Product Type: Tesco Ready Meals
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Great for little veggies!
Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages
Member Name: i_am_joy
Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages
Advantages: Taste lovely and not much different from the real thing
Disadvantages: A little pale looking
I bought these last week when my granddaughter and her friend came to see me, hot dogs seemed an ideal quick supper before they both went home. The 10 year old has an enforced vegetarian diet as she has a medical condition which means she cannot digest meat properly so I thought I'd try these frozen Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages, assuming that as a vegetarian my granddaughters' friend would enjoy them even if me and my granddaughter didn't!
I needn't have worried though as I could not honestly taste much of a difference between these and the Ye Olde Oak hot dog sausages I usually buy. Admittedly these are much paler in colour with none of the usual reddish tinge that hot dog sausages usually have, these Meat Free ones have a salmon / cream colour which don't look terribly appetising if I'm honest but I cooked them anyway as the girls' needed something to eat and I reasoned that once inside a hot dog bun and covered in ketchup and onions then the colour would make absolutely no difference.
And it doesn't! These little sausages are delicious, they have a slightly more solidified texture than the meaty hot dogs I usually buy this is change in consistency is only really apparent when you're eating a sausage on it's own as by the time you've wrapped it in bread and dolloped sauce on it then there isn't very much difference at all.
It was the taste which surprised me though, considering these are made from a soya and wheat protein rather than gunky mechanically separated meat I wasn't expecting them to taste like hot dogs at all. What a surprise I had when I had one on a bun and instantly realised that there is very, very little difference in the two flavours. The smokiness is still there and that weird feeling you get when eating a hot dog sausage that the meat, or lack of meat in this case, is a little slimy but without actually being slimy. These manage to taste a little porky too, although this could be my imagination as there is nothing in the list of ingredients to suggest they have been made to taste like proper meat.
I thought they were lovely though and so did the girls', my granddaughters' friend asked me to write down the name of the hot dogs so she could ask her mum to buy some. The poor little mite told me she watches her brothers tuck into hot dogs quite regularly and although has never had meat to be able to miss it, she feels left out that they can eat things like this whereas she's stuck with 'hollible' (her word, not a spelling mistake) Quorn sausages!
Cooking these hot dog sausages is very easy, you can either pop them into boiling water straight from the freezer and simmer for a few minutes or microwave them for a minute. I have a 1000w microwave and this is usually too powerful for things like this so I boiled mine and they were fine, it was easy to see when they were done as the colour deepens slightly and the sausage goes nice and floppy. Then it's simply a case of fishing them out with a slotted spoon, draining the water off for a second and popping them straight into the bun.
Job done, and a very delicious job it was too.
Each sausage has 135 calories and 9g of fat, which is about the same as meat hot dogs so don't imagine that you're going to help your diet by ditching the meat in this instance but for a little treat these are lovely and not worth worrying about the lack of nutrients as hot dogs are not a regular thing in this house. They cost £1.76 for 10, which is more than a tin of meat hot dogs but there is less waste as I always find I throw away at least two sausages out of every tin whereas I can just keep the remainder of these in the freezer until next time they're needed.
Summary: Very nice vegetarian hot dog sausages, better than the hollible Quorn ones!
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