We all love Sausages right? But Red Meat and Gluten don’t agree with everyone… Gluten Free Chicken Sausages anyone?! M&S to the rescue!
We all love sausages right? I mean there are definitely sausages… and then there are… gluten free chicken sausages! A good quality sausage with a really high meat content is what I have always been in favour of. Toad in the Hole cooked well has to be one of my favourite dishes of all time. A simple homemade sausage and mash with lots of gravy is pure comfort food on a chilly day. When I stopped being able to eat gluten 5 years ago I ended up not eating so many sausages which saddened me greatly at the time. I had no idea until that day that even what I thought were ‘good quality’ sausages were actually pumped full of unnecessary gluten based ingredients.
However, sausages that do not contain any gluten at all have become much more of a thing over the past few years. Surely everyone would prefer to have gluten free sausages? More meat… less rubbish! Marks and Spencer have always been my friend for Gluten Free sausages that taste great from their Posh Dogs to their chipolatas and pigs in blankets at Christmas… they have always been kind to me. In terms of other brands that do great sausages I have always enjoyed Heck sausages. I came across them quite a few years ago at one of the Allergy Shows and have always enjoyed grabbing a packet when I’m just nipping to Tescos for a quick shop.
When I lived at home my Mum would often cook tasty high pork content sausages from M&S so that I could enjoy Bangers and Mash with the whole family and I still do enjoy that when I visit my parents house. However for Mark over the past few years one of his food related issues that has sprouted from his IBS is that red meat doesn’t sit very well with him. The higher fat content in Pork Sausages is unfortunately not something that his stomach will tolerate very well. With this in mind we rarely if ever have sausages. I know that I could cook myself some juicy pork bangers, but it just isn’t the same when we both aren’t enjoying them, we love cooking and eating food together!
Chicken or Turkey Sausages are very uncommon. I have found turkey sausages in various supermarkets with a low meat content and plenty of gluten in them… no good. I also notice that Heck do a chicken based sausage but it contains cheese! No good for Mark who cannot have dairy in his diet! Living up in the chilly North of England we both so often fancy a hearty portion of sausage and mash but feel ultimately deprived. So when we popped into Marks and Spencer Food last weekend my eyes were instantly drawn to the simple words… ‘Gluten Free Chicken Sausages’! I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen these before… they must be new! I grabbed the packet and saw in delicious letters ‘Gluten Free’! We bought two packets… one for the freezer and one to be used in the week just gone. I can safely say they are all definitely gone now!
The gluten free chicken sausages are obviously much paler in colour than regular sausages are but once cooked they get a really nice golden colour. This wasn’t something I was expecting… I just imagined they would continue to be pale similarly to how chicken usually is. These sausages cook very similarly to any fresh pork sausages you can buy. You can grill them, BBQ them, bake them or fry them. I have been brought up grilling sausages and always do so, even with a toad in the hole I often find I grill the sausages a little just to get some colour on them pre-baking.
You get 8 gluten free chicken sausages in a pack and we decided to grill them all. 2 each for dinner and the rest could be eaten in one my very favourite ways… a sausage sarnie! I used to get sausage sandwiches on a special occasion in my packed lunch when I was really young and it was always a very very good lunch! Never the most attractive of lunches I found out the other day, but definitely one of the most tasty!
When grilling these gluten free chicken sausages, the entire house smelt amazing. There is nothing quite like the smell of sausages cooking… and just because these are chicken sausages it didn’t make one bit of difference. I grilled them turning every so often for about 17 minutes and they came out golden brown.
Served up with creamy mash potato, steamed veggies and a good helping of gluten free gravy… this was seriously the perfect dinner for a cold February evening. I can imagine these making a tasty hot dog straight off the BBQ in the summer time as well, in a gluten free bun with plenty of ketchup & also my favourite sauce ever these days (also M&S)… Posh Dog Relish! It is seriously great with everything!!
I am so glad that M&S has decided to start making gluten free chicken sausages and that they are gluten free. They have a delicious moist texture and taste great. It’ so lovely to be able to have sausages again for dinner with Mark. Next stop Toad in the Hole or maybe even a Sausage Pasta Bake!
Let me know if you get the chance to try these chicken sausages and what your thoughts are on them 🙂
Thanks for reading,