“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snack „
Tesco Lincolnshire sausage rolls.
Roll it over and don't do it again!
Occasionally I am quite partial to a sausage roll as I view it as a rare treat as opposed to something that is eaten regularly. My wife had not only bought these Lincolnshire sausage rolls but also some cheese and onion rolls.
When I opened the fridge I only saw the cheese and onion sausage rolls so was not aware of the Lincolnshire sausage rolls. She heated them through and brought them to me whilst I was preparing some work in my study. I was quite pleased that she had obviously thought of me as I liked sausage rolls which I ate and told her they were very nice because I didn't want to cause offence by saying they were not.
I have never eaten any sausage rolls that actually tasted of nothingness. They were bland and tasteless and although I know that a decent Lincolnshire sausage is supposedly quite a tasty sausage I was even more alarmed to think I did not even know what I was eating.
In the kitchen this morning she asked me how I liked the sausage rolls. I said they didn't taste very cheesy she said well they wouldn't because they were Lincolnshire sausage rolls. So I owned up to actually not knowing what I had eaten as they were just tasteless pap and to be honest really quite horrible.
The pastry was fairly ok but the inside the filling of the sausage really did not taste of anything. So embarrassingly I owned up to saying they are quite dreadful. It makes me wonder sometimes do the buyers and tasters of these products actually taste them. What on earth are Tesco doing selling such an inferior tasteless product? Looks to me as someone needs to examine who they are actually employing in their tasting department!!
The packaging tells me what is in the sausage rolls and is as follows:-
Wheat flour, water, Pork 23%,vegetable oil, wheat starch, salt, dried skimmed milk, sage, parsley, yeast extract, black pepper, ginger, thyme, onion powder, nutmeg, oregano, basil, marjoram, black pepper extract, nutmeg extract, coriander extract.
Well there you have it. I would sincerely advise you to avoid this tasteless pap and don't waste your money on such a dreadful product and shame on Tesco for selling such a horrible tasteless imitation of a sausage roll. Looking at the listed ingredients you would have thought that the sausage rolls would have been quite tasty. I don't know in what concentration the herbs and spices were put into them but it must have been in minuscule proportions. In reality with pork featuring in the sausage roll at only 23% it is hardly surprising it is an inferior product although I guess that they are making that assessment based on the whole of the sausage roll.
I have had to rate this product as it does not allow a minus rate or zero rating so begrudgingly I rate it one star but bear it mind it should be minus five.
I thought i'd take a time out from writing dull, over elaborate pieces on books, films and comic books to talk about these slightly inadequate excuses for a traditional British favourite.
I have to admit to absolutely loving Sausage Rolls (proper sausage rolls), the perfect mix of well cooked pork and crisp pastry casing make a peculiarly British snack which can be hard to beat when made correctly, with herbs and a whole lot of love.
When not made correctly however, you end up with a puffed up mess of limp pastry and something which probably resembled meat a few decades ago when it was originally processed and now resembles something wholly more disturbing.
So are the Tesco 2 pack sausage rolls the pastry based equivalent of St Lucia, or are they more of a weekend sat in a caravan sharing a chemical toilet with your slightly overweight uncle who insists on drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee and eating everyone else's leftovers? For me I think it depends how hungry I am. When i'm well fed and I see or eat these they are ultimately disappointing and eating them cold leaves a greasy sheen of puff pastry which tastes of little but grease and is of a very crumbly consistency allied to really disappointing slightly herby meat which might or might not be pork. when heated the sausage rolls deflate further and become a really disappointing crumble of weak pastry and paltry meat.
However on days when I am short of cash and hungry, for 50p for 2 (I remember when they used to be 40p, which just goes to show inflation is really kicking in right now. these are a godsend, easy to find in any Tesco superstore or Tesco Express, they are cheap, the fact they are about 80% pastry no matter what the consistency makes them filling and the herby odour actually isn't so bad. However, this is a reason to make a packed lunch or fast rather than accept these as a compromise. The price is about average in comparison to Sainsbury and Asda equivalents which are equally disappointing in their own special ways.
The rolls are fairly filling due to the pastry, but leave you with more of a queasy aftertaste than that wonderful sated feeling you might have on eating something light and filling.
These are in no way a healthy snack, at 133g, there are about 250 calories in each sausage roll so one 2 pack is about a quarter of an average male's (and i'm very average) recommended daily intake of calories. It is hard to know exactly where all the calories are, but with the greasy pastry exterior my guess is that rather than the flaccid meat content.
Each Sausage roll has slightly less calories than a large glass of coke and around 100 calories less than a fast food burger, so those searching for their inner supermodel probably wouldn't want to eat or be seen eating this less than sophisticated synthetically enhanced pastry based treat.
The product isn't for coeliacs as it contains lots of wheat, and it only has a 23% pork content, which is rather disappointing.
Overall these aren't a product I would recommend unless you are hungry, I much prefer home made sausage rolls where you can choose your own meat to pastry content and really cook the pastry through rather than these slightly limp pretenders but when hungry they do a job. There are better options on the market such as a freshly baked sausage roll from a bakery if these kind of snacks are your weakness.
