Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Aidell's Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausage

Aidell's Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Chicken SausageMy love affair with Costco has been well documented on this blog. I go to Costco nearly every week, and have a list of Costco staples that are always in my kitchen. Of course, like every faithful Costco shopper, I do sample products that are offered, although in recent years I'm becoming more picky about what samples I try. Luckily I wasn't in a picky mood recently when they were handing out samples of these Aidells Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausages, made in San Francisco from chicken raised without antibiotics or hormones.

In the past I tried a couple of other versions of the Aidell's Chicken Sausages, and none of them really excited me. For one thing, many of the sausages contain fruit (which to me is just wrong!) I'm also not a fan of sausage with "non-sausage" ingredients like artichokes, curry, or sun-dried tomatoes. (People with differing opinions, feel free to tell us about your favorite type of Aidell's sausage in the comments. I'm just telling you about my own sausage prejudices here.)

I first tried the Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese sausages at Costco three weeks ago, and I've been loving their garlicy flavor with just a hint of cheese. I made some for dinner for my dad and stepmother, who pronounced them to be very good. Of course sausage isn't exactly a health food, but they're low enough in fat, sodium, and cholesterol for an occasional quick dinner. This is definitely a product that's going to get a permenent spot in my freezer, and these sausages are my latest choice for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, where I rave about products and kitchen items I love. Check the nutrition information below, and if you have a Costco where you live, give them a try.

Aidell's Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Chicken Sausage
$13.99 for two packages of 8 sausages at my Costco
Each sausage contains:
14 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat)
85 mg. cholesterol
700 mg. sodium
2 grams total carbohydrates
(2 grams dietary fiber)
0 grams sugar
14 grams protein

Other Bloggers Who Like Aidell's Chicken Sausage:
Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole from A Year of Crockpotting
Sweet and Sour Sausage, Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup from City Mama
Cassoulet a la Lux from Profumo Profondo

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33 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'll look for these on my next Costco run. Unfortunately, not all Costco stores carry the same inventory, so I hope these sausages have made it east of the Mississippi. I'm not a huge sausage eater, but every now and then it's great to add a few slices of sausage to a simple egg dish... or throw them on the grill for a quick supper.

Adrienne said...

I haven't ever actually been to a Costco, but there is a brand of chicken sausages (Han's All Natural) carried by Whole Foods (at least here in Boston) that I always find delicious. Their spicy Italian style is my favorite, but I also love the sun dried tomato and basil flavor.

LivitLuvit said...

I LOVE these! I agree, fruit and strange objects in sausage are very wrong. Meat and spices only. Although if someone made bacon sausage, I'd totally try it...

Susy said...

I'll have to try these perhaps, they sound like they'll be delicious with my braised red cabbage. Although I'm trying to buy only locally produced naturally raised meats, they'll be good in a pinch.

I however am a big lover of apples in my sausage. I bought some naturally raised pork sausage at the farmer's market and mixed in some grated apple & maple syrup - DELICIOUS!

Josh said...

Kalyn. I love Aidell's Sausage. Every flavor is delicious. My personal favorite is the mango jalapeno.YUMMY!

Maria said...

Funny you found these sausages too! These are Josh's new favorite thing! We went to Costco and I think he sampled every one at least a couple of times. He had my share and then some:)

Jeanne said...

Re. fruit in sausages - here in the UK, we get pork and Bramley apple sausages that knock your socks off. They are heaven! There were also som limited dition venison and cranberry ones last year, and all year round we get combos like pork/sweet chilli/cilantro or pork/pancetta/parmesan and I *adore* them! You'll have to visit us here in London so that I can try to convince you ;-)

Kalyn said...

Lydia, hope you can find it. I like sausage, but try to avoid it because of the fat content, so I like finding one with less fat that's so tasty.

Adrienne, those sound interesting. Utah just got Whole Foods (finally) so I'll look for it. Spicy Italian sounds great!

LivitLuvit, I hear you!

Susy, these would be great with red cabbage. I'm open to the idea that apple might be good in sausage, but in the ones I tried, it wasn't my favorite. (I'm not that into sweet flavors in general.)

Josh, mango jalapeno, hmm. I don't think I've seen that one. I do like mango more than lots of fruits, and I like jalapeno, so maybe.

