“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
Every week we buy asda extra special sausages, usually in pork and apple or pork and leek, these flavours are our favourite, but they do all different flavours too such as cherry wood smoked, Cumberland, vintage cheddar and caramelised onion chutney, beef, pepper and coriander, chipolata, roquito pepper, Lincolnshire and sweet chilli. There are so many different flavours to choose from! These are on offer all the time in asda sometimes they are two packs for £5, or sometimes 3 packs for £6. You find you only save about 20p when they are 2 for £5, and about 80p when they are 3 for £6. I don't tend to bother buying them in bulk as you don't save too much, I don't think its worth it. They usually cost around £2.20 a pack. You get six sausages in a pack but these sausages are very thick, so we usually have 2 each, and that's enough as they are very filling. My boyfriend usually has the other 2 cold chopped up in his salad the next day! They go great with mashed potato and beans, or mashed potato and veg with gravy. I love yorkshire puddings with them as well. These are also great in a toad in the hole, and we love to cut the sausages up and just chuck them in a pan with peppers, onions, tomatoes etc and just make it up as we go along! We usually cook these in the oven, in a roasting tin for about 30-40 minutes. The only thing is they make such a mess as the fat comes out of the sausages and the roasting tin is so hard to clean afterwards! You can also fry or grill the sausages, but make sure they are cooked thoroughly through the middle, they are very thick and take longer to cook that other cheaper sausages. We have tried loads of supermarkets own brand products to cut down the shopping bill, but one thing we wont change is meat. We like to try and get all finest meat with the highest meat content. These sausages are roughly 80% meat so that's why we buy them, and wont switch to cheap meat. These are suitable for freezing, but they usually have about a weeks date on them when you buy them, and we eat them within a week so we don't usually need to freeze them. If you do freeze them you need to defrost them well before you cook them. I highly recommend these sausages, they are gorgeous, have a high meat content and come in so many different flavours, its too hard to choose what ones to buy!
I love sausage and mash, but always used to worry about cheap quality meat low pork content being used to make them. Asda's extra special sausages were the end of my worries, the ones I will write about are the pork and apple. These are made with 80% pork, this is very high for a sausage and probably not much lower than that of a butchers. They cost £2.28 for six good sized sausages, weighing in at 400g. They are £1.28 per pack, but Asda often have an offer on, three packs for £3. When you open the packet you have to cut the sausages apart, this reminds me of a Butchers sausage. They are nice and thick and even when raw are noticeably better quality than brands like Walls or Richmond, these aren't a horrible bright pink colour. To cook these, Asda recommends you either grill them for 15minutes or shallow fry for around 12-15mins. As these sausages are very thick, every time we have grilled or fried them they seem to be overdone on the outside and not done enough inside, so we just put them in an oven roasting tray and cook for 30-40minutes. Hardly any fat comes out of the sausages into the roasting tray which is always a good sign. We never cook them in oil or anything, I just throw them in as they are. I think these taste delicious, you can instantly tell it is good meat, where as others you can buy just seem to mush up in your mouth. With these you have to give them a good chewing. You can clearly see and taste the pieces of apple which is a very nice addition. They are very well seasoned and are full of flavour. I do find the skins can sometimes be a bit chewy which is a little annoying, but most of the time they are fine. These sausages are excellent served with mash and gravy. They're not really the type you would eat with an English breakfast, for this i would recommend the Premium pork variety, they are the same price and also come in a pack of six. The pork and leek ones are very nice too. I always save one to eat cold on a sandwich and they taste brilliant when cold. These sausages can be frozen on day of purchase, but must be thoroughly defrosted before cooking; we usually take them out the freezer and leave in the fridge for 24hours. Once the pack is opened they should be eaten within one day. Overall I think Asda have made a great product with these sausages. 5/5
There are quite a few different sausages that Asda do in their Extra Special range but the ones I'm going to write about is the pack of 6 Cumberland sausages. They're not the ring ones but normal straight sausages, they look rank before cooking because they are so pale and I always think the green bits in raw Cumberland sausages make them look like they're going rotten! lol They are yummy though. I thought they took a lot longer to cook than other Cumberland sausages I've cooked lately and they don't brown very evenly either so it's a bit hard to tell when they're cooked through. The taste of the sausages when they're cooked is lovely, proper comfort food. They have got a wicked spicy flavour that is a bit peppery too, the sausagemeat stays a bit wet inside and I know that sounds horrible but it makes the texture of them just right. The sausages are firm and take more chewing than Richmond and some of the other brands of sausages. I wasn't mad keen on the skins of these sausages because on a couple of them the skin split and kinda shrivelled up along the sausage. That made them look a bit weird and also meant there was too much skin on at least one bite of each sausage. I love how meaty they are and have served them in loads of different ways. I've cooked them in the oven and also in the George Foreman and both methods have been the same, they leaked shedloads of fat when I did them in the GF so I reckon that's probably the best way to get rid of as much as possible. I had 2 with mash, peas and gravy tonight and they were yummy but I've eaten them on their own or with chips too. My mum used them in a yummy sausage casserole the other night and it was the best one she's made I reckon because the spicy sausages added another level of flavour to it. These sausages cost £2.28 but the Asda sausages are quite often on special offer and they can be frozen so you might save a few quid by stocking up then.
