Best Sausage

Stachowski Brand kielbasa at the Kielbasa Factory
1073 Rockville Pike, Rockville; (240) 453-9090
When Restaurant Kolumbia closed in 2007, many of Jamie Stachowski’s fans wondered if life was worth living without the chef’s generous spread of housemade charcuterie. After a proposed partnership with Ray’s impropriator Michael Landrum went nowhere and a brief relationship with neighborhood sports bar, Thirty Bernie, died, life did indeed look bleak. But joy has returned to our lives now that the chef has settled into a retail groove, turning out his excellent Stachowski Brand charcuterie for farmers markets, shops, and various restaurants. I was personally thrilled to find his fresh kielbasa up on Rockville Pike at—where else? —the Kielbasa Factory. The juicy pork links, seasoned with marjoram, garlic, and pepper, are superb examples of the link-making art, a cut (or five) above the supermarket variety loaded with MSG and corn syrup. Simmer the sausages in beer or water, toss on the charcoal grill to crisp the casings, and serve with sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and authentic sour rye. You’ll understand why we all wailed when Kolumbia closed.

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