“ Brand: Linda McCartney / Type: Vegetarians „
PRICE: £1.49 for a pack of 6 @ my local Sainsbury's (currently on offer for £1)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per sausage roll):-
(of which sugars): 1.8g
(of which saturates): 3.1g
(of which sodium): 0.3g
Rehydrated textured wheat protein, wheat flour, water, vegetable oil, salt, mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids, onion, natural flavouring, peas, methylcellulose, salt, wheat starch
Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
Vegetarian Society Approved
Contains wheat and gluten
Being a great lover of sausage rolls, yet too lazy to make them myself and hating the gristly particles which can turn up in some commercially made varieties, I sometimes buy Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Sausage Rolls when the craving hits.
The design on the packaging is a brownish background with an image of a few cooked sausage rolls on the front. The rear and sides of the thin card box show nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage and cooking instructions, recycling advice and the manufacturer's contact details.
The quite good-sized sausage rolls nestle inside of the box, and they aren't wrapped in any kind of paper or cellophane. Even when frozen, I have mostly found that they don't stick together, so can easily be removed ready for cooking. The appearance of the sausage rolls is quite basic, in that there are no decorative scoring patterns on the tops. Each sausage roll is about four inches long, and I'd guess approximately five inches in circumference.
These sausage rolls, because they are raw, can't be cooked in a microwave oven, although they can be re-heated in one after having been cooked in a conventional oven. I find they take a little longer to completely cook than the instructions on the packet suggest - I give them an extra five minutes. If I stick to the manufacturer's instructions, I find that the pastry doesn't cook all the way through, which can make the end product a little on the soggy side.
When the sausage rolls are cooked, the pastry goes a nice golden colour. The filling looks a little greasy, it being a tired greyish hue, but is well proportioned in balance with the pastry. Possibly due to the high fat content in both the pastry and the filling, I find that providing a non-stick baking tray is used, there is no need to grease it, as the sausage rolls slip off easily onto a cooling rack or a plate.
On sampling, the pastry is light, but although it does have a good flaky texture, it isn't quite as flaky as some other, non-vegetarian brands of sausage roll. The filling is soft and easy to bite into, but I find it has a rather glutinous consistency which I'm not too fond of. I like my flaky pastry to have a pronounced buttery flavour, but to me the pastry on these sausage rolls tastes as if it has been made with lard, which it obviously hasn't been as it is a vegetarian/vegan product. The filling also has a cloying greasiness present, which I find makes it and the pastry stick to the roof of my mouth, and that is quite unpleasant. Another slight problem for me with the filling is that although it tastes fine whilst it is in my mouth and being chewed, a little while after swallowing, I'm left with a slight after-taste which is chemical in nature.
However, despite the stodgy consistency of the filling, plus its slight after-taste and the overall greasiness of these sausage rolls, they are an acceptable vegetarian alternative to the carnivore variety which can sometimes be of very questionable quality.
The way I personally get the best experience from eating Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Sausage Rolls, is to let them thaw before cooking, and cut them into bite-sized pieces. That way, I find they bake more evenly and cut down on the risk of stodginess in the pastry. The filling is improved by cooking for longer than the recommended instructions, as it then dries out a bit which removes some of the glutinous effect. I don't buy this product often, but do find it to be an acceptable alternative to the meat variety.
One big downside of these sausage rolls is that they are very high in fat and calories, so it probably isn't a good idea to eat too many at one sitting - that's something I personally am unable to do though.
Overall, Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Sausages is a moderately decent product, but I personally would never buy them unless on special offer (as they currently are at my local Sainsbury's), because I feel that when full-priced, the quantity in the packet isn't worth paying more than £1 for. This for me is a very up and down product which has its swings and roundabouts, but is definitely acceptable, even with its faults.
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Linda McCartney's sausage rolls are one of the first ready made vegetarian products I ever bought. I have switched to eating more food that is authentically vegetarian rather than a meat substitute now, simply because there is a lot more choice. There is still a place for a few old favourites though, and the sausage rolls is one of them.
