With Bonfire Night just a few days away it’s hardly surprising that this week has been nominated British Sausage Week!
Whether you plan to have a sizzling banger yourself or just cook them for the rest of the family it pays for bariatrics to be wise about the best on offer. For when it comes to sausages all things are not equal. Some have much more meat than others, some more saturated fat, yet more with carby fillers, preservatives, artificial flavours and colourings. Paying a bit more often means that you get a better banger but it’s not always that simple.
I have cooked, tasted and scoured the supermarkets over the last week to find the best – the ones that taste fabulous, cook well and nutritionally score well on paper and plate. Here are my top 4!
Debbie and Andrew’s sausages – these are a premium brand whose sausages are made from lean, fair trade pork shoulder that have no artificial colours and flavours. These have a high protein content, low carb level and acceptable fat content.
Sainsburys Taste the Difference Ultimate Outdoor Bred Pork sausages. These sausages have a very high meat content and the saturated fat is at the lower end of the spectrum. Salt is also minimal so they have a very good clean bill of health for bariatrics.
Marks & Spencer Sicilian Style Pork, Fennel and Chilli Sausages. These are a gourmet sausage perhaps more suited to adult tastes because they have a good chilli kick. The only sausage I tasted that had only one preservative too. This sausage also, unlike many others, does not contain wheat so is suitable for anyone allergic to gluten or wheat. A bit higher in saturated fat though than the others recommended.
The Good Little Company Great Big Sausages. These were fabulous not just because of their taste but because they were low in saturated fat, gluten-free and had a good lean and high meat content. The only downside is that they are not available in all stores but stocked in most branches of Waitrose – worth seeking out.
Image courtesy of Debbie and Andrews sausages www.debbieandandrews.co.uk