Call me old fashioned but I love the traditional British banger, if I have my way it is served with creamed potato, fried onion, peas, carrots and a good thick onion gravy and if the Other Half has his way they are served with a good helping of home made chips and some peas. But it is getting harder and harder to find a `good` sausage, some of the butchers sell their own versions that are meaty and tasty but you need a second mortgage to be able to buy a pound. Sausages have to be good quality if they are going to be worth eating, the value sausages are packed with rubbish and cereal, they taste of nothing and I dread the thought of what else goes into them. I would far rather hand over a decent amount of money and know that I am at least going to enjoy what I am eating. The Asda extra special range includes our old favourites the Cumberland sausage, pork, honey and mustard sausage, pork and sweet chilli sausages, pork and leek, pork roasted tomato and garlic, vintage cheddar and caramelised onion chutney, beef pepper and coriander, Aberdeen Angus and Lincolnshire and I may even have missed a couple of varieties out ! A 400g pack of the Asda special sausages contains six large sausages and costs around £2.28. At the moment all of the range are on special offer, buy three packs for £5. We like the Asda pork and leek sausages, they have all the taste of the traditional sausage but there is that little twist that the leek adds. I think it is worth telling you that the Asda pork and leek sausages are made using Scottish pork and fresh leeks. Asda have used a mixture of two cuts of pork for this recipe, they have used belly pork ( which is a fairly fatty cut ) and shoulder of pork which is far leaner. To the meat they have added chopped chives, herbs, spices, preservatives and of course rusk and crumbs that add bulk to the sausage. The sausages are encased in a natural pork skin. 100g of the product contains 215 calories and they have a high fat content. They contain sulphites ( preservatives ), wheat, gluten and milk. The Asda sausages can be frozen. Although it is far better for you to grill the sausages I much prefer to shallow fry mine and irrespective of the fact that you do not need to prick the skins before you cook them I find that old habits die hard. I use a drop of olive oil in my frying pan and I cook the sausages for about 15 minutes turning them around so that the skins brown evenly. The Asda pork and leek sausages have a coarse texture and you can see the small flecks of sautéed leek laying under the skin. The skins are thick but they are not tough, once you take your knife to the sausages they cut easily. When you cook them the smell is good and tasty, you can taste the leek when you eat them but you cannot smell it when you cook them. Like most sausages the Asda pork and leek do lose some fat, so you end up with a little more fat in the frying pan than when you first started cooking. I like to make sure that the sausages are well cooked and I usually partially slice one so that I am certain that they are cooked through. Once the sausages are ready then I drain away the excess fat and lay them on a couple of sheets of kitchen roll to `dry off` completely. The Asda pork and leek sausages are meaty, the meat inside of the sausage is closely packed and remains quite solid when it is cooked. The pork is well seasoned and the skins brown well. I like the fact they contain leek but that taste is not overpowering, first and foremost the flavour is meaty. The sausages are still a good size once they are cooked and two sausages are ample for me, the Other Half will enjoy three. The Asda pork and leek sausages provide us with a good meal that is well in budget. I love the sausages fried then placed into a roll with a heap of caramelised fried onions on the top, they are delicious. The Asda Extra sausages are well worth paying that few pence more for.
After reading a review for Toad in the hole, (thank you kaitlins mummy), I got an urge!!! An urge to make (yes make!!!), toad in the hole. I decided to vamp it up a bit and plumped for ASDA's Extra special vintage cheddar and caramelised onion flavour sausages. Quite pricey at £2.48 for 6, but they sounded yummy so I slipped them in my basket. A few days later my urge to make Toad in the hole had passed (bought a frozen one from ASDA!), but the sausages were still sitting there. I decided that sausages with such a grand title needed to be enjoyed on their own, so armed with some freshly baked bread rolls from the local bakers, the sausages were placed on the grill and were soon at the mercy of my hungry tum! Whilst cooking, the sausages gave off a delicate aroma of onions. Hardly any fat came out of them and the skins didn't split. When cut open, the sausages were firm and meaty. The sausage meat was coarse and the skins cooked cooked evenly. I cut the sausages in half length ways to put on my sandwich and sat down ready to enjoy. My first bite was really disappointing. The firmness of the meat made the meat really dry and tough to eat. The cheese and caramelised onion were conspicuous by their absence, and if anything the sausages were tasteless rather than enhanced by these additions. Each sausage has 227 cals btw. I left a couple of the sausages until the next day (the other half likes a cold sausage!!!), but to be honest, by the next day they were like rubber and even our vacuum cleaner of a dog wouldn't entertain them! I have had a number of different 'extra special' products from ASDA and have really enjoyed them, but as for the humble sausage...I will be sticking with the less special variety from now on!!!
Pork & Leek, or Cumberland Ring Asda's bangers are extra special.