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Move over hot dog, introducing the Chickfurter

I’ve been buying sausages from the local butcher this year, as I can take my own container to avoid any packaging, but I have previously purchased HECK sausages from the supermarket. Both the boys enjoy sausages. So when I heard that HECK were launching a new product, the Chickfurter, I was interested in the concept. Son1 is quite a hotdog fan, but it is a treat that he doesn’t often get the opportunity to try. Meanwhile son2 does not like hot dogs.

HECK Chickfurters

So I received two free packs of HECK Chickfurters to review. How would these go down with the boys?

First the nutritional side. They are gluten free like all the rest of the HECK range and contain 97% British chicken. Apparently the HECK Chickfurter is the only frankfurter on the market currently made of chicken breast, rather than mechanically reclaimed meat. That sounds good. I was also pleased to note that they had 9 days until the use by date, which is pretty impressive for a refrigerated product. Plus they are suitable for home freezing.

HECK Chickfurters

Each 320g pack contains 4 large chickfurters. I’m used to the method of cooking hot dogs in water, but the packet said to pan-fry for best results or to grill. So I opted to pan-fry them, serving them in traditional long rolls with ketchup and optional fried onion.

HECK Chickfurters

HECK Chickfurters

Son1 loved them and wanted two which at 72g each was a huge meat hit. I certainly couldn’t have eaten a second in one sitting. But son2 lived upto expectation and did not like them. He was in the minority though as the rest of us enjoyed them. I loved that smoky flavour.

HECK Chickfurters

And now to discuss the packaging. I knew that I would be compromising my ideal by receiving a packaged product but what type of packaging? It was a plastic tray covered with film in a cardboard sleeve. And at least the tray was not black plastic, as sorting equipment cannot detect the colour black. So all recyclable apart from the film, which could be eco-bricked, but it would be preferable to swap the tray and film to a more sustainable material. For instance when I buy frozen vegetarian sausages, those are just sold in cardboard.

Also by receiving the product via post, there was a lot of additional packaging in order to keep the product chilled during transit. So I would recommend purchasing in-store rather than online, although currently, the chickfurter has only been launched in Morrisons.

HECK Chickfurters

Do take a look at the HECK website to see the rest of their range. I was particularly interested to see they make a wide range of vegan sausages too. I was unaware of these previously. I’ve been eating meat-free more regularly recently and often adapt a sausage recipe to be veggie sausages for me, whilst the rest of the family have butchers sausages.

And I’d love to hear your recipe ideas for chickfurters.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Jungle Dogs pasta

Regular readers of my blog may remember that earlier in the year I blogged a selection of Hot Dog recipes using Jungle Dogs. I have now received another free pack of Jungle Dogs in order to participate in the Jungle Dogs Blogger Challenge to create a recipe to transform my kids lunch box. Jungle Dogs are a chilled pork hot dog from the brand PEK.

Jungle Dogs

Now as my boys have school dinners rather than packed lunches, I decided to make a main meal using pasta, which can be adapted to a pasta salad to go in a lunch box instead. My pasta recipe has a cheese sauce, which although my boys love cold cheese sauce, I know doesn’t necessarily suit everyone. But the sauce can easily be substituted with mayonnaise or crème fraiche to make a more traditional pasta salad. A nice change from sandwiches.

jungle dogs pasta

Jungle Dogs pasta

The recipe below served the whole family, but I did give son1 nearly half of the pieces of Jungle Dogs as I knew he wouldn’t be satisfied otherwise.

