I could not possibly rank the things I love about Paisanos Meat Market. It would be too hard to do. But if I tried, it's safe to say their selection of sausages would rank in the top three. Is there anyone (excluding my vegetarian friends) who doesn't love a grilled sausage? Any summer barbecue is more fun with the sound of sausages sizzling on the grill. And in the autumn, when football starts and weather cools off, there is nothing I love more than a grilled beer brat.
A couple of weeks ago I picked up three different kinds of sausage at Paisanos: hot Italian, garlic, and "bacon with asparagus and onions." I cooked them on the indoor grill.
I decided to take the bacon sausage, and I put it in a bun with a bit of mustard, and green beans and potato chips on the side. It was an outstanding sausage.
Yesterday I was back at Paisanos with a friend who had never been there, and I saw a new (to me) sausage: bison with red wine, mint, garlic and black pepper. I do not believe I have ever seen a sausage more suited to me. (And unless they want to stuff pulled pork or Belgian fries into the casing too, I don't think it's possible to make a sausage more suited to me.)
This sausage was so wonderfully flavorful that it did not need any condiments. I ate it in a bun and did not think of adding anything else. The bison was only slightly gamey, and the red wine and black pepper were both noticeable. I did not taste any mint but that's okay; of the four flavors in this link, mint is my least favorite. I definitely will be getting this again.
I also spied at Paisanos some finger peppers stuffed with prosciutto and cheese, so I bought three of them as a side. They were quite tasty and their spice and saltiness worked really well with the bison sausages.
Have a great weekend. Coming Monday: My 1000th post.