Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stouffer's Salisbury Steak Review

Stouffer's frozen food. Really think I've tried a good portion of them now.
Package for Stouffer's Salisbury Steak
Packaged within a cardboard box was a plastic tray containing mashed potatoes and a beef steak in a gravy with mushrooms. The plastic tray was divided into two compartments, one for the main course, one for the side, and a sheet of plastic food wrap covered the tray.

Plastic Tray of Salisbury Steak

I cooked this package using a microwave and a glass plate instead of using the plastic tray. This was done by taking off the plastic food wrap and placing the frozen blocks of food into a dish. Everything managed to fit onto the one plate that I used. It came out fine, but I did regret not putting a lid over the plate because there was a bit of splashing from the gravy. A bit of fine ground pepper was added to the potatoes. No other flavoring or modifications were done.

Cooked Stouffer's Salisbury Steak
Taste & Verdict
Pretty standard affair. The potatoes came out fine without any cold spots. I ate this side separately without dipping the potatoes in the gravy -- some did get onto the edges though. While a bit of pepper was added, it tasted good on its own to me. There was enough flavor that the pepper didn't seem necessary. Actually, I didn't really notice it. What I did notice was a pretty consistent texture and a sort of buttery taste -- not sure if it was butter, but it reminded me of mashed potatoes I had that were well flavored and did clearly have butter.

Close-up of Stouffer's Salisbury Steak
As for the main course, the steak was also well cooked with no cold spots. I may have overcooked the dish ever so slightly because a patch of gravy on the side was congealed yet warm. This issue didn't seem to affect the taste, or at least I didn't think it was a negative. The meat was pretty consistent and soft. I think it was made with ground meat because of the texture. No hard or chewy bits were noticed. Quite a few small mushroom slices were found in the gravy. The gravy and meat tasted sort of sweet to me. It was probably the mushrooms. I enjoyed it even though I'm not the biggest fan of mushrooms. This tasted different than the Salisbury steak meal from Hungry-Man that I had a while ago, which also had mushrooms.

Would I get it again? Yes, but it would not be at the top of my list. That's not to say it wasn't good, I just like other Stouffer's meals more. And it was somewhat filling. However, I had it with something else.

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