September 16, 2011

Morningstar Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage Patties

Continuing with breakfast month, I am going to tell you about Morningstar Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage Patties.

I had eaten the plain sausage patties a while back, and had fond memories of them, so I figured they could only be improved by adding maple flavor. Once again, I was surprised by the size of these patties. Even though they were the same size as the plain ones, it had been so long since I saw them that I forgot how tiny they are! Seriously, I'm talking an inch and a half diameter. And, according to the nutrition information, a serving size is one. ONE! But they're packaged in pairs, so I guess that means they are fully aware of the fact that, like Pringles, nobody can eat just one. Or something.

Anyway, I disregarded the directions entirely, and cooked these up in a little oil in a skillet for however long it took for them to brown. Unfortunately, I kind of overbrowned them a little bit, as I was distracted by also cooking pancakes and eggs. They weren't burned - just extra crispy.

So, the eating… I did not detect any maple flavor in these at all. Just a regular sausage flavor with extra crispiness (my fault). I wanted it to taste like maple! I ended up dumping some maple syrup on them just to experience what it should have been like, and I'll tell you, it was pretty good. But it should have tasted like that right out of the box, otherwise, why call it maple-flavored?

The experience:
Texture - Extra crispy due to over-browning. Otherwise very sausage-patty-ish.
Flavor - Tasted like a boring sausage patty. Not bad for a plain sausage patty, but disappointing for a supposedly maple-flavored sausage patty.

Final grade for this attempt: B-


  1. I'm wondering if the oil could have affected the flavor somehow, because I've always preferred these over the plain ones because of the maple flavor (which I can taste!). I just cook them in a non-stick pan w/ no oil.

    BTW, thank you so much for this blog! I have tried a lot of new products thanks to your reviews :D

  2. that sounds like a pretty good breakfast to me! i just stumbled across your site looking for other people's thoughts on Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo.

    Writing about it today on my blog. Let me know if you agree :)

  3. You should microwave them. You can taste the maple flavor a lot better that way! They are addictive. Adding oil changes the flavor. I microwave one for 50 seconds on a paper towel or 2 for 1.5 minutes.

  4. I cook mine in the toaster oven. They are so good I sometimes eat them cold as a snack, Dip them in mustard, put Swiss cheese on them. I make gravy with them, but add extra sage for that.