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Our cats adore Fancy Feast cat meals. Like all feline Fancy Feast aficionados, they’ve explicit flavors and textures they insist on—for our kitties it’s the salmon paté and the meat paté.
Recently, a brand new line of Fancy Feast made it onto their “most needed” checklist—Fancy Feast Petites, a small bundle of two single-serve, able to eat moist meals meals for cats. These recipes—with substances comparable to “wild Alaskan salmon” and “braised hen”—sound remarkably like one thing you may eat your self. So, (naturally?) when Fancy Feast rolled out this new product, the cat meals firm additionally issued a free cookbook PDF for people: Petite Feast: A Cookbook, impressed by the brand new formulation and described as “recipes for people impressed by the beautiful, single-serve entrée cats love.”
But are these recipes mere flights of fancy, or actually feast-worthy? I made a decision to make one and share a meal with our grey tabby, Zoe, to seek out out.
Chicken or Fish?
While the idea of cat food-inspired recipes for people sound less-than-appetizing, the thought was delivered to life with some notable names within the meals world. These embrace cookbook creator and 2019 James Beard award-nominated meals blogger Jerrelle Guy, who runs the web site, Chocolate for Basil. Her cute, crosseyed, chonky tabby, Christopher, typically serves because the taste-tester when she’s cooking.
Baker Josh Snyder (higher generally known as Eli on Days of Our Lives), who with spouse Angela Kinsey (the well-known cat woman on “The Office”) run the baking web site Baking With Josh and Ange, developed recipes, too. The couple has two cats, Oreo and Snickers, who’re additionally apparently loopy about Fancy Feast.
The Petite Feast cookbook has 12 recipes: 5 that includes hen, 5 that includes salmon, and two that includes whitefish. Not all of them map straight onto a cat meals recipe, however a few of them are nearer than others.
Recipes embrace dishes comparable to a Pistachio-Crusted Salmon and Jasmine Rice with Water Fried Egg Yolk, Sage Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie, and Ancho Butternut Squash Chicken Street Tacos.
I made a decision to make the recipe for Honey Sriracha Grilled Chicken with Spicy Fried Rice. Zoe would have the Grilled Chicken and Rice Entrée (for cats).
Read on for our evaluate.
Zoe’s Review of Fancy Feast Petites Grilled Chicken with Rice Entrée (for Cats)
It’s good that my cats actually like Fancy Feast Petites cat meals, as a result of, wow, is it ever a ache to open the packaging. It is available in a two-pack pair of plastic containers which are joined by a foil cowl that snaps aside to separate two, tiny 1.4-ounce servings. Once the servings are separated, it’s a battle to peel again the stiff foil cowl to get the meals out of the container. (Confession: I often quit and use a pointy knife to carve a big opening within the foil by means of which I scoop out the cat meals.)
In protection of the unusual packaging: These small parts are fantastic when you have only one cat and you might be bored with having a fridge filled with half-filled cans of chilly cat meals. Purina will get high marks for giving us these tiny parts of deliciousness. But as somebody with fairly a number of cats, making an attempt to pry again these foil covers on a number of tiny containers whereas hungry cats circle my ankles…Let’s simply say that I’m clearly not the audience for these mini meals.
Once you get it within the dish, the grilled hen cat meals appears to be like appetizing and precisely like what it’s: chopped-up hen in a hen broth gravy, with rice. (The different substances embrace liver, rice, different proteins, minerals, nutritional vitamins, and taurine.)
I appreciated that it doesn’t have the sturdy scent typically related to cat meals. This lack of odor didn’t appear to discourage Zoe. She dove proper in and I needed to transfer actually quick with the digital camera earlier than her lunch vanished. Zoe didn’t look forward to me to sit down down with my dish to affix her. Cats don’t have any desk manners.
Review of Honey Sriracha Grilled Chicken with Spicy Fried Rice (for People)
Preparing this hen and rice dish was not as straightforward as opening a container, and positively not as fast.
To begin, in fact, my hen was uncooked and I needed to marinate it for 2 hours in a yummy marinade of honey, oil, sriracha, salt, and pepper.
The rice additionally needed to be cooked after which saved within the fridge (chilly rice makes the very best fried rice—and I unfold mine out on a tray, uncovered, to dry it out a bit whereas it chilled).
Two hours later, with the hen marinated and the rice chilled, I used to be able to cook dinner. First the fried rice. Surprisingly, the recipe mentioned to cook dinner the scrambled egg by itself and set it apart earlier than sautéing aromatics (garlic, ginger, inexperienced onion) and including the rice (with peas, sriracha, salt, and pepper to crisp). You dump the cooked egg, together with soy sauce and a little bit of sesame oil, in on the finish.
Once the rice was lined and put aside, I tossed the marinated hen on the grill, 5 or 6 minutes to a facet. Sliced and arrayed on the rice, right here you’ve gotten it:
Which one’s mine? Hint: I garnished mine with additional sriracha.
Of course, by the point I sat right down to eat, Zoe, and her meal of hen and rice, had been lengthy gone.
But my lunch was ok that I’ve since ready the dish for friends (who had been greater than stunned to be taught they had been consuming Fancy Feast).
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