Linda McCartney make a large range of meat-free products, many of them variations of traditional dishes such as shephards pie. This means the range is a good place to start if you are a new vegetarian and miss your meaty foods. I was the same when I first gave up meat. They are of course also a convenient way to have a meat free meal when you don't have time to cook from scratch.
The sausage rolls are a frozen product, and can be found with other similar veggie foods. I think they are one of the most widely distributed items in the Linda McCartney range so you should be able to find them in most supermarkets. I usually pay between £1 and £1.39 for the pack of 6, with about £1.29 being the average price. They are frequently on offer somewhere though.
These particular sausage rolls are about 10cm long so they aren't bite sized. I have on occasion cut them up to use on a buffet, but the pastry is so flaky that this isn't a very tidy operation, so I tend to stick to buying small ones from other ranges. For most uses though, these are fine, and just the right size to finish in one go. I have mentioned the flaky pastry, but I suspect most people will be curious to know what the "meat" filling is made of. In this case, it is textured soya and wheat protein, along with flavourings. This tastes a lot bnetter than it sounds!
The rolls are cooked in an oven, where they take 15-20 minutes. I cook them for the 20 minutes, because I think they can be lacking in colour if baked for less time. They are pale when you get them out of the packet, and do not look especially fat. Thankfullly, their appearance is much improved at the end of the cooking time. The puff pastry has risen properly, and looks nice and golden, providing I have given them those few extra minutes. You are recommended to brush the tops with milk or soya milk prior to baking, which helps the pastry achieve a good finish. I especially appreciate the fact that the base cooks properly too, rather than remaining on the soft and soggy side.
I prefer to eat them hot, and in fact I often succumb and eat one early if I do decide to let them cool completely! For a picnic though, I do eat the rolls cold, and they still taste good. The pastry is crispy, and flaky, making a good contrast to the softer filling. It does make the rolls a little bit messy to eat on the go. The first time I took these with me on a train, I caused such a mess that I had to improvise a newspaper dustpan and brush. The filling taste of "proper" sausage, with a mild savoury aftertaste. I can taste a little bit of onion but it isn't strong. There is just enough seasoning to prevent blandness but they don't have the herby taste of some sausage meat. The centre is perhaps softer than some traditional versions, but I like it's smoothness. I find them a satisfying snack on their own, but also a susbstantial accompaniment to a salad, or even baked beans and mashed potato when I really feel like comfort food! However I have them, I appreciate how easy they are to prepare and how quick.
I would recommend that you give these a try. They taste good both hot and cold and are a versatile extra for your freezer. Fat wise, they contain 3.3g per sausage roll, which is less than many cheaper meat varieties, so they may also appeal to meat eaters looking to reduce their fat intake. They are described as vegan friendly too.
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Having been a vegetarian since I learned to read (and foiled my mum's claim that pork sausages were 'man made' by reading the ingredients in the freezer aisle), I have been pleasantly surprised by the volume of vegetarian foods available in more recent years. One such product that graces my shopping trolley whenever I run out, is these Linda McCartney vegetarian sausage rolls. These are also vegan friendly and free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, making them a good choice for children as well, if not for the vegetarian properties.
They are claimed to be "cumberland style" and I can't say whether this is really true or not, but I can say they are delicious! The filling is smooth and not too chewy and the pastry is light and flaky, just the right amount of crispy and crumbly. The pastry to filling ratio is brilliant too I think, you get the taste of each in equal measure. And, if you misjudge timings when cooking your tea (as I often do) then they are just as delicious when the pastry is a little softer and less well done too. Although you may not like this if you hate soggy pastry, as they are a bit soft and soggy-ish when slightly underdone. They do cook relatively quickly though, only needing 15-20 minutes from frozen at 220C/425F/gas 7 (unsuitable for microwave cooking). I have to say though, the most I can eat in one meal is 3, as they get a bit sickly to me after that. I can't quite put my finger on why though, they're not overly sweet or rich, they really are lovely.
