Soon on the internet, there’s going to be one of those lists, this one titled “The Ten Most Unfashionable Items at Your Supermarket”. One of them will surely be braunschweiger, at least if the writer is from the Midwest. It’s true. But someone must be eating it; it remains in the refrigerated cases at supermarkets in our part of the world.
I acquired a taste for it – somehow – as a kid. My father (it’s apparently always fathers that love the stuff, to judge from what I read) loved it, and was happy to share; he was always eager to increase my extremely limited gastronomic horizon. I rationalize it to myself by saying it’s a fairly good source of iron, but I admit it’s not something I have on hand more than once or twice a year.
So when the itch hit me yesterday, I gazed at my options at the supermarket and picked up a brand I’d never tried.
Gloriosky, did I find a good one. Frick’s is local, from Washington, MO. It’s vigorously seasoned – what I suspect is mace – along with the salt and pepper. And even though it’s not in a natural casing, my preference, it’s rich enough that one can spread a bit less of it on a cracker without feeling deprived, thus perhaps saving 10% or so of the calories.
Many people love it on rye bread with a slice of onion and perhaps some mustard. For me, that’s diluting the taste and texture.. I just take it straight unless there’s someone watching me eat it, when I bring out the crackers and one of the little lemon-handled spreader knives.
$3.79/ 16 ounces
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