Italian style before and had good results, so I was looking forward to trying this one out.
I decided to cook up some jambalaya with this sausage. I admit - I also threw in some shrimp, but I don't think it had any effect on my review of this sausage. I made sure to not overcook this sausage, because fake meat doesn't tend to fare well if overcooked. I even had a quick taste before I cooked it up to see what kind of flavor we were working with. Unfortunately, this quick taste put quite a damper on my excitement for the meal. This sausage had no resemblance to any other real-meat smoked sausage I've ever eaten. It just had a kind of fake-meat taste to it and nothing else. I figured that since the flavor wasn't actually bad, I'd keep going.
This dish sort of relies on a strong meaty flavor to season the rest of the meal, and without any kind of flavor from the sausage, the whole meal was kind of bland. I threw in extra cajun seasoning just to pep it up a bit, but it was still lacking. Maybe if I had some MSG sitting around, I could have thrown that in and perhaps gain back what was missing, but as it was, I was just let down.
Texture - no complaints here - fine sausage-y texture
Flavor - bland bland bland - no way to tell if this was a smoked sausage, a hot dog, or a cardboard tube
Final grade for this attempt: D