They come simply in a cardboard box, with no plastic bag inside containing the 6 sausage rolls. I love this, as excess packaging bugs me. The box is sourced from sustainable forests and of course fully recyclable too. The front shows some yummy sausage rolls and a brief nutritional breakdown for 2 sausage rolls and the back obviously displays the cooking directions, ingredients and full nutritional info, as you would expect.
I would definitely recommend you give these a go, they are really tasty and as mentioned free from artificial ingredients. These are far from very healthy though with 2 containing a whole third of your guideline daily allowance (GDA) of saturated fat and almost a quarter of your GDA of salt (these values will be higher for children). So not really something you want to eat all the time! They are often on special for £1 which is a great price in my opinion. When not on special though they are still a decent price, around the £1.50-£1.70 mark if I remember correctly (it's been that long since I bought them outside of some kind of offer!)
Ingredients: rehydrated textured soya and wheat protein, wheat four, vegetable oil (salt, emulsifier: mono & di glycerides of fatty acids), onion, natural flavouring, pea and wheat protein, stabiliser (methylcellulose), salt.
Contains: soya, wheat, gluten
Nutritional info (per sausage roll): Calories 148; protein 8.8g; carbs 11.5g (of which sugars 1.7g); fat 7.5g (saturates 3.3g); fibre 0.7g; salt 0.7g.
Linda McCartney vegetarian range is made with the recopies created by Linda McCartney, the late wife of Sir Paul McCartney. The range of foods produced by the company have increased and they have a larger range than previously. All food is 100% vegetarian and meat free and some foods are suitable for vegans as well. They also make sausages, lasagne, burgers, mince and cottage pie. I have only tried the sausage rolls and sausages from the range.I am not sure how long the sausage rolls have been around for but I do remember eating them as a child so they must have been around for at least 10-12 years.
They can be cooked straight from the freezer and are cooked in the oven. The oven is pre-heated to 2000/Gas mark 7 and placed in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes. To give it a golden brown appearance lightly coat with milk, rice or soya milk. I don't do this partly because I cant be bothered and also because I am prone to making a mess. The rolls need to be placed face down so the ridge is at the bottom because if its at the top then the pastry will open up and the sausage will be visible and it will look like a hot dog rather than a sausage roll.
These are delicious sausages wrapped in crispy soft and airy pastry. What I noticed most about the rolls is that they are morish but surprisingly don't have a huge salt content. Most ready meals and quick fix foods are high in salt. The pastry is really puffy, soft and crumbly. I eat them either as a meal with chips and beans or as a snack by itself. They are very filling and I cant eat more than 2 with a meal. As I have been a vegetarian all my life I cannot comment on its likeness to meat.
Each sausage roll contains 160 calories, 3.1g of saturated fat and 0.3g of salt. These are moderate in terms of fat and calories but they contains protein and some fibre so although they are not high sugar or fat foods they should be eaten in moderation. I was expecting better nutritional content but it is better than a high fat pizza.
A pack of 6 rolls costs £1.89ish full price but I always get them when they are £1 or 2 for £2 which is the same thing. I buy them from Tesco but I assume that they can be bought from most supermarkets.
Linda McCartney vegetarian sausage rolls can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets and retail at around £1.20 for a box of 6. The rolls are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are made to replicate a traditional sausage roll. The rolls come uncooked and frozen ready to bake at home.
The rolls come packaged in a cardboard box, the box is sourced and made from sustainable forests and is fully recyclable. The front of the box shows a large photograph of the finished product (quite an idealistic photograph in my opinion - the cooked rolls never seem to look quite this good). On the back of the pack is a list of ingredients , nutritional information and cooking guidelines.
