Review: Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets

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Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets

Are Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets any good?

A decent meat substitute that’s easy to prep and can be used in a range of meals from roast dinners to sandwiches. You might want to sub out the gravy for your own personal favorite though.

Another option in the extensive lineup of products from Gardein – all of them frozen, 100% plant based meat substitutes. These cutlets seek to emulate a thin, breaded piece of meat and do so without much of the fat and calories of their animal derived counterparts. While the headline faux-meat is turkey, you could use these happily in place of breaded pork or chicken.

Taste wise the cutlets are decent not great, if you enjoy Gardein’s Mandarin Chicken pieces, these are similar. I find the taste starts to get a little one note half way through a couple of cutlets. I’d certainly use these from time to time, but ensure I had plenty of gravy/sauce/add ons. Texture wise these are quite palatable, and aren’t at all mushy; they have a pleasing meaty chew and the exterior breading has an enjoyable crisp crunch. I did find the gravy lacking myself, in flavor and quantity; but this is just a small quibble.

I find these cutlets make for a great meat free option for a traditional Sunday roast dinner. Served with a side of roasted potatoes, a couple of roast vegetables of your choice and maybe a hefty mound of stuffing. The Gardein cutlets are the best option I’ve found to date for such a meal.

Another good option for these Gardein cutlets would be emulating turkey sandwiches, another favorite of mine, T-Day sandwiches: a nice crusty bun or roll, a Turk’y cutlet, some stuffing and a nice cranberry relish or sauce.

What’s a fair price?

Walmart can retail all the Gardein products for as low as $3.97; typical pricing seen at competitors is usually around the $4.49 mark.

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets cooking instructions and nutrition

Cooking couldn’t be simpler, 20 minutes in the oven at 450f. The instructions don’t say to, but I flip them halfway through cooking, and add an extra minute or two either side to get them a little extra crispy.

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets rear
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets rear
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets front
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets front

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets – what’s in the bag

Inside the bag, you’ll find four cutlets and two bags of gravy. The serving size is two cutlets per diner, so from one bag you’ll basically have enough dinner for two. Personally, I think the amount of gravy is a little low, you might want to supplement or switch this out for the gravy of your choice; because lets be honest, everyone enjoys a lake of gravy, not a puddle 🙂

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets in the bag
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets in the bag

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Hi I’m Stuart., amateur home cook and professional food writer.  You can find my writing at places like The Salt Lake Tribune and Gastronomic SLC, which I founded more than a decade ago.  As well as writing extensively about restaurants, I’m endlessly curious about that product on the shelf. Is it any good I wonder? If you’re like me, wonder no more.

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