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As a vegetarian, I am very impressed with Tesco's own brand of vegetarian foods. They really have put in a lot of effort to supply us with a wide range of tasty, well prepared products and I always look forward to trying out any new items they introduce.
Tesco Vegetarian Cheese & Leek Sausages have been around for a while now and I have eaten them many times. Unsurprisingly, they taste nothing like a meat sausage and they are in no way trying too. I believe, that this would make them popular with non vegetarians too.
These sausages come in a plastic tray, sealed with a thin, clear plastic film. Wrapped around this package, is a cardboard cuff, giving details of the sausages, their ingredients, nutritional value and cooking instructions. They can be found in the chilled cabinets in Tesco and are suitable for freezing.
Tesco Cheese & Leek sausages are easy to cook from chilled or frozen.
Chilled: place sausages on a pre-heated baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 16 - 18 minutes at Gas mark 5 / 190C / 375F
Frozen: follow instructions above but cook for 22 - 24 minutes.
These sausages will be piping hot when they come out of the oven and they do hold on to their heat, so be careful when you bite into them.
When you do remove them from the oven, they will be dark in colour and firm to the touch. They hold their shape perfectly and you will not find any of the filling escaping.
Biting into one, you get a nice crispy crunch and are met with a subtle cheese smell, but nothing overpowering. They are lighter in colour inside and you can see the leek, potato and some onion. The ingredients also include chickpeas and these add some extra bite to the texture of the mainly soft sausages. There is also a generous amount of herbs and the combination of flavours make these sausages very tasty, with not one of the flavours overpowering the others.
Onion (28%), Potato (22%), Egg, Chickpeas (11%), Dried Potato, Vegetable Oil, Leek (8%), Cornflour, Parsley, Salt, Garlic Puree, Dijon Mustard, Vegetable Stock, Thyme, Black Pepper
Dijon Mustard contains: Water, Mustard Seed, Spirit Vinegar, Salt
Vegetable Stock contains: Sugar, Salt, Vegetable Concentrates (Carrot, Onion, Leek, Celery, Garlic), Cornflour, Water, Vegetable Oil, Nutmeg Oil.
*Nutritional Value Per 55g Sausage*
Energy - 135 kcal
Protein - 3.6g
Carbohydrate - 11.7g
of which sugars - 1.9g
Fat - 7.9g
of which saturates - 1.4g
Mono unsaturates - 4.1g
Polyunsaturates - 2.1g
Fibre - 2.1g
Sodium - 0.3g
Salt Equivalent - 0.8g
This product contains milk, egg, mustard and celery. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Tesco Vegetarian Cheese & Leek sausages are only available from Tesco. They come in a pack of 4 and cost £1.50, which is pretty good value in my opinion.
My whole family really enjoy these sausages. We have them in sandwiches, as part of a main meal, along with mashed potatoes and veggies and I also love chopping them up and adding them to pasta dishes too.
They are a very versatile sausage and if you haven't tried them before, you should really give them a go. I am sure you will not be disappointed!
I am far from being vegetarian these days but a friend who regularly pops by for tea with me when my other half is away working, does not eat a lot of meat so I tend to stick to veggies treats when I have her company. I recently chose these from Tesco and paid £1.46 for a pack of four sausages.
The 'succulent' sausages are made from mixing cheese, leek, onion, potato and chickpeas. They are moulded in to long fat sausage shapes.
I oven cooked my sausages for about 16 minutes as suggested on the packet. These can also be cooked from frozen for 22-24 minutes.
I could smell the sausages cooking and it did make my mouth water. The smell once they were finally cooked was quite sensational, I love the smell of leeks anyway so this was a real treat. The sausages had turned a deep brown colour on cooking and were very crispy and firm in texture. Once i cut one open it was obvious that they were stuffed full of the main ingredients and they looked great too.
Each sausage contains 135 calories, so two each is a decent portion for the calorie intake.
