Recipe: Seward-made Sweet Spanish Sausage

Our Sweet Spanish Sausage is based on a traditional Catalan sausage—called Butifarra Dulce. It's popular during the winter holiday season, with flavors reminiscent of egg nog or mulled wine that are only enhanced by the traditional cooking method of poaching in water or sweet wine with cinnamon and lemon zest.

This sausage features pork and honey from Community Foods producers Peterson Craftsman Meats and The Beez Kneez, as well as sherry, heavy cream, salt, black peppercorn, grains of paradise, lemon zest and sweet cinnamon. Seward-made Sweet Spanish Sausage pairs well with caramelized apples, polenta, braised kale and chickpeas and Tortilla Española.

Grab yours at Seward Co-op to celebrate the season. Here's how we prepared ours:

2 Seward-made Sweet Spanish Sausage links
2 firm, tart local apples (cut into large wedges)
1/2 c. honey
2 strips lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon
1 c. sweet wine (juice or apple cider works, too, but you may want to cut down the amount of honey so it's not overly sweet)
1/2 c. water

In a sauce pan, saute sausage and apple wedges in butter, 2-3 minutes a side, until browned. Remove sausage and apples to separate bowls for later use. Add honey to the sauce pan used for sausage and apples. Add lemon peel, cinnamon, wine and water. This may sputter a bit so use caution. Whisk or swirl to incorporate the honey and wine together. Bring to a bare simmer.

Add the sausage back to the sauce pan and cook 15-20 minutes. You want the liquid to reduce by about half. Flip the sausages occasionally to cook evenly.

Plate with sausage cut on bias. Add browned apple wedges and pour honey/wine mixture over the top. Can be served atop polenta (pictured) or braised kale.

Seward-made Sausage
Seward Co-op's in-house Sausage team crafts Seward-made sausages, meatloaf, meatballs and pâté with premium ingredients from local Community Foods producers like The Beez Kneez, Whetstone Farm and Peterson Craftsman meats. The department works to be a sort of extension of our whole carcass butchery program—by expanding our charcuterie offerings and making use of everything our farmers and ranchers have to offer. Find Seward-made products in Seward Co-op stores now.