What is it with the sausages - why only Italian?
We are Irish with a love of Italian food but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally like a good German sausage. Being relatively new here we have been looking beyond the supermarkets choices (seem to be only Sweet or Hot Italian saugages only here with a sprinking of apple stuffed Irish(???)) hoping to find a good selection of German wursts. Does anyone have any suggestion for the South of Boston suburbs (Stoughton/Canton/Norwood and south)?
Brave the drive and go to Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Saugus. Yes it is on the North Shore instead of the South Shore but you will find exactly what you are seeking.
Years ago there was an artisan sausage-maker whose operation was in Norwood. It included a retail storefront. Briefly they also operated a storefront on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights. Unfortunately, a Google search is turning up nothing about this business. Too bad, they had a nice range of products, mostly Central European. Yum.
Karl's Sausage Kitchen
142 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
Karl's is fantastic. I went there two Saturdays ago and bought 5 kinds of sausage: weisswurst, rost bratwurst, smoked bratwurst, bauernwurst, and pinkelwurst. All were distinctive and good. We cooked the pinkelwurst, a short, fat sausage, about the size of a beer can, with kale. It was wonderful as were the other wursts. There must have been another 10 types of sausage available at Karl's as well as smoked pork chops and other German delights. Go!!!
Haven't been myself -- I'm staying in a hotel with nowhere to store the wursts, much less cook them -- but I hear high praise for Schaller & Weber, a/k/a Euroguild:
Euroguild, Inc. 397 High Plain Street, Walpole, MA 02081
They're only open Thu-Sat.
Schaller & Weber
397 High Plain St, Walpole, MA 02081
That is not the ideal area for German wursts, but there are probably more Portuguese and Brazilian sausages there than Italian. If you can hike all the way to Norwell the Smoke House is an option. The Irish butchers and sausage makers south of the city don't use apple, what you bought probably was someone's idea of a gourmet product but the real thing is available just south of the city. You can also get Southern sausages at Lord Jeffs in Roxbury, Chinese sausages in Quincy, etc.
No mystery why it is hard for find German sausages here. There are just not a lot of people in this area of German heritage, but there are tons of Italians. Just fairly recently those heavily advertised "brats" have come to our supermarkets (Johnson? Johnstown?). I have yet to try one, but maybe I will once it's grilling season again.