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      17.03.2012 13:22
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      A comforting winter meal

      This review is for the jars of Homepride sausage casserole sauces.

      I love sausage casserole and always have since I was a child and mum used to cook it for us about once a fortnight. I'm not sure why I like this meal so much it just reminds me of a comfort food and a tasty one at that. I alternate the way I make a sausage casserole so that I do not get bored of the taste, sometimes I'll use this sauce and sometimes I'll use a possessed packet version for a bit of variety.

      Sausage casserole is very simple to make and you can make a bug batch in order to feed a family with ease.

      I tend to buy this sauce when it's on offer as you can pick up this 500g jar for £1 if you are lucky, at full price it's usually around £1.60. The sauce looks like a thick, dark gravy in the jar and it contains small chunks of tomatoes, onions and peppers amongst other flavourings, herbs and spices. The jar itself is a good, sturdy glass jar which should be rinsed outs recycled after use.

      The sauce itself isn't too calorific but bear in mind the calories of the sausages that needed to be added to it! a quarter of this sauce will set you back 53 calories. It also contains 1.3G of salt which is 22% of an adults recommended daily intake so be aware of this especially if you plan to eat more than a quarter!

      To make this, the only additional ingredient it suggests are the 8 thick sausages. I have found you can get away with up to 10 sausages in this sauce. You do need to brown the sausages in a pan first to seal them or they just end up turning mushy in the sauce but this only takes 10 minutes. Place the sausages into a casserole dish and pour over the sauce and cook for 35 minutes. The jar suggests that you serve it with mashed potato and this is what we usually have it with and sometimes vegetables.

      The sauce has a nice flavour to it, it may be slightly salty for some but I enjoy salty foods so it isn't too overpowering for me.

      Although the jar doesn't suggest any additional ingredients I like to add some diced onions and mushrooms to give it more texture and flavour, this also bulks it out a bit more. if you don't want to use the whole jar, once opened it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, or it can be frozen.

      I recommend giving this one a go if you like sausage casseroles or even if you've never tried one before! It's a easy dish to cook and prepare and provides a nice hot meal which I consider to be comfort food, especially in the winter months.

      Thank you for reading x

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        19.07.2011 10:48
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        I will buy this on a special deal but not otherwise

        I believe in having at least one hot me a day when it comes to children. The only problem is the fact that I like it to be healthy too and I don't like to cook a roast dinner every night of the week so I like to try other meals to suffice this.

        When out shopping in my local supermarket I noticed this Homepride jar on a special deal at £1. When named products are priced like this I will always pick them up to try them or stock up on them if I like them that much. I have had sausage casserole sauces before and liked them so I bought two of these. Unfortunately my son and daughters do not like sausage casserole that I have cooked in the past but since this was a different one I thought I would try again.

        The Jar

        This is a 500g jar which is perfect for approximately 4 people I did manage to make it stretch to 5 since 2 of the children are very young so do not eat a huge amount. This is supposed to have 8 sausages added to it which for 4 people would be 2 each which I never find enough for an adult. I added 12 sausages to mine and it just about covered which was good but didn't leave a lot of sauce to be added to the meal.

        The sauce

        I found this sauce very flavoursome, it had added tomatoes, onions and peppers which gave it a different kick compared to others that I have had. The peppers were a lovely addition to the sauce and even my partner commented on it. It had a very warming flavour to it so on a cold night this would really make me feel happy and full. It looked like a very rich sauce too because it was such a dark brown colour and the peppers and onions were chopped quite large in it too so you could see them the tomatoes however were not to be seen and you couldn't really taste them in there either. I would say that if I had added my own ingredients such as chopped tomatoes and some more onions this would have gone a little further and I may try this with my next meal and hopefully it will change the taste a little due to my children were still not keen on this. My son said he never wanted to eat this again due to it had a vinegar taste to it and didn't like it, this is where we differ because this is the reason that I like the taste of this. It is a nice thick sauce too which covers well I have always liked my gravy thick on my dinners so this is great that it is thick and may be the reason that my children wont eat it because they tend to have all their dinners without gravy.

        Instructions

        The way that you cook this is very easy you simply cook your sausages then add the sauce to them in a casserole dish and cook in the oven for around 35 minutes and serve with potatoes. This is the easiest meal I have ever had to cook for a filling and hearty meal. I would go as far as saying a monkey could do it. There is a meal suggestion on the jar too which is a quick toad in the hole which you simply add warm and pour it over the Yorkshire pudding and add peas which is just as quick as the casserole. You could add whatever you like to this sauce to supply to your needs mine is carrots and because you just add it all to a pot to cook it is very easy.

        Allergy advice

        This contains wheat, barley, gluten, celery, fish, sulphates and mustard which is not good if you have intolerance to any of these which I have found that a lot of people and children are being diagnosed with intolerances lately so this would not be suitable.

