Firstly, I should comment on the fantastic bargain you’ll find in these sausages. At $2.50-$3 per lb, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better price for such substantial, plump links. Each sausage will run you approximately $0.80, making these a wonderful option for group grill-out sessions in which you need to feed a large number of hungry people on a tight budget. Keep this in mind as the doldrums of winter begin to surrender to the bright, heart-warming weather of spring and summer.
I was more than pleased with my selections. On quick visual inspection, it’s clear that these are quality, hand-made sausages. Each is wrapped in a delicate, thin, translucent natural casing, their ground, porky insides peeking through—the meats finely ground within. The Italian sausages are punctuated by oregano, basil, and fennel. The ‘sweet’ Italian is mildly enhanced with brown sugar, not in excess, but just enough to compliment the rich, herbaceous pork—the ‘spicy’ version is conversely enriched with crushed red pepper. Both are worth sampling, and would make excellent additions to sandwiches (with grilled peppers and onions), a hearty tomato sauce, or an Italian white bean soup.
I’m always a fanatic for a nicely done chorizo. But most often, I’ve eaten chorizo that’s been chopped and fried on the flat-top for use in tacos, tortas and other Mexican dishes. Rarely do I eat this south-of-the-border specialty in link form—but after sampling The Food Giant’s version, I’ll be doing so much more often. The deep red sausage oozes beautiful neon-orange grease while cooking, the life blood of any good chorizo. Spiced heavily with cumin and paprika, compounded by chili powder, this Mexican treat remains a real showstopper in my mind.
Central Arkansas has no shortage of fabulous franks and sausages. Edward’s Food Giant proves that great products can be found in some of the most unlikely spaces. It’s small discoveries such as this that makes being a foodie an altogether rewarding experience. Together, we’re building a food community that’s really got something special to offer…and for your recommendations in this instance (and the dozens of others before it), I humbly thank you. The Food Giant stands tall and proud and certainly met all of my sausage expectations.
(Edward’s Food Giant is located at 7507 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock)