“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Vegetarians „
I'm not a veggie but a couple of my mates are so I have the odd thing at their houses and then buy it for myself, most of the vegetarian food is naff but sometimes you find something that tastes wicked and is lower fat than the meat version. These hot dog sausages are delish, you get 10 in a pack for £1.89 so they're not cheap but they deffo taste better for you than the tinned hot dogs.... that have hardly got any meat in them anyway! lol
You nuke them for 2 mins and that's a bonus, I can have a hotdog from the freezer to in a bun and eating within 3 mins! lol
They've got the same sort of texture as a tinned hotdog but are a bit more meaty feeling, they're nice and chewy and have got a nice firm feel as you're eating them. They taste meaty as well... as meaty as a hotdog that is supposed to have meat in it any way. They have got a bit of a smokey flavour but it's definitely not overpowering like some tinned hotdogs you can get.
I think these are nicer than normal hotdogs now, we still get the tinned hotdogs but for quickness and taste I like these better. The only thing is that i'm not mad keen on the smell, it's a weird smell when they've finished cooking but it goes quick so it's not a major problem.
I think these go best in a hotdog bun with onions and ketchup, sometimes I have bbq sauce because it brings the meaty flavour out more. My dad thinks it's stupid having veggie food that tastes and feels like meat but I love it because each sausage has only got 67 calories and that's not bad for a sausage! lol
Recommended..... even if you're not a veggie!!!
I absolutely love hot dogs, but I gave them up several years ago when they topped the 'Worst Foods You Can Eat' list. Impressed that it wasn't some form of fast food up there (McDonald's springs to mind, though I suppose there would have been lawsuits), I immediately gave them up and never touched them since. But I did enjoy them a lot, and so when a glowing review on these Sainsbury's Meat-Free Hot Dogs popped up in the new DooYoo reviews list, I had to go to Sainsbury's and try them out for myself.
It took me a while to locate the cardboard box of hot dogs - they were in the freezer section and there was only one box left, hidden under tons of meat-free burgers. Eventually I pulled it out (I must have looked mental scrabbling through tons of boxes), but be warned - they may not be easy to locate even when you find the frozen veggie food section!!
You get 10 hot dogs and they were about £1.70, though there was a 'Buy 2' offer on that I unfortunately couldn't take advantage of as they were the last ones left. Each hot dog contains 6g of fat, 0.5g of sugar, 0.7g of saturated fat and 83 calories, so they aren't too bad. They are made with soya.
You can cook them on the hob or in the microwave; we did it in the microwave to save on the washing up. They just took a couple of minutes from frozen, and my boyfriend kindly fried some onions for me and sorted out the bread rolls and ketchup for them.
I didn't have much faith that they would taste like real hot dogs, but went ahead anyway. I was expecting them to taste like veggie sausages, and they did look a lot smaller than I expected, so a bit smaller and thinner than actual hot dogs. As we'd bought Sainsbury's jumbo hot dog rolls, it was possible to half the roll lengthways and fit a hot dog in each half, so they are pretty small and you'd want at least two per roll.
Biting in, they were surprisingly similar to regular hot dogs, and they had that lovely taste I missed, but without the cow spine and various other bits of rusk and reformed meat bits. They had no gristle at all, and tasted great - surprisingly meaty! They were a bit paler than regular hot dogs, but maybe if they'd been cooked on the hob they'd have been different. In any case it didn't make much difference when covered with onions! Compared to a regular hot dog they are much tastier and more nutritious, and make a great snack or part of a meal with no effort at all.
Even as a vegetarian you want hassle free fast food from time to time and a hot dog fits the bill. Now a lot of people would argue that hot dogs have never had any meat in them but for us vegetarians we have to have definitive meat free hot dogs and these are the best around.
These long pink/orange sausages are meaty and bendy just like the real thing. They go in the microwave, yes I know the key cooking implement to ruin any food, two at a time for 1 minute 15 seconds (800w). When they come out the skin firm but fleshy and the meat is a consistent texture all the way through. The meat inside the hot dog is soft enough to bite through with ease but firm at the same time. The biggest benefit, like with all vegetarian meat products is you never have to worry about hard fatty lumps in your hot dogs again.
Another big reason I like these is the taste. I find Frankfurters to be overly Smokey and yet these have the slightest hint of smokiness without being strong and the taste is nice but doesn't linger long after you have eaten them. It stays just long enough to enjoy.
I enjoy these as fast, easy comfort food when I really cant be bothered to cook anything. Stick them in a bun with a bit of tomato sauce and they are heavenly. I even got the girlfriend to eat them and she says she can't taste the difference between these and real meat hot dogs. If you want to spice things up then add a bit of friend onion.
