This seems to be the all spread post, which wasn’t really my intention when I picked the products I was going to write about this week. But hey, if you’re looking for something to spread on a cracker or bread, there should be something here for you. And mushrooms too. Don’t forget there are coupon deals going on right now for both the US and the UK.
John Ross Jr. Smoked Salmon Pate – I loved, loved, loved this! It was so good I’m not sure my little review can do it justice. There was actually quite a lot of salmon in here, unlike when you buy stuff like this and it seems like it is mostly just cream cheese. I mean, basically it is just smoked salmon and cream cheese mix together, and is certainly something I could do myself. But sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do it for you. Obviously, the star ingredient, and what really makes this spread so delicious, is the quality smoked salmon used. It has a superb smoky flavor that is just beyond delicious. And there weren’t any funky bits of fish that crept in either, just all nice fresh and pink salmon. I really like salmon but I hate the greyish brown stuff that you get on the underneath of the fillets and hate to see it in my smoked salmon of any style. The better the quality of smoked salmon the less likely you are to find the grey stuff. I could have eaten this whole tub myself, but I did share some with Dave. And, he liked it as much as I did. We had it on some water crackers so that we could really appreciate the lovely taste of the salmon. I could also see it being great on some lightly toasted French bread. Or I think it would be great mixed in with some pasta. I didn’t try that this time but definitely want to give it a go next time I buy some. 500 grams for £4.49. Item #: 0094126.
Orexis Houmous with Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I love houmous and so does Dave, so it is something we almost always have in the fridge. At the Costco we shop at they have some other flavored houmous, but I still kind of like the plain best. Well, unless it is the chipotle flavored version we used to be able to get in Austin. The regular, plain flavor is great because it works on just about any kind of cracker, chip, or veggie that you want to pair it with. Probably the most frequent companion for my houmous is with tortilla chips (the Kirkland Signature variety of course). This combination is good taste-wise because the compliment each other instead of fighting. The salt of the chips really brings out the taste of the houmous and the crunchy chips and the smooth, creamy houmous are two nice textures together too. However, I also like my houmous with carrots or celery, crackers, and even spread on some lightly toasted bread with a little sprinkling of ground chipotle on top. This particular houmous was really nice because of the clean taste; they must use a good olive oil and fresh sesame seed paste. The texture is also very nice because it is creamy but not so much so that it seems whipped and like it has lost its houmous-ness. There are still little tiny chunks of chickpea to give it the right texture. It’s great for a quick snack, when I want something that isn’t totally a nutrition killer, but is still filling and somehow refreshing. Go houmous! 700 grams for £1.99. Item #: 0105783.
Le Roule Cheese with Herbs – I love a good cheese, and a good cheese spread fits into that category too. This is nice because it is creamy but also has a great deal of flavor from the herbs, as well as the cheese which is a full fat cow’s milk cheese. As you can probably tell from the photo, it is a rolled up, like a cinnamon roll, with an herb line running through it as well as on the outside. It looks pretty and would be very presentable if you were having guests for dinner or a small party. The only bummer about it is the small size of the rolls: they are each just 150 grams. And really that makes it a bit on the slender side at just about one inch in thickness. So, the first person to get to the cute little roll is going to destroy the perfect appearance of it. Which really, is in a bit of direct contrast with the pictures of how to use it on the package, but I don’t know how they are getting those nice perfect slices from this skinny little roll, I think they had a longer roll. Of course, that doesn’t change the great flavor of the cheese at all. It’s delicious on crackers. But is also good smeared on a slice of Italian or French bread and toasted ever so slightly in the oven. It’s also really good as a replacement for normal sliced cheese on a ham sandwich. I think you could probably also use it on veggies too or a chicken breast. It’s a nice, soft cheese, so really there are a ton of ways you could make use of this in your kitchen. 2, 150 gram packages for £2.75. Item #: 0086450.
Portabello Mushrooms – I figured that I had written about these at least once before, but I can’t seem to find a review of them yet. We buy these large portabello mushrooms quite often from Costco. The big size makes them perfect on the grill because they don’t slip through the grate and are just about the same size as a burger. So, one of the favorite ways we serve them is on a burger with cheese. And sometimes, we just skip the burger and have a mushroom and cheese ‘burger’, sans meat. As with just about any type of mushroom, they soak up flavors really well with just a little bit of encouragement from some ground spices, olive oil and a Ziploc bag, you can get them nicely coated with oil and seasoning and then toss them on the grill or under the broiler in your oven. Delicious! You can also have them with a nice chicken breast because mushrooms and chicken are just a perfect match in my book. And if you get sick of having them whole, you can always slice them us and use them as you would any smaller mushroom to sauté and add to pasta or as a part of a delicious cream sauce to go over chicken, fish or beef. Or, of course, you could cut them up a bit smaller and use them in soup. But really, the big size makes it so perfect for a sandwich it is hard for me to venture past that when I have them. Of course, another way to keep them whole is to stuff them which we have done on several occasions because they are the perfect base to get a nice amount of stuffing in without it tipping over. Our favorite is probably with crab, though I have a great stuffing that I make with bacon and cheese too that is no slouch when it comes to taste. 500 grams for £2.59. Item #: 0095306.