I knew I'd heard of Al Fresco chicken sausages, even though I hadn't come across them in my local grocery store. Then I remembered reading an article in the New York Times
magazine, about an unusual marketing campaign that helped boost sales of Al Fresco chicken sausages by as much as 100% in some areas. I recently had the opportunity to try Al Fresco chicken sausages for myself.
Less is More
Admit it, if youre told a product is healthy and low fatsay, 75% lower fat than a regular product, it might make you think it must be lacking in some way. Without all that fat, something has to give, right? Well this certainly isnt the case with Al Fresco all natural chicken sausages, which have just a quarter the fat of regular pork links. And with less than 10g of carbohydrates per servingmuch lower with many varietiesAl Fresco chicken sausages fit as nicely with low carb diets as they do low fat diets. Moreover, Al Fresco chicken sausages have no preservatives, nitrites, nitrates or artificial ingredients, which should make moms much happier about feeding these chicken sausages to their kids. My gluten-intolerant husband was happy to discover them, since many other sausages contain breadcrumbs as fillers. Not these ones. (See more below)
For Breakfast or Dinner
Al Fresco has so many different varieties of their chicken sausages, you could almost eat them every day for two weeks and not tire of them. Each pack offers tasty recipes and serving suggestions in case you're feeling uninspired.
The breakfast chicken sausages feature:
- Apple Maple with pure Vermont maple syrup
- Country Style with sage and thyme
- Wild Blueberry with pure Vermont maple syrup
Choose from numerous dinner varieties, some fresh and some fully cooked. My particular favorites are:
- Teriyaki Ginger fully-cooked chicken sausages with ginger and chili peppers, which I used in a chicken sausage stir-fry with onions and green peppers
- Cranberry Orange fresh chicken sausages, which we enjoyed with a rice pilaf
- Italian Herb chicken sausages with balsamic vinegar, which are great on pizza and in pasta sauces
Other dinner varieties include Mango Chipotle, Tequila Lime with fresh cilantro, and Spicy Jalapeno with roasted peppers. Theres also Sweet Lemon with Tarragon, Buffalo Style (which were wonderful on a pizza I made), and Roasted Garlic with onion, plus a few morecertainly enough variety to suit every taste.
Can You Stop at Just One?
The flavors are well balanced, and even though I admit there were some flavor combinations I or my husband might not normally choose in a sausage (ok, the blueberry ones), we were pleasantly surprised. Al Fresco chicken sausages are juicy and delicious, with a great mouth feel.
Only one minor word of caution for those watching their fat intake. As low fat as Al Fresco chicken sausages arereduced, say, from 28g of fat to 6g with many of the dinner sausages, a serving size is just one link, so dont go overboard and eat too many of them at one sitting, even though you might want to.
You can find Al Fresco chicken sausages in 28 states nationwide, and also online at www.alfrescoallnatural.com