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I really enjoy doing buffets and often my son will ask me to make a buffet. If its just me and the kids, I make things fairly simple and might do some Chicken wings, Rice, crackers, Salad, and similar such foods. I have been buying Mattessons Smoked Pork Sausage for a long time and this is something else that I will sometimes add to my buffets. It really is absolutely delicious and very tasty indeed.
It is sort of vacuum sealed with an outer wrapper also. It is in a sort of Horseshoe shape. What I always do is cut thin slices and lay them out on a plate. On other occasions, like yesterday; I put some thin slices in bread, with English Mustard spread on the bread and some Pickled Onions on the side!
On the packet I have, Mattessons give some ideas as how to have the sausage; they suggest having it stir fried with Noodles, having it with Penne pasta and also having it as a topping on a Pizza. Really I always stick to eating it cold; it's the way I like it!
There is 95% meat to this Sausage and it comes ready to eat. If you want to eat it hot, you take the sausage out of the outer wrapper but keep it in the clear wrapper; pierce this a few times then microwave on full power for one minute.
Initially until opened this sausage can be stored in the cupboard or Fridge; but once opened must be eaten within 3 days. It can also be frozen.
The taste of this sausage is very meaty; it is also very filling!
Pork (95%), Water, Seasoning (Salt, Citric acid, Stabiliser (Sodium polyphosphates), Flavourings, Preservative (Sodium nitrate)
This delicious sausage is quite fattening though, and for ¼ of the sausage (57g) there are 177 kcals.
This original smoked Pork sausage currently costs £1.48 at Asda; you can get other varieties including Garlic and Hot & Spicy.
I wouldn't say its great value for money; in fact in my view it's a little bit expensive but it really does taste good. This product is deserving of 4 Dooyoo stars in my opinion
We often have a pack of this in the fridge. It keeps a while in the fridge therefore if we fancy using this in the many ways we do, then it is usually on hand.
This only comes in the 1 pack size. Not sure of the weight of this, but it is a U shaped Sausage which is sealed in a plastic bag, and all wrapped in an outer layer. This costs about £1.40.
You get this in a few different flavours, but I like the Original the best. You get a Garlic one, a Hot and Spicy one, and a reduced Fat one.
You can cut this as thin or thick as you want. I like this as a good enough thickness, but not too thick. You get an outer edge to this which is a dark shiny brown, and the inside part which is a Juicy Smoked Sausage taste. You can eat this hot or cold and I like it both ways.
We use this in Toasties, Sandwiches, and on Pizza the most, even the dog likes it, so she gets the odd bit in with her lunch.
Unfortunately this is quite high in fat, but is nice and flavoursome.
A nice Sausage that has a good strong taste and tastes like a premium brand, which it is.
I love this Smoked Pork Sausage from Mattessons, it's wicked cold staight out of the fridge or you can cook with it so it's very versatile and not that expensive either even though the price has gone up a bit recently.
It comes sort of vacuum packed into a plastic wrapper and you have to cut this open and put the sausage into another container when you first use it.
The sausage has got a wicked smokey pork flavour, it's got the texture of a frankfurter and not a fresh sausage but but it's sooooo nice and addictive that I could eat it every day! The texture of the sausage is quite firm so you can cut it into thin slices if you want to without it blobbing out everywhere like proper sausage would. It's also quite chewy while you're eating it but that's good because it means a small piece will fell like you're eating a big one.
The sausage is quite salty tasting but in a nice way and the smoked flavour is just right. It's not too strong or too weak, I've had other versions of this Mattessons sausage and am not too mad on them so it's deffo the smokey flavour of this that makes it so special for me.
Like I said you can just hack bits off from the fridge and munch them but you can also mix this sausage with pasta for a pasta salad, you don't need to warm it up because of it being ready to eat. Or I sometimes slice some up thin and throw it in the wok just before my prawn stir fry is done, the sausage makes it taste a lot more meaty and filling than just having prawns and vegetables.
