Product Type: Linda McCartney Ready Meals
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Hot doggity dog! These vegetarian sausages sure are good!
Linda McCartney Sausages
Member Name: Ash2508
Linda McCartney Sausages
Date: 20/11/12, updated on 04/02/13 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Nutritional and yummy (even for avid meat eaters!), non GM, low recyclable packaging.
Disadvantages: None I can think of.
These vegetarian sausages may look a bit strange when pulled out of the box as they are a bit white looking because of being frozen, yet they sure are quite tasty when cooked.
There are six in the packet, which is a simple cardboard box with no plastic inner packaging - something that is quite pleasing to folk like me who care about such things and our planet.
They are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Plus I have also tried them on meat eaters who pooh pooh about vegetarian food and they quite enjoyed them. They can be cooked in the oven, or under the grill, or in a fry pan.
Here are some nutritional facts about them, and as you can see the are quite nutritional, as well as the list of ingredients:
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SAUSAGE
Carbohydrate: 4.1g (of which sugars): 1.3g
Fat: 4.4g (of which saturates): 1.8g
Salt: 0.9g (of which sodium): 0.3g
Rehydrated textured wheat protein, vegetable oil, water, pea & wheat protein, dextrose, salt, onion, yeast extract, hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, wheat starch, red iron oxide
They contain wheat, gluten and sulphur dioxide/sulphites
They are free from genetically modified ingredients (Yayyyyyy!!!)
COOKING & SERVING
These sausages can be cooked in the oven, grilled, shallow fried, or even on the barbeque. The latter may help some vegetarians enjoy a BBQ, though perhaps not those who don't like their vegetarian food to be near any meat products or items it has been cooked on. Myself, I am not that strict as I choose to eat mainly vegetarian for health purposes. I haven't tried cooking them under the grill or on the barbeque myself, yet will share a bit about my own experience cooking them in the oven or shallow frying in a fry pan.
My favourite way of cooking and eating them is to cook them in the oven as I like the outer skin to not be too soft and a good tanned sausage colour - like 'normal' sausages - instead of pale (hmm, I sound like I am reviewing a suntan product now!). Cooked in an oven preheated to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6. For a fan forced oven, which mine isn't, reduce the cooking temperature to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. For 1-2 sausages cook for approximately 15 mins turning once until golden brown. For 6 sausages cook for approximately 18-20 mins. I then serve them either with mash potato, onion and tomato gravy, and vegetables or with yorkshire puddings, gravy, boiled or mashed potato, and vegetables.
My second favourite way of cooking these sausages - especially if I want to make a quick casserole, with vegetables and gravy, to serve over mashed potato yet don't want to do in the oven because of trying to keep our power bills down - is to shallow fry them. In our case this is over a gas flame. I don't like a lot of grease or fat in my cooking so I use a non-stick pan, a wee bit of olive oil which I heat a little bit (yet not too much!) before adding the sausages, then I quickly coat the sausages in this heated oil to seal them, cook a bit longer now and then lifting lid to turn them. I lower the heat a bit more and add the vegetables needing a bit more cooking (carrots etc) with some water, cover again and cook a bit more. Uncover and add the vegetables needing less cooking (broccoli etc), with some herbs, spices and seasonings. Then, just before these are fully cooked I add a bit more water and some gravy granules, lower the heat right down and cover with lid again. A bit of tomato paste is lovely in this. Before serving over mashed potato I cut the sausages up into pieces within my 'casserole'.
I don't know about you but this is making me hungry! Anyway, do try them. I think they are really good.
Summary: Really nice and nutritional vegetarian sausages.