Trader Joe’s appetizers review: Spinach & Kale Bites and Crab & Langostino Rangoons

Spinach & Kale Bites

kale bites box


kale biteskale bite closeup

I love spinach for breakfast, and I love the idea of breakfast appetizers, so I tried these little green beauties bright and early on a Saturday morning. The instructions on the box say to cook these for 15 – 25 minutes (vague?). They were perfectly cooked in 15 minutes in my convection Breville toaster oven (aka the App Monster). They were puffy and light right out of oven, and I let them sit for the recommended (at least) 5 minutes. I feel like if you tried to move them immediately out of the oven you’d have some break apart.

The verdict? Yes, these are tasty little green bites of savory goodness, and I will buy them again. They smell great when cooking, are moist on the inside while still having a light texture, and they manage to have a bit of a crunch from the panko. The kale is not discernible, and it is the 5th listed ingredient so I can’t imagine there is too much included.

Ingredients: spinach, eggs, panko breadcrumbs (unbleached wheat flour, sugar, yeast, salt), yellow onion, kale, Parmesan cheese (pasteurized part skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), unsalted butter (cream), green onion, sea salt, black pepper.

Crab & Langostino Rangoons

TJs crab langostino rangoons

Jesus, these were gross. I had high hopes. I love crab rangoon, and I honor the person who decided to put cream cheese and shellfish in a wonton, fry it up, and serve it with that sweet, sweet red sauce. I have bought the langostinos from Trader Joe’s before, they’re good stuff, so I was imagining one of those big fatties in a wonton with some yummy crabmeat.

Alas, no. I could see no big chunks of langostino anywhere and the crabmeat was in fine, dry threads. But worse — much, much, worse — there was an unpleasant fishy taste here that no amount Mae Ploy would cancel out. Not crab fishy but more like bad-fish-sticks fishy. We each had one bite and threw the rest out.

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One Response to Trader Joe’s appetizers review: Spinach & Kale Bites and Crab & Langostino Rangoons

  1. Shannon says:

    Those Crab & Langostino Rangoons were so bad (and expensive!) that I returned the half empty box of them. They tasted like they were made from 3 day old fish. Yuck.

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