Another nice thing that I found out last night was to add some cubes cut small of the sausage to scrambled egg a couple of minutes before it's finished. They warm through nice and give the eggs a lovely smokey flavour that goes proper nice with the creamy egg.
This is my first review of a food but I feel compelled to write because oh, what a food it is! Mattessons smoked sausages have been around for many many years, I remember them from my childhood 20-25 years ago. Although there are now a few varieties available (garlic, hot, low fat) this is the original. And the best!
Taste of course is a subjective thing, but Mattessons smoked sausage tastes perfect to me, meaty and savoury but without being too strong or overpowering. The texture is perfect too, some other smoked sausages have hard 'gristly' bits in them, or a tough plasticky skin which needs to be removed before eating. Not so Mattessons.
'Cooking' is easy. It's actually already cooked so just needs heated up. If you're cooking anything else the sausage can be chopped up and put in the same pan, or if you want to keep it whole just put the smoked sausage (in its plastic cover) in with your boiling potatoes or veg, or heat on its own in the microwave. But it can also be eaten cold.
The best thing though, is that it's so versatile. We always have a few packs in the house because a) we love it! and b) it's the perfect accompaniment to almost any meal when you've forgotten to take something else out of the freezer! Have you made a bolognaise but forgot to defrost the mince? No problem, add some chopped Mattessons smoked sausage. Forgot to defrost those chicken breasts for a curry? Add Mattessons! Honestly, it goes with just about anything. We use it in rice and pasta dishes, with mash and vegetables, through various soups, and even use it cold on sandwiches or chopped up in salads. In fact, one of my favourite snacks after a night out is some smoked sausage with cheese between two slices of bread (ketchup on one side, mayo on the other) done in a sandwich toaster!
'Mmm Mattessons' is what it says on the pack, and they're not wrong!
There's no excuse for eating Mattessons Smoked Pork Sausages. They're like the Kentucky Fried Chicken of processed pork products - wrong on every level, yet once you have the taste for them....so good.
According to recent advice courtesy of the World Health Organization, for the sake of the health of their colons, people shouldn't be eating smoked pork products AT ALL - and especially and particularly not highly-processed pork like you get in a U-shaped sausage. Probably the meat is of questionable quality - it's got a frankly, worrying 'mechanically recovered and reformed' kind of texture to it and it's not unusual to find the odd, largeish, semi-transparent gristly bit that you have to discard quickly, without thinking about it. Worse, most likely the meat's come from poor-welfare-standard animals - and what they've done to it to make it taste so good - in terms of artificial flavourings and enhancers, not to mention the colourants that turn it that appetising shade of pale pink inside, plus the preservatives and so on - because before opening, this 'wet' meat product (it's by no means a trendy air-dried Continental salami, or anything like that) doesn't even have to be stored in the fridge! And it's salty. Really really salty. With very likely a pretty high fat content - and of course it's pork fat, which is your ticket-to-a-heart-bypass bad fat - too. And all that's bad for you too, isn't it?
So as I say, Matthesson's U-shaped sausages as a product are wrong on every level. I'm too scared even to LOOK at the ingredients / nutrition list on the one I've got in my cupboard (the one that'll last there for months and months at room temperature before the 'best before' date).
Problem is, artificial, bad-for-you, bad-for-animals or not, these sausages are really quite tasty.
And if you heat them up, the flavours get more intense and even better! (The texture improves too). Whatever 'glue' it is that hold the (mechanically recovered) meat together in the main body of the sausgae sort of liquifies and makes the product extra salty! Talk about versatile! You can boil it in the bag (the outer wrappper, with picutres on, is just flimsy wrapping - inside the sausage is sealed into a heavy-duty vaccum pouch that'll withstand almost anything - within reason), or shallow fry the sausage, or pop it in the oven. They aren't great for long cooking - say, in a Jambalaya - as they definitely tend to lose flavour, but on the other hand they are particularly good deep-fried. (In Scotland, you can get a half-sausage deep-fried from the chip shop, one of the few things I really miss about the place).
