In the latest installment of taste-testing intriguing frozen things, I try two Birds Eye appetizers: Cheddar Broccoli Bake and Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.
Each cost around $4 at Target.
For these taste tests I don’t care if the food is healthy or trendy or beautiful. I care about the ultimate question. . . but is it good?
Cheddar Broccoli Bake
We’ve all had a vegetable side dish like this at a holiday or church basement lunch the midwest. .. . some kind of frozen or canned vegetable baked in a creamy sauce with something crunchy on top. I like these types of casseroles. I LOVE canned green bean casserole so naturally I’m the perfect person to comment on this dish.
The ingredient list is actually quite simple and concise. I baked it in the oven to give it a fighting chance.
Baking definitely crisps the edges and topping. The cheese sauce lacks depth but is ultimately fine and the broccoli, well, tastes like cooked frozen broccoli florets . This is a quick vegetable side dish, a good source of fiber, and unoffensive. The baby really liked it. Ultimately, it’s fine, it’s just fine.
Cauliflower Wings – Buffalo Style
Cauliflower wings – a true structural feat. Probably best enjoyed fresh from the fryer. Apt to get soggy and steamy. Rarely survives takeout.
Is a frozen cauliflower wing product too good to be true?
The best cauliflower wings I’ve had are from J Selby and they were even take-out! Their secret must lie in not frying completely cooked cauliflower.
I was surprised when I dumped out the bag and only found six pieces of cauliflower in completely different sizes. They ranged from the size of my fist to teeny-tiny.
I baked them per instructions and tossed immediately in the thawed buffalo sauce.
The cauliflower nuggets sogged immediately causing the breading to crumble away as I gently tossed hem.
I took a bite and found a smushy and mealy texture. Even with the buffalo sauce, they tasted kind of bland. Two bites was enough. The tiniest crispy wing was ok. Jake passed.
Someone online suggested air-frying the nuggets which makes sense. Another suggested adding your own sauce.
I have passed on the air fryer mainly because I simply don’t want to store another kitchen thing.
I was hopeful about the concept, but no, I don’t think these are good.