One day, FoodBuzz Tastemakers Program sent me a Party Planner Gift Box to try out. It was a Home for the Holiday Gift Box from Hickory Farms. It had beef summer sausages, cheeses, honey pineapple mustard and cracked wheat crackers. Hickory Farms has been making gourmet beef sausages and cheeses since 1951 and this time of the year they offer gift boxes at very reasonable prices. Right now they are 50% off.
My failed experiments in making beef sausages must have given these sausages a bad rap with my son. He did not even want to try them!
2 lbs baking potatoes
2 sticks of salted butter, softened at room temperature
3-4 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced
lots of finely minced parsley
3 mm round slices of Hickory Farms beef sausage, cut in half
To prepare the garlic herb butter, mix softened salted butter, fresh minced garlic and parsely in a small bowl. Stir well until garlic and parsely is well distributed. Take plastic wrap and shape the garlic herb butter into a log. Place in the freezer to solidify. If you are on a low salt diet, go ahead and use unsalted butter.
Scrub the potatoes with a vegetable brush and rinse well to remove any adhering soil particles. Do not peel the potatoes. Boil the potatoes and when they are almost completely cooked, drain the water and lay them on their flat side. Start from one end of the potato, cut across almost all the way through, at 2-3 mm intervals. The potatoes should now look like an open accordion.
Insert slices of garlic herb butter and/ or half discs of beef sausage into the cuts. Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy outside. The inside will be soft and buttery. When serving up, top with more garlic herb butter.