Friday, March 23, 2012

Parchment Bake by Mrs. Paul's and Van de Kamp's

As a part of the Tastemaker Program through Foodbuzz, I opted in to try out Mrs. Paul's and Van de Kamp's new product Parchment Bake.  They use 100% whole-fillet Tilapia in a sauce and seal the natural flavors and moisture in a parchment bag, similar to the technique used in restaurants.

Mrs. Paul's and Van de Kamp's was even kind enough to send a link so my readers could get a Buy One, Get One Free coupon for this product.

The Parchment Bake is offered in three flavors at my local grocer:  Garlic Butter, Roasted Garlic and Classic Teriyaki.  Each fillet has only 80 calories.  So what's not to like? 

A.J. and I enjoy fish, the homegirlz not so much.  They happened to have other plans last Friday night, so I fired up the toaster oven and decided to give these puppies a try.

After reading the directions, I knew this would be a snap.  Place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for approximately 18 minutes/We decided to try the Garlic Butter flavor first.

They came out of the oven all puffed up with steam and I knew the fish would be chocked full of flavor and would be incredibly moist too!

They were so photogenic.  After all we eat with our eyes first, don't we?

Look at all that dreamy, creamy sauce!

Ok, here's the skinny, BIG thumbs down.  Sorry folks, I'm not going to lie.  We both felt the sauce had very little flavor and the fish did not taste fresh at all.  It had a very fishy taste which neither of us care for.  

This completely took the wind out of my sails.

Have a wonderful beginning of Spring weekend!

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The Japanese Redneck said...

What a bummer.

Well we only eat fresh caught at the lake anyway.

David said...

Katherine, I agree with the Japanese Redneck...BUMMER! We don't cook fish at home but if we could find a good fresh tasting product with the right this might have been...we'd have fish at least once a week. Thanks for trying it out! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Frieda Loves Bread said...

Thanks for the honest review! Tilapia should be very mild and not taste fishy at all. I opted for this Tastemaker opportunity as well and tried the original flavor. Hubby and I both loved it.

MaryBeth said...

Very cool idea, it looked very good but sorry it didn't taste so good.

Blond Duck said...

I love fish, but bad fish is the worst!

Pat Tillett said...

That sucks! sounds like a great idea. If tilapia is fishy, something is REALLY wrong.

Penny said...

You have to tell it like it is. Appreciate the honest review. Looking forward to seeing you soon!