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Any Southern U.S. style breakfast sausage available in stores? (a la Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans)

TorontoJo Dec 10, 2011 04:26 AM

Breakfast sausage has long been a disappointment to me in Toronto. I really miss the Jimmy Dean/Bob Evans style sausage patties from the States. Due to my previous disappointments, I haven't shopped for breakfast sausage in years and years. So I'm wondering (hoping?) that there may have been recent advancements that I'm not aware of. I make my own knock-off recipe sausage at home, but sometimes you just really want the greasy goodness of the real thing. So...any good Southern-style breakfast sausages in Toronto grocery stores?

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    farmgirl1836 Dec 10, 2011 05:20 AM

    I have bought Bob Evans sausages, both patties and links, at Longo's. My husband loves them. They also sell Bob Evans mashed potatoes (which I haven't bought). Enjoy.

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      wano Dec 10, 2011 07:11 AM

      How about Johnsonville sausages found in just about every grocery store?
      Have you tried Costco's breakfast sausages in their fresh meat counter?
      Walmart super centers carries many US brands so try them
      Quebec has a popular brand called La Belle Fermiere - frozen sausages - might be able to find them in TO.

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      plug Dec 10, 2011 12:48 PM

      Try the Berkshire pork sausage patty from the sausage king @ st.Lawrence market

      1. TorontoJo Dec 10, 2011 01:40 PM

        Thanks, everyone. I will definitely visit Longo's. Do they have the tube of sausage? Or just the pre-sliced packages?

        I haven't really liked Johnsonville sausages, but I've never tried their breakfast sausage.

        And plug -- does the sausage at Sausage King have the Southern flavour profile that I'm referring to? I find that most breakfast sausage sold here has British spicing -- i.e., not much at all.

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          GoodGravy Dec 10, 2011 10:31 PM

          I tried Sausage King's breakfast sausage. No, it's not the southern style Jimmy Dean type sausage patties you're looking for.

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            TorontoJo Dec 11, 2011 05:44 AM

            Thanks, GG, that's what I feared. Off to Longo's I go. Some biscuits and sausage gravy in my future! Now if I could only find Jimmy Dean's spicy sausage here, I would be so happy.

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              TexSquared Dec 11, 2011 07:41 AM

              You need to make a trip down to Buffalo and stock up, find out when Tops or Wegmans has it on sale and get on the QEW... We don't like that British-style breakfast sausage either.

              But if you can't make the trip and/or need it ASAP, Johnsonville is on sale at Metro this week (imported from the U.S.)

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                foodyDudey Dec 11, 2011 07:59 AM

                Why not try sone of the Ecuadorean sausages available at Meating on Queen ( NE corner of Jones and Queen) Those are really tasty, with a good amount of spice.

                Here is an article that has a picture of them. http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

                At any time you walk into Meating, there will be at least 15 varieties of sausage to try, some even contain blueberries.

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                  plug Jan 6, 2012 10:31 AM

                  sorry about that... wrong sausage patty

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              RAFree Dec 21, 2011 09:12 PM

              I am originally from the south and I've lived here twenty five years and never found any. I make my own with regular plain pound of sausage, mixed in about a half a teaspoon of sage, a quarter teaspoon of paprika, and a quarter teaspoon of thyme and lots of pepper. Apparently, the meeting with Dave of "President's Choice" and Jimmy Dean did not go well when they considered having PC sell Jimmy Dean here. I'm hoping one day they will make it available. I've seen it in the link form, available to ship frozen from of all places Amazon. I do order other items with good luck from Amazon like Rotel. that I cannot get here either. Johnsonville and other sausages sold here are not at all similar and tend to a sweeter taste profile without the sage/peppery taste of southern sausages. I also can't find ANY good andouille sausage for creole and cajun recipes so end up using cherizo for those. It's difficult to impossible to cook soul food here and certainly impossible to find any restaurants that provide an authentic experience with that genre of food. Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans is something you will either have to make yourself or look for somewhere that will import it frozen...at a super high cost no doubt.

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                plug Jan 6, 2012 10:35 AM

                theres a pork guy at the north market (SLM).. that sells andouille... not sure if it meets your quality/authentic standards though as i've never been down south.

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                magic Jan 6, 2012 10:23 AM

                I actually just saw prepared Jimmy Dean brand sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit sandwiches at the Kitchen Table, at Atrium on Bay - downtown. Prepared and wrapped, under heating lamps and ready to eat.

                Plenty of tables/places to sit and eat directly outside Kitchen Table (all indoors).

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