• 1 package Lamberti chicken sausage links
  • 4 whole wheat sub rolls
  • 3 bell peppers sliced
  • 1 vidalia onion sliced

Okay, so this might not be the most unique or even sophisticated meal, but it’s one that’s near and dear to my heart.  Growing up on the New England coast, there’s always at least one visit to a boardwalk beach for a summer vacation.  It’s there on the boardwalk that I would splurge on one of my summertime food favorites, the Sausage & Pepper Sub…..yummmmm.  The only thing is, it’s not very bikini friendly.

Needless to say, I have since given up the whole sub for stealing bites of someone else’s.  Not anymore!

A few weeks ago I was sent on an errand for Forks to a local sausage factory in New Haven, Lamberti Sausage.  I was there to pickup traditional italian sausage patties for a BBQ that weekend.  It was there that I met Jay, grandson of the original owners.  He’s young, energetic and very passionate about their products.  We began to talk about his hand in expanding their market to reach the healthier eaters.  It’s quite clear that he’s in great physical shape and knows what he’s talking about, so of course I listen.  Not for the seemingly obvious reason, but for the simple fact that I’m a firm believer  you have to walk the walk.  He has an honest concern for making his products healthy.  It was then that we set up an appointment for him to come to my shop and bring me samples.

I couldn’t wait.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried just about every chicken sausage on the market.  It seems like they all contain additives like cheeses, vegetables and fruits.  It’s for this reason I only use them in pasta dishes.

Now my meeting with Jay.  He brings me a variety of sausages, traditional hot, sweet & chicken.  I’m super impressed.  I learn that being that everything is made to order at Lamberti’s, you can get your sausage in a myriad of ways; links to whatever size you like, ropes, patties and even sliders!  How cool is that?  Oh it’s was on.  I left that evening, grabbed some whole wheat sub rolls, peppers & onions and fired up the grill.

That night it was just myself, Mark & Ava.  I decide to cook on the Traeger.  I throw on the sausage and a pan of sliced peppers & onions with a little bit of olive oil & salt & pepper and close the lid.  With the Traeger, the sausage doesn’t need to be touched, so a few tosses of the peppers & onions and we were good to go about 20 minutes later.

HEAVEN!  We added spicy deli mustard and dove in.  We all agreed hands down that the sausage was amazing.  Boy did it take me back.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to add their chicken products to food arsenal.  They’re all natural, seasoned with fresh spices and low in fat.  They’ve gotten the links down to 4.5 grams of fat.  Pretty amazing.  This meeting couldn’t have come a better time.  We’ve been asked to cater a large fundraising event for a local gym.  I’d say healthy apps are a must and these will fit just perfectly.

So here’s your buying info:

Lamberti Sausage, 207 Food Terminal Plaza, New Haven, CT  203-562-0436

Available options:  links (any size), rope, 4 oz burger, 2.5 oz burger (think breakfast patty), 2 oz slider & bulk no casing…hmm I’m thinking this is perfect for a revamped Thanksgiving stuffing

Minimum order for in store pickup is 5 pounds.  It’s good to call a day in advance.  Their products can also be found in most supermarkets throughout Connecticut, some big chains and your local “mom & pop” shops.

What’s your childhood favorite food?  All I have to say is Welcome back into my  life!