Some of the discount supermarkets - Lidl and Aldi and such - sell a similar looking product for probably a lower price (the 'original and best' Matthesson's version costs about £1.40 for one big 'U') but they aren't nearly so good - especially after the 'fry test'.
I can't in good conscience recommend this product as it's something none of us should be eating. And yet.....sometimes I find I have to succumb...
Mattessons Smoked Pork Sausage
A non descript packet. Showing the large sausage contained within. Once inside the sausage is further wrapped in a vac sealed plastic sleeve.
Costs vary but on average it will set you back around £1.50
Smell and Look
Even before opening the vac pac you can smell the smoky pork, delish. When the Vacuum pack is opened you are immediately hit by the aroma of the rich smoky smell. The sausage itself looks massive, in its horseshoe shape. It is firm and gratefully looks appetising; after all they say the first bite is with the eye.
Once cut into it actually looks like a large firm hot dog sausage. But don't be fooled it really is lovely, if a little unhealthy.
It has a good 'bite' to it, a bit like a hot dog sausage only far firmer. The taste is thankfully not too over powering and you do get the right mix of traditional sausage with the smoky taste and a distinctive pork flavour.
Well there is not much you can't use this for,
Chopped fine and thrown into a salad or sliced a bit thicker and added as an extra pizza topping. You can dice it and pop it in your stir fry or perhaps simply microwave it and have it on a sandwich which is my preferred method when working my 2nd night shift, which for some reason I am always hungrier on.
You could if you really wanted to be bad, fry it and have it as a hot toasty snack but have never been inclined to add anything more in the way of grease or fat to this snacky sausage.
Or another favourite way is to chop it up and mix it in with scrambled eggs on toast, very tasty.
Worth a try and definitely worth having one in the back of the fridge. It can be eaten as a snack or part of a main meal. Ok it is not the healthiest food you will have but for the occasional treat it will satisfy your stomach and your taste buds.
The kids will love it but then they always love the unhealthy stuff. They will especially love it with tomato sauce for dipping it into.
There is a reduced fat version and will be trying that next and will let you know the main differences, if any.
Nutritional Info per 100g.
19g Fat !!
8.6g saturated fat
Give it a try, just not too often.
The main reason I like these is that they don't have that horrible skin round them like most sausages. I'm not a great lover of sausages so I was quite surprised with this as it has a much firmer texture and a bit more bite and flavour to it.
As others have said, it comes vacuum sealed in a U-shape. It can be eaten hot or cold, cut up into slices or cubes, eaten whole - any way you like really. I usually fry slices of it and add them to a pasta bake - makes a good change from other traditional meats like mince and chicken. And it adds a nice smokey flavour to the dish. Really easy to cook too as you just need to heat them up.
The only downside to this product is that it is not one of the healthiest things you can eat. They are full of fat and a few nasties but so is everything that tastes good! There is a reduced fat version but it probably still is not very good for you.
If there's one thing I love with a salad it's a few slices of Mattesson's Smoked Pork Sausage, which for those of you who don't know is a ready cooked sausage that can be found in the chiller cabinet in the supermarket.
It's a food that is often overlooked as being of similar nutritional standards, but surprisingly a 60g serving (which when sliced is quite a lot) contains 157 calories and 7.9g of saturated fat - which is admittedly not great but compared to 'real' sausage this is pretty good and very tasty to boot!
The sausage can be eaten hot or cold, personally I prefer it cold as it has a consistency that lends itself well to salads and as an accompaniment to baked potato. Having said that, I do have it warm on top of home made pizza as my granddaughters' absolutely adore it as an alternative to pepperoni and it's very tasty but does dry out a little too much for my liking.
When cold the sausage has a fairly solid consistency which gives off a rich smoky smell, you really have to use your teeth to bite through it and this is when it releases it's wonderful smoky pork flavour. It's not a posh taste by any means and I'm sure many would snub it for being so synthetic in appearance and flavour, but I personally think it's lovely and it's very syntheticness is what makes it so tasty and versatile.
