Artisan Meats of Canandaigua NY

Formerly known as¬†Hartmann’s Old World Sausage, the Artisan Meats company has changed names, but they have not missed a beat when it comes to producing fine products.

In business now for 53 years, Artisan Meats offers a full line of Brats, Wursts, and their version of regional favorites like Smoked Chorizo and Andouille as well as Ham, Liverwurst and Cold Cuts. Continue reading “Artisan Meats of Canandaigua NY”

Shiner Smokehouse Spicy Jalapeno and Cheddar Smoked Sausage

The good folks at Shiner sent me a nice variety pack of their products and while I planned to start some reviews later this month, I tend to get ahead of myself whenever jalapeno and cheddar “meat”. So I jumped right in sampled their Spicy Jalapeno and Cheddar smoked sausage. Continue reading “Shiner Smokehouse Spicy Jalapeno and Cheddar Smoked Sausage”

Hillshire Farms American Craft Jalapeno and Cheddar Smoked Sausage

That’s a big ol’ long name for a sausage!

We have reviewed some of Hillshire’s past attempts at making a sausage that would compete with some of the better regional brands. Unfortunately as you can see here and here, their Gourmet collection fell short of being a good product so how did their new series called American Craft fare in our taste test? Quite well actually. Continue reading “Hillshire Farms American Craft Jalapeno and Cheddar Smoked Sausage”

Johnsonville Italian Sausage Four Cheese

This is our first review of a fresh Johnsonville sausage product, the Johnsonville Italian Four Cheese Sausage.

I was not a fan of the Johnsville 3 Cheese pre-cooked sausage, finding it both confusing and bland but this is a different beast altogether. I pan fried this for about 12 minutes and it browned up very nicely. My first reaction when slicing this sausage open was, that’s a lot of cheese, but I’ve been fooled by a lot of tasteless cheese in past reviews so did this cheesy Italian make the grade?

No doubt. This sausage was fresh, porky, and cheesy and it was a very nice cheesy that provided good flavor and nice texture and mouthfeel. In fact, I would say that this is one of the top 5 commercial sausages I’ve ever eaten. Quite frankly, I was shocked at how good this was!

This would be a great sausage for eating straight up or on a nice bun. I wouldn’t bury it in anything simply because the flavors do just fine on their own.

If you haven’t tried this Johnsonville sausage I recommend you pick some up.