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Sausage rolls make a good filling snack meal and the Tesco sausage rolls are not too bad at all. I have to be honest and admit that I am really partial to the sausage rolls at Greggs the bakers but if I am shopping in Tesco then there is no point making a detour to Greggs just to pick up a couple of sausage rolls.
The packet contains two average sized sausage rolls for 55p, so they are not at all expensive. But then again some cheaper sausage rolls can be tasteless and often you find that it is worth shelling out the few extra pence to enjoy a tastier sausage roll.
Tesco have put the two sausage rolls into a good sturdy plastic container that stops them being battered about in transit and the plastic tray has been covered over with a sealed film. Tesco have used a light puff pastry for these sausage rolls and unlike the pastry that covers the value sausage rolls it looks reasonably good. The top of the puff pastry is a light golden colour and you can see the flaky layers. The pork sausage meat is plentiful, you are not getting far more pastry than meat.
I don't like heating any pastry products in the microwave unless it can be avoided, if pastry goes into a conventional oven to warm up then it stays crisper and it tastes far better. Microwaved pastry tends to go soft, soggy and floppy and this spoils the whole effect.
The Tesco sausage rolls are quite good to eat cold, the sausage meat is not pinky coloured, it looks well cooked and you can see that it has been seasoned. Seasoning is half the battle, if you don't season the sausage meat well then you end up eating a tasteless mass. Once the Tesco sausage rolls have been placed onto a baking tray and put into a pre-heated oven for ten minutes the smell begins to get to you. You can really smell that Tesco have seasoned the sausage meat well, the sage and onion smell fills the air, it is lovely.
The already golden pastry turns a shade of two deeper in colour and the hot sausage rolls look delicious. The casing of light puff pastry retains it's crispy bite and the hot sausage meat still feels fairly firm, I find hot squidgy sausage meat a little bit indigestible.
These sausage rolls contain gluten, wheat and egg and they are not suitable for anyone with a nut allergy either. Sausage rolls are notoriously high in fat and it will not surprise you to learn that each roll contains a couple of hundred calories, so not a good snack for weight watchers.
The Tesco Value sausage rolls are not my cup of tea , for a few pence more you can upgrade and buy a couple of these which are worth eating. If you look into the chiller at Tesco you will be pleasantly surprised at how many different types of sausage roll they have to offer, from the man size portion right down to the party sized nibble.