It’s been a while since the Examiner checked out the world of vegan sausage. Last year, Field Roast was among the brands of plant based sausages examined in-depth. Field Roast continues to lead other veggie sausage makers in terms of product diversity-at least in the North Metro Denver area. At Whole Foods in Westminster, the Examiner picked up Field Roast Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage to put it to the test.
The links look just like ordinary breakfast links that every American has seen. They also cook and taste like them. The links can be cooked just like ordinary sausages, you just need to add a tablespoon of oil to the pan or grill (or more, depending on how many links you are cooking. They cook quite well in the pan or on the grill and for the ovo-vegetarian, also can be cooked in small slices for a sausage omelet.
Field Roast Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage links are gluten based, so they hold together as well as meat links and don’t have the soft and squishy texture that many tofu-based links have. They also don’t have a tofu-like taste. These links taste like traiditional sausage, minus the fat. The absence of fat will make for less of the traditional aroma that comes from cooking meat-based sausage, but won’t lack taste.
It’s hard to deny that sausage and bacon may still smell good even after one refrains from eating the high-fat breakfast treats. For those who don’t miss either, the idea that meaty texture still goes well for a hearty breakfast can still apply. Meaty texture is a wonderful feature in food even if there’s no meat in what you’re eating. So many may turn to vegan meat alternatives not because they seek to mimic meat, but because the texture is just perfect.
Field Roast Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage won’t just please vegans, it will easily fool a carnivore if cooked right (like conventional breakfast sausage-in a pan so they get crunchy on at least one side). Carnivores need not even be in denial to try them. With low fat content, they will allow a diner to indulge in a good helping of breakfast sausage without gorging on high-fat food. When it comes to taste and texture, there really isn’t a compromise to be had here, these are plant-based sausages that actually taste like sausage and will bring the same pleasure to the palate.