Tesco - Pork & Caramelised Red Onion

We recently bought some pork & onion sausages ready cooked from our local hot counter...not bad at all, but...although we were advised these were the same...they're not, they're better!

It appears that the sausages that are sold via the hot counter in this case are supplied to the store in bulk catering packs, the source being unclear from what we can gather.

However, the Tesco Finest - Pork & Caramelised Red Onion sausages we bought and tried this week are a good looking plump "red tractor" snorker it would be very fair to say.

Cooked up they are a sweet pungent tasting firm sausage with good skins (no splits whatsoever pan or barbeque cooked) and a medium texture.  With 74% meat and then 15% caramelised red onion onboard, inside natural pork casings, they ooze with moisture and sweetness which make for a lovely presentation.

Now this powerful sweetness may be OK as you munch through the first one but as you're tucking in to the next, it could be close to overpowering. Two are definitely enough for any super hero!

Eaten cold next day, the skins had taken on a slightly slimy sticky clear coating of very sweet onion, yet the middle was less sweet and retained the good meaty texture.  The sweetness over-kill in the skins we thought spoiled the overall result.  Perhaps reducing the onion/sugar/cider vinegar content down just a "tadge" would help.

Cooked on the barbeque the results were similar however the amount moisture dripping out was a little more than expected.  The coals did produce more of a smoky hint that complemented the flavour, but the heavy caramelised red onion once again was on the edge of overpowering the taste buds again, if we are honest.

These sausages are good, but may be far too sweet and pungent for some.  "Oh go on then, give us another one!"

Tesco Finest - Pork & Caramelised Red Onion
(Aug 2012)

Here's the sample details:
100x30mm before cooking, 90x25mm after.
70g before cooking, 58g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 10% & weight loss of approx 17%.
10 sausages in a 700g pack 4.20 (approx 6.00/kg)





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