        Summery

        I really like this sauce but I would have to add other ingredients to this to make it stretch further for a large family like mine. I think that these jars should be made in 750g which is enough for 4 adults or a family of 5 or 6. I think it has a lovely original taste and the added ingredients in the jar are a good addition. I think this is a great meal to have in colder weather and is very filling if served with mash potatoes. This was a great price due to being on a special deal but I don't think I will buying this at the normal price. If you have a small family of 3 then I would advise to buy this sauce because it makes a nice change to a meal but if you have a large family the cheaper sauces are as good but you will have to add other ingredients to them but it does go a little further. This is easy to cook and has a good use by day on the jar for storage reasons which is great. I really enjoyed my meal and so did my partner but my children were not keen so wasn't a huge success for us depends on your tastes. This was good value and if it is ever on special again I will be purchasing it even if it is just for 2 of us.

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          23.10.2010 21:05
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          A nice quick dinner but too salty

          If we are at home on a Saturday night, I love to have something quick and easy for dinner to enjoy in front of the fire, and I love nothing better than a warm sausage and mash dinner. Very often, I purchase a packet of sausage casserole mix, however, a month or so a go, Tesco had their homepride sauces on offer. Usually a jar of this Homepride Sausage Casserole sells for just under £1.50 for 500g, and so because it was on offer, I decided to give it a go instead of the packet for a change.

          On the front of the jar is shows a rather enticing picture of the sausage casserole served alongside some mash, and it states underneath the name that this is 'hearty and warming' which is ideal as the days getting shorter and colder. At the side of the label on the front, there is some nutritional information stating that for every 1/4 jar, there are 53 calories, 6,4g of sugars, 0.3g of fat and 1.3g of salt. I think the salt content is the most negative thing about this casserole sauce, and the truth is that the high salt content was very obvious when eating.

          On the reverse of the jar, there is more information about the ingredients and it also states that this is a 'warming casserole enriched with tomatoes, onions and peppers'.

          Although the instructions for the casserole state to use butchers sausages I only had cocktail sausages which worked just as well. I added my own red onions and peppers and I was glad that I had, as I really didn't taste much of the vegetables that this casserole claims to have - yes you can see some added veg, but they certainly weren't obvious to taste, and if you are trying to make this a healthy dinner, I would advise to add in your own.

          In comparison to the packet that I usually buy, this required you to fry the sausages in the pan in advance, but then it only took 35 minutes to cook in the oven, in comparison to over an hour when using the packet,so it is certainly is a quicker dinner.

          The casserole was therefore easy to make, did taste very warming and delicious, but I was very disappointed with just how salty it tasted, and I know I will find myself reaching for some water to quench my thirst later, after that saltiness.

          Due to this, since I do like to try and keep to a relatively healthy diet, I think I will stick to the packet of sausage casserole, despite it taking longer in the oven.

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            12.04.2010 08:05
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            Homepride Sausage Cassserole Sauce

            Sometimes when I can't be bothered cooking and I'm not in the mood for takeaway I'll pop something into the oven to cook. An easy dish to do is sausage casserole and there are a number of sauces available in the shops for you to use. This review is for the Homepride sauce.


            Packaging:

            The sauce comes in a standard glass jar with a screw top lid. The label covers around one third of the jar and has the Homepride logo and the front along with a "hearty & warming" slogan. There is also a little badge stating that this sauce contains no artificial colours or preservatives. The rest of the label contains the ingredients, nutritional information, cooking information and the contact details for HL Foods who are the owners of the Homepride brand.

            The product is described as:- "A warming casserole sauce enriched with tomatoes, onion and peppers"

            Nutritional Information per 100g {per 1/4 jar: 125g}:

            Energy kJ: 179kJ {224kJ}
            kcal: 42kcal {53kcal}
            Protein: 0.7g {0.9g}
            Carbohydrate: 9.4g {11.8g}
            of which sugars: 5.1g {6.4g}
            Fat: 0.2g {0.3g}
            of which saturates: <0.1g {<0.1g}
            Fibre: 0.6g {0.8g}
            Sodium: 0.42g {0.53g}
            Salt Equivalent: 1.05g {1.33g}


            Ingredients: Water, Tomato (30%), Onion (13%), Green peppers (4%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Red Peppers (2%), Worcestershire Sauce (Malt Vinegar, Spirit Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Salt, Anchovies, Tamarind Extract, Onion, Garlic, Spices , Flavourings), Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice (contains Sulphur Dioxide), Yeast Extract, Mustard Powder, Flavouring (contains Celery), Barley Malt Extract, Dried Sage, Wheat Flour, Black Pepper, Dried Onion, Turmeric


            Allergy Information:

            The product contains wheat, barley, gluten, celery, fish, sulphites and mustard


            Price:

            At time of writing Asda have a 2 for £2 offer on some Homepride sauces. They are charging £1.42 for one jar of this sauce.


            Taste and opinion:

            The last time I made a sausage casserole I used a packet mix and Boyfriend complained that the sauce was too watery and didn't really make the meal any more filling. It had a reasonable flavour but in terms of 'thickness' it was more like gravy. I couldn't actually disagree with any of his points so I decided to look around for a thicker type of sauce to use and decided to try this one out.

