Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Top Sausage 2012 - Sweetlands - Flitch

Sweetlands of Dunmow produce small batches of their flitch sausage around the time of the "Dunmow Flitch Trials" in July / August, and also at other times to be honest, which celebrates an ancient ceremony to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.  
See http://www.dunmowflitchtrials.co.uk/

We've raved about Sweetlands Flitch sausages and quite rightly so we believe.  70% pork meat (also some added fat we were informed) plus bacon, tomato and basil.  A very good looking raw sausage I have to say.  Lovely skins and all tied properly. Presentation matters. 

Well, what a sausage!  An extremely course / crumbly texture with a medium bite and a succulent melt in the mouth experience.  The seasoning is just enough and the taste well, as far as I'm concerned, superb.  

There's a slight salty initial taste from the bacon, then the sweetness from the tomato comes through with the basil.  A good combination that works really well.

The skins cook up nice and make every mouthful a pleasure. We did however have a few split skins, but that may have been as I had the heat up a little too high initially under the pan. These aren't best grilled, so stick to sizzling them in a pan or oven baking.

A "stonkingly" good sausage.....and is our Top Sausage 2012.

See our full review and others at www.sausagereview.co.uk