The hot dogs come in packs of 10; the packaging is a simple cardboard box, nothing fancy here and are sold for £1.99 or 2 for £3 in my local Sainsbury's.
These are gorgeous, and id throughly recommend getting some.
Personally ive never been a fan of real hotdogs, they are bendy and weird looking and ive always worried was in them, or getting a bit of grissle, yuck!
So i never actually eat one, i just couldnt force myself, even though when saw someone eating one with a beer at a bbq i secretly though, mmm that looks nice.
Then a friend introduced me to these meatfree hot dog sausages. You popped them in the freezer, and when you want one you take one out, pop it on a plate, put in the microwave for about 30 seconds and hey presto its done!
When i tried my first hotdog, i have to say it was delicious, i decided to try a real one, just to compare, and there was no difference in taste, it was amazing. I absolutely adore these hotdogs, you can buy them for a few pounds for a whole bag and they are quick and nutrious snack.
Make sure you buy american mustard and drizzle over the top with some tomato ketchup! Delicious!
Recently i also tried this hot dogs in a toad in the hole and they were gorgeous, and worked a treat.
My advice would be to try these next time you are in sainsbury, they are out of this world and are so handy to have.
Cost: £1.99 per 300g pack which contains 10 sausages
Calories: 236 per 100g - 71 per sausage
KJ: 990 per 100g - 297 per sausage
Protein: 18g per 100g - 5.4g per sausage
Carbohydrate: 7.6g per 100g - 3.4g per sausage
Fat: 15g per 100g - 4.5g per sausage
Fibre: 1g per 100g - 0.3g per sausage
Salt: 1.5g per 100g - 0.5g per sausage
Allergy advice printed on the packet: Contains egg, mustard, wheat, gluten and soya. Not suitable for sesame allergy sufferers. Made to a nut free recipe in a nut free environment.
Country of origin: Israel
Though I do eat them and sometimes can enjoy them, I'm not a great fan of meat sausages. Over the years I've tried a few brands of vegetarian sausages - some made the grade and some didn't.
Sainsbury's Meatfree Hot Dog Sausages can be found in the frozen food department in the vegetarian section. They come in a flat-ish box, inside of which is a white plastic tray that holds the sausages.
It is easy to remove the plastic tray from the box and take out just one or two (or however many you require) sausages and put the rest back into your freezer, as though they are stuck together, they are easily pulled apart and are not joined together like meat sausages are. I personally find this very convenient, as just one little tug and they separate - this saves having to rummage around for knives, scissors and the like.
I personally have found that these sausages are very good when gently fried, or plunged into a pan of boiling water and left to stand (with the pan removed from the heat source and the lid firmly in place) for five minutes, or put onto a plate and whizzed in the microwave on full power for a couple of minutes. When microwaving, I have found the ideal cooking time to be 2:40 minutes. Be careful not to over-microwave these sausages, or they will become hard, chewy and not very pleasant to eat.
These sausages have a slightly smoky flavour, and strongly resemble meat frankfurters. When cooked, they do have a slight orange coloured residue on the surface, but I don't personally find that to be offputting at all. The consistency of the sausages is firm, yet soft and very easy to chew.
One major advantage of all vegetarian sausages is that there are no glutinous lumps of fat inside and they are completely gristle-free - therefore, those (like myself) who have an intense dislike of fat and gristle, can safely chomp on these sausages without having to stop and scrutinise every tiny little piece before devouring.
If you have tasted other brands of frozen vegetarian hot dog sausages (such as Tesco's own make or Tivali) you will find that the flavour differs very little from brand to brand, but they do tend to cook up differently to one another. I personally find the Sainsbury's ones to be the best of the bunch, as they retain a succulence during cooking (particularly microwaving) and keep their shape a lot better than the other brands.
My favourite way of eating Sainsbury's Meatfree Hot Dog Sausages is as the name suggests....made into hot dogs....the old fashioned type of hot dog where the sausage is placed into a split white-bread finger roll, liberally covered with fried onions, and a squirt of tomato ketchup (I don't have mustard in my hot dogs as I can't stand the stuff!). My second favourite way of eating them is to just whizz them in the microwave, spread butter or margarine on one slice of bread and tomato ketchup on the other slice, and make a sandwich with the cooked sausages.
They also go well lightly fried with baked beans, egg and mushrooms, and they make a great vegetarian alternative to the traditional sausage'n'mash.
The flavour of these sausages may not appeal to everybody, and when you burp later on you will know that you have eaten them as the taste tends to linger, but you can rest assured that they are made from vegetable fibre, and contain none of the butcher's floor sweepings which we are told meat sausages often are made of.
I recommend Sainsbury's Meatfree Hot Dot Sausages highly, and as there is no waste, they are very good value for money.
Vegetarian hot dog sausages.