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15
Oct
12

Sausages with Mustard Mashed Potatoes


Not so long ago, kosher sausages were not all they could have been, not by far, but they were all that was available. Now, with choices like Pomegranate Supermarket (1507 Coney Island Avenue – corner of Avenue L – Brooklyn, New York 11230; Tel: 718.951.7112) sausages or Jack’s Gourmet Kosher Sausages (here, here, here, etc..), the kosher palate can delight in a plethora of incredible flavors.

Sausages with Mustard Mashed Potatoes

(Adapted from 365 Ways to Cookpublished by Firefly Books)

Photo from: 665 Ways to Cook, page 61

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 Sausages (I used Jack’s Gourmet Kosher Sweet Italian Sausages, but any other of their selections will do as well).
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 apples cored and cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons chicken stock

For the mustard mash

  • 2 pounds potatoes, quartered and scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (I used Coleman’s)
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 large bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Put the potatoes into a large saucepan of cold water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, fry or grill the sausages over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning them to get an even color. Add the onion and apple wedges and cook with the sausages for 6-7 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes well. When they are cool  enough to touch , peel them, then mash well so they are nice and creamy. Add the margarine, mustard, garlic and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper to the potatoes and continue mashing. Taste and add more mustard if you want. Stir in the the parsley and olive oil.
  4. Transfer the sausages, onion and apple to a serving plate. Pour off the excess fat from the pan to leave about 1 tablespoon, then mix in the flour. Gradually stir in the stock, bring to a boil and stir until thickened. Season and strain into a serving dish or pitcher.
  5. Pile the mashed potatoes  up on a plate and stick the sausages and onion wedges on top. Spoon over the gravy and serve.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

03
Oct
11

The Contests, so Far…


Because of many requests, we’ve extended our contests until October 31st. On the Jack’s Gourmet Contest, we are giving away $100.00 worth of Jack’s Gourmet Kosher sausages plus a Jack’s Gourmet baseball cap.

Jack's Gourmet is giving $100.00 in all 5 varieties of their sausages, plus a Jack's Gourmet baseball cap

What do you have to do to win all these? How about sending us your best recipes using Jack’s Gourmet kosher sausages. The contest runs through October 31st, winner will be chosen by Chef Jack Silberstein and Dr. Alan Bronner (Jack’s Gourmet owners) and will be announced on these pages on Monday November 14. send in your recipes to kosherscene@gmail.com. If you care to accompany your entry with a good photo of the finished dish, we’ll feature it right here on our blog. To get an idea of what we are looking for go here, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll find some interesting recipes, including two of our own.

So far we’ve received 21 recipes ranging from less than mediocre to delicious and creative. We extended the contest as you, gentle reader, requested; why don’t you send those recipes? Show us your creativity!

As for our other contest, don’t forget to send us in your ideas for avoiding the back to school blues to: kosherscene@gmail.com. Why not send us photos of unusual and interesting lunchboxes?

We will publish the best photos and ideas and pick a winner who will receive:

  • 1 carton of juice boxes
  • 1 dozen assorted fruit roll-ups
  • 1 lunch box

Keep those recipes and ideas coming, gentle reader, get to work!

CS

27
Feb
11

Boerewors And Biltong


Boerewors is a South African sausage, the name is made up of two Afrikaans words: boer (farmer) and wors (sausage). Biltong, is a cured meat, also of South African origin. This past week I got to taste both, after I found them on an expatriate’s website. Joburg Kosher, makes them both and is certified Kosher Glatt by the OU

David Libesman, arrived in the US in 1989 from Johannesburg (“Joburg”). Unable to find either Boerewors or Biltong, with the taste and texture he was used to, he finally decided to make his own. With the recipes given him by his father, perfected over forty years as a butcher, he finally produced these delicacies. His family and friends loved them and Joburg Kosher Foods, LLC came to be.

Nice texture, very tasty

These Boerewors are marinated and seasoned, made from beef (including the edible casing!). The package includes four sausages, I grilled them in the oven and found them superbly delicious and very juicy. With a beer they were a perfect meal. I ordered their Traditional flavor, next time I’ll try the Peri-Peri and the Garlic flavors.

Next I tried their Black Pepper Biltong. Biltong‘s look is reminiscent of beef jerky; it is typically made from raw fillets of meat and unlike beef jerky it is never sweet, the seasoning also differs. Biltong is made up of two Dutch words: bil (rump) and tong (tongue).

Great as a snack, great in salads.

I had the Biltong by itself and liked it, I also tried it in a salad where it gave it a little kick that greatly enhanced the overall taste. I found both Joburg Kosher products very tasty and will order them again and again.

CS

06
Dec
10

Jack’s Gourmet – Part 1


Of the delicious products (new and old) I got to taste at this year’s Kosherfest, Jack’s Gourmet sausages rank among the best. With no fillers, no by-products and no artificial flavors their natural goodness makes them a superb choice for a cold winter eve… or any other occasion.

Jack’s Gourmet, the company is the brainchild of two partners. Chef Jack Silberstein and Dr. Alan Broner.

Chef Jack Silberstein, Dr. Alan Broner

Chef Jack graduated  from the Culinary Institute of America (America’s foremost culinary school) in Hyde Park, NY, in 2007. He worked as a private chef aboard a yacht and is a respected consultant with the meat industry. Dr. Broner is a dentist with a popular private practice as well as a professor of dentistry. Dr. Broner has a long time interest in cooking and fine cuisine having attended many courses and cooking demos both in Manhattan (many at the De Gustibus School School of Good Taste) and in Brooklyn. It was, in fact, at one such course given in Brooklyn (by Chef Jack) that the two partners met.

Noting the lack of anything resembling good tasting sausages in the kosher world, they set out to produce them. I can attest they’ve succeeded and deliciously so!!! Not only were they the most popular stop at Kosherfest 2010, but every time I stopped by by I saw most of the celebrity chefs standing in line waiting to get another bite.

Their sausages come in 5 varieties:

  • Mexican Style Chorizo
  • Boereworks (South African style)
  • Sweet Italian
  • Hot Italian
  • Cured Bratwurst

They also produce the best tasting, most aromatic, 1st Cut Pastrami and 1st Cut Corned Beef Brisket, I ever had.

Jack's Gourmet mouthwatering selections

I picked up all these selections last Thursday. After tasting the superb pastrami and corned beef I started that evening’s dinner with rolls made with corned beef, pastrami and bratwurst…

truly succulent!

On Shabbos, I used the Cured Bratwurst as one of the three types of meat (pastrami deckel and cheek were the other two) I put in cholent. The taste, the aroma, were incredibly enhanced. It was one of my most successful experiments and probably the best cholent I ever made.

Well, gentle reader, I guess I’ll have to come back and tell you about the rest of the flavors…

CS




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