With all the possibilities, choices and variety that define the sandwich, I find little reason to EVER indulge in one that has been frozen. So why you may ask am I about to review Jimmy Deans Frozen Turkey Sausage Reduced Fat Croissant Breakfast Sandwich? Jimmy certainly didn't ask me to do so, nor did the company that distributes them. Here's the reason: Over the Christmas holiday, one of my beloved house guests purchased the above box of sandwiches and left it here. When I saw them tucked into the side pocket of the freezer door I was a little insulted. After all, this person knew very well that his hostess for the week was a real life Sandwich Guru. He himself is an S365er/follower of this blog. So what was he thinking? More importantly, why didn't he take them with him when he left?
Since I know and respect this person very much, I decided not to hold it against him (too cold) or even mention the fopaux. Rather, I would explore the possibility that he could be on to something and try the sandwich myself. After all, one redeeming quality stated on the outside of the box is the reduced calorie "real" egg white and cheese. Mind you the egg white is "real", I would venture the cheese is not.
Each sandwich is wrapped individually in a pod-like plastic cocoon. The cooking instructions are based on microwave heating exclusively. No conventional oven instructions available. However, they do not have to be completely frozen. You can defrost the sandwich first, then heat it in the microwave. I did both. I left the first sandwich frozen, carefully followed the heating instructions and took a bite. :( As you may have guessed, the croissont was less than crispy and buttery. However, since the calories are reduced, decided to over look it. I found the sausage and the cheese to be very salty, so removed them from the sandwich as best I could and finished half of it.
I heated the next sandwich when it was completely defrosted but found little difference. Having learned my lession on the first go-round, I removed the cheese before it had melted, and when the sandwich was heated, cooled and ready to eat, took another bite. Still compelled to remove the salty calorie reduced sausage meat, I did so, adding a tab of Smart Balance butter to the bread, and wound up eating an egg white sandwich. Bottom line, the next time I'm in a pinch for a breakfast sandwich, I'd opt for a Sausage Mcmuffin with egg from the nearest McDonalds. Sorry Jimmy!