So, there are a couple of cheap new additions to the Banquet section at the local Save-A-Lot, and both of them were looking pretty irresistible the other day. Today, we're taking a look at Banquet's Beef and Cheese Quesadillas.
The package shows two plump quesadillas bursting with beef and cheese, toasted all light and crispy with a cup of sauce for dipping. The actual package contents aren't presented nearly so well:
The difference between carefully-styled package art and actual contents is an old story, and one on which I'm not going to dwell. As nice at would be to just once find the actual food match the box illustration, ain't never going to happen.
Anyway. The quesadillas are not at all light and crispy. They're thick, heavy, doughy, and chewy. The insides are thinly spread with a mixture that has little business even being called "food," let alone anything as specific as "beef" and "cheese." The ingredients include "substitute cheddar cheese," "cheddar cheese type flavor," "mozzarella type cheese powder," "substitute mozzarella cheese," and "hamburger [ground beef, salt, spice, hydrolyzed corn protein, natural grill flavor, flavorings]." This recipe is from the laboratory, not the kitchen.
The "zesty taco dipping sauce" is just boring and reminded me more of an unsweetened ketchup sauce than anything else.
And yet, for all the seemingly industrial-grade components used to put this horrible anti-food together, I have to say....
I feel dirty and ashamed for saying that. But it's true, and they're only a buck.