Sunday, 25 March 2012

Quorn Cumberland Sausages

Cumberland sausages have won a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. This means that only sausages which have been produced, processed and prepared in Cumbria and have a meat content of at least 80% are allowed to display the PGI mark while calling themselves Cumberland Sausages. All others are imitations.
Quorn Cumberland sausages are obviously not the 'real thing' because they're meat free. They're also not sold in a coil as traditional Cumberland sausages are. However, they do provide a tasty alternative to meat sausages with considerably less fat and just 86 calories each.

They're flavoured with thyme, sage, onions with a hint of black pepper, giving them a mildly spicy taste. As a test, I gave my children one Quorn Cumberland sausage and one regular Cumberland sausage and didn’t let on that one wasn’t meat. After happily devouring his meatless Quorn sausage, my teenage son twigged something was up once he started on the real thing. He did admit though, that he had no idea the first sausage was a Quorn one until he'd started eating the meat sausage.

Quorn Cumberland sausages are sold in the freezer section in bags of six. They can be cooked from their frozen state in less than 15 minutes. However, because they don't lose any fat when cooking, you need to either spray or brush them with a little oil first. And if you cook them in a frying pan, it's best to cook them on a lower heat otherwise they burn on the outside quite quickly.

You can find Quorn 6 Cumberland sausages in the freezer section of larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per sausage: 86 calories, 6.8g protein, 6.0g Carbohydrate, 0.3g sugar, 3.5g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 1.8g fibre, 0.5g salt. Vegetarian Society Approved.


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