I served mine with baked beans, baked potato and salad and I love meals like that!
Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with this product. Although I could taste the leek and the cheese I expected a stronger flavour from both and the chickpeas did not add much to the sausage either. If I was still a vegetarian and this was my offering I would probably convert. They were a mush of nothingness really.
I have read rave reviews on these sausages elsewhere so clearly not every one has been as unimpressed as myself and my friend, who also agreed that they were nothing special.
With such a simple list of ingredients I might have a bash at something similar myself but perhaps spice them up a bit. Then I could freeze them! Yes, I think I will do that!
Tesco have a great selection of vegetarian food, the most i've seen from any supermarket so far.
These cheese and leek sausages are fantastic. They go well with anything, we had them in cibatta with rocket leaves and tomato, though the serving suggestion seems to be for bangers and mash, you can incorporate them into lighter summer meals, salads and BBQs.
I usually buy mostly Quorn products as I find home brand supermarket products slightly inferior, but in this case, these are exceptional. They are really tasty, easy and quick to cook and are of high quality.
The only thing I would say as a downside is that be careful not to overcook them because they could go dry. Counteract this by serving it with sauce. Also, unlike Quorn sausages that are easily cut up, these tend to crumble because of the ingredients, so bare that in mind when you're whipping up a new recipe.
I challenge any meat eater to tell me there aren't delicious!
Tesco Vegetarian Leek and Cheese Sausages come in a pack of 4 and cost £1.49. Good value as they are so flavorsome and satisfying. They either need to be kept in the fridge or can be frozen. They are a great idea for summer barbeques as they cook well and are great for your vegetarian (and other) guests. On the barbeque they end up with a lovely crispy outside and are all soft and cheesy in the middle. Lovely! If you're not having a barbie, don't worry, you can grill them or put them in the oven for 20 minutes.
The flavour is great. Cheesy, and the leeks are not too over powering. Much more interesting than some vegetarian sausages I have tried such as quorn sausage which can be a bit bland and dry.
Each sausage contains 94 calories and 4.9g of fat (1.2g saturates) and 0.4 g of salt.
A nice idea is to cook a couple of these in the oven and then cut them up and put them in an omelette. This makes a good snack or a light meal. I have also made mash and served them with this and vegetarian gravy as a veggie bangers and mash meal. The possibilities are endless with a bit of imagination.
my mother in law is a vegeterian but hates mushrooms, and most other vegeterian sausage seems to contain mushrooms, so when i came across these i picked up a couple of packs, as we was having a family fireworks display and bonfire last year, so i was making the usual hot dogs, burgers, jacket potatoes and mushy peas with mint sause.
i oven cooked these sausages and they crisped up like sausages and didnt have a soft center like i find with vegetarian sausages.
i also like the fact they was made with vegetables instead of the mushroom bulker and filler.
these went down a treat, my fussy mother in law and said they went really well with the red onion salsa i made for the burgers and hotdogs.
my kids and my meat loving husband also thought they was great.
i have brought them since for meals,and will be buying them in a few days for this years bonfire night.
my only downside is that they inly come in packs of four so if your feeding a family you need to buy a few boxes, which can end up pricey
I like Tesco as they have lots of different vegetarian options, much more varied than other supermarkets. These are a good example.
These cheese and leek sausages are really tasty, quite tangy. They have quite a different consistency to Quorn products, which is a pleasant change. They are a good accompaniment to chips or mashed potato - and in the past I have even chopped them up and put them into a casserole for added flavour.
I usually cook them in the oven and they come out nicely, the outside crisps up slightly, whilst the inside remains soft.
I have tried cooking these on the barbecue; whilst Quorn sausage come out brilliantly, these do not. They tend to burn rather than barbecue, and also easily start to break up into pieces.
Although they are in the fresh section of Tesco, they are suitable for freezing, which is what I usually do as I am the only vegetarian in our house.
