The other day I was walking through Whole Foods and on a complete impulse buy, I saw these vegan Italian sausages. It was a local product so I thought, what the hell! Then on top of that, they weren’t really anymore expensive than regular specialty sausages. So into the basket they went!
The first noticeable about the sausages was the packaging. It obviously worked on a marketing stand point because it drew my attention to it.
The second thing that got my attention was the nutrition label.
That’s the fraction of the fat and calories you have in a regular spicy Italian sausage link, so that alone should make everyone try it.
Once I opened the paper (very tightly wrapped), I saw where it was vacuum sealed.
Once I got the links out of the package I noticed how firm they were and the little pieces of kidney beans to make them look a bit more “met like”.
I took a little slice to see what it tasted like. I eat cold sausage and it’s good, I wanted to see what this was like cold. Well, my first impression was that it was kinda rubbery, but then I started actually tasting the link and it was good. I had a big glimmer of hope at this point. So onto slicing it and throwing into sauté pan with some olive oil. As you can see below, it holds its shape when you slice it.
After a few minutes they became crispy and brown so I removed them.
Now, onto the ever so important final taste test and overall thoughts.
These were some solid vegan sausage links. The taste was good, the texture was a little meh, but is easily overlooked. You can taste the fennel and the red pepper flakes in the links. I also have to mention that they were perfectly salted. I can see making vegetarian sausage dogs from them, putting them in soups, baked pasta dishes and as my friend Karen did the other week, into a quiche.
I say go buy them!