Energy Kj - 620kj
Energy kcal - 148kcals
Carbohydrate 11.5g Of which sugars 1.7g
Fat 7.5g Of which saturates 1.7g
Fibre - 0.7g
Salt 0.7g Of which sodium 0.3g
This product contains soya, wheat and gluten.
It is advised for best results to cook the rolls from frozen. Simply remove from packaging, place the rolls seam side down on a baking tray, brush with milk (or milk alternative if vegan) and cook in middle of oven for 15 - 20 mins at 220C/425F/Gas7.
***My thoughts on the product***
The rolls are quick and easy to prepare, ideal for those times you need something quick and easy to cook. The cooking guidelines say to cook for 15 - 20 mins, I find they take around 20 - 25 mins in my oven (which is fan assisted so in theory cooking time should be decreased not increased). The rolls do seem to take quite a while to go a nice golden brown colour on top, after 15 mins they still look white and rather uncooked. Once cooked I do find they tend to stick to the baking sheet a little bit and have to be forcibly removed with the aide of a metal spatula.
The rolls smell great when they come out of the oven, the smell of freshly cooked pastry always hard to resist. Visually they look almost as good as they smell, golden brown on top a bit paler on the sides and look much like the traditional sausage roll.
Tastewise these rolls really do taste quite good. The pastry is light and flaky but a little thinner than I would like and a little greasy. The filling is a very nice texture, quite soft and very tasty. The taste I liken to sosmix (a dried vegetarian sausage mix that you mix with water). The combination of the crisp flaky texture of the pastry works really well with the softer centre. I am always quite dubious of products which try to replicate 'meat' products but this one really does work. I have tried these both hot and cold and enjoy them equally both ways. A tasty alternative to the sausage roll and without doubt the best vegetarian sausage rolls I have ever tasted.
The Linda McCartney meals were launched in 1991 by Linda McCartney. She was a committed vegetarian who died from breast cancer in 1998.
Her range of meat free meals were a success but it was sold in 2006. Apparently the McCartney family are still involved with the brand.
The sausage rolls come in a cardboard box that can be recycled and there are 6 sausage rolls in the box. They are quite big, about the size you can buy from a bakery (not the huge size though).
They can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets and cost about £2.
They are also suitable for vegans. But contain gluten, wheat and soya (for allergy advice).
They look like any sausage roll and have sausage meat in the middle (obviously not), to cook you place them on a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes. It tells you to brush with milk or egg but I never do this. Sometimes I cut them in half before cooking depending on if they are just for eating or we are having a buffet.
As with all sausage rolls you should cook with the seal part (the overlappining pastry) down on the baking tray, that way the meat part won't come out whilst cooking.
Once cooked some would say they stick to the tray but I don't find this happens very often as I always rinse the tray first and leave it damp. For some reason it doesn't seem to happen then. These sausage rolls are quite messy to eat as the pastry is all flakey.
When ever anyone eats vegetarian food one of the main questions is 'does it taste like meat'. Well I only ever cook these now even for meat eaters and they eat them, children never comment and don't notice the difference but a lot of adults think they are tastier.
From what I can remember about meat sausage rolls these to me are tastier which would be because of the flavours that are added. So try them most of you would like them.
I love Linda McCartney branded food, it has so much more taste and texture that Quorn and other main stream vegetarian brands. I have never eaten a real meat sausage roll, so the only thing I can compare them to is other brand versions.
The other sausage rolls I have tried are ASDA, Quorn, Realeat, and Holland And Barratts own make. Some tend to be really spicy with funny hard bits in the middle which I personally dont like whereas Linda McCartney's are soft all the way through with lovely light pastry. The pastry on the other branda varies, from stodgy, tasteless or, in ASDA'a case, the pastry is quite nice! The only thing I@d warn you about is they are RED HOT when they come out the oven so leave them for a few minutes before eating one.