It's so moreish too, I can easily open a packet of Mattesson's Smoked Pork Sausage in the afternoon and nibble it every time I go to the fridge leaving me with an empty wrapper by 6pm! When I'm not scoffing it by the hand full I have cooked successfully with this sausage on many occasions and also enjoy chunks of it in a pitta bread with a little lettuce and coleslaw. In stir fry it adds a lovely smokiness to the whole dish, it does lose a little flavour perhaps but this seems to be absorbed by the other ingredients in the meal. I do like using it in a sauceless stir fry with baby sweetcorn, beansprouts and a few noodles then stuffing it into a tortilla wrap for a tasty and fairly healthy lunch.
I like the fact that it's so substantial and because it's so full flavoured a little goes a long way, it takes a little chewing so I feel as though this is a really meaty accompaniment to my meal. There are other varieties of Mattesson's sausage if you're not a fan of smoked flavours, I've tried the garlic one before and recommend that although find the lower fat version a little bland in flavour.
This pork sausage is a bargain at around £1.49 from most supermarkets, even as a tasty little snack this is a reasonable price but considering you can use it as a low cost way to bulk up a family meal I think it represents very good value for money. It might not be the best quality meat product on the market but it's tasty and satisfying so things could be worse!
I'm fond of the humble Matteson's Pork Sausage. Back in the day you used to only get this variety, whereas thesedays you get this one, reduced fat, Hot and spicy and Garlic flavours.
So what is this? It is a Smoked Pork Sausage. The sausage is a kind of u shaped sausage, and you have to cut it up yourself. This way you can slice it thin, or cut it into thick chunks, however you like it.
The sausage comes sealed in a plastic pouch thing, and the only other packaging is the outer wrapper. The bag shows the sausage on the front and tells a bit about the sausage and the ingredients that go into it. This isn't the healthiest meat for you, and 100g of sausage has 245 calories and 19g of fat, but it is really tasty. The pack size is 227g and normally costs around £1.30. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be on offer much - shame!
There is various ways you can eat this. I like to make this as a toasty, as it tastes great when it is hot and you can smell it as well, which is really yummy. I sometimes microwave this, as you get Smoked Sausage from the Chippy, and this is a slightly healthier way of eating it, as it doesn't have any batter on it, and hasn't been deep fried. My parents use this as a stir fry ingredient as a change from Chicken, so it can be used in many different ways.
A lovely, tasty meat that goes with nearly anything.
Mattesons sausage has got be one of the best sausages around its very quick and easy to make and you can also have it cold.
It goes realy well with anything i prefer it in a pasta dish with a tomato and basil sauce and a few red peppers.
It has a realy long fridge life aswell, and it is bagged in a 2 layer bag which keeps it realy fresh.
If you dont like the smoked version there is also a plain one or a garlic one aswell something to suit everyone.
My daughter seems to love it aswell she likes it on its own in a sandwhich and she too adores it in pasta.
Its reasonably prices aswell retailing at about £1.40 but you can get a nice meal out of it so works out cheaper than a chicken and other meats.
There is also a reciepe on the back of the packets aswell but it can go with pretty much anything!
Tasty sausage with a smoky taste. Has two levels of packaging so will keep well and stay fresh. A reduced fat version is available for the health conscious who just cannot give up sausages!
It is similar to a hot dog rather than a straight butcher's sausage, espeically in terms of texture. It is smooth in the centre. There is more of a bite than a hot dog though and the smokiness is quite strong. Smells delicious as it is cooking.
Can be eaten hot or cold. Excellent with scrambled eggs and tomatoes, in a stir fry or just in a sandwich with tomato ketchup.
Varies greatly but generally about a pound if you can find an offer. IF not, about £1.25.
78% pork .
Soya and Wheat Milk
Nutritional Values per 100g:-
8.6g saturatesd fat
(I have written this review once and for some reasons dooyoo didn't register it! RAAAAR!! So this one is much watered down version because I am in a grump!)