A year or so ago the press went crazy when Heston and Delia joined forces as the face of Waitrose. What a mind blowing thing they said, the mad scientist and the national treasure. Here we are one year on and Heston products are dotted around the store, whilst Delia is only found on recipe cards by the door. Maybe Delia was just the pretty face of the enterprise whilst Heston was left to do the leg work, either way I ended up with a pouch of Heston gravy.
The branding of Heston products is good – all black with blocky lettering in white; classy, good quality it screams, which is just as well because with the cardboard packaging removed Heston gravy looks like a discarded colostomy bag.
I snip open the pouch and out slops the jelly like contents. As it warms through the gravy loosens and becomes less gelatinous, it becomes more and more appealing the aroma is lovely, I can’t wait to try it. I pour it over my pie and mash. I scoop up the creamy potato covered in gravy and wow it is good, it is incredibly rich almost like a thin pie filling, it is beefy with a depth from the red wine and there are small pieces of bacon in the mix to give some texture but overwhelmingly it tastes smokey. The smokiness is no bad thing, but it does mean you need to be selective as to what you use the gravy with – and I can tell you now a steak and stilton pie is not it.
I think Heston gravy is the best ready made gravy I have ever had with a depth of flavour you’d have to work very hard to get yourself. For £1.99 a bag it is well worth it.
Heston from Waitrose Caramelised Onion, Bacon and Mustard Gravy £1.99