July 20, 2012

Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage

This week, a guest post! I made my best friend Dan try this sausage with me, and it's a good thing I did, since it ended up being too spicy for me. Here's what he had to say about Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausages:

To begin, these sausages were wrapped up in a plastic casing like real-meat sausage links. A word of warning: the casing did not entirely contain the bright red juice these sausages are infused with and it seems like it could stain if not dealt with in a timely fashion.

So, we cut open the casings, sliced up the sausages and fried em up in ye olde skillet. The instructions led us to believe that this product might be the crumbly type of sausage, but they held their shape through cooking and eating, so you can use them just like links. When served, we got them nicely crisped on the outside and warm and chewy on the inside. I'm a big fan of fake meat sausages and these were looking promising.

At this point we discovered that these bad boys ARE spicy. They were a bit beyond Tracy's spice tolerance and near the end of mine. Now, I'm not big into spicy foods so I'm only the relative expert. I'd say their spice level is pretty close to run-of-the-mill "Hot" salsa. So while Tracy declared this product dead to her, I had a few more bites and tried to formulate my opinion.

The initial bite went much better than some of the fake-meat adventures I've been on in Tracy's kitchen. The texture was natural and possibly even enjoyable, but not a meat-like texture. It was a little dry as well, but that is probably due in part to frying it up. The flavor is the problem. I won't count the spice level against it, but there was no feature to the spice other than "hot." It was not a pepper-spicy or a curry-spicy, it was just "hot." Completely boring. No other flavors managed to make it through the heat, either. None of the traditional sausage flavors survived, if they were there at all. These sausages are hot and bland at the same time.

My closing decree is that these sausages are just another bland attempt at fake meat, with a poor attempt to cover it up with spiciness. They are serviceable as sustenance if you can handle the heat, but since fake sausage has so many other better success stories, I don't see these surviving on many peoples' menus.

The experience:
Texture - definitely not unpleasant, but not even close to "meat"
Flavor - bland except for featureless "hotness"

Thanks, Dan, for providing more information than "OMG HOT!" which would be all I  could produce.

Final grade for this attempt: C-

3 comments:

  1. Yes, they tend to be a bit much on their own. The Italian sausages actually are perfect if you fry them and use it in spaghetti sauce. The sauce tends to rehydrate them just enough.

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  2. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy these. They are among my favorite fake meat option. I dice them up, brown them in their own skillet, and add them to stir fried veggies. I also add them (after being browned) to almost all of my pasta dishes. For those of you out there who haven't tried these based on this grading, I suggest you give them a shot. They're muy delicioso! (and not too hot if you mix them with veggies or pasta)

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  3. Their Apple Sage sausages are the best fake meat sausages I've ever had! Going to try the Mexican Chipotle in a dish tomorrow night. if you don't like spice I would say Apple Sage might be a winner for you!

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