Here we are, halfway through UK Sausage Week. We’ve fallen a bit short on sausages so far this week. We did manage sausage in a bap at a village event last weekend. The sausage honours on that occasion went to David Cox of Stathern.
The week kicked off with a dinner and awards, and you can find the list of winners here. Organised by region, you should be able to find the best sausage in your local area. I’m in the East Midlands, so could choose between Owen Taylor & Sons with their Country Special or head over to Grasmere Farm. They won in the innovative category for their caramelised red onion sausages. Sound delicious.
How a sprout and stilton pork sausage ends up as the winner in the traditional category I’m really not sure though! Maybe it is a tradition in the north-west, but it got J W Mettrick onto the winning spot for their area. If I were making a trip out of the area though, I’d be heading to Wales to pick up some pork with gin and ginger sausages from Vaughan’s Family Butchers. They sound right up my street.
What’s your local sausage?
Of course, if you’ve got a decent local butchers then they probably make a variety of sausages. I find it hard, in a good way, to go to Harkers as they always have such a choice of interesting flavours. Pork and smoky bacon could be good, or pork and whisky perhaps. Then there’s the Spanish or Mexican versions, and they also make gluten-free versions as well. Worth checking out what your local butchers are up to.
While you wouldn’t necessarily want to eat sausages every day, this is the perfect time of year to do so. Don’t forget it’s Bonfire Night at the weekend. Is there any better outdoor food on a cold autumn night than a sausage in a roll with some well-cooked onions? Bliss.