The prices range from £1 to about £1.50 depending if theres special offers on or not. I buy Linda McCartney from Iceland as its only £1 for a box of 6. If I buy the asda brand I get 2 boxes for £3 so the value isnt as good, however you are able to mix and match from the veggie range. Also, you get 6 sausage rolls in a box what I do is cut each one into 3 and then I have 18 sausage rolld which are perfect for parties or lunchboxes.
All in all, I think everyone should at least try them out even if it is just to see if anyone notices the difference - I'm told they taste like meat sausage rolls - so why not give them a try and review them from a meat eaters point of view?
I have been a vegetarian for about 15 years now and in that time I think I have tried nearly every product on sale in Tesco and Sainsburys! This is one of my all time favorites though, and I feel the need to spread the word as they are quite hard to find and I want them to become so popular that they sell them everywhere!
Linda McCartney products are generally made of soya, so they are based on a different product than Quorn. Linda McCartney sausage rolls come in a cardboard container which is great for recycling. You get six rolls in a pack. They are best kept frozen. When you take them out, they are uncooked, they are frozen pastry and feel floury to the touch. Place them on a baking tray and cook for around 25 minutes (check the box for actual guidelines). As they are cooking the smell delicious, a baking smell (as they are almost being cooked from scratch) fills the whole kitchen.
Once cooked they can be eaten hot or cold. They are a great snack for the lunch box the next day. They pastry is light and fluffy and tastes freshly made. It crumbles quite a bit when you eat it so make sure you are somewhere where mess is acceptable. Cold they are less light and fluffy but still delicious. The combination of the light pastry and the soft thin sausage make a winning vegetarian combination! I haven't even looked at the calories....
I really wish that I could like these sausage rolls more than I do. I love Linda McCartney sausages - and - eaten in moderation - think they are a useful and tasty addition to my meals but the sausage rolls don't do it for me.
Maybe this is because I generally make my own vegan sos rolls with a packet of puff pastry jus roll and some meatfree sausage mix that you have to hydrate and these are pretty tasty. Linda's don't compare.
The sausage rolls come in a basic cardboard box with a great picture of the product on the front and the Linda Macca logo. The box has a brown colour scheme and declares the product to be vegan friendly and free from artificial colours and preservatives. The back of the box contains cooking instructions, ingredients and a serving suggestion. I really like the packaging of this product because it not excessive; it's just a recyclable cardboard box that readily houses the six sausage rolls. Sometimes I don't even need to recycle it, I just rip it up small and put it in the compost bin.
Frozen, the sausage rolls are small, hard and compact - about 8cm long. Cooked, the rolls are puffed up and soft, looking much larger than in their frozen state. You can alter the appearance by brushing the top of the rolls with milk or egg to make shiny. This is what I think has occurred with the rolls pictured on the packet. I generally do not and the actual appearance is much paler and less appetizing than the picture on the pack.
Rehydreated textured wheat protein, wheatflour, water, vegetable oil (contains emulsifier, salt and di-glycerides of fatty acids), onion, natural flavouring, wheat and pea protein, stabilizer (Metylcellulose), salt.
Looking at an older ingredients list, I believe this recipe has been tweaked to reduce hydrogenated fat and make a little healthier.
The allergy advice is that it contains wheat and gluten.
Cooking the Sausage Rolls
For best results - it is wise to cook from frozen (convenient). The rolls take around 20 mins in a hottish oven (220 C). They need to be golden brown all over the package states. I usually find that the rolls are a pale brown (I have not brushed egg on them prior to cooking) when cooked and a deeper brown on the base.
Eating the Rolls
The rolls are a good substantial size when cooked. At this point, you could chop them into smaller rolls for a party (a bit of flaking occurs). The pastry is generally quite light and crispy when cooked and I like it. However, I find the filling quite dense. A person eating one of these rolls that I gave to her said of it, "It tastes a bit like I'm eating a fat finger in puff pastry." This is not quite the reaction you desire when handing out a snack at a veggie buffet. This response showed me that it was not just me that wasn't chuffed with them. A good dollop of tomato ketchup helps in the consumption of these rolls, I feel.