I will give these a 2 out of 5, they are cheap, easy to find and satisfying in extremis, but overall not something i'd go out of my way to eat unless desperate.
Sausage rolls make a good filling snack meal and the Tesco sausage rolls are not too bad at all. I have to be honest and admit that I am really partial to the sausage rolls at Greggs the bakers but if I am shopping in Tesco then there is no point making a detour to Greggs just to pick up a couple of sausage rolls.
The packet contains two average sized sausage rolls for 55p, so they are not at all expensive. But then again some cheaper sausage rolls can be tasteless and often you find that it is worth shelling out the few extra pence to enjoy a tastier sausage roll.
Tesco have put the two sausage rolls into a good sturdy plastic container that stops them being battered about in transit and the plastic tray has been covered over with a sealed film.
Tesco have used a light puff pastry for these sausage rolls and unlike the pastry that covers the value sausage rolls it looks reasonably good. The top of the puff pastry is a light golden colour and you can see the flaky layers.
The pork sausage meat is plentiful, you are not getting far more pastry than meat.
I don't like heating any pastry products in the microwave unless it can be avoided, if pastry goes into a conventional oven to warm up then it stays crisper and it tastes far better. Microwaved pastry tends to go soft, soggy and floppy and this spoils the whole effect.
The Tesco sausage rolls are quite good to eat cold, the sausage meat is not pinky coloured, it looks well cooked and you can see that it has been seasoned. Seasoning is half the battle, if you don't season the sausage meat well then you end up eating a tasteless mass.
Once the Tesco sausage rolls have been placed onto a baking tray and put into a pre-heated oven for ten minutes the smell begins to get to you. You can really smell that Tesco have seasoned the sausage meat well, the sage and onion smell fills the air, it is lovely.
The already golden pastry turns a shade of two deeper in colour and the hot sausage rolls look delicious. The casing of light puff pastry retains it's crispy bite and the hot sausage meat still feels fairly firm, I find hot squidgy sausage meat a little bit indigestible.
These sausage rolls contain gluten, wheat and egg and they are not suitable for anyone with a nut allergy either.
Sausage rolls are notoriously high in fat and it will not surprise you to learn that each roll contains a couple of hundred calories, so not a good snack for weight watchers.
The Tesco Value sausage rolls are not my cup of tea , for a few pence more you can upgrade and buy a couple of these which are worth eating.
If you look into the chiller at Tesco you will be pleasantly surprised at how many different types of sausage roll they have to offer, from the man size portion right down to the party sized nibble..
Following on from my other Sausage Roll is this review about a more normal sized Sausage Roll. You get these in a 2 pack from the chill section in Tesco and they only cost 42p.
You can see the Sausage Rolls through the wrapper and they look alright. They are in a plastic tray and wrapped in a plastic bag. There is just the nutritional information and a bit about the ingredients on the pack.
You can cook these in the Microwave which only takes about 2 minutes, or oven cook. Oven cook is always better to get the Pastry a bit harder and crisper, but it is handy to just put this in the Micro. After all I don't mind so much if the pastry is a bit soggier.
These are a decent enough size and I had 1 with Chips and Spaghetti Hoops, which made a filling enough meal. I could probably eat both of them though.
This tasted a bit nicer than I think I was expecting. For the price I thought these would be greasy, and cheap tasting and there was a bit grease to them, but you the normal amount I would expect from a product like these. The Pastry was quite a thin covering, but adequate, and the Meat inside was thick enough, but not too thick. I didn't taste any grizzly bits in it, it wasn't too chewy and slightly salted.
I would buy these again as they were pretty nice and a good price.
Recently I fancied something a bit different to eat. I often eat chips and beans with steak pie, or battered fish, or fish fingers, or chicken chargrills, and I wanted something new to have them with! So when I saw these sausage rolls in Tesco I thought I'd give them a try.
The sausage rolls come in a 133 gram pack which contains two rolls. They sit in a clear plastic tray which is inside a royal blue wrapper made from thin plastic. The wrapper has a large clear window on the front so that you can see the sausage rolls inside. (This may sound different to the picture above - I actually provided dooyoo with a different picture).
The sausage rolls need to be refrigerated. They can be cooked either in the oven or in the microwave which makes them very convenient. They take around seven minutes in the microwave, or 15-20 in the oven to heat through. You can also put them in the freezer which makes them even more handy! You can cook them in the oven straight from the freezer which is excellent as it means you don't need to plan ahead. They take 20-25 minutes like this. However if you want to cook them in the microwave you need to defrost them thoroughly first.
I cooked them in the oven and I found that they looked and tasted quite nice. The pastry was lightly browned and looked quite golden and appetising. The pasty tasted flaky and pleasant and the meat was also tasty, though if you like a lot of herbs and spices in your meat then you will probably find it a little bit bland. I thought that perhaps the rolls could have done with more meat and less pastry but then that is often the case with sausage rolls.
One sausage roll contains 240 calories, 0.5 grams of sugar, 16.2 grams of fat and 7.1 grams of saturated fat. Obviously this is quite a lot of fat so I don't suggest you eat these every day, however they are not as fattening as some meals and the calorie count is not too high.
For just 44 pence for a pack of two sausage rolls, I think these are good value and make an acceptable change for me.