Tesco Finest -
Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup
immediately prompted a "whatever have you
bought those for" from my wife at the
checkout! There is, I suppose, the
belief that the maple syrup will make them
wildly sweet and spoil the taste of
perfectly good sausages? I too was
sort of sceptical that this combo would work
well, but put them through anyway...
The conversation briefly continued about the
sausages in the car on the way back to
Sausage HQ along the lines that you have
venison with a berry compote, duck with
orange or cherry, pork and apple, so what's
wrong with pork and maple syrup? So
onward 24 hours...
These finest sausages from Tesco are 65%
British pork with 15% British smoked bacon,
breadcrumbs, and 3% maple syrup...there's
also an undisclosed amount of honey and
American style mustard. Hmm?
Maple syrup AND honey? As it happens
on opening the packet, yes a very smoky
sweet aroma was experienced, which increased
in intensity when they were cooking.
The skins worked well and browned nicely.
The sausages did fatten up a touch though
which we wasn't expecting and we did get
quite a bit of sticky residue that held on
the sides of the sausages. This we
suspect would have been meat juices with the
maple syrup which had caramelised. A
bit of a scrape with the old spatula got
most off quite easily though.
Texture-wise the meat was on the
smooth-side, but there was a still
reasonable bite. The chew was a bit
soft as the sausages did hold quite a
succulence. Taste-wise though the
maple syrup, honey and mustard did work OK.
The smokiness of the bacon did help though.
I was genuinely surprised.
We ate them as part of a sausage and mash,
which on reflection wasn't a good decision
as we felt these sausages may have worked
better with chips and a bit of salad, or
just in a long roll BBQ style.
Not a bad sausage as it happens, which we
would probably buy again in due course.
Tesco Finest - Smoked Bacon & Maple
Here's the sample details:
110x28mm before cooking, 95x30mm
67g before cooking, 58g after.
That's a shrinkage of 7% & weight
loss of approx 13%.
6 sausages in a 400g pack £2.50