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Heck, that’s a damn fine sausage!

having been dairy-free for over 2 years, it still amazes me the number of products i find that ‘sneakily’ contain dairy: many brands of salt and vinegar crisps, low-fat mayonnaise, the majority of fresh soup cartons, lots of supermarket ready-meals, packaged meats.. the list goes on!

so my ears pricked up (and my stomach immediately growled!) when heck got in touch with me recently to introduce me to their extensive dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free product range.


a small independent producer, heck make their burgers, meatballs and sausages in small batches to ensure the best possible flavour, using the finest ingredients to bring farmers’ market quality to your supermarket shelf. as well as offering high quality meats, they also now do veggie burgers, sausages and vegan balls too, meaning they have something to suit all taste buds.

they use fresh british meat for all of their products, including pork shoulder for all of their sausages and meatballs, chicken breast and thigh for their chicken sausages and burgers, and british beef for the burgers, and it is all farm assured and british red tractor approved. they also use fresh herbs instead of dried, processed ones.

they sent me a great selection of their products to try, and everything i’ve tasted so far has been delicious! their website has a great selection of recipes to inspire you as well, and i thought i’d share with you my take on their recipe for smoky chilli sausage gnocchi which i made earlier in the week. mm, pillowy potato dumplings with spicy meat..

smoky chilli sausage & gnocchi casserole


for the gnocchi:

  • 1 pack of heck smoky paprika chicken chipolatas
  • 1 teaspoon of very lazy crushed garlic
  • half teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 525g passata
  • 100ml red wine
  • 400g ready to cook gnocchi
  • 1 pack fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil


for the salad:

  • 1 pack of fine green beans
  • 15ml of light olive oil
  • 20g toasted flaked almonds



cook the gnocchi as directed on the packet. drain and set aside (or cook while browning sausage if you’re adept at multi-tasking!)

squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausages and add to a large pan with a touch of olive oil and brown off the sausage meat. add the diced shallot, paprika and crushed garlic, and sauté for 4 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic.

add the red wine, and when it has evaporated add the passata and bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer. gently stir in the cooked gnocchi and the baby spinach. stir together until spinach starts to welt, then take off the heat to cool slightly before serving.

meanwhile, bring the green beans up to the boil in a small saucepan and cook gently for 3-4 minutes, then drain. lightly toast the flaked almonds in a frying pan and combine with the drained beans. drizzle with olive oil to serve.

~ et voila!


i thought i’d also share with you this little snap of heck’s thai bites veggie balls, which i enjoyed for lunch today. the ‘recipe’ is nothing fancy; i’ve literally just put them atop a steaming bowl of stir-fry veg and drizzled with sweet chilli sauce, but oh boy was it yummy!

heck food products can be ordered direct from their website, with 2 deliveries going out per week, as well as supermarkets across the uk, including waitrose, sainsburys, tesco, asda and booths. find you nearest stockist here.

heck food sent me a selection of their products to try for the purpose of this review, but all love of good quality meat and tasty sausages (hehe) is my own. 

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4 Responses

  1. Oh wow, this is interesting – especially as my daughter is dairy free and I am thinking of doing so myself too. Those Thai veggie balls – have to try them. You’ve made me hungry!! Lovely post X

    1. Yes, the Thai veggie balls are so yummy – they also have a super greens version too, which I had yesterday and also enjoyed very much xx

  2. What the heck! (sorry). I’ve heard of their products before, but didn’t realise they were so ‘free-from’. Great to know, as I’ve got several friends who are dairy or gluten free.

  3. OK, so those Thai veggie balls look delicious. I know where I’m hoping to come for dinner when I’m in Manchester next…! ;)

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