Stylish Weekends | July 1, 2016 | Food
Championing the Great British Sausage
The sausage comes with many a foreign accent these days (bratwurst, chorizo, saucisson, morcilla, anyone?) but the great banger remains close to our British hearts.
We spend half a billion pounds on sausages annually – that’s more than a quarter of a million tonnes – and the British Sausage Appreciation Society has more than 5,000 members.
Despite the long reign of the traditional banger, there’s still room for exciting new varieties. Here’s our ode to the great British sausage, with a sneaky peek at who’s making the best bangers and a few new recipes to try at home.
The Ginger Pig
Image source: The Ginger Pig
This seven-strong chain of butchers has a reputation for service, quality and a healthy dose of charm but Ginger Pig sausages are a must-try too. Best-selling traditional types vie with flavourful garlic Toulouse and paprika-spiked cooking chorizo. The company also offers butchery classes, if you have a spare afternoon and fancy honing your knife skills.
Our choice: The merguez sausages – Ginger Pig’s take on the fiery Moorish lamb dish – combine harissa, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper with mutton for a stronger flavour. Chipolata-sized, they are delicious with couscous.
Robust flavours call for a strong tableware design presence. The timeless style of the Edme range echoes the appreciation for fine food heritage expressed by Ginger Pig. Serve your merguez sausages in the Edme pasta bowl for relaxed dining.
Moor View Alpacas
Deep down in the Cornish countryside, Emma and Stuart Collison are spearheading an alpaca revolution.
The couple sells alpaca meat, alpaca bedding, alpaca clothes, alpaca paintings – and award-winning alpaca sausages. Winners of a shelf-full of trophies, including a coveted Great Taste Award, the sausages are lean and low in cholesterol, with a similar taste to lamb or venison. Buy direct from the farm or at countryside and foodie events.
Our choice: Moor View Alpacas’ tomato and basil sausages took third place in the BBC Countryfile food fair. A dense meat, best cooked in the oven, try them in Real Italian Foodies’ Italian sausage and meat stew.
Contemporary meets classical in the Intaglio range: what could be more appropriate for this supper dish? Serve the flavourful stew in this soup plate and let the food take centre stage.
The Black Farmer
Image source: The Black Farmer
Another Great Taste Award winner is The Black Farmer, run by Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, who arrived in the UK in the 1950s from Jamaica. A poverty-stricken childhood in inner city Birmingham, when he was the eldest of eleven children, sparked a dream to one day own a farm in the British countryside.
It took more than 40 years before Emmanuel-Jones fulfilled his goal and bought a small Devon farm. Today, his products are widely available in Sainsburys and Waitrose (and online via Ocado), all gluten free and RSPCA Assured.
Our choice: The pork, bramley apple and cider sausages are one of his award-winners. Give it a twist by using them in Nigel Slater’s lentil, rocket and pecorino recipe.
Wedgwood’s new collection, Blue Bird, is an exuberant celebration of the natural world. The design originates from the very first series of Wedgwood pattern books, dating back to the 18th century, but with a more relaxed, painterly style to suit modern tastes. Pile Wilfred’s excellent sausages into this pretty pasta dish.
For more no-fuss dishes, check out The Big Easy, our guide to one-pot brunch recipes.