“ Type: Meat „
I have rediscovered the delights of Breakfast Sausage after a few years out of contact. Needless to say it is better than ever, ideally served on buttered toast as a meaty breakfast treat. Yum
Cost (@ 19.9.08): 99p for a 125g pack which contains 8 small slices
Nutritional Information (per 100g):
- of which sugars: 0.3g
- of which starch: 14.4g
- of which saturates: 4.5g
- mono-unsaturates: 5.1g
- polyunsaturates: 0.9g
- of which sodium: 0.70g
Pork (84%), breadcrumbs (wheat flour, yeast, salt), salt, wheat flour, Spices: white pepper, mace, ginger, Antioxidant: Ascorbic acid, Preservative: Sodium nitrite
Description on pack:
A cured, cooked and lightly smoked pork sausage
Contains wheat gluten
Produced from British pork. Keep refrigerated and use within 2 days of opening. Do not exceed use-by date. Ready to eat cold.
Sainsbury's Pork Breakfast Sausage comes in a clear, hard plastic square pack with a soft removable plastic cover. Glued to the plastic cover is a paper label which is royal blue, and contains all the nutritional and dietary information. This product can be found in the chilled delicatessen section of any Sainsbury's supermarket.
The pack contains 18 small sliced circles of Pork Breakfast Sausage, and though 3 of these slices is recommended as a single serving, I find that to be a laughably conservative estimate, as I'd guess that most people would need at least half the pack, 9 slices, to satisfy their appetite. The colour of the Breakfast Sausage is a dull, pinkish brown and on opening the pack, gives off a good, porky and spicy aroma. The slices are laid overlapping one another in two uniform columns within the pack.
The taste of this Breakfast Sausage is nice and spicy and the consistency is rather dry for this type of product, but not unpleasantly so. The texture is firm and meaty, and is not intended to be for spreading....just as well, because it isn't spreadable. The taste of the mace comes through strongly, giving the whole product an unusual yet delicious flavour which blends well with most things such as mashed or jacket potatoes, chips, salad, and it makes great sandwiches - I in general prefer wholemeal bread to white, but I find that Sainsbury's Pork Breakfast Sausage tastes better made into a sandwich using white bread.
I have been buying this product since the mid 1970s, and though nobody I've known over the years seems to have heard of it, let alone tried it, it must be a good seller for Sainsbury's, otherwise I'm sure they'd have discontinued the line a long time ago.
This by far is and always has been since the mid 1970s, my very favourite cold meat - I believe lots of people these days refer to this kind of cold meat product as "lunch meat", even though Sainsbury's call it "Breakfast Sausage". I have never tried it for breakfast and don't think it would go too well with fried eggs or cornflakes and toast - I prefer to eat it as a light meal with a salad, or as a late night snack in between two slices of buttered bread.
The flavour is rich, spicy, good and as it states on the pack, slightly smoky - but having said that, I feel it for some people could be a somewhat acquired taste, and that might be due to the pronounced addition of mace to the basic Sainsbury's recipe.
Sadly the fat and salt content of this product is rather higher than most health experts would recommend, but it does have a good level of protein and the wonderful taste is enough on its own to ease any guilty conscience experienced by indulging in something "sinful".
This Breakfast Sausage has not changed at all in flavour or quality over the last three decades, and as long as Sainsbury's continue to produce it, I shall continue to buy it.
If you want a cold meat to fill your sandwiches or have with salad that has a slightly unusual yet very delicious flavour, I recommend you try this - don't let the rather unusual colour put you off, as it tastes brilliant.
Thanks for reading!!!
Cured, cooked and lightly smoked pork.