After the dismal failure of the Smart Dogs (both the first attempt and the second attempt), I was pretty apprehensive about anything resembling a hot dog. But, I bravely forged ahead. I picked up a package of Lightlife's Italian Style Smart Sausages.
I cooked these up in a generous quantity of oil in a skillet. They stuck mightily to the pan anyway. I blame the pan. It's really not a great pan. Despite this, the sausages browned up nicely, and smelled really delicious while they were cooking. We served them up in regular hot dog buns, mine with ketchup, my wife's with every condiment she could find in the fridge, as usual.
First bite impressions: surprisingly little resistance. I'm used to sausages with a natural casing, the kind you sort of have to work at a little to bite through. Once I got past the no-skin situation, the sausage had a fairly chewy texture, similar to other real-meat sausages I've eaten. The flavor was also pretty pleasant, without too much fennel flavor, which I'm not a fan of. Honestly, I don't have too much more to say about these. Overall, a nice sausage. I recommend these.
Texture - nicely chewy, once you get past the lack of resistance
Flavor - very nice Italian sausage flavor
Final grade for this attempt: A
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