Best sausages and cured/smoked meats
- Robert Lauriston Dec 3, 2004 12:41 PM
Getting to be the season for cassoulet, choucroute garni, and the like. Suggestions on the best sausages and smoked meats in the Bay Area?
My favorite sausage and confit makers are Fatted Calf and Cafe Rouge.
Anybody know a source for Piotrkowski Smoked Poultry smoked duck legs? I used to get them at the SF Ferry Plaza farmers market but they haven't been there for a long time.
My friend made an excellent choucroute a few weeks ago with all ingredients from Dittmers
400 San Antonio Road
Mountain View, CA
(650) 941 - 3800
Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-5
It was my first ever choucroute, so I can't make any kind of comparative evaluation. All the French guests seemed very happy.
But I can say that, in particular, the petit sale was absolutely wonderful.
I really liked the duck confit available at the Ferry Plaza from Golden Gate meats, which I recently used in a cassoulet along with Toulouse sausages from Fabriques Delices (bought at one of the "Made in France" sales).
For the record, Piotrkowski Smoked Poultry closed, and Fran Piotrkowski has been working for Park Avenue Catering since 1996.
I like the smoked sausages from Angelos. 2 outlets, one on 121 not far from Sears Point, the "home" place on Old Adobe Road outside Petaluma.
He also does little knobs of smoked pork he calls "Ham for 2". We usually get a dinner and enough leftovers to make Jambalaya or just a few sandwiches.