Celebrate National Sausage Week with Ofishial Foods

Celebrate National Sausage Week with Ofishial Foods

Published: October 29th, 2020

What’s in a Sausage?

October 29th – November 1st was going to be National Sausage Week, an annual event celebrating all things sausage. But due to Covid-19 it has been cancelled. However here at Ofishial Foods – creators of great tasting ready meals- we will still celebrate the Great British Banger.

Sausages vary greatly from each country and from various regions within a country. Although all our frozen ready meals which we deliver to your door, only contain the British ‘banger’ in various forms. Who knows, in the future we might start using a more ‘continental’ style sausage?

From Spain you have the spicy Chorizo, a fermented, cured, smoked sausage. This can be eaten without cooking or it can be added to dishes – commonly found on top of pizzas. The traditional Spanish Chorizo gets its distinctive smokiness and deep red colour from the dried smoked red peppers in it.

The traditional Bratwurst from Germany is usually a blend or beef, veal and pork.

In the UK we have many regional variations such as the Cumberland sausage. This sausage usually about 21 inches long and served in a rolled flat circular coil. It is seasoned predominately by black and white pepper. The Cumberland sausage is made with chunks of meat, as opposed to minced meat like many of the other British sausages.

Whereas the Lincolshire sausage is made with minced pork. It also has more herbs in it namely sage but also parsley and thyme.

Our Ready Meals.

Here at Ofishial Foods we have our sausages made for us by Barry The Butcher in Stratford upon Avon, so we have them the correct size and weight for our cooked meals.

Obviously our best-selling sausage meal is the good old fashioned Sausage and Mash served with mashed potato and vegetables and lashings of onion gravy as with most of our frozen ready meals it comes in two different sizes and can be cooked in the oven or the microwave. We also have a Vegetarian version.

Or there is our more luxurious Venison Sausages served with a red wine sauce made with juniper berries, this comes with dauphinoise potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Venison is much lower in saturated fats than other red meat and it also contains lots of vitamin B. This vitamin is important for healthy brain function and aids energy levels.

You will also find some chipolatas served up with our Roast Pork dinners accompanying them are roast parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots and homemade pork gravy. We also have some scrummy little ‘pigs in blankets’ with our Roast Turkey dinner and all the usual accoutrements!

Our final meal containing sausages is the Sausage and Pasta Bake, balls of sausage meat in a delicious tomato sauce served with penne pasta and topped with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.

In the future we would love to add some more sausage-based meals such as ‘Toad in the Hole’. This would be a great dish for vegetarians as well as the meat eaters. However as with all new ideas, we have to make sure that when reheated they still taste as great as when they were first cooked.