When it comes to sausages I never buy the meat version. This is because Gdad used to be a butcher and he will tell you stories about what goes into those fleshy little horrors if you don't buy the top of the range ones. Additionally, they're so high in fat I have to shun them for the sake of my thighs. And, have you tried the Linda McCartney ones? Because I have, and they taste just like Gregg's sausage roll meat without the imminent heart attack or the price tag of upmarket sausages.
Now that you know the background to this review, and that I'm not just a meat fanatic slagging off vegan food, let's talk about Dee's.
|Serving suggestion: mushroom, 'sausage', bread, |
tomatoes and disappointment sauce.
The product: The packaging is upmarket and reassures you that you're not about to tuck into some hippy-dippy fungus mullarky. However, the product information is more pretentious than a D4 housewife. Taking the front first, vegan is underlined, twice. On the back, Dee asserts herself as a nutritionist - a phrase we all know is an unprotected term, and also a synonym for food charlatan.
The ingredient list tells us not only what's in the sausage, but that the legumes used are sourced from an environmentally friendly crop (did we not assume this?) with no need for irrigation and nitrogen fertilizers. Well, blow me down. I didn't even think to worry about that.
Admittedly, I did wonder what would be in vegan sausages, and I would have assumed it would be a myriad of chemicals attempting to imitate meat. However, Dee's sausages contain a mix of pea protein, beans and seaweed (seaweed having been hailed as a superfood a few years ago), as well as some other bit and bats, so fair play to Dee, it appears to be all good stuff.
How they cooked: They don't hold their shape. At. All. Admittedly I didn't put any oil on them before I grilled them, like the packaging had suggested, because usually things that suggest oil cook fine without it. They stuck to the tinfoil like flies to honey. However, they browned quite nicely. Had I put on oil, they would have probably been aesthetically pleasing.
How they tasted: They first thing I reported to my family was, "You can really taste the seaweed." After that, there is a generic bean taste. For something that is 'spiced' with coriander, pepper and ginger there is an overwhelming sense of eating beany seaweed. Perfectly pleasant, but not something I would clamour for. Probably best served in a sandwich so that the slightly mushy texture goes unnoticed.
Shelf life: Each pack has a few weeks on it, however, once opened they should be eaten within one day. Does Dee know half a can of beans can last up to three?
Serving suggestion: Three sausages, and seeing as six come in a pack, this means you get two servings per pack.
Cost: €3.99!!! FOR BEANS AND SEAWEED. Absolute madness. You'd want a sneaky nip of pampered pork in these bangers to make it worth it.
Final verdict: Not on your life.