            Sausage casserole, in case you've never made it is dead easy. Cook the sausages (8 of them) ~ the recipe on the jar says to fry them, but I've grilled them before as well as doing them on the George Foreman grill and they've all worked out fine. Then, pour on the sauce and cook in the oven for 35 minutes. "Simples" as the meerkat says on the ad for comparethemarket.com.

            I've always found, when using other sauces like this with things such as chicken, that there's always more than enough sauce to cover the meat and have always added something else in as well. I was expecting this sausage casserole sauce to be the same so duly chopped up some mushrooms and red onion and added them to the sausages before pouring the sauce over it all and shoving it into the oven.

            After "dishing up" I took a good look at the sauce. There was more than enough of it to cover the sausages as well as the mushrooms and onion that I'd added to the dish. The sauce seemed to have thickened slightly from what it had been when it was in the jar. There was a slightly meaty aroma and, if I hadn't read the ingredients, I would have though that they might have added a dash of red wine into the sauce as well.

            Colourwise this sauce is a deep reddy brown and you can see tiny bits of peppers and onion etc in it. As the purpose of this review is the sauce rather than the sausage casserole as a whole I pushed an amount of sauce to one side with my knife and took a taste. Homepride have got the "hearty & warming" description right with this. It does feel warming when you eat it, almost as if your throat and internal organs from there to your stomach have been given a great big hug. That's not to say that it's hot and spicy in the same way that some volcanic Indian curries are, just that the ingredients and the consistency of the sauce really do give you a warm feeling.

            There's a slight "edge" to the taste so this sauce isn't bland and somewhat tasteless like some of the tomato based pasta sauces can be. Nor would I say that it was spicy in the same way that some oriental dishes are. But it does have a distinct taste of its own which is very pleasant and has a nice "kick" to it. Boyfriend, who is not a fan of overly spicy food had no problems at all with this sauce and said that it was a vast improvement on the packet sauces that we've used from time to time in the past.

            If you're looking for a thick warming sauce with a meaty taste and a slight edge to it then look no further than this. A recommended purchase.

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              26.03.2010 23:45
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              Hearty and warming meal for all the family.

              Sausage casserole is an all time favourite and definately one of my favourites. 'Hearty & warming' just as the jar says.

              When i make this meal i always buy this jar. Currently its in Asda for £1.19 or 2 for £2 which i think is a reasonable price for such a popular brand.
              Ive tried using other jarred sauces or the sachets of powder that you mix with water, but they're just not the same.

              To use this sauce the jar firstly recommends browning the sausages, I do this in the grill. While they're cooking i add potatoes, carrots and onion to a large casserole dish and pour over the sauce. Place it in the oven following the instructions on the jar then add the sausages when they are done. Cooking time will reduce if you part boil the potatoes and carrots slightly before, otherwise you could be waiting a couple of hours.

              The sauce contains onions so are not really needed as there is just the right amount in there but i like a few crunchy ones. After cooking this sauce comes out a perfect texture. You would think that the longer it cooks the thicker it gets, it does a little but not too much. One of my casseroles have been in the oven for 3 hours and been lovely.

              It has a rich taste that flavours in your mouth until the next mouth full. Some might think it's slightly spicy in the after taste due to the spices already added but nothing even recognisable in my opinion.

              This can be served straight over sausages if preferred and served with mash, chips, potatoes, basically anything you want. Ideal meal for all the family.
              Sausage casserole and crusty bread is my favourite. 10/10 from me.

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              23.03.2010 16:16
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              Great cooking sauce

              I usually like to make my sauces from scratch but sometimes its just not possible especially when your short on time.
              I noticed this product when shopping at Asda, to be honest I didn't really expect much from it but thought it was worth a try as it was on offer, two 500g jars for £1.00.

              I started off by browning the sausages, the instructions on the back of the jar recommend that you do this by frying them in a pan although I think they taste better grilled, frying can sometimes make the casserole taste greasy.

              I then put the sausages into a deep oven dish and added some mushrooms, I would usually add onions but im glad I didn't as the sauce already has them in it and its just the right amount needed. I also boiled some carrots and added them to the dish. You then place it into the oven for approximately 35-40 minutes.

              I served it with mash potatoes although it would also taste nice with wedges or chips.

              The sauce was rich and had a lovely burst of spices, it was of great texture and did not dry out or reduce whilst cooking.

              Nutritional Information per ¼ jar serving (125g)

              Calories 53
              Protein 0.9g
              Carbohydrate 11.8g
              Fat 0.3g
              Fibre 0.8g
              Sodium 0.53g
              Salt 1.33g

              Ingredients include water, tomato, onion, green peppers, sugar, modified maize starch, red peppers, Worcester sauce, salt, concentrated lemon juice, yeast extract, mustard powder, flavouring, barley malt extract, dried sage, wheat flour, black pepper, dried onion and turmeric.

              For those of you with allergies be aware this product contains wheat, barley, gluten, celery, fish, sulphites and mustard.

              I would say this product it suitable for all the family, my son very rarely eats casseroles and hates the slightest bit of spiciness in his food, yet he cleared this and went back for seconds.

              It's a really quick and easy meal to make, although I did add a couple of things to the casserole it would taste perfectly fine just using the contents in the jar.

              Overall a great product 5 *

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