Sausages. The word itself invokes a variety of immediate responses, depending upon your frame of reference. To some, the thought of sausages transports you to your grandmother’s well laden breakfast table on a cold winter morning. To others, Oktoberfest, replete with men wearing Lederhosen and drinking large glasses of beer while dancing to the sounds of an Oom pah pah band, becomes the visual image. Let the link take you to Bavaria for your own sights and sounds experience.
Let’s not forget the old, unappetizing perception of how sausages used to be made; questionable ingredients being pressure pumped into unidentifiable casings. If you’re a political wonk, “sausage making” has become a vivid descriptor of the process by which members of congress put their bills together, perhaps adding to their already miserable approval rating. Why all of the the unappealing commentary? To showcase just how far we’ve come from so many antiquated ideas about this delicious food. Aidells Sausage Company is a prime example and we’ve included one of their marvelous recipes at the end of this writing.
Chef Bruce Aidells began making artisan chicken sausage in 1983. His first offering was a delectable chicken-apple sausage which continues to be a best seller to this day. Over the years, Chef Aidells expanded his varieties to include13 gourmet selections; all natural and hand made from the freshest ingredients available. From Roasted Garlic with Gruyere and Pineapple with Bacon, to Habanero with Green Chili and Sun-dried Tomato with Mozzarella, there is a flavor combination to please every palate. Aidells Sausage Company also makes gluten free and organic sausages, breakfast sausages, gourmet hot dogs and fabulous meatballs with the same hand crafted care and quality ingredients.
Aidells products can be found in a variety of stores including Pavilion’s, Von’s, Albertson’s and Costco on the west coast, as well as Costco on the east coast. Look for them soon at Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods, but be sure to use the link above to access their website’s store locator. If Aidells hasn’t arrived in your area as yet, you can order online and choose from any of their delicious choices. If you own a restaurant, why not upgrade your menu to include Aidells? There is an ordering section especially for you.
And now, as promised, we give you Aidells recipe for sausage and vegetable skewers….
Sausage and Vegetable Skewers
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped oregano
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 4 ounces of large button mushrooms
- 2 medium sized zucchini, sliced in 1/2″ pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
- 4 links of Aidells Artichoke and Garlic Sausages, cut into 1/2″ slices
- 1 15 ounce can or 1 frozen, defrosted package of artichoke hearts
Combine the garlic, spices, vinegar and olive oil, then toss the vegetables thoroughly in the marinade and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Using skewers, slide on the sausage and vegetables, alternating each ingredient. On either an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan, grill the skewers on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until the sausages are brown and heated through. Serve over a bed of rice or pasta that has been tossed with your choice of herbs and a little butter.
This recipe serves four hungry people generously and is a delightful change from the usual dinner fare. You can find more creative recipes on their website and, who knows? When you least expect it, you may just run into yours truly in your local market, happily preparing a selection of Aidells Sausage for you to sample.