[Sca-cooks] Sausage question....
sclemenger at msn.com
Sat Mar 8 19:52:28 PST 2008
Sorry I wasn't specific enough. The apples and onions were not an overwhelming flavor in themselves. There was definitely a bit of sweetness from the apples and the spices, but nothing more than that. I chose the sausage for a similarity of spices, mostly. Beef, pork, mustard seed, some pepper, some sweet spices--not super-assertive or overly mild. I didn't want to go for anything too weird or anything spiced with, say, capsicum (which would exclude the andouille--tasty, and I've used it in jambalaya and such, but I'm trying for something relatively close to period sausages). What happened, I think, was that the sausage was *too* similar in taste to the rest of the dish. It was not assertively spiced (I fried a bit of it and tasted it, and by itself it was nice, but nothing exceptional).
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From: Mike C. Baker<mailto:kihebard at hotmail.com>
To: 'Cooks within the SCA'<mailto:sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Sausage question....
> I did a trial run of that sausage/apple/onion pottage that
> was discussed earlier this winter, using granny smith apples
> and a locally-made German-style sausage. The results were
> tasty, but not spectacular. The flavor of the sausage just
> sort of disappeared into the flavor of the onions and apples
> and spices.
> I'm thinking that another kind of sausage, one more highly
> spiced, or perhaps smoked?, might be a better choice for this
> dish, which I hope to bring to a potluck feast in a couple of
> weeks. Any suggestions? I know some other list members have
> made this dish, so I'd love to hear what kind of sausages
> were used....
Opinion only -- I have not attempted the pottage myself, or enjoyed the
fruit of other hands that I recognize as this dish...
1. Find milder onions or reduce the amount if they are unwittingly
overwhelming the sausage.
1a. Ditto the apples -- perhaps a mushier, less-strongly flavored
variety -- or, considering the current season, begin with dried apples?
2. "properly" smoked sausage might certainly help. Perhaps a drier /
less fatty type, such as is represented by commercially available
3. "locally-made German-style" is almost a null descriptor. Is this a
sausage where you normally taste the (black) pepper and other spices, or
is it one of those wimpy wannabe sausages where the hand on the spice
grinder was significantly restrained? I have recently (last two months
or so) had a German "ring sausage" where the black pepper was strong,
visible, yet not overpowering. Previously I have also had "German
sausage" that had no visible pepper and correspondingly little pepper in
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