Personal Shopper: Potato Gratin
It’s not that difficult to make, writes Katy McGuinness, but if you simply don’t have the time and are in the mood to indulge, which brand of potato gratin is the closest thing to home-made?
Avoca To Go Gratin Potatoes, Garlic & Cheddar 10/10
Our testers are a picky bunch, but they couldn't find a fault with this delicious potato gratin from Avoca. It's properly garlicky, creamy, there's plenty of cheese, and the list of ingredients contains nothing untoward.
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Granted, it's not the kind of thing that you're going to eat on a daily basis, but if caution is to be thrown to the winds, then this is the way to do it.
It's probably just as well that there's no calorie count on the package, because it might just put a dampener on the joyous experience of eating what's inside.
SuperValu Signature Tastes Rich & Creamy Potato Gratin 4/10
This potato gratin from SuperValu's Signature Tastes range did not impress our testers as much as the Avoca offering.
They found the flavours bland and the texture of the sauce gloopy rather than creamy - perhaps thanks to the presence of corn starch, which is used a thickener.
The gratin was neither cheesy nor garlicky enough for their liking, although on the positive side it did look attractive and brown when it came out of the oven and it's not expensive. Contains 284 calories per 100g.
Tesco Meals Made Easy Potato Gratin 3/10
'Cheap but not very cheerful' was the verdict of our testers when they tasted this potato gratin from Tesco, which is produced in Ireland.
Again, there was a problem of blandness, in our testers' opinion, with none of the luxurious mouth-feel that you want from a dish that is supposed to be properly indulgent.
The presence of corn starch probably explains the consistency of the sauce, and there's too little garlic and cheese for either to have any impact in terms of flavour. Contains 317 calories per 100g.