Review of Tesco Sausage Patties – 6 Pork & Herb Breakfast Patties
What they say:
Seasoned Pork burger with Sage, Parsley & Black Pepper.
Price: £2.00 for 6 patties.
Calories: 105 kcal per grilled patty.
Believe it or not I only had my first McDonald’s Sausage & Egg McMuffin about three years ago. Why had I never had one? “Because I don’t like egg” – since that revelation of a day (thanks to Miss Milkshake) I’ve gone on to include egg as part of a balanced diet. Who says McDonald’s is a bad influence…
And you can’t really write a review about the new-ish Tesco Sausage Patties without mentioning the hugely popular breakfast offering from the Golden Arches. To give them their full name, Tesco recently (late 2015?) released 6 Pork & Herb Breakfast Patties – I remember one of the supermarket guys I follow sharing a picture on Twitter and I vowed to keep a look out for them.
Now I’ve very much cracked my own copycat McMuffin recipe. Followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter will back me up as they will have seen pictures (usually taken on a Saturday or Sunday) of my replication. And without being too big-headed, they are pretty damn fine. But these require pork mince, food processors, getting your hands messy etc. Now you can pop to your local Tesco and get in on the breakfast action (if they have them – my nearest store literally got them in the other day. Or it was the other day I actually went down the freezer section and looked).
Anyway… £2 will get you six of these frozen seasoned pork patties and I must say they are really rather good at what they are trying to emulate. It doesn’t take a genius to note that the bigwigs at Tesco must have been sat around recently, saw the utter hype and reaction to all day breakfast being served at McD’s USA (and countless UK patrons screaming out for it here) and thought “let’s get a product out there”. And I am personally glad they did…
OK you still have to add your own muffin, egg and cheese slice to replicate the McMuffin with these but what do you expect? A Hunger Breaks All Day Breakfast can-type product where you just shove it all in the microwave (there’s a product idea for you Rustlers) and 90 seconds later “ping” and you’re in.
To replicate the Sausage & Egg McMuffin I use an egg ring for shaping the egg (Amazon do them), a Kingsmill Muffin (toasted), one slice of processed cheese and one large egg. Oh and melted butter – you need to do a “no-entry” sign of melted butter on the crown to give it that authentic McDonald’s copycat taste.
The patty itself doesn’t look the most appealing product in the world and with 2.7g of saturated fat (14% of your daily recommended allowance) you’ll soon become a fatty if eating a daily patty. They’re quite white in appearance but have significant flecks of green from the herbs running through them. Oh and a word of warning. It’s fairly difficult separating them so air with caution when trying to dislodge them from each other. They’re separated via some form of burger wrap style paper but I had to use a knife to get them apart (be ultra-careful).
Grill time is around 8 minutes and I haven’t shallow fried them as yet, but they do come out very respectable. It’s never going to be identical to McDonald’s but it’s quite similar. You get that “herby” taste from the sage but the recipe could do with a little more black pepper in it.
As a product it is cheap, convenient and very good to have in your freezer for those weekends you don’t get to McDonald’s before that dreaded 10:30am time. Now you can have all day breakfast in the comfort of your own home. And with relative few cooking utensils required – whatever you do invest in an egg ring!
For true authenticity, wrap the completed build in foil and put back in the (warm) oven for a bit to melt the cheese or (whatever you do minus the foil) pop it in the microwave – this can result in semi-soggy muffin though so have a play and see what suits you.
We’ve already had two each here at BLHQ (I only got them yesterday!) and if you really want to feel like you’re having McDonald’s breakfast at home, get a coffee and/or orange juice and hash brown with it. OK it’s never going to be identical to your favourite at McD’s but it’s pretty damn close!
Tesco Sausage Patties – or Tesco Pork & Herb Breakfast Patties certainly get the thumbs up from us!
Please note this review is strictly approaching the product from the point of view of replicating a Sausage & Egg McMuffin. For more information check the Tesco (there’s only one “s”) website.
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