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Jan 2, 2013 01:30 PM

Kolbász (Hungarian sausage); goose

First question: Has anyone ever come across Kolbász (Hungarian sausage) in the U.S.?

Second question: Are there any restaurants in the NY area that sell goose or are there any stores where it's possible to buy less than a whole goose? I saw geese once at Aron's Kissena Farms, but they were only selling whole geese (frozen). At ~$10/pound and ~15 pounds that was more than I was willing to shell out.

(These questions are related in that we just returned from Budapest, where we ate Kolbasz, and we also tried to get goose, but found out that it's been 2 years since it's been available there.)

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  1. Pardes sometimes has goose on the menu.

    You won't have trouble eating a whole goose, if you can get one. They are mostly skin, bone, and fat, like duck, only more so.
    A good sized goose is a meal for 5 or 6 people. The problem is finding a retail kosher goose.

    1. I'm told Pomegranate in Brooklyn sells frozen geese, but for similar prices to those that you mention.

      1. I have never seen kosher Hungarian-style sausage for sale in the US. In fact, I have never seen anything in Budapest like that except randomly at one of the butchers there (and probably Debrecen as well).

        You can get goose at some butchers in Brooklyn and even Fischer Bros in NYC. I was told 7-8 dollars per pound when I last asked.

        As for goose in Hungary, it's been a disappointment for me on my last few visits. I don't know the inner workings--but I really should--but it just hasn't been available in awhile. Even back in 2000 for our wedding in Budapest, we couldn't get enough goose from Hungarian suppliers and had to get it from Switzerland.

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        1. re: DeisCane

          My thoughts upon reading this was that I didn't recall seeing any in Hungary. They had salamis in regular and paprika varieties, but no hard sausage. Romanian in Chicago has excellent hard salamis but I've never seek a kolbasz-like sausage. I'll ask them next time I go.

          1. re: ferret

            Thanks for all the suggestions!

            The kosher butcher we got the kolbasz with paprika from in Budapest last week told us that he hasn't carried goose for two years. My husband's family is Hungarian and he grew up going there every year until about 8 years ago. From what I understand, kolbasz was always available (at least for some part of his annual trips), and in fact, used to be available in the goose variety. (Now he only carries the beef kind.)

            1. re: dckosher

              OK, I did a little poking around, and apparently Pick used to make a kosher (beef) salami but after the mad cow scare of the 90s, it stopped. I don't really eat cured/smoked meats much so I doubt I ever even looked for it in my visits in the 90s.