Plant Pioneers no sausage rolls

Another week, another sausage roll. Don’t get me wrong I am all for this wide range of options, but could we possible get a few different options now? Would a pasty hurt anyone?

I finally made the trek down to our local Sainsbury’s and I must admit that their vegan range, Plant Pioneers, looked pretty good. They had mine, chicken pieces, sausage rolls, burgers and sausages as well as decent range of ready meal options. If I was a smarter woman I would of taken a bigger bag with me!

I thought the sausage rolls would be the safest option, as I have plenty of reference to compare them to.

I was a little disappointed.

Personally, I found the actual sausage bit to be the same as every other. It was good, but nothing that different to what you can get anywhere else. But the actual pastry bit was SO DRY. I cooked it for the 25 minutes that was recommended, and that felt like a bit of overkill. The pastry did crumble but it also sucked all water from my body in the first bite so…the rest was a struggle.

I think I only managed to finish about 1/3 of it before dehydration began to settle in.

Granted, there are so many options out there now it can be hard to really do anything special with a sausage roll. But this was quite a disappointing addition to the mix. I would like to try the other Plant Pioneer range though to see if this was just a dud.

Overall: 1/10. May as well just lick sand…

T xxx

Plant Chef sausage rolls

There are some days when I just can’t be bothered to eat healthy and on those days I end up making a little medley of snacks to have for dinner, rather than an actual meal. Yet again, Plant Chef from Tesco are adding some brilliant party food to their collection so we tried out their mini sausage rolls.

There isn’t much to say about these….they are sausage rolls and they are small. A packet seems to come with 30 rolls (although we have had a few packets that have a few extra!) and they take 20 minutes to cook in the oven. I find the only downside is that they are very flaky, which for me also makes them pretty dry. But if you like super flaky rolls then these are probably right up your alley!

They are also pretty cheap, with a packet costing around £3 (price seems to vary throughout the year and are sometimes discounted if you have a clubcard) so are clearly perfect if you have a big party to cater for. Or if you just really enjoy sausage rolls. They are also surprisingly filing: I’m normally quite satisfied with only 3-4, although my partner can manage about 5-6. So in theory one packet could probably last you a decent amount of time if you’re just having them for snacks.

Overall: 6/10. They are good for parties and snacks but nothing too special.

T xxx

No Porkies Sausage Rolls

The find of the year! I have heard some pretty good things about these sausage rolls, but hadn’t been able to find them anywhere near me to try them myself. But yet again the vegan gods smiled upon me and I managed to pick myself up a pack!

My word are these things good. It may be a bold statement but these are just as good – dare i even say better?! – than the Greggs sausage rolls.

I KNOW. Big claim right there. But I feel this is warranted.

These things are SO GOOD. As I say they taste almost identical to the Greggs sausage rolls, but because you can cook them yourself at home, you can get them while they are still hot and crispy. The pastry is lovely and flaky and yet doesn’t leave a massive mess of crumbs around you while you eat (as so very often happens when you have anything pastry based).

You also get 6 of them in a packet for £2 and they take 20 minutes to cook. They are frozen but you cannot taste that when you cook them. They don’t come out all soggy or really dry. Honestly this is probably one of our most successful finds this year!

Overall: 10/10. These are basically cook your own Gregg’s sausage rolls. You can’t go wrong!

T xxx