And wow, were they good. The turkey was a firmer sausage and had a slight peppery glow. I quite enjoyed it. But the andouille knocked my socks off: It had more of a ground texture, and a sublimely subtle and complex flavor with just a hint of heat, though not exactly spicy-hot. And at $9 a pound, I got two good-sized sausages for a little over $5, which strikes me as a bargain.
In fact, the sausage was so good that I couldn't resist buying a couple of extras to take to the Bites tasting committee the next day. Below, a sampling of some of the responses from the lucky tasters:
"I preferred the andouille, but the turkey was a delicious option, and by far the best turkey sausage I've ever had."
"A lot of andouille sausage has that liquid-smoke taste that drowns out everything else. But this is great. Would be awesome in jambalaya."
"Something peppery in the turkey sausage made me think of curry."
"I usually think turkey sausage is bland, but this was good."
"I didn't try the turkey sausage. It goes against everything 'sausage' in my book. But I really liked the other."
"I'm a classic sausage guy. I liked the turkey, but much preferred the andouille."
"I'm a smoker so my taste buds are dead, but I enjoyed them nonetheless."
Kathleen had some in stock, and offered me a taste — holy cow (zing!), was it good. Salty, nutty, smokey, creamy. I bought half a wheel to take home. Needless to say, it's already long gone.
Porter Road Butcher (887-6395) starts its full weekly schedule today. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. (Closed Mondays.)