Hot Dog Pasta

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

250g penne pasta
1 pack of Jungle Dogs
100g green beans
100g baby peppers
50g plain flour
50g margarine
500ml milk
100g cheddar cheese
parmesan

Method

Chop the Jungle Dogs into slices.
Top and tail the beans.
Chop the peppers in half and remove seeds.
Bring two saucepans of water to the boil, then turn down to simmer.
Add the pasta to the larger saucepan and cook for about 11 minutes.
Meanwhile melt the margarine in a jug in the microwave.
Stir in the flour.
Gradually stir in the milk.
Return to the microwave and cook on high power.
Stir at 1 minute intervals until the sauce has thickened.
Meanwhile add the beans, peppers to the second saucepan and cook gently for about 2 minutes.
Add the Jungle Dogs and continue to cook gently for a further 2 minutes.
Grate the cheese and stir into the sauce.
Return sauce to the microwave and cook on high power for 1 more minute.
Drain the pasta.
Drain the beans, peppers and Jungle Dogs.
Mix into the pasta.
Pour sauce over pasta.
Serve and enjoy, sprinkled with parmesan.

jungle dogs pasta

They currently retail at Asda at £1 for a 180g packet of 6 hot dogs. This sounds good value in my opinion and I believe it is a fairly consistent price with other brands of chilled hot dogs. It certainly made a very tasty meal.

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Jungle Dogs review and meals

I received a free packet of Jungle Dogs to review. Jungle Dogs are a chilled pork hot dog from the brand PEK. They claim to contain more meat than other leading hot dog brands, with no mechanically recovered meat and no artificial colours or flavours.

They also sent me a savoury pancake recipe using Jungle Dogs, but I decided to come up with my own ideas. Something a bit different to just serving hot dogs in the traditional style.

First I made a hot dog pizza on a wrap. The boys have got very keen on wrap pizzas since I first tried making one during the Lunch Less Ordinary challenge last year.

Hot Dog Pizza Wrap

Ingredients (serves 1 – 2 children)

1 wrap
50g tomato purée
1 Jungle Dog
100g grated mozzarella

Method

Chop the Jungle Dog into slices.
Spread tomato purée on the wrap.
Cover with grated mozzarella.
Top with the sliced Jungle Dog.
Cook under a moderate heat grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
Serve and enjoy.

And secondly I cooked some of them in cheesy puff pastry.

Hot Dog Cheese Puffs

Ingredients (serves 2 children)

100g puff pastry
30g grated cheddar,
3 Jungle Dogs
1 tablespoon of milk

Method

Roll out the pastry.
Cut pastry into 3 pieces.
Scatter half of the grated cheddar over one piece of pastry.
Cover with next piece of pastry and scatter rest of the grated cheddar over this.
Cover with final piece of pastry.
Reroll the cheesy pastry into a long rectangle, the width of a Jungle Dog.
Cut cheesy pastry into 3 squares.
Position each Jungle Dog on a pastry square 1cm away from the edge.
Brush edge of pastry with milk and stick to Jungle Dog.
Roll up, brushing final edge to seal.
Place on greased baking sheet, with sealed edge downwards.
Repeat with other 2 Jungle Dogs.
Brush tops with remaining milk.
Bake in preheated fan oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cut each Hot Dog Cheese Puff into 2 pieces.
Serve and enjoy.

And I also tried using some in an omelette.

Hot Dog Omelette

Ingredients (serves 2 children)

2 eggs
2 Jungle Dogs
1tbsp cream
50g grated cheddar
2 tsp oil

Method

Chop the Jungle Dogs into slices.
Beat the eggs and cream.
Add the cheese and Jungle Dogs.
Heat oil in frying pan.
Pour in egg mixture.
Once the omelette has set, turn over to cook other side.
Serve with toast and enjoy.

They currently retail at Asda at £1 for a 180g packet of 6 hot dogs and are also stocked at very large branches of Tesco. This sounds good value in my opinion and I believe it is a fairly consistent price with other brands of chilled hot dogs. However one word of warning they are not suitable for anyone with a soya allergy.

Son 1 gave them the thumbs up, but son 2 rejected all the meals I cooked with the Jungle Dogs saying he prefers sausages. So I tried his portions and I enjoyed them.

You can also find some kids activities on the Jungle Dogs website. Son 1 scored over 1000 on the banana catch game.

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.