[WARNING: This post contains copious amounts of meat photos]
I’m a little embarrassed to start this post off with the confession that I first heard of this market on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. My daughter and I happened to catch an episode that featured Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen here in good old Portland, Oregon.
My daughter and I simultaneously told each other we NEED to go here. We’ve been a few times on the weekends to grab a sandwich for lunch and it’s always crazy busy.
I found myself having some time to kill one evening in SE Portland so I decided to hit Edelweiss hoping to find it a little less crowded than during the weekend rush. I was rewarded with a nearly empty store and time to chat with one of the employees. I asked him about an item in the deli case that was featured on ‘DDD’ and had stuck in my head ever since. I was referring to Schweinebauch (stuffed bacon). Imagine taking a pork belly, stuffing it like a pillow case with house-made baloney then baking it down. That my friends, is the ultimate bacon machine.
I found out that one of the preferred ways to use it was to get a slice about a quarter inch thick and pan fry it in a little olive oil. Another suggestion was to top it with an egg. I sadly had to leave the store empty handed since I had other places to get to. I spent the next four days thinking of stuffed bacon so I HAD to get back at the end of the week and buy some Schweinebauch in the name of ‘research.’
I got down to business Saturday morning and prepared a slice as described above for my daughter. The only downside to pan frying was that the bacon and baloney started to come apart at the end as they cooked down. I cooked the remaining two slices in the oven on a cookie sheet and that was a little easier to deal with.
How does it taste? It was a great cut of bacon with the added bonus of the house-made baloney. The baloney has mustard seeds that surprise you every so often.
You know that sound a lawnmower makes when it hits a thick patch of grass? That’s what my heart did a little last weekend but it was totally worth it. Schweinebauch is one of those special treats I’ll pick up every so often.
Aside from this specialty item, Edelweiss is a treasure trove of all things Bavarian. Almost all their meats are cured/prepared in-house. You’ll also find cheeses, breads, chocolates, wines, beers, mustards and so much more at Edelweiss. If you want to take a quick trip to Germany without leaving Portland, get yourself over to Edelweiss.