Another product from one of our favorite sausage makers, this sweet italian sausage is one of the most interesting italian style sausages I’ve ever eaten.
Italian sausage is one of my very favorite sausage products and we have sampled some of the very best for reviews in the past. Simply Sausage out of Landover Maryland is one of our favorite sausage makers. But when we combine those two things, we ended up with unexpected results. Initially at least.
As usual, Simply Sausage has a clean list of high quality ingredients and the finished italian sausage was meaty and not greasy. Upon first bite, this sausage was underwhelming when compared to the great italian sausages from places like Espositos in New York and Pontrelli and Laricchia in Los Angeles. But as I finished up the first half of a link, I started to pick up on all the spices and flavors that I expect in an italian sausage, and by the end of the link, I was blown away by the subtlety of this product.
It had all the flavor of the great sausages, just not in a big robust fashion. This delicate sausage was flavorful yet sophisticated and hit on all the right notes.
If you haven’t ordered from Simply Sausage, you’re simply missing one of the great sausage makers in the US. I urge you to give them a try.
Over the years I think I’ve tasted 50 different brats. Many of them had very similar flavor profiles but now and then you run into one that really stands out..not always as a brat but as a sausage. The DC Bratwurst from Simply Sausage does a fine job of being a brat with a somewhat unique flavor profile.
I cooked these in an open pan to a temperature of 162 degrees. On first bite I was hit with a strong but not over powering taste of pork and pepper. By the time I finished the first sausage I was a fan and I found that the pepper itself was very addicting. As I sat making notes, I steadily sampled away at the 3 remaining sausages and, unfortunate as it may be for my balanced eating plan, I finished off this delightfully spiced 4 pack in about 30 minutes sans bread, condiments, or any sides. Feeling a bit guilty I decided to skip my evening snack.
My conclusion. If you’re a fan of brats and the beautiful subtlety of pepper, I’m sure you will find this sausage to be amazing. I would buy this sausage again with no hesitation and highly recommend brat lovers give this a try.
Ingredients: Pork, salt, water, caraway, lemon zest, pepper, nutmeg.
If you’ve ever been to New Mexico (or surrounding areas) when the Hatch Chiles come in, you know the pleasure of watching these beauties getting roasted and then taking some home and making some fresh green pork chili or just adding them to some eggs in the morning. One of the great eating experiences in life as far as I’m concerned.
I recently received a small shipment of Sausages (gratis) from Stan at Simply Sausage out of Landover Maryland (thanks Stan!). I’ll be posting reviews on some of his varieties in the near future but when I opened the box and saw the chicken with hatch chiles, I knew right away what I was having for breakfast this morning.
The first thing I noticed on the packaging is, much like the chicken sausage from one of my other favorite sausage makers Esposito’s in New York, all the items listed are ingredients I’m betting you’re familiar with and have in your kitchen. We talk about the simplicity of a good sausage from time to time and if you start with quality ingredients, you more often then not finish with a quality sausage. Simply Sausage gets that right with this product.
This came as a raw product so I steamed the sausage for a few minutes in about 2 tbs of water with the lid on. I then put about 1 tbs of olive oil in the pan and tended the sausage for about 4-5 minutes at medium heat so it could brown just slightly and evenly. I measured the internal temperature to be 165 degrees and took them out of the pan to rest a few minutes.
The grind on this was very fine all the way through the sausage and when cut open it had small flecks of spice, some of which I assumed to be hatch chiles. The sausages were beautifully seasoned and gave off a fabulous garlic aroma when cooking that mellowed to just the slightest hint of garlic when eaten. Unlike a hot smoked sausage, the heat was reminiscent of a good pork chili where it starts small and grows slowly and warmly as you move towards the bottom of the bowl (or towards the last bite of sausage in this case).
This is an excellent sausage and as good a chicken sausage as I’ve eaten. Quite frankly, if you didn’t tell me this was chicken, I would have guessed pork. I would definitely purchase this sausage again and would recommend spending some time on their website as they offer a large selection of fresh sausages.
Ingredients: Chicken, hatch green chiles, beer, salt, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, and black pepper.