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You may never have heard of Dragonfly Soysages as they aren't exactly spotted everywhere you shop for groceries, but if you like vegetarian sausages then these are certainly worth trying.
They are made by Dragonfly, a firm that started out in 1984 when husband and wife team Simon and Dawn bought a company, who were at that time supplying tofu to local shops around the Totnes area in Devon. They make many soya lines but Soysage is perhaps their most well known product. You can find these in health food stores and online, and I purchase mine from Abel and Cole, an organic home delivery supplier. 4 sausages will cost around the £2 mark.
Supplied fresh, not frozen, these are made from brown rice, and tofu and they have sage and tamari added for flavour. All the ingredients are organic, which adds to their appeal in my opinion. Tofu contains all the 8 essential amino acids which are helpful for vegans in particular.
The packet they are sold in is a dinky square box and inside 4 sausages lie like sardines in tight plastic wrapping to keep them fresh. You can barbecue, grill, fry, bake or even microwave them, and this versatility makes them a great asset in any veggie diet plan. They have already been precooked in oil, so they don't need long to be refreshed and ready to serve.
I usually oven bake them as I like them with jacket potatoes, so I often have the oven on anyway. 15 Minutes is all the cooking time they need, and the result is a lovely golden brown sausage, which has a lovely subtle flavour of sage. They are especially nice cooked this way, as they have a slightly crispy shell then, whereas if you fry them they can soak up too much oil and become soggy. There is no dryness with these as the manufacturer ensures they are moist by adding sunflower, almond, walnut and sesame oils in their production. This may account for why they have more fat in that other vegetarian sausages, in fact they have 15.8g fat per 100g which is more than you would expect for a Quorn sausage, but I think they are a thousand times better, with more flavour and texture to them.
They are gluten free, dairy and egg free, and of course free from meat of any kind. They also carry the stamp of approval from The Vegetarian Society, The Soil Association Organic Standard, and were winners of The Organic Food Awards in 2002.
It is also possible to freeze these on the day of purchase, making these an ideal food to have in for wet days when you can't face the supermarket, or if you have emergency guests.
I have cooked these on summer barbeques very successfully and they are so much nicer than any vegetarian sausages I have tried in this way. They are a perfect accompaniment to vegetable kebabs, and go really well with chutneys and pickles. A particular favourite of mine is to stew some Grannie Smiths apples from the tree I have in my garden with a little sugar, as this goes so well with the sausages.
The company have a website which you can visit at www.beanydiet.com which is devoted to the health benefits of soy (there is a diet you can follow there to lose weight) and. there are in depth details about their products. Their website can also be accessed at www.dragonflyfoods.co.uk.
These are rustic healthy sausages and a bit more obscure than those found in every supermarket. I really enjoy these and they are certainly worth trying as they have no GM ingredients, colourings or preservatives and of course no animal products either.
Their range also includes burgers and plain tofu and other products.
I think these are a hearty satisfying meal ideal for winter evenings, or for summer barbeques. You might just have to search beyond the supermarket chiller to find these, but they are well worth going the extra mile to find.