Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co. Stop by this deli counter overflowing with old school charcuterie
Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co.
9601 Jos Campau, Hamtramck, MI
- Neighborhood: Eastern Market & Central
- Price Level:
- Vegetarian Options
- Cards Accepted
- Free Parking Available
Charcuterie is experiencing a renaissance. What began as a way to keep good meat from going rotten has evolved into an art. Handmade pates, terrines, forcemeats, sausages and roulades are popular again. You can find smoked and cured meats on the menus of trendy hot spots all around the country.
But there are a few spots that have been serving these recipes all along, preserving the old school methods of charcuterie. When we want to stock up on the good stuff, we head right over to Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage in Hamtramck. It’s a second generation, family-owned business that has been serving the community since 1981. They manage to pack a ton of sausages and Polish specialties into this cozy deli.
They’re more than just preserved meats, of course. Srodek’s offers all the stuff we love to eat, but which are really hard to make. The foods we remember Grandma making.
Take pierogi for example. There’s the rolling of the dough, the endless assembly line of filling, brushing and folding – and they’re not even cooked yet. It’s an afternoon’s worth of work. We don’t have that kind of time.
Srodek’s will hook you up with as many perfect little pierogi as you can carry; they have a huge selection. All you have to do is take them home and boil, fry or prepare them your favorite way. You’ll find traditional fillings like sauerkraut, potato and cheese, as well as some more unusual options like apple, Philly cheesesteak, corned beef and swiss, or jalapeno popper. They freeze well, so stock up and you’ll have a pierogi supply whenever you’re craving it, or anytime you need a last minute dinner that’s simple to make but impresses your guests.
We’re also big fans of Srodek’s stuffed cabbage; we get to enjoy a completely scrumptious meal without any of that boiling, stuffing, or baking business.
Back to the charcuterie. Srodek’s deli counter is overflowing with hunter’s sausage, kielbasa, blood sausage, sausage stuffed with cheese, cottage ham, bacon, Krakowska – a thick, smoked sausage made from lean pork – and deli meats like a baked liver sausage, which the butcher will slice thin like bologna for you.
Again, they’re things you could make yourself, but it takes serious commitment to spend 12 hours smoking a sausage you stuffed yourself then letting it dry in your basement for a few weeks. Pick up a few sausages at Srodek’s and you could be scarfing down smoked meat tonight.
If you’re feeling adventurous, taste test one of their jellied meats. It might sound intimidating, but the unique flavors and textures are worth trying at least once. They’re well known for making a proper head cheese: a terrine of calf or pig’s face set into a savory jelly like aspic.
It does not take a very adventurous palate to enjoy the treasure trove of sweets like kolaczki and paczki. But you should buy more than you think you need; the pastries have a tendency to disappear on the car ride home.
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