One of my New York friends asked me if people in Texas eat much pasta (noodles and macaroni). He’s noticed that we eat a lot of rice and potatoes as our starch, aka carbohydrate, portion of the meal. I had never really considered that this might be a regional food thing. I told him that we do eat pasta, but we eat more potatoes and rice. This may just be because I do not eat gluten, but my husband says he recalls eating a lot of rice growing up and not so much pasta. Texas is also a major rice producing state and I grew up just miles away from rice fields.
We were also discussing different types of sausage because I grilled some sausage links for dinner tonight with a pot of pinto beans. He asked what kind of sausage and I said, umm, Texas sausage. Haha! He said he didn’t know if he had ever had pinto beans and I told him that they are a staple of the Texas diet, along with barbecue and potato salad.
Where I live, just West of the Houston area where the hills begin to roll, sausage is a staple food like seafood is for people who live by the coast. We eat it often and there are many local sausage companies. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. I’m not talking yucky Eckrich sausage that you buy in the grocery store all over the country.
Edit: I discovered this article about Texas sausage after I write this post.
Good Texas (German) sausage is MEATY without a lot of cereal fillers. You can choose from many varieties such as :all beef, all pork, beef and pork, with jalapeno, with cheese, with green onions, and even mixed with rice. The rice version is somewhat new and similar to Cajun boudin sausage.
My family also enjoys sausage wrapped in a tortilla or chopped up in scrambled eggs.
Texas has fresh meat markets (butcher shops) in every little town and most of them sell custom made sausage, such as the Bellville Meat Market. Other sausage companies have their own stores where they offer their sausage and fresh bread and kolaches such as Kountry Boys. Praseks is also a favorite and has a large store and meat market that also sells hot food, sandwiches and Texas gifts. And Elgin is famous for their links.
Tonight I cooked some Burton sausage which is on the less expensive side, and not as popular with my picky family, but still good stuff. We do love our sausage!
We actually didn’t have any of the above starches tonight. Just sausage and beans. I like mustard with my sausage. I also made a cookie pizza for my husband’s 59th birthday which was today.
How about you? Rice, potatoes or pasta? Do you like sausage? Have you had real Texas sausage?