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Cambot May 27, 2013 09:49 PM

I'm looking for a Houston-area shop that sells sausages for 'steak & sausage pies.' I've tasted pies cooked by a family member who makes them for her Scottish-born boyfriend - per his mother's recipe. They get these little Scottish sausages from a shop in Chicago where they live. I know I probably won't find the same ones here, but maybe there is something similar.

Willing to try anything once - trial and error, that's the way. Let me know of any suggestions.

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    brucesw RE: Cambot May 28, 2013 12:42 AM

    British Isles in the Village, your best bet, perhaps your only option.

    http://britishislesonline.com/

    It's possible you might find something at Spec's Liquor Whse Deli on Smith St. near downtown, or a suitable substitute. You can browse their inventory online.

    http://www.specsonline.com/cgi-bin/sh...

    1. DoobieWah RE: Cambot May 28, 2013 05:48 AM

      They don't appear to carry them, but I would call these guys:

      http://britishislesonline.com/food.aspx

      I bet they know if the sausages can be found here, and if so, where.

      And if not, the closest substitute.

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        txpickyeater RE: Cambot May 29, 2013 04:24 AM

        Phoenicia Market sells english bangers.

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          DoobieWah RE: txpickyeater May 29, 2013 07:11 AM

          You know Phoenicia is my default answer to all sorts of questions, but for the life of me I can't say I've ever seen bangers.

          Where do they keep them? Are they all beef? Are they with the sausages, salamis et al in one of those cases across from the deli?

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            txpickyeater RE: DoobieWah May 30, 2013 04:27 AM

            Yes. exactly.

            Also, this week the Sprouts market add has English Bangers $2.99#.

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            otherbrotherdarrell RE: txpickyeater May 30, 2013 06:41 AM

            So does Fiesta down the street at Dairy Ashford and meat pies ( frozen).

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              DoobieWah RE: otherbrotherdarrell May 30, 2013 07:38 AM

              Where are they at Fiesta? I know that most sausages are on that left hand wall, (next to where I took your picture with the Fiesta Parrot), but I don't recall seeing bangers there either.

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                otherbrotherdarrell RE: DoobieWah May 30, 2013 12:59 PM

                On the frozen isle that backs onto the bakery.

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            apnewland RE: Cambot Jun 17, 2013 10:10 AM

            Spec's downtown carries beef bangers and pork bangers.

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              bishopsbitter RE: Cambot Jun 18, 2013 11:11 AM

              Spec's does have "bangers" but they aren't much cop. While the English banger is DEFINED by having (requiring to be authentic!) a fair amount of ~filler matter~ contributing to its taste and texture, it's the overall effect that counts and these to me were underseasoned with herbs and certainly not very good skins or texture. A better plan might be to get some English sausage recipes and some good natural casings and making your own(!)

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