We are very busy. There is no time in our world to watch over a simmering pot of corned beef for hours (and we can never quite get the slow cooker thing down).
Our second problem is we are Polish (and not big fans of corned beef). Yet, we wanted to get into the spirit of the holiday for our Irish friends.
The solution turned out to be one we drive by every day from our Sloan Abode in the Capital of Cheektowaga — Camillo's Sloan Super Market — home to the St. Paddy's Day Irish meatballs. (You may remember they are also home to the Thanksgiving day meatballs and many other meatballs.)
SSM also is a purveyor of homemade sausages, including a Reuben sausage this time of year.
Inquiring minds wanted to know how both are made, so we asked the King of Sloan, Gaeton Camillo.
“We actually take whole corned beef — raw like the one you have to cook in the brine with pickling spice — and grind it. We add our homemade rye bread crumbs then add shredded Swiss cheese, fresh chives and eggs. People love them. We sold 150 pounds the first week," he said.
The Reuben sausage has all the ingredients of the famous sandwich.
“Again we grind the actual corned beef so you get all the flavor. The sausage is a mix of corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, shredded Swiss cheese and little extra pickling spice," he said. Both sausage and meatballs are $4.99 per pound.
Of course, we had to try the delicacies. The meatballs went into the oven to bake, the sausage into a grill pan, and the wedges of cabbage and carrots into salted boiling water. And because we are Polish, we cooked up some K Sister's potato pierogi with onions.
Within an hour we were eating. We added a little whole grain Dijon mustard on the side to dip our sausage and meatballs in. (Friend Jen noted a horseradish sauce or even Thousand Island dressing would work too.) The verdict? The meatballs were super tasty, not salty at all. The sausage was the real winner. Unbelievably tender and delicious. A quick St. Patrick's Day dinner just as good as corned beef.
We asked Camillo if he will consider making us a Polish meatball for Easter.
His response,“Now you've got me thinking.”
Camillo's Sloan Super Market is at 494 Reiman St. It is open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday.Call ahead for order pick up at 896-8982.
The K Sisters is located at 2116 Clinton St. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.