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The pride of Baltimore: Roma hand-crafted gourmet sausage

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You've seen them at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But did you know that Roma hand-crafted gourmet sausage was an artisan product made right in Baltimore? Did you know that you can also get them in grocery stores? I was very glad to be hosted to experience them.

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For over 50 years, the company has been keeping the highest quality standards. Here's what they say about it:

At Roma Gourmet Sausage we never use organ meats or meat by-products in any of our sausage. We receive daily deliveries from our meat purveyor and hand trim all meat before making our sausage. Hand trimming ensures that Roma Gourmet Sausage always exceeds the USDA standard for leanness in our product. All of our herbs and spices are stored in a temperature controlled spice room to guarantee peak flavor. The herbs and spices are blended by hand before marrying with the select cuts of pork. The Roma Gourmet Sausage facility operates under continuous oversight of a resident USDA inspector.

They have many varieties; I tried a few. The sausages are tender inside, with a nice snap of casing.

OLD BAY® SAUSAGE is the only one of its kind, for a real local flavor. It has spice, but it's not overwhelming. I served it with a crab cake!

NATTY BOH BRATS are made with National Bohemian beer, nice and hearty. Serve like a hot dog, with all your favorite toppings. Of course serve it with a can of Natty Boh!

MILD ITALIAN SAUSAGE has a touch of fennel, with a meaty, herby flavor. I also tasted some sage and black pepper. Try these with some sauteed apples!

HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGES are made with spices, fennel and crushed red pepper. There are a couple of approaches with this flavor-packed sausage. Slice them up into rounds, serve with toothpicks and mustard for a fun hors d'oeuvre. You could also slice them up and mix with a hearty pasta like orecchiette (little ears), some sweet-hot peppers, a dash of olive oil and shaved Parmesan.