Sunday, December 12, 2010
Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 days of giveaways! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to enter Day 1 (ending soon!), Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6!
On the seventh day of giveaways, Kirbie’s Cravings gave to me…
Sausages from Saag’s!
(and for purposes of completing the song, sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas, here are the rest of the giveaways)
One lucky winner will be provided with a a sampler of Saag’s sausages.
Saag’s is a business located in San Francisco, CA and creates premium quality specialty meats. While the company is based in San Francisco and their products are available in stores in the Bay Area, they are also available online as well. They make their meat in small batches, and don’t use any artificial flavors, colors, or MSG. They offer a variety of meat including sausages, salamis, and luncheon meats.
I fell in love with Saag’s when I tasted their meat at the Foodbuzz Tasting Pavilion. I was surprised that their deli meat was not overly salted like most deli meats tend to be. And their fennel sausage was so good, I had to go back for seconds. When I went home, I immediately gave my parents a coupon for Saag’s products and told them they should buy Saag’s meats from now on.
I spoke to two of Saag’s representatives at the Foodbuzz Pavilion and they mentioned that they would be happy to provide some samples for a product review. I thought it would be even better if I could give my readers a chance to try their products. So I contacted them about my giveaways, and they gladly agreed to provide one lucky reader with a couple of Saag’s sausages. They also agreed to provide me with a sample as well.
I arrived home one day to find a well insulated box, packed with ice, and inside were a whole bunch of sausage samples. I was so happy with the different variety, and to see the fennel sausages that I had loved so much from the Foodbuzz festival.
Photographing some grilled sausages didn’t seem to give justice to just how great these sausages taste. So instead, I made these sausage rolls using the Kabanossi Pepperettes, a skinny sausage that has is a mix of beef and pork and has a garlicy peppery taste. These sausages were absolutely perfect for these sausage rolls. You can view the recipe here.
Entering the giveaway is simple. One reader will be selected at random using a number generated by random.org. Saag’s will then contact the winner to get their shipping information and ship them a sampler of Saag’s sausages. Deadline for this contest is December 18, 2010 at midnight PST. Please note, this contest is open to US readers only.
To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me what Saag’s product you are most interest in trying.
For an additional entry, follow me on twitter (if you don’t already) and tweet the following message: “Win a sampler of Saag’s sausages http://bit.ly/hQsQdk @kirbiecravings”
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I love sausages rolled inside dough. Whether it be pigs in a blanket, bagel dogs, pretzel dogs, etc, I love them all. So when I got my stash of Saag’s samples of sausages, it didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted to do with them. Click here for a chance to win your own batch of samples of Saag’s sausages in my giveaway.
I don’t mean to be brag, but these were soo good. I originally was going to make pretzel dogs, but at the last minute I made a switch. Since I was already making milk bread, I thought I’d whip up another batch for the sausages. Now milk bread and sausages might sound like an odd combination, but if you’ve ever visiting a chinese bakery, the same basic bread is used to make all sorts of variations with fillings from sweet to savory and one of the most common breads to find are hot dog breads. I can never resist getting one.
My version didn’t end up tasting like the ones I’ve eaten at chinese bakeries, but it came out even better! They actually tasted a little more like pretzel dogs, but I think if I had used pretzel dough they may have been too salty.
I was really surprised at how well the sausages and the bread complimented each other. As a result of the egg wash and high baking temperature, the breads developed a crunchy crust. The inside of the bread is soft and is the perfect compliment to the sausages which have a salty, peppery taste. I love how the sausages also have a crisp, firm skin. The sausages I used were Saag’s Kabanossi Pepperettes, which were the perfect size for an individual sausage roll. They also had a good amount of spices and a kick of pepper that brought the taste of these sausage rolls to a whole new level. When you bite into these rolls, you first encounter the crusty crust, followed by a fluffy bread, then the crispy skin of a hot sausage, and finally the peppery, spicy and salty sausage. The bread and sausage fit together so well, perfectly balancing each other to create a wonderful sausage roll.
BF could not stop eating these! He absolutely loved them and hoarded all the leftovers. Remember, you can win a sampler of Saag’s sausages in this giveaway!
Sausage Rolls (adapted from recipe found on Christine’s Recipes)
2½ cups bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
½ cup milk
120g tangzhong (click here for making tangzhong)
2 tsp instant yeast
3 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)
1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center. Add in all wet ingredients: milk, egg and tangzhong. Fit the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer and begin mixing on medium speed and knead until your dough comes together and then add in the butter and continue kneading. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth, not too sticky on the surface and elastic. I kneaded the dough for about 18-20 minutes. Each mixer may vary.
When the dough is ready, you should be able to take a chunk of dough and stretch it to a very thin membrane before it breaks. When it does break, the break should be form a circle.
2. Knead the dough into a ball shape. Take a large bowl and grease with oil. Place dough into greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Let it proof until it’s doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
3. Transfer to a clean surface. Divide the dough into six equal portions. Knead into balls. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
4. Roll out each portion of the dough to form a long rope. Take a sausage and begin wrapping the rope around the sausage, starting at one end and ending up at the other end.
6. Place each rolled sausage on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let them rise until double the size, approximately another 40-60 minutes.
7. Beat an egg and brush egg mixture on top to create shiny eggwash finish.
8. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes. The sausage rolls are best eaten hot, when the crust of the bread is crunchy.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Welcome to Day 6 of the 12 days of giveaways! We’re halfway through! If you haven’t already entered, I invite you to go and enter the first five days; there’s still a little time left.
Now onto giveaway 6:
On the sixth day of giveaways, Kirbie’s Cravings gave to me..
CSN gift card!
One lucky winner will be given $50 to spend at any of the CSN online stores. CSN is made up of hundreds of online stores selling all sorts of household items from a suitcase to kitchenware. A lot of the items have free shipping too and the delivery is very fast.
As you may recall, I’ve been contacted by CSN stores in the past and have been able to choose items to do a product review and keep. It always takes me forever to decide what to get because there is a lot to choose from and I’m always surprised at how fast everything arrives. CSN stores contacted me again and this time let me choose the option of doing a giveaway for my readers so that one my readers can experience shopping at CSN with a $50 gift code!
One reader will be chosen at random using a number generated by random.org. Deadline for this contest ends December 17, 2010 at midnight PST. To enter, leave a comment telling me what you would most likely buy at CSN stores with the $50. (You can access their site through the link on suitcases.)
For an additional entry, follow me on twitter (if you don’t already) and tweet the following message:
“Win $50 from CSN stores http://bit.ly/fM82yG @kirbiecravings” Then leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done so.