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Aug 16, 2009 03:14 PM

Hey, CT: Where do you buy your sausage?

On a recent biscuits and gravy thread, a local poster mentioned buying breakfast sausage locally that he preferred to the frozen varieties, but my question as to WHERE was removed, so I'm trying again here. Let's not limit the discussion to breakfast sausage--ALL sausage is fair game.

I use Jimmy Dean for biscuits and gravy. What do you use?
I also have breakfast sausage seasoning from Penzey's when I am inspired to make my own sausage.

I love the chicken sausage made at Stew Leonard's (I like both the plain and the chicken and apple) and am equally a fan of the chicken sausage Public Market in Middletown makes. Edit: And we're trying chicken sausage from Meadow Meat in Middletown tonight. I'll report back as to how it compares to the others. We had excellent pork ribs from Meadow Meat last week.

I recently bought some Longhini sausage (at Xpect Discounts in Cromwell, of all places!) and liked it a lot.

How about youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?

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  1. Breakfast sausage - Gimme Lean fake sausage at the grocery store.

    Chicken Sausage, Trader Joe's. Yum.

    Italian Sausage, D&D Market on Franklin Ave. Double Yum.

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    1. re: ratbuddy

      I'm with you on D&D--that's a great place in general. But I got a chuckle out of "Gimme Lean" (I thought it was a joke/takeoff on Jimmy Dean, which I suppose it is). Clearly, you aren't making biscuits and gravy if you're making such a health-conscious choice--or do you? I figure if I'm going to hell (dietarily speaking) for one meal, I may as well go all the way, y'know? :)

      Oh, and as a P.S. to my original post, I really liked the Meadow Meat chicken sausage. They're on Eastern Drive in Middletown (over the railroad tracks, you'd go left to Harbor Park and Route 9, right to Meadow Meat.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        Seconds on the chicken sausage at Trader Joe's--so flavorful. They offer many seasonings; the andouille has a real kick.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          I prefer my biscuits and gravy with a meatless gravy, just a basic milk gravy with lots of pepper. The fake sausage is great for forming into patties to put under or on top of the biscuits, along with some scrambled eggs. Mmmm.

      2. La Molisana in Waterbury for Italian sausage. It's literally a mom and pop business operating out of the first floor of a multi-story house in the city's Town Plot (Italian) part of town. Wonderful dry sausage (I think it 's on the menu up the street at La Tavola), other meats and homemade treats as well as a few exports. A real nice trip would be a late afternoon visit to La Molisana and nearby Avventura market/deli and then dinner at La Tavola. The only thing missing would be a pop-in for confession at Mt. Carmel Church.

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        1. re: coldduck

          I love La Molisana. Andy's in East Haven used to carry them, but they are now closed. Do you know of someone else in the New haven area that carries them?

          1. re: triggs73

            No, but give them a call and I'm sure they'd be happy to tell you.

            1. re: triggs73

              Andy's Closed? When did that happen?
              Too bad after all the work they did fixing it up

              1. re: mmalmad

                I guess last week. We went for fried dough on Wednesday and the windows were covered up with a sign saying "Closed for the Summer". I do not know if they are reopening again.

              2. re: triggs73

                La Molisana Sausage does not currently have a New Haven distributor but it can be purchased online at

            2. Italian: Longhini

              Breakfast: Jones bulk 1 lb roll for biscuits/gravy, Jones links (Jones is all natural - ingredients are pork and spices) or I make it myself (pork shoulder + spices)

              All others: Whole Foods has great English/Irish style bangers and other assorted flavors

              1. Breakfast sausage from Summerton Farm at the farmers' market at Robert Treat Farm in Milford; or from Eaglewood Farms at the farmers' market in Orange.

                Italian sausage from the same guys -- both do sweet and hot, and Eaglewood does both links and bulk.

                Kielbasa and Kelli-dogs from Four Mile River Farm at the New Haven Farmers' (Saturday) Market.

                I do fake sausage on occasion (and enjoy it), but these guys have got me back to being kind of hooked on meat.

                1. Hall's Market on Park Road in West Hartford has great breakfast sausage.

                  The Public Market in Middletown is fabulous for Italian sausage. So is Baretta's meats in East Berlin.

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                  1. re: shaogo

                    Would you please give us the location of the Public Market in Middletown? Thanks.

                    1. re: philbkr

                      Public Market
                      480 Main Street
                      Middletown, CT 06457


                      It's near Nikita's at the beginning of the North End (if you consider the North End as starting where Washington St.--Rt. 66--intersects Main). Bring change for the meters!

                      P.S. Thanks for the tip on Hall's, shaogo. ;)