September 2, 2011

Morningstar Veggie Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits

This week, I'm going to start a breakfast series! Not sure if I'll make it through all of September, but I'll try. There are a lot of Fridays this month… Anyway, kicking off the breakfast series is a new product (according to the package anyway): Morningstar Veggie Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit.

These looked flat-out delicious when I saw them at my grocery store, and I was very excited to try them. I got even more excited when I realized that the preferred cooking method was the microwave, and it would only take 45 seconds. That's super fast! So I unwrapped the biscuit, placed it, as directed, on a paper towel on a plate, and 45 seconds later, I had a piping hot biscuit with a bunch of stuff in it. And really, it is quite hot - I had to wait a little bit before I could eat it without burning myself.

But once it cooled down a bit, I got right in there. I was a little skeptical that a biscuit would come out right from the microwave, but it was actually very good. The filling was nice and sausage-y. The egg and cheese parts were kind of just a random yellow goo - not much cheese or egg flavor, but overall it tasted quite good. The only thing I can really complain about is that the ratio of filling to biscuit was a little low. There seemed to be, at times, a lot of biscuit, even though it didn't look like it. But as the biscuit was really tasty, this wasn't really a major problem.

The box also contained directions for a crisp crust, baked in the oven. I decided to also test this out, since I was curious. This version is a bit more time consuming. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, and here's the part that almost got me to skip this test, bake for 20 minutes. Holy crap that's a long time to wait for something that you could be eating in 45 seconds. But, science was calling me, so I waited patiently for my timer to go off.

Finally, the timer went off, and I busted that thing out of the oven. The crust was … I don't even know how to explain it. Crispy, obviously. Borderline crunchy, I might even say. What I will say for sure is that this new cooking method totally transformed this breakfast biscuit from something fast and tasty to something super delicious. I would highly recommend trying this method out if you have the extra time to spare - it actually seemed to overcome the filling-biscuit ratio problem that the microwaved version had. Not sure how that works, but there you go.

The experience:
Texture - microwaved, soft and tender; oven-baked, crunchy and awesome
Flavor - the biscuit had a good buttermilk flavor, almost a little sweet, which countered the saltiness of the sausage filling nicely; the filling was predominately sausage-y with no real cheese or egg flavor, but it was tasty

Final grade for this attempt: A

1 comment:

  1. It's good to know that the 20 minutes of baking time is worth it! I tried the microwave method on those things before and the edges were very tough and unpleasant. The inside was nice, but gnawing through the ring holding all of the goodness inside made the ends not worth the means. Maybe the remaining ones will get the baking treatment!

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