Chicken-less strips, I've been hiding their beef-less strips in the freezer, afraid to try them out. Today, I finally dug them out and decided to give them a shot.
I wanted to give them the best chances of succeeding that I could, so I went with a flavoring that I expected to drown out any flavors inherent in the product - taco seasoning. I decided to whip up a nice taco salad for lunch. I chopped up some lettuce while the strips thawed out, dumped some taco seasoning on the strips, and added the requisite amount of water. Then, since I think the strips absorbed some of the water, I had to add some more, as the seasoning hadn't fully dissolved and was looking a little chunky.
Finally, they were ready to eat. I topped the lettuce with a generous portion of the strips, since I wasn't going to be sharing them. Then, before adding the rest of the ingredients I was planning to add, I decided to taste one of the strips. I'm very glad I did, because I wasn't going to be able to eat that salad. These things were even worse than the chicken-less strips. The texture actually wasn't too bad - it was kind of chewy - not exactly beef-like, but not unpleasant.
However, they actually managed to overpower the flavor of the taco seasoning. All that remained was the spiciness of the seasoning - any taco-like flavors were gone. Where did they go? Who knows? All I could taste was that disgusting beef-less beef strip flavor. I thought about trying to add more seasoning, but at this point, I didn't want to waste it. Time for a new lunch plan.
Texture - interestingly chewy
Flavor - terrible and overpowering
Final grade for this attempt: F