UPDATE: 4/2/10 Annelle Williams is the winner! Contest is now closed!
I’ve written on virtues of salumi
, but to my surprise I haven’t waxed philosophically on sausage – that other ideal representation of the almighty pig.
Italian Sausage, as it’s referenced in the States, is often grilled, used in stuffings, soups and pasta. I’ve prepared sausage with soft polenta during harsh winters, crumbled it for use in afternoon frittatas, and grilled a few links on the barbecue for use as a sandwich with some good pane Pugliese .
Mass produced sausage (pork in general) will turn away even the most dyed in the wool pig lovers, but when sausage is done right, with an ideal combination of salt, spices, natural casing and, of course, well raised pigs, it’s an incredible food product. Pork from the Berkshire region of New England is very good (given the manner in which the pigs are raised and treated) as are other smaller producers along the east coast. The Italians take their pork seriously and much of it is still produced on small, local, farms where the pigs eat and live like kings (on Nonno Latella’s farm in Calabria his pigs often held special status, receiving extra special attention when it came to food and, no pun intended, creature comforts>).
I often stay away from supermarket sausage simply because it tastes bad, however I’ve come across product from Nieman Ranch which I thought was quite good but a bit expensive. I think the high cost is directly correlated to the high standards on the farms producing pork for Nieman Ranch brand (click here to read
the standards documentation for their pigs are raised ).
Creminelli, in addition to producing salumi, also produces seven varieties of pork sausage. I had the pleasure of tasting three of their varieties (pesto, piccante, and porcini) and like the sweet Italian sausage from Niman Ranch
, the end product had a higher fat content (in a good way), top quality spices, natural casing, and, overall, oozed with real pork flavor. Piccante
was my favorite variety and it had just the right amount of spice (that is to say, I could taste both the Pepperoncini and pork). Creminelli uses pork from animals that have a diet of white grains and whey with no antibiotics or other synthetic feeds.
Gourmet Sausage Giveaway
Given my love of pork and closely associated belief in raising animals in the correct manner before they reach out tables, I’m offering a sausage giveaway in partnership with Creminelli including 1 pound each of piccante, pesto, and porcini Creminelli sausage
). As usual you can find the contest rules below and I hope you take a minute to enter so that we can all move away from eating supermarket sausage!
– Only one entry per person please and the winner must be US based (sorry to all my Italian fans!).
– The contest is open until 12 midnight on 4/1 and a single random user will be picked via Random.org. The winner will be announced immediately on Twitter (so please follow me) and on Scordo.com by 5PM on Friday, 4/2.
– Please use a valid email address when leaving a comment so I can contact you just in case you’re the lucky winner (I’ll need your shipping address).
– Creminelli will send out the sausage to a single contest winner during the week of 4/5.