Best Ground Sausage in Minneapolis?
Does anyone love sausage in their pasta sauce and biscuits and gravy...and has found the best ground sausage in the city? I like the type with fennel and lots of flavor. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have tried most grocery stores.
I have found that the sausage in these here Scandihoovian parts isn't the greatest.
Buy some great ground pork from the freezer case at Everett's Meats and make your own.
For Italian sausage, add fennel, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and a touch of sugar.
For breakfast sausage, add lots of sage, some thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and a bit of sugar.
I can post specific recipes if you are interested.
Buon Giorno market in Lilydale has very good Italian sausage, though I haven't gotten it there in a while as I've been making my own. Also, +1 on shoo bee doo's Seward Coop suggestion, they have excellent sausage products.
Lastly, while I haven't it tried it, you might want to check out Cossetta's on W. 7th. While I was skeptical at first, they have very good products. Overpriced, in my opinion, but very good.
I remember one of the cooking shows did a taste test on breakfast sausages. They compared the pre-made patties with ones they made from store-bought ground sausage. Hands down the pre-made patties like Jimmy Deans were the winners. The theory was that grocery store sausage tends to sit in the packaging for a long time, developing off flavors. The pre-made patties are made fresh and then frozen, preserving the flavor.
How this applies to you is that you should forget about the grocery store ground sausage, and look for fresh ground sausage at your local butcher.
Are you just asking for any sausage in general? all sausage is ground, but I probably wouldn't use the same in biscuits and gravy as I would in pasta.
Seward Co-op does do some good stuff. Clancey's in Linden hills is great. Not too far, over in Hudson RJ's meats is pretty great.