At the Farmers' Market: Sausage
I used to work in far north Glendale, near the border of Montrose. One of the joys of being up there was the existence of Schreiner's, a German sausage and meat shop with a small deli on one side where you could buy cheap, amazing sandwiches, and Berolina Bakery, the only Swedish bakery in L.A., right next door for semla and prinsesstarta and limpa bread.
I don't have a Swedish bakery fix in OC, but I still have Schreiner's. The Bell family, friends of the Schreiners, come down to OC, bringing with them an array of delicious sausages.
The Landjäger finds its way into an awful lot of my cooking as a base flavor. It's fantastic cubed and thrown into a bowl of steamed English peas, or cut en julienne and tossed with pearl onions and Blue Lake green beans.
Their bratwurst, simmered in beer (despite arriving to the market fully cooked) and then grilled, go perfectly with hot German mustard and Krugermann's sauerkraut, both of which are sold at the stand.
The sandwich I crave most often is a baguette from Picket Lane Bakery, cut in half and spread with Schreiner's Braunschweiger liverwurst and topped with sharp cornichons or sliced onions for some textural contrast.
Finally, if there's a product that Schreiner's sells that isn't normally brought down, all you have to do is place an order at the stand and pick it up the following visit. I had an enormous Black Forest ham sent down for Easter: no muss, no fuss, and no stressful lines at Honeybaked.
You can buy Schreiner's products every Saturday morning at the Irvine certified farmers' market at Bridge Rd. and Campus Dr., and alternate Sunday mornings at the Belmont Shores / Long Beach Southeast market on Marina Dr. just south of 2nd St. If you're up in L.A., you can visit the store at 3417 Ocean View Blvd., Glendale.
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