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Desperately seeking Italian Sausage

Magdalene Oct 12, 2006 10:12 AM

I am an American ex-pat and have several recipes that call for Italian sausage. Does anyone know where I can get some in the Warwick/Birmingham area? I have been looking online and can't seem to find anyone in the UK who sells it outside of London. :( I rang my local butcher who doesn't sell it.


If it is not available here, can someone tell me what a good substitute would be?

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  1. pitu RE: Magdalene Oct 12, 2006 10:22 AM

    how about getting plain pork sausage and adding fennel seeds?
    or just coarse-grind minced pork that you'll add salt/pepper/fennel to, if you can't find sausages that don't have flour and whatever else is in Irish sausages that makes them so delicious...

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      Magdalene RE: pitu Oct 12, 2006 10:34 AM

      Those are good ideas...any idea what spices are in Italian sausage besides the fennel, particularly for spicy sausage as opposed to sweet?

    2. pitu RE: Magdalene Oct 12, 2006 01:59 PM

      you should probably google that, or post in the Home Cooking board.
      what I know as Italian sausage in the USA is a coarse grind fresh pork (the fat % would probably be important) with black pepper and fennel (sweet sausage) or chili flakes (hot sausage)

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        Magdalene RE: pitu Oct 12, 2006 02:06 PM

        Thanks pitu. I have posted on the home cooking board and will google it to see what I get.

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        DavidT RE: Magdalene Oct 12, 2006 04:43 PM

        I have bought sausage from TESCO that is not a bad substitute, but it is certainly not the real thing. They label it as a "Mediterranean" sausage.

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          Kagey RE: Magdalene Oct 16, 2006 08:23 AM

          I have had this same problem! So far, the best suggestion I've seen is Valvona & Crolla. They're an Edinburgh-based Italian specialty shop (Edinburgh is great for Italian food). They ship all over the UK. Check out their website: http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/

          I have to admit that I haven't yet tried their sausage, but I'm thinking it's what we're looking for.

          Good luck and post back your results, whatever you do!

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            Simon Majumdar RE: Magdalene Oct 16, 2006 08:39 AM

            Try one of the two best Italian deli's in town

            I Camisa on Old Compton St in Soho


            Luigi Terroni & Sons on The Clerkenwell Rd ( near Farringdon tube )

            either should be able to help and both are worth a visit anyway

            hope this helps


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              ali patts RE: Magdalene Oct 16, 2006 09:17 AM

              If you're willing to drive you could always try the Carluccio's cafe/deli in Bicester - or call ahead and make sure they have some - then freeze it! I know the cafe's/delis in London sometimes have fresh sausage. I can't believe he doesn't have a cafe in Birmingham! Otherwise you're out of my area, sorry!

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