Saturday 29 May 2021

Plant-based Cocktail Sausages


Quorn: Cocktail Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ (not vegan)

Chilled / 180g / Approx £1.75

Although not vegan, these are the cocktail sausages I often end up buying. I'm pretty sure the recipe was discreetly changed a few years ago. I think the older recipe was meatier. The new ones do suffer with a slightly powdery/dusty texture every now and then, which I don't think was present before. Anyway, they are pretty decent and never get wasted when I buy them.

Richmond: Meat-free Minis - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Chilled / Approx £2.50

Usually this type of cocktail sausage can be eaten straight from the pack on-the-go or with a picnic. These sausages don't seem to be designed for that as when eating from the pack they are extremely soft and mushy. It's almost like eating the raw product. As far as I can see the pack doesn't specifically say that they are ready to eat, so I gather that these are designed to be cooked first. When cooked they have a similar flavour to Richmond's regular vegan sausages which is great. The detail that I'm a fan of is that the filling remains quite soft whereas the outside is on the tougher side. The weird thing is the flavour is relatively decent, but the overall experience is let down by the textures.

Plant Pioneers: Vegan Cocktail Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Chilled / 14pk / 140g / Approx £1.75

Plant Pioneers is Sainbury's own brand plant-based food. I bought these a few times as a vegan alternative to the Quorn sausages above. They are not too bad, but I still find myself favouring the Quorn ones overall. Still if I pick these up they'll all get eaten.

This!: Isn't Pork Plant-Based Cocktail Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Chilled / 150g / Approx £3

I should start here by saying that I am a big fan of This!. They have some amazing products and they deserve praise for those. I was desperately hoping that these cocktail sausages would be at the top of my list, but somehow they have managed to get something wrong here. If you open the pack and and inhale, the aroma hits you and they really do smell incredible. Then when you bite into them, they have a great texture. However the aroma that smells so good doesn't translate very well to the taste and I found a certain flavour (possibly sage) to be overwhelming to the point where I just can't enjoy them. I really want these to be good, so I hope they can tweak their recipe to sort this out.

Linda McCartney: Cocktail Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Chilled / approx £1.75

These are sold as 'ready to eat' but the sausages straight out of the pack did not feel ready to eat. They were a little squishy and looked uncooked. After cooking in a frying pan the taste and texture was actually quite reasonable. These wouldn't be on my list if I was looking for something to eat out of the pack as part of a picnic.

Morrisons: No Pork Cocktail Sausages - ⭐☆☆☆☆

Chilled / 140g / 14pk / Approx £2

These have a very dry texture, similar to what you'd expect from a falafel despite not containing any chickpeas at all. The flavour isn't particularly nice either, so I won't buy these again.

Plant Pioneers (Sainsburys): Shroompups in Blankets (Xmas range)

Chilled / £3

Will update after Christmas.

Plant Menu (Aldi): No Pigs in Blankets (Xmas range)

Chilled / 

Will update after Christmas

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