Review: Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage

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Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage package

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausages any good?

Yes, these are a pretty decent meat substitute. Relatively easy to prepare with a pleasantly subtle sweet-Apple flavor. Bonus points for their fantastic protein too.

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage cooked sausage links

These vegetarian sausages are usually found in the refrigerated section of the store; often times in a place like Whole Foods they’re intermingled with the vegan products. I’m not quite sure why they’re not vegan themselves, looking at the ingredients I can’t see anything of note. There’s probably some egg or milk lurking in one of the benign items is my guess. These sausages come four links to a pack and are wrapped in protective plastic casing. You need to remove the casing before preparing the sausage.

The sausages are fairly robust, I expected they might crumble on removing the casing but the opposite is true. They stay firmly solid, even after some aggressive pan frying at high temperature.

Taste wise I am big fan of these, they’re quite reminiscent of Tofurky products, but are less bitter/sour. The apple adds a really enjoyable and subtle sweetness that grows on the palate through the meal. Each sausage weighs in at a mighty 25g of protein, which means if you tackle two like me, you’ll be fairly stuffed. Like all meat-sub products they do this at vastly lower levels of saturated fat, albeit the sodium isn’t amazing.

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage cooking instructions and nutrition

These sausages need a pan fry or throwing onto the BBQ – whatever your chosen method – you’re basically heating and serving. Fried in the pan, they retain a great crisp on the exterior not unlike a real sausage. I was quite surprised they didn’t devolve into a small pile of crumbles; though the packaging notes you can certainly do this if you’re looking for a ground sausage alternative. To date I’ve only pan fried these as whole links.

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage package with nutrition and cooking details

What’s a fair price?

Five bucks or under. I’ve seen these as cheap as $4.97 at Walmart and similar priced at Whole Foods. The highest price I’ve found was $5.97 at Smith’s.

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage what’s in the packet

Four sausages, each delineated from the next with a nice little twist of plastic. This means you can open them one at a time if you like, no need to use them all at once. The shelf life is usually a few weeks from purchase.

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage unpacked

What can I make with Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage?

O.k. for the sake of the purists out there I’ll have to call it a Chicago-inspired vegan dog; I couldn’t get a hold of sports peppers, and I prefer sliced pickle over a whole spear – I mean cmon on a tiny hot dog bun? Anyway, suffices to say, Field Roast make great sausages for your own loaded dog creation.

Vegan Chicago dog with Field Roast Sausage
Vegan Chicago dog with Field Roast Sausage

Of course, there are myriad ways you can craft a gourmet hot dog – for something a little more off the beaten path, what about this fajita skillet plate? In the following dish I pan fried some sliced Field Roast with garlic, smoked paprika, oregano and cumin. From there I plated it with some skillet veggies, guacamole, salsa and veggie refried beans. Delicious!

Fajita plate with Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage
Fajita plate with Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage

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Hi I’m Stuart., amateur home cook and professional food writer.  You can find my writing at places like The Salt Lake Tribune and Gastronomic SLC, which I founded more than a decade ago.  As well as writing extensively about restaurants, I’m endlessly curious about that product on the shelf. Is it any good I wonder? If you’re like me, wonder no more.

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