Beer and Sausage Pairing
[1] What’s on your Memorial Day table? How about a sausage-and-beer tasting (photo courtesy Dovetail Brewery | Chicago)?

Sausage Roll Garnish
[2] What’s under the toppings? Grilled sausages, to pair with beer (photo courtesy Tete | Chicago).

Sausages On The Grill
[3] What’s on your Memorial Day table? How about a sausage-and-beer tasting (photos courtesy Les Trois Petits Cochons)?

Sausage Platter Les Trois Petits Cochons
[4] What’s on your Memorial Day table? How about a sausage-and-beer tasting (photos courtesy Les Trois Petits Cochons)?

Les Trois Petits Cochons Sausages
[5] What’s on your Memorial Day table? How about a sausage-and-beer tasting (photos courtesy Les Trois Petits Cochons)?

 

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of grilling season.

Along with the chicken, steaks and fish on the grill, how about sausages? Better yet, how about a sausage and beer painting?

While there are good brands across the country, we especially enjoy the sausages of Les Trois Petits Cochons (lay-TWAH peh-TEET coe-SHONE, a.k.a. The Three Little Pigs).

Available nationwide, the brand began in our home town of New York City, so we’ve been eating them for a decade or two (along with the pate and other charcuterie).

When we asked the brand what beers they would pair with the sausages, they were forthcoming with these recommendations. The pairings can be ported to any brand of sausage.
 
 
SAUSAGE & BEER PAIRINGS

Whether your sausage is chicken, lamb or pork, there’s an excellent pairing of light- or medium-bodied beer (the different types of beer).

Lovers of heavy-body beers can substitute a doppelbock for medium-body beers.

Andouille Sausage – Pork Sausage with Spices
PAIRING: A medium-bodied beer such as an ale, IPA or bock beer.

Chicken Andouille – Chicken Sausage with Spices
PAIRING: A light-bodied beer such as a lager or a medium-bodied beer such as an ale.

Chicken Merguez – Chicken Sausage with Harissa
PAIRING: A medium-bodied beer such as an ale, IPA or bock beer.

Chicken Provençale – Chicken Sausage with Spring Vegetables
PAIRING: A medium-bodied beer such as an ale, IPA, or bock beer.

Chicken Sausage with Spinach & Gruyere Cheese
PAIRING: A medium-bodied beer such as an ale, IPA or bock beer.

Merguez Sausage – Lamb Sausage with Spices
PAIRING: A light-bodied beer such as a pilsner or a medium-bodied beer such as an ale.

Smoked Chicken Sausage with Apples & Calvados
PAIRING: A light-bodied beer such as a lager, pilsner or wheat beer.
 
 
Are you hungry yet?

We sure are!
 
 
21 WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER SAUSAGE

Instead of reheating the sausages for the plate or a roll, change the format.

Slice them, dice them, or remove the meat from the casing; serve with:

  • Beans or lentils
  • Biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Braised cabbage or sauerkraut (choucroute garnie)
  • Breakfast scramble/casserole/strata
  • Breakfast burritos/tacos
  • Caramelized onions or leeks and bell peppers
  • Cheeseburger garnish
  • German potato salad with sausage and gherkins
  • Kabobs with grilled vegetables
  • Mashed potatoes and sausage/shepherd’s pie
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Pasta/pizza/mac and cheese (add green peas!)
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Rice or grains (try fried rice!)
  • Savory muffins or bread pudding
  • Soup garnish (how about clam chowder “surf and turf?”)
  • Spanish-style torta/tortilla or Italian frittata
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Stuffed portabella mushrooms
  • Stuffing
  • Tapas appetizer/hors d’oeuvre
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    ABOUT LES TROIS PETITS COCHONS

    Les Trois Petits Cochons has produced award-winning, all natural pâté and charcuterie since 1975 by crafting small, handmade batches using high-quality ingredients. One of the most awarded specialty food companies in North America, Les Trois Petits Cochons began as a small charcuterie in Greenwich Village, New York City. Today it leads the pâté and charcuterie industry, offering a complete line of artisanal pâtés, mousses, terrines, sausages, saucissons, smoked meats and other French specialties.

      


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