The Hippo


May 27, 2020








Courtesy of Short Creek Farm in Northwood

Outside the bun
When traditional just isn’t enough

By Matt Ingersoll

 If your palate craves something a little more robust than your typical hot dog, consider sausages — but not just any sausage. Sure, you can get the traditional sweet Italian, hot Italian or breakfast sausages at just about any local supermarket or butcher shop. But for something more outside the bun, here are a few local butcheries, farms and sausage makers that offer other unique flavors, with some ingredients you may not have known can be made into a sausage, like blueberries, lamb, garlic, spinach, feta cheese, provolone cheese and more.

Brothers Butcher (8 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 809-4180, is a family-owned and -operated butcher shop that offers house-made sweet and hot sausages for $4.99, and garlic and cheese and Chinese sausages for $5.99.
Choice Cuts Butcher Shop & More (707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 718-1262, Find them on Facebook) offers a variety of different homemade sausages that are packaged by the links, including blueberry breakfast sausage, hot Italian sausage, sweet Italian sausage, garlic and cheese sausage and spiced apple sausage.
The Flying Butcher (124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328, offers house-made sausages for $6.99 per pound, beer brats for $7.99 per pound and garlic lamb sausage for $8.99 per pound.
The Happy Butchers (222 Elm St., Milford, 554-1339, offers a variety of homemade sausages that include basic lamb, chicken, pork, beef and Italian, as well as a sun-dried tomato basil and turkey sausage, and spinach and feta cheese chicken sausage, a sun-dried apricot and lamb sausage and much more. Costs for sausages average about $6.99 per pound. The Happy Butchers also offers a “Sausage of the Month Club” program in which mailing list members receive a coupon once a month for a discount on a different type of sausage each month.
Lemay & Sons Beef (116 Daniel Plummer Road, Goffstown, 622-0022, offers several different kinds of homemade sausages that include sweet Italian, kielbasa, chorizo, breakfast and more. Prices usually range from $4 to $4.50 per pound.
McKinnon’s Market & Super Butcher Shop (236 N. Broadway, Salem, 894-6328; 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 559-5714, offers homemade sweet, garlic & cheese, hot and Sicilian sausages, as well as a fresh Polish kielbasa.
Mr. Steer Meats & More (27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, has been in business for more than four generations as a butcher shop and in-house deli. Among the sausages made fresh every week are sweet Italian, hot Italian, kielbasa, and tomato and cheese. Prices for most of the sausages directly out of the service case are $4.99 per pound.

The Prime Butcher (201 Route 111, Hampstead, 329-7355; 58 Range Road, Windham, 893-2750, offers a wide variety of homemade beef and pork sausages that include a garlic and pecorino romano cheese sausage, a hot Italian sausage, a steak bomb sausage, and the “works” sausage, which includes peppers, onions, tomato, garlic, provolone and pecorino cheese. Prices for most pork sausages run at about $5.49 per pound, and $6.99 per pound for beef sausages.
Short Creek Farm (18 Winding Hill Road, Northwood, handmakes its own sausages by breeding and raising its own pigs on the farm. Flavors include the maple breakfast sausage, made with maple syrup, sage, ginger and white pepper, the hot Italian sausage made with red wine and garlic, Mexican chorizo sausage with cilantro, cumin, tomato and garlic, and a wine and garlic sausage made with red wine, black pepper and garlic. Prices range from $12 to $14 per pound depending on the type of sausage.
The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, has a selection of more than 20 different kinds of handmade sausages, using ingredients like roasted garlic, basil, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese.
Wicked Good Butchah (460 Route 101, Bedford, 488-1832, offers a variety of handmade sausages, including garlic and cheese, Chinese, sweet Italian, hot Italian, and a spiced apple sausage. 

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