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Vietnamese Chicken Sausage

Secret Ingredients: Lemongrass and lime leaf

From: Corridor Sausage

If there’s one product whose secrets you probably don’t want to know, it’s sausage, but in the case of Corridor Sausage Co., things are a little different. All of the proteins used by the artisan sausage maker are hormone- and antibiotic-free, and their unique lineup of fresh and palatable ingredients is enough to warrant a taste. Take, for example, the Vietnamese Chicken Sausage, whose traditional recipe includes wild ginger, Thai chilies, shallots, and cilantro — plus two “secret” ingredients: lemongrass and lime leaf. “The lemongrass is going to add a citrus note that’s really floral and really fragrant,” says Corridor co-owner Will Branch. “It’s welcoming ... without the sharp acidity you get in just lemon juice.” The lime leaf adds another note of fresh citrus and, along with the other ingredients, combine to form a fan favorite. “From the first day we started doing this, it’s been our most popular [sausage],” Branch says. — Jeff Waraniak

1801 Division St., Detroit;; 313-401-0048

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