April 15, 2011
Health is Wealth Chicken-Free Patties
Here's the thing, I actually tested these out a really long time ago, but it was during a week where I was really sick with a bad cold. It didn't taste like anything, but I could tell if it was because the patty didn't taste like anything or if it was just me, so I put them back in the freezer and waited until I got better. Then forgot about them for a while. Eventually, I dug them back out and gave them another shot.
I heated these up in my toaster oven, just for giggles. I figured it'd get a nice crispy exterior without spending all that time preheating my oven. It worked great! After only a few minutes, it came out all hot and crispy, so I tossed it onto a bun and took a bite.
Something I had noticed back when I tried these out the first time is that the texture of the interior is not awesome. Pretty mushy, actually. This seems to be a sticking point for anything trying to resemble chicken. It's either tough and chewy or mushy. I understand that muscle texture is probably very tricky to replicate, but somebody needs to get on that.
Texture aside, let's talk flavor. As it turns out, whether my nose is all clogged up or not, these actually have no flavor. None at all. Not even a gross flavor. I loaded up the patty with ketchup and mayo, and it was definitely palatable, but I derived no pleasure from eating it. I recommend eating these with a cold - you could at least pretend you were missing out on something that way.
Texture - Crispy outside, mushy inside.
Flavor - what flavor?
Final grade for this attempt: C-