The other day I posted a blog post about a steak with a peppercorn sauce. One of the reasons I cooked that dish was because a few days earlier we had eaten the Waitrose Easy To Cook version.
The Waitrose version says
British beef steaks with a creamy smooth peppercorn sauce made with roast shallots, brandy and pink peppercorns.
That did sound quite nice when I read the packet and at £4.49 wasn’t a bad price either.
Having cooked the steak according to the instructions I served it with some sautéed mushrooms, steamed vegetables and oven roasted tomatoes on the vine.
The instructions were quite simple, cook the steak, remove from the pan, add the sauce and pour the sauce over the steak.
So what were they like?
Well it certainly wasn’t horrible, it did taste okay.
However at £4.49 you can’t expect the steak to be top quality sirloin, fillet or ribeye, and it wasn’t. It was quite a tough piece of rump I think, maybe even a cheaper cut of steak! The sauce should have had a real kick with the shallots, brandy and peppercorns… but alas it was bland and lacked any depth of flavour.
I always like the ideas behind much of the food and dishes I buy at Waitrose, but looking back over the blog I realise I don’t really enjoy them. Time to rethink my shopping habits.
Oh the tomatoes were fantastic by the way, very simple, take some fresh tomatoes, dribble some olive oil on them, roast them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Delicious.