, I sprinkled some sharp cheddar and some shredded parmesan. And yes, I had some pre-cooked bacon pieces in the fridge, I admit. This was not a completely vegetarian salad. But I'm not a vegetarian, so I'm allowed!
Finally, the salads were ready for their fake meat chicken cutlet. I threw the delicious-smelling cutlets onto my Foreman grill, and cooked until heated throughout, as directed. Neither of my cooking attempts took as long as the box said it would, even accounting for the double-sided cooking of the Foreman. So be aware if you cook these at home - don't rely solely on the timer. Check them! I'm sure overcooking them would do them no favors.
Anyway, I sliced up the cutlets and distributed them among the salads. We topped with the dressings of our choices (Caesar for me this time), and dug in. This was, as expected, a better experience than eating the naked cutlet. It had picked up some moisture from the marinade, but not as much as I would have liked. Luckily, the salad provided additional moisture, so it wasn't too bad. The weirdest thing was that the flavor of the fake chicken, when combined with the lettuce, tasted less like chicken than the fake chicken on its own. I'm not exactly sure what caused this. In any case, the flavor was not unpleasant - it was just less chicken-like.
Texture - not as dry this time, thanks to the marinade and other ingredients
Flavor - picked up the flavors in the marinade quite well, just like real chicken
Final grade: A-