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Dec 7, 2010 08:40 AM

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)?

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  1. 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

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt

      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!!!

    2. 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

        1. 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.

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          1. re: itaunas

            Thanks, itanuas! The place I was thinking about in my post was indeed the Smoke House. Norwell instead of Norwood. What a senior moment....

            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              Definitely the Smoke House in Norwell on Rt 53. We get all sorts of sausages there as well as things like Westphalian ham and smoked pork chops. Don't limit yourself to the German sausages-we love the 3P-prosciutto, red pepper and provolone.

              1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                The 3P is my favorite Smoke House Italian style. I like the Smoke House a lot, just wish they would use a little more of a course grind for sausages. That's just personal preference. Good stuff and the owner was trained in Germany.

            2. re: itaunas

              Not south, but...

              don't know about Market Baskets everywhere, but the one in Somerville has linguiƧa and chorizo (I will never remember which is which), and is around the corner from a Brazilian butcher that (last I checked) makes its own sausages in-house.

              1. re: djd

                Market Basket also tends to have fresh (unsmoked) kielbasa all year round, whereas one only tends to find it around Easter and Christmas at S&S.

            3. 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.

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              1. re: pemma

                Grilling season has start and end-dates? :)

                1. re: okra

                  Yes while it officially ends on labor day, it starts right up on the first snow emergency of the year. :-)

                  pemma I think you would be better off with Grote and Wiegel from Johnnie's Foodmaster (or even something from Whole Foods) than Johnsonville.

                  1. re: itaunas

                    Thanks for the tip. I'll make a note of it.

                  2. re: okra

                    For me it does. I don't have a deck, just a patio and it gets too dark and cold for me to go outside and grill in the middle of the winter. But, when it starts to warm up it's great doing it again, having been away from it.