I like vegetarian food and was actually vegetarian myself for a year, and have always had a soft spot for things like meatless sausages and burgers, from the nascent attempts in health food shops over a decade ago, through to Linda McCartney's frozen range and now to the extensive ranges and choices we now enjoy in supermarkets. And boy, have we come a long way in that time. I came across these sausages as part of a 2 for £2 price offer when bought together with some other vegetarian product, so I thought they sounded nice and were worth a go. As someone who doesn't eat piggies, these are on the whole the only sausages I can actually have and so I have tried all kinds of them. It was interesting for me to further extend my meatless sausage repertoire with these ones that I hadn't tried before.
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The sausages come in a green cardboard sleeve, which covers about half of the hard plastic container which the sausages are in, that is itself topped off by a plastic film. There is a lot of attention on recyclable packaging these days, and rightly so, and I find this slightly wasteful as perhaps a cardboard container would have sufficed, although maybe the air free packaging preserves the food longer. You get 4 fair sized sausages, which constitutes 220g in weight. The picture of them on the packaging is a fair representation of what they look like when cooked.
Four sausages are £1.39 in Tesco Metro in Wimbledon, although as I said, I purchased them as part of a discounted 2 for £2 offer.
The sausages mainly contain onion (28%), Potato (22%), egg and chickpeas (11%), and also contain leek, cheese and various flavourings including garlic, salt, thyme, and Dijon mustard. There seem to be quite a few flavouring agents added, but no E numbers, so that isn't so bad I think. Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but the packaging indicates that the product is suitable for vegetarians!
The sausages contain no nuts, and interestingly, the packaging
goes on to state that the equipment used to manufacture them used to be used to make products containing nuts. The sausages DO contain milk, egg, mustard and celery.
As a percentage of daily recommended intake, each sausage contains 7% of calories, 2% of sugar, 11% of fat, 7% of saturates and 13% of salt. So slightly heavy on the fat side, in my opinion.
This depends on if the sausages have been frozen or not after purchase. Chilled, they take 16-18 minutes in an oven, and are not suitable for microwaving. This cooking time increases to 22-24 mins in the over if they are frozen.
I cooked them from frozen, and before cooking they looked a dark, golden colour, which doesn't really change after cooking, perhaps darkening a smidgen. Inside they look very light in colour; this is likely the onion and potato hue, flecked with leek and parsley green. The sausages are firm and crispy on the outside and don't collapse or flake under the slightest touch.
There is a vague smell of cheese but very very subtle and barely detectable without almost shoving it up your nose like some sort of hard narcotic.
The sausages taste mildly cheesy & potatoey; the thing that sprang foremost to mind was a similarity to a processed fish cake without the fish. There is a pleasingly soft potatoey texture too, rendered slightly gooey on the tongue from the cheese. Added to this is a slightly nutty element thanks to the chick peas. There is an undercurrent of a herby taste there somewhere. It's a quite neutral taste overall; not strong, but definitely drawn out by adding something else, for example tomato or brown sauce.
This is an interesting variant on the vegetarian sausage idea. To my knowledge, they're the first ones I've had using potato as part of their basis; usually they are soya or other blended vegetables based. This does not act as an impediment though, and have a good taste, if somewhat bland and inoffensive. This however can be an advantage, and are consequently handy as a convenience food blank canvas to impose your own taste on in my opinion, i.e as a constituent of a meal with other vegetables or served in a bun with some nice sauce of your choice. This certainly worked for me; I served them in wholemeal buns with a good squirt of tomato sauce and some thin frites on the side. So overall, I would recommend them as a pleasant, lighter alternative to the soya based sausages, which are a little heavier and more imposing in substance and taste, as they are often trying to imitate meat sausages. These sausages are trying no such mimicking trickery and have the self confidence to be what they are on their own terms!
4 Succulent sausages made with cheese and leek mixed with onion, potato and chickpeas.