Review: MOR Sausages
Here at Raring2go! we love a sausage! Slap them on the BBQ or slather them with onion gravy on a bed of mash - they make a quick and simple family meal.
So when MOR asked us to try out their sausages, recently launched in Tesco, we agreed. However MOR are not your ordinary sausages - as the name suggests you certainly do get MOR'. MOR sausages are unique blends of high-quality British meat, tasty vegetables, herbs, and spices. They say this combination ramps up the flavour and, even better, means they contain less fat than traditional pork sausages.
But what we found a real bonus was they helped to shake-up our meal times and subtlety incorporated more vegetables and flavours into our dishes, helping to expand our children's tastes as well as upping their vegetable intake. Win! Win!
Jo Messinger, Editor of Raring2go! Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, sampled Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas.
I've got to admit I'm normally a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to sausages and I've never eaten a chicken sausage although chicken is probably our favourite meat. So when I told my eldest son we were going to have chicken sausages (I didn't tell him at that point about the sundried tomatoes in them!) he was keen to try them. Although the packaging gives a great serving suggestion of stirring chopped sausages into al-dente linguine with a splash of single cream and a good grating of parmesan, I asked Adam how he would like to eat them. Thinking of where he'd had chicken before he suggested a roast' dinner of chicken sausages with vegetables. Why not? So we served the sausages with broccoli, carrots, mash and gravy. The verdict - delicious! The sausages took just 20-25 minutes to cook in the oven, much quicker than a roast chicken! I also liked how the packaging clearly shows the proportions of each ingredient in each sausage such as red peppers, spring onions and tomatoes - which didn't overwhelm or make the children feel they were getting veggie sausages but had just 3% fat in them compared to pork sausages which have around 30%.
Adam, aged 11, said: I loved the chicken sausages - I'd definitely like to have them again served as a chicken dinner.
Zach, aged 9, said: The chipolatas were really nice - the skins were not hard to cut through and I liked the red bits!
Sally Walters, Editor of Raring2go! Kidderminster & Stourbridge, sampled Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas; Beetroot & Bramley Apple Sausages; Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages and Moroccan Spiced Pork, Cauliflower & Chickpea sausages.
The MOR sausages brightened up a chilly May Bank Holiday. They provided a lovely talking point at a family BBQ with friends. The colourful packaging caught the children's' eyes making them all the more eager to try them. We are a family of sausage lovers, so the taste challenge was no hardship for us! (We bought a backup pack of butcher's pork sausages - just in case - but they largely remained untouched!)
As a parent I was interested to see that there was no traffic like' red symbol on the packet (only oranges and greens), indicating straight away that the sausages had less fat content than you might expect. They are also Gluten free.
My husband was therefore sceptical as to what these healthy' sausages would taste like.In fact, we felt almost virtuous eating the MOR sausages! They are ram packed with vegetables, herbs and fresh flavours that actually do compliment the pork.What surprised us is that the consistency of the sausage was just right. Often we find that premium sausages are too meaty and chewy, and sausages with a higher fat can feel a bit greasy. Yet MOR sausages were a nice balance. They also held together well on cooking.
Amy's (aged 11) favourite was the Pork, Beetroot and Apple - she liked the slightly sweet flavour, but was fascinated to see that the red colour of the beetroot, visible in the uncooked sausage, disappeared once it was cooked. (I guess, for fussy children, this might not be a bad thing!)
Tom (aged 14) preferred the Pork, Super Green Veg and Lentil sausage. We thought this one tasted similar to a pork and leek sausage (which we often buy).
It's good to know that the new MOR sausages are available from Tesco's, so easily accessible for us, and we'll certainly consider buying them again, depending on the price point.
Nicola Maile, Editor of Raring2go! South Warwickshire and Solihull, tried the Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages and Moroccan Spiced Pork, Cauliflower & Chickpea sausages.
The kids really enjoyed them. We tried them without telling them what was in each one beforehand. I was a bit concerned about the fact that they were Gluten Free but they cooked well on the BBQ and had a good consistency/ bite. The taste of the ones we tried were true to the flavour description on the packet. Sometimes products like these end up with a generic flavour as the ingredients are overwhelmed by strong sausage seasoning. We would definitely consider buying these again.
Alex, aged five, said: My favourite was the red spicy ones. They are so tasty I don't even want ketchup on it!
Oliver, aged nine, said: I preferred the super veg ones. I can't believe there are whole peas in a sausage! They are really nice.
Lisa Bayliss, Editor of Raring2go! Bromsgrove & Redditch, sampled the Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages.
We were going to have a BBQ but rain stopped play so we roasted all our veg and sausages instead.
The teens weren't keen at first as they were put off by the colour but enjoyed them once they tried them!
For some interesting ways to serve sausages and recipes using sausages visit the MOR website or try out these suggestions below:
BBQ Sausage Toppings
Forget bright, red ketchup and limp onions, and get creative with our BBQ sausage serving suggestions. We've included exciting ideas for three of the MOR Sausage flavours, so experiment with relishes, try unusual sauces, and feel inspired by flavours from all over the globe.
Hoi sin hot dog with Asian vegetables
Bring your favourite Asian-inspired flavours to your summer BBQ. Before grilling, marinate Pork, Super Green Veg & Lentil Sausages in sticky hoisin sauce. Then, cook them through on the BBQ, tuck into classic hot dog buns, and top with chopped spring onions, shredded cucumber, and sesame seeds.
Italian sausage sandwich with basil
Grill MOR Mediterranean Chicken with Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas on the BBQ, following pack instructions. Cut in half, lengthways, and lay on warm, herby focaccia bread. Top with chunky tomato sauce and a handful of torn basil.
Creamy mashed potato and sausage wrap
Ready for something really different? BBQ a pack of MOR Pork, Beetroot & Bramley Apple Sausages, and lay on tortillas. Then, inspired by Swedish tunnbrÃ¶dsrulle, smother each sausage in creamy mashed potato, top with fried onions and shredded lettuce, and finish with a squirt of mustard or ketchup.
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