photography by Glenn Cook
The basic premise behind Stuffed Gourmet Sausage Company – the newest addition to the burgeoning 124th Street culinary scene and sister restaurant to Smokehouse BBQ – is simple: a tube of meat, a bun, and sauce. But, believe me, it gets far more complicated than that, albeit in the best way possible.
Staring at the chalkboard menu was a daunting experience. I never could have imagined that so many different types of sausage existed, let alone accompanied with so many different sauces. There were almost 20 varieties of sausage listed on the day I visited, along with 14 sauces. Trying to whittle it down to just one sausage took a while. Thankfully, you can get up to four sauces, but even then, it’s tricky trying to figure out which sauce will go best with which sausage.
Eventually, I settled on the Guinness and onion sausage with sweet mustard. When it arrived, the bun had been hollowed out – though the hole didn’t go all the way through – and the sausage was peeking out. The first couple of bites, I didn’t get a lot of the mustard, as much of it had settled near the bottom of the bun, but the sausage itself was tasty, with malty notes of the stout beer coming through. Eventually, the mustard added a nice touch of sweet and spicy flavours to the experience.
I also got some of the house Stuffed sausage sauce on the side, which the attendant behind the counter said was based on a Korean barbecue sauce. Again, the sweet and the spice complemented each other nicely, though the sweetness was at the forefront.
My lunch companions tried other combinations – lamb and feta sausage with garlic lemon mayonnaise, or Texas hot beef sausage with beer mustard – and we were all satisfied with our choices. If anything, we all said we’d come back just to try another combo that we almost ordered this time around; for me, that would be the traditional English banger with either curry or butter chicken sauce.
To go along with your sausage, Stuffed offers hand-cut fries, house green salad or potato salad. The latter of the three was probably the most flavourful, with a big kick of cayenne pepper (although that means it’s not much relief from a spicy sausage). Stuffed is also licensed, which is great because nothing goes better with a sausage than a nice, cold glass of beer.
Stuffed Gourmet Sausage Company, 10810 124 St., 780-757-7743, stuffedgourmetsausagecompany.ca
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