Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Review: Dr Oetker Pizzas

We were recently asked to try out the Dr Oetker Ristorante range of pizzas. I had seen them advertised on television, but never really come across them before, or eaten them, so I was keen to find out what they were like.

We were particularly impressed that they had four different vegetarian versions on offer: Mozzarella, Vegetale, Quattro Formaggi and Funghi.  Most frozen, and even fresh, pizzas have two veggie options at best, and they are usually plain old cheese & tomato, or fairly standard vegetable.

Excited as we were at the thought of such variety, we decided to try three of the variants, so invited a couple of friends over for a bit of a pizza party!  Each pizza is a decent size and would easily serve two, if not three, with salads etc alongside. We cut them into 8 slices and had 3 or 4 slices per person, dependent on how hungry everyone was!

Dr Oetker has recently launched the Vegetale, which is its eighth variant in the Ristorante range, and features a great balance of rich tomatoes, mixed peppers, chillies and red onion.  The chillies are quite mild, so give a nice depth of flavour rather than heat.  We all thought this one was really tasty, and it was my favourite.

The Funghi has mushrooms, juicy tomtoes and mozzarella, and has a slightly sharp flavour which is reminiscent of mushrooms cooked in butter and herbs, and quite pleasant.  Steve really liked this one, but I was initially a bit put off by the rather oily residue on the top, although this removed easily with a bit of kitchen roll.

The bases on all the pizzas were very crisp and not at all soggy which Lara was delighted with as she hates soggy pizza bases!  Her favourite was the Mozzarella one, combining tomatoes, mozzarella and Edam cheeses and dashes of herby sauce.

Overall, we were really impressed with the Dr Oetker Ristorante range, and they are a fantastic standby to have in the freezer as they cook from frozen in just 10 minutes.  (For D, who swears by cold pizza as a hangover cure: I can also vouch for the fact that they taste good cold the next day!)

The range also includes Speciale (ham & salami), Pollo (chicken), Pepperoni-Salami, Hawaii and Quattro Formaggi, all are available in all big supermarkets, RRP £2.79.

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1 comment :

  1. I have bought these before and theyre not cheap but they are tasty. I try to make my own if i can when time is on my side. I would love to try the veggi one. Im not a vegetarian but i dont really eat a lot of meat and i dont eat red meat.


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