December 20, 2006

Bob Evans Sausage

Down on the Farm Sausage Recipes (not dated, 12 pp) was a complimentary recipe booklet published by Bob Evans Farms. The slim booklet contains recipes using a variety of their pork sausage products.

The introduction in the front of the recipe booklet mentions that the very first batch of Bob Evans Sausage, made from an old family recipe, was made "nearly 40 years ago". The Bob Evans website states that Bob Evans began making sausage on his Ohio farm for his small diner in Gallipolis, Ohio in 1948. So, we can estimate that the publication date of this booklet was probably sometime around 1987 or 1988.

Although today Bob Evans Farms produces an extensive line of grocery products that includes entrees, roll and biscuits, side dishes and other breakfast foods, this booklet features Bob Evans Roll Sausage, Sausage Patties and Sausage Links. You can see the packaging used in the late 1980s on the picture shown on the front cover.

The booklet contains 25 recipes in all, divided into the categories of Breakfast or Brunch, Dinners, Sandwiches, Stuffing, Soups 'n Snacks and even Desserts.

I'm sharing two of the recipes from this booklet below; one for stuffing since it's close to Christmas and you might be looking for a recipe to use with your holiday turkey, and the other, a dessert recipe, as you might be curious as to how sausage could be used in a recipe for sweets.

The recipe directions are rather short. Experienced cooks should have no problem, but beginning cooks might have questions--for instance, in the cake recipe I would spray the loaf pans with a cooking oil spray before adding the batter.

(12 to 16-lb. turkey)

4 qts. toasted bread crumbs
1 lb. Bob Evans Farms Roll Sausage
1/2 pounds mushrooms, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sage
1/4 c. minced onion
1/4 c. minced celery

Cook sausage until brown and crisp, after breaking into pieces. Saute mushrooms in the drippings. Toss sausage, mushrooms, bread and seasonings together, using part of the sausage drippings, and moisten further with stock if desired.



1 lb. box raisins
1 lb. Bob Evans Farms Roll Sausage
1 c. water (hot)
2 c. brown sugar (heaping)
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 c. chopped walnuts

Cook raisins and then use a cup of the raisin water (hot) to mash sausage. Mix raisins and sausage together and add dry ingredients. Makes two loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.


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