Schweinebauch from Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen

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[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.

Schweinebauch in its natural habitat

Schweinebauch in its natural habitat

A single slice getting ready to be cooked

A single slice getting ready to be cooked

Schweinebauch and eggs

Schweinebauch and eggs

Breakfast is served

Breakfast is served

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.

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Meat me here. See what I did there?

Their teriyaki jerky was so tasty.

Their teriyaki jerky was so tasty.

Please, use a condiment

Please, use a condiment

A few of the grab and go goodies

A few of the grab and go goodies

Sprichst du auch chocolate?

Sprichst du auch chocolate?

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