A recent transplant asks where she can find house-made sweet Italian turkey sausage in the Charlotte area. The Meat House, in Ballantyne, has two recipes to make Italian Turkey sausage: one hot, one sweet. Either sausage requires a 24-hour notice to the butcher and sells for $6.99 per pound. Additionally The Meat House will make your family's sausage for you. Give them a copy of your family recipe, and they will make turkey, chicken or pork sausages per your specifications. This request also requires a 24-hour notice.
The Meat House, 8410 Rea Road. 704-542-4530. Hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Other area shops have house-made Italian chicken sausage. Reid's Fine Foods makes both a hot and mild Italian Chicken sausage, which sell for $4.99 per pound.
Reid's Fine Foods, 2823 Selwyn Ave., 704-377-1312. Hours: Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market makes one of their Italian sausages with chicken. This sells for $8.99 per pound and is only sold at their market in Cornelius.
Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market, 20910 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3190. Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whole Foods produces eight to 10 varieties of pork, beef and chicken sausages. Their sweet Italian chicken sausage sells for $6.99 per pound. But they will make turkey sausage upon request.
Whole Foods Market, 6610 Fairview Road, Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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