Maria, funny!

Jeanne, look forward to trying that with you some day in London! (Definitely planning to come there when I'm retired!)

Dianne said...

I'm headed to Costco on Saturday morning myself!

I've never actually tried chicken sausage. I'm not a big fan of other types of sausage, but for some reason the chicken/turkey varieties interest me. I think I'm going to have to try them soon!

~L~ said...

This sausage is the perfect thing. I really do love it. It's a limited edition, btw, and the Aidell's lady I spoke to said they only sell it at Costco. I am so scared they will take it away from us!

Nevis said...

These look delicious!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This sounds very tasty - I haven't seen it yet in New York. I am a fan of Aidell's Chicken/Apple Sausage. What I like most about their products is that there is a decent level of flavor, and it can really dress up a dish.

Kalyn said...

Dianne, I really like the uncooked turkey Italian sausage, and this one is great too!

L, I will be so upset if they stop carrying it. Maybe this post will help get a lot of people buying it!

Nevis, they're great!

Kalyn said...

Another vote for the chicken apple sausage! It sounds like I have to give those another chance. TW, I agree about the flavor.

Nate-n-Annie said...

Aidells knows sausage. Period.

We used to eat his chicken apple a lot.

I like the habanero green chile one myself.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love Aidell's products. I've never seen that particular variety of their sausage. I'll have to be on the lookout. I really like their chicken and apple sausage. (Please don't judge me!) I also like their teriyaki meatballs. I make a litlle sweet & sour glaze for them and skewer them with pineapple.

Kalyn said...

Two more well-respected foodies voting for the chicken-apple sausage! Yes, I'll definitely be trying it again!

FranMag said...

Everytime we're at CostCo I look at the Aidell's sausages and want to try them. This flavor sounds like a good one to start out with since I always think the fruit flavored ones sound strange also.

Crockpot Lady said...

Yay! We can not get enough of Aidell's----especially the chicken and apple. My husband and I like the spicy habanero...mmm. Sometimes if you're lucky, Costco will have a taste test. The kids like the chicken mango, too.

they are gluten free, too!
xoxo
steph

Lydia, my Safeway and Albertson's carry Aidell's--but not in bulk like Costco. We tear open the package and freeze 4 in a bundle.

Micki said...

Google "Aidells"....they have a web pagae.

Micki said...

PS....forgot to say that it was interesting to see (on Google) that they are only available in four states....

ttfn300 said...

oooh!! I haven't seen this flavor yet but it sounds fantastic :)

TBTAM said...

I love the ones with apple.

swirlingnotions said...

Wow . . . I haven't seen this version yet!

Mrs. L said...

I'm with you on not liking fruit in my sausage. Most of their stuff hasn't excited me but I'm willing to grab a package of these next time I run across them (since Cheese and Sausage work for me and Garlic is just the icing on the cake!)

bk said...

Our costco does free tries of aidell's constantly. These were really good!!! Because I have gestational diabetes (diet basically = south beach) I can't eat their other varieties! Too many carbs.

Anonymous said...

We just had these sausages grilled, with sauteed onions and spinach, and it was FANTASTIC. Thanks Kalyn!!

Kalyn said...

Anonymous, glad you liked them. I hope they will be released in more places if it's true they're only in four states. Saw them again at my Costco last night!

Peeved Michelle said...

I agree, these are delicious! My husband is making them for one dinner this week with sweet potato hash browns.

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Anna said...

I haven't found Aidell's, but last time I was at Costco they offered a very similar chicken sausage as a sample. I was hooked on first bite! They are gouda and apple chicken sausages and are a bit skinnier than the Aidell's. They freeze well and I've used them in all sorts of recipes. The nutritional facts aren't too bad, either.

Yu Ming Lui said...

I'm not familiar with Aidell sausages but I have tried garlic and apple ones sold in my local supermarket in Singapore — they are surprisingly good and not at all "appley" in flavour.

Scott and Jenna said...

I LOVELOVELOVE the chicken & apple sausages. We sizzle them up on our George Forman grill. The sweetness carmelizes leaving them salty with a hint of sweetness. YUM!

Kalyn said...

Scott and Jenna, I'm definitely going to try that variety next!

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