HELLO FRESH – Juicy Lucy Burgers

As you have probably guessed, I have subscribed to the @HelloFresh meal kit
service. This program has helped me to plan out my weekly meals and is not much
more expensive than if I had gone grocery shopping and done all the meal
planning myself. If you apply an accurate value to your personal time, you will
come out ahead.

These burgers were easy to make and, by adding a tossed salad and/or some
roasted corn you can easily turn this into a full meal. The burger is stuffed
with cheddar cheese and is seasoned with a fry seasoning that you receive in
the meal kit. Taking some time to form the two burgers so the patties are large
and dimpled in the middle will keep them from turning into hockey pucks while
they cook.

The tomato onion jam only takes about ten minutes to prepare and is a
genuinely nice compliment to the burger. It has a sweet and tangy flavor
profile which goes well with the meatiness of the burger and really gives the
meal a sophisticated lift.

A second sauce, for the burger and to dip the potato wedges is made by
combining the mayonnaise, sour cream, and roasted garlic. The sauce is good but
becomes much better when it has a chance to blend overnight. One of the perks
of each meal kit making two portions is that I have a meal for the next day and
can see if the sides improve.

The potato bun has a nice, neutral flavor and holds up well to the juiciness
of the burger, the garlic mayonnaise, and the tomato onion jam. Lightly
toasting it before assembling the burger adds another layer of flavor and texture.

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The potato wedges are simple to make and after you go through the process
once you will wonder why you do not make them more often. They are seasoned
with a “fry seasoning” adds just the right amount of spice and is 20
minutes of unattended cooking you end up with a delicious, starchy goodness
that goes well with this meal kit, but would also be at home with grilled
chicken, a barbeque or sandwiches. Like I said before, you will wonder why you do
not make them more often.

This meal kit costs out at about $9.00/meal and with the salad I added it
ended up being about $10.50/meal. The time I saved not having to shop for the
ingredients or look up recipes paid for the meal kit. Overall, it took about 30
minutes from prep to finished product. Not bad for something that takes a
simple burger to a whole other level.

I would recommend this @HelloFresh meal kit to anyone.

Palermo’s Primo Thin Italian Sausage Pizza

The first sign that something may be wrong is when the Calories, Protein, and Carbs have a larger font size than the actual type of pizza and ingredients. Palermo’s Primo Thin let’s you know that you can eat a third of this pizza and only ingest 290 calories. This might be good news to some people, but the question I was left with is “Who would want to eat a third of this pizza?”

The directions call for baking on the middle rack in a 450 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. I preheated my oven an popped the frozen pizza in and set the timer for 13 minutes. After checking on the pizza and seeing it was limp and pale, I set the timer for another two minutes. When the timer went off the pizza crust was still limp and the toppings looked pale. I closed the oven door and set the timer for another five minutes and crossed my fingers. After the timer went off I attempted to remove the pizza from my oven. This was no simple task. The crust had somehow sunk between the wires of the rack and was sticking. I had to use a couple of spatulas to extricate the pizza from the oven. Bits of crust and cheese clung to the rack of my previously clean oven. Not a good way to start.

The Primo Thin DOES have a thin crust. The flavor of the crust is a cross between a no salt saltine cracker and white bread. It was also limp. A thin crust pizza should be crisp and it should add flavor to the pizza. Palermo’s has accomplished removing all flavor from the crust and producing a crust that can remain limp after baking in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Not a pretty pizza.

The box states the sauce is “zesty”. If by zesty Palermo’s means tastes like cooked tomatoes, then they have accomplished their goal. The sauce on my pizza was neither piquant nor savory. I can not stress enough that the sauce tastes like common store bought tomatoes that have been blanched. The sauce is without zest.

The Primo Thin is also thin on the Italian sausage they claim is an ingredient on the pizza. As I ate the pizza I almost forgot that there was supposed to be Italian sausage on it. The pieces are tiny and the flavor is overpowered by the chunks of tomato that are sprinkle on top of the pizza.

Keeping with the theme of this pizza, the five cheeses (part skim mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, Romano and Asiago) have little to no flavor.

Overall the Palermo’s Primo Thin Italian Sausage pizza is disappointing. I can not recommend it. There are better frozen pizzas out there.