I think these are a worthwhile addition to the veggie freezer purely for the convenience factor; it is much easier to pop some of these in the oven than faff about with packet puff pastry and some dehydrated filling. I prefer to do the latter - but time does not always allow.
I absolutely love these sausage rolls!
You get a pack of 6 for £1.45 (thats with Sainsburys, I haven't found them on the Tesco website recently), so that's about 25p per sausage roll. They are in the frozen food section, and are best cooked in the oven from frozen, which takes around 15-20 minutes (depending on personal preference).
I've been veggie for 12 years, and so I don't think I can remember the taste of meat and things like sausage rolls. However, when I was a kid I loved sausage rolls so when I came across a pack of these in the freezer section several years ago I just had to try them. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
They go into the oven on a standard baking tray. After about 15 minutes in the oven, the pastry starts to puff up. I usually take mine out once it is starting to puff up, as by this point the filling will be cooked, and I like the pastry to be very light and fluffy, not crunchy. But you can leave them in for longer if you prefer the pastry to be browned and crispy.
The filling, which is made from wheat protein, is lightly seasoned and very soft when you cut through it and bite into it. It smells delicious and it delivers. Although I've forgotton the taste of a "real" sausage roll, I know that this tastes different. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's different but still delicious. The pastry is soft and the filling has a nice soft texture which has a good flavour to it.
I like to cook a couple of these for my dinner, to have with chips and some salad or veg, but at the same time I cook a couple more which I allow to cool and then put in the fridge to take to work for my lunch the following day. The packet also says you can cut the sausage rolls into smaller pieces to use as party sized ones, but I have never tried this.
I would recommend you give these a go, whether you're vegetarian or not - they're not the same as meat sausage rolls, but they're still very tasty and are quick and easy to cook!
I think these sausage rolls are simply wonderful! They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans (yay!) and the allergy advice says: Contains wheat, gluten and sulphur dioxide.
They come in a cardboard box (recyclable or compostable) and are found in the freezer section of your supermarket. I buy mine in Sainsbury's where they cost £1.45 for a box of six sausage rolls.
It's recommended that you always cook them from frozen but I've let mine thaw a bit before and the quality hasn't been affected. You bake them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on 220ºC/Gas Mark 7. You can glaze them with egg, cow's milk, soya milk or rice milk before cooking if you want them to brown a lot but they cook just as well without it. They don't have a strong smell while cooking.
You have to place them with the folded side facing downwards to stop them opening up but sometimes they still manage to. They don't stick to the pans very much except at the ends where the sausage 'meat' sticks out a bit.
Once they've been cooked you can let them cool and eat them cold later but they're not as nice like this.
The pastry is lovely and flaky, which can mean they get a bit messy if you're not eating them over a plate (my keyboard still has pastry crumbs in it!). The pastry can taste a little salty so you won't need to put any extra salt on them.
The sausage bit inside can sometimes be a bit soggy (I guess it would depend on how well you've cooked them, I do prefer mine slightly underdone) but it still tastes great. I've not had a meat sausage roll in so long I'm afraid I can't compare them but my meat-eating friends have tried them and enjoyed them.
Overall, they make a fantastic meal with potatoes, veg etc. but they're not so good for picnics because of the flakiness of the pastry.
Rehydrated textured wheat protein, wheat flour, water, vegetable oil (contains salt, emulsifier: mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids), onion, natural flavouring, pea and wheat protein, stabiliser: methylcellulose, salt.
Textured wheat protein contains: wheat starch, sodium metabisulphite.
(per sausage roll)
Energy - 668.2kj/159.5kcal
Protein - 7.5g
Carbohydrate - 14.8g
(of which sugars - 1.8g)
Fat - 7.8g
(of which saturates - 3.1g)
Fibre - 0.9g
Salt - 0.7
(of which sodium - 0.3g)