First of all, the picture on the package is grossly misleading. They are bright red in the picture. The reality is that these are sort of grayish beige. The picture had led me to expect a product I was pretty familiar with that I eat from time to time also called kielbasa (or polish sausage, or smoked sausage, depending on the brand that is cheapest at the time of purchase) that is more U-shaped and has a delightful spicy flavor. These were definitely not U-shaped, but that was okay, since I was really hoping they had the same flavor profile as the other sausage. Once I saw that they were gray instead of red, I lost some enthusiasm for the experience.
The package said they were "outdoor grill approved" whatever that means, but I didn't feel like firing up my little mini charcoal grill just for these sausages, so I tossed them on my foreman grill. Same basic idea, I reasoned.
When I get that U-shaped polish sausage, I like to eat it with some scalloped potatoes (although mashed is also good), so I whipped some of those up to go with these sausages, and some green beans, just to get a green vegetable in there.
I grilled them up, but not for too long! Side note, I'm intrigued by the paradox of directions on so many products that strictly warn you DO NOT OVERCOOK but then give you a time frame that is WAY too long. This package's grill directions only say, "Sausages only take a short time to heat up on the grill," carefully avoiding this paradox, but providing very little helpful information.
I was not terribly excited by the prospect of eating this sausage. It was still gray-beige, but now had grill marks. Still not the exciting bright red from the package. Anyway, I went ahead and tried it. It had sort of a peppery flavor, but not much else going on. The package claims the sausages have, "the perfect blend of fresh onion and garlic," but I would have to disagree. I tasted neither onion nor garlic. When combined with scalloped potatoes, whatever flavor was in there disappeared. It was just chewy potato flavor at that point, which was not terribly offensive, but not something I strive for in my meals. The texture was pretty nice, however. Not mushy or too dry or anything like that. I just wish it had had an equally nice flavor to go with it.
Texture - nicely chewy - a good "sausage" texture
Flavor - not much to speak of
Maybe, if I pick these up again, I'll try to cook it up in a soup or something, but the idea of enhancing a soup with the flavor of…not really anything…isn't terribly appealing.
Final grade for this attempt: C
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