The Yorkshire square sausages in question are Heck Fair & Square (pictured). You might have seen that Heck are increasingly more visible on the supermarket shelves or you might even have heard of this family run company from a programme by Alex Polizzi called The Fixer, where she is parachuted in to help improve the business. Either way, you might be aware that they have their own version of Scotland's beloved square sausage. They don't pitch it as an equivalent to a Lorne, rather a sausage that is more suitable to go on BBQ's as a substitute for burgers, or to fit in perfectly between two slices of bread. That being said they do tip their hat on their website to the Scottish origins of a square and flat sausage (good guys).
First thing that made me respect these sausages is how well they cooked - they are not so densely packed that they take ages to cook, they are meaty so they don't cook too quickly, and most importantly they don't give off a load fat. Anyone that has read my post on making Lorne sausage at home will know that I find the supermarket bought stuff very, very fatty, so having a good quality square sausage that was juicy but not too fatty is something to be admired.
The most important thing with a sausage though is the taste. Some sausages can look very unappetizing but taste great, so I couldn't be too quick to praise the Fair & Squares. I followed the advice of the folk at Heck and stuck one of the sausage in between some sliced bread with a dollop of ketchup, but I also kept aside another one to check how it tasted on its own. I have to admit, these sausages are pretty good. The 97% pork meat is excellent and has great texture. The spice mix in the sausages was subtle but noticeable - if I'm being really honest then I would like it to be a bit punchier but maybe I am thinking about Lorne too much again. The taste is pretty clean, which again points to the fact that they aren't overly fatty. They go very well with a cup of tea (Yorkshire tea maybe). Taste wise, these sausages aren't like Lorne and could never take their place, however I don't think they are trying to. Heck have taken the convenience and ingenuity (yes, ingenuity) of the square sausage shape and applied it to their own great sausage meat. I think they have got a good result out of the cross-border...erm...union (?).
I wanted to hate these sausages, but I didn't. Yorkshire's Heck Fair & Square are alright by me, lad.
Enjoy the rest of sausage week, ya bunch of wieners!