Friday 27 April 2012

Guest Review - Elspeth Velten - Whole Foods Pork Irish Style Bangers

I recently went to Whole Foods in search of English sausage to make bangers and mash. Do you know Whole Foods? It is a natural and organic grocery store over here in the US. I know there are a few locations over in London, but nothing close to the size and selection we have over here. They had a great selection of sausage, but most of them are Italian or with add-ins such as spinach, feta, artichoke, roasted red pepper, etc.

I found only this package of "Pork Irish Style Bangers." It's funny how anything remotely English in the US is marketed as being Irish. The sausages were 8 in a pack for a little less than $7. We lined these babies up on a pan and threw them in the oven at 400 degrees F. They cooked fully and had a nice dark color after about 40 minutes and a few turn-overs here and there. They plumped up width-wise but did shrink down a bit in length.

Upon first bite we could tell that these were quality bangers. The finely ground meat packed a firm texture into thin casings that had the perfect snap. The bangers were not herby but they had a delicious salty sweetness and were quite juicy.

I would definitely go for these again! They were acceptable American-born stand-ins with some mash and onion gravy and my craving for bangers and mash has been satiated… for now.


Elspeth Velten lives and works in New York, and writes an effortlessly stylish food blog, about one million times better written than what this one is wrote.  Pop over, have a look, and bookmark it immediately:

Thanks Elspeth!


Johngledson said...

Are there any outlets that market sausages from rare breeds? There is a massive upsurge in the UK for this at the moment and as such I will chasing this up in the future.

Vinogirl said...

Mmmm...these sound good. There is a Whole Foods in Napa, but as one would expect, items are regional as America is a big place.

Rate My Sausage said...

Hi John - are you looking for rare breed sausages in America? I can't really help with that, sorry dude.

Maybe Vinogirl or Elspeth can give some advice?