Best Tasting Thanksgiving Stuffing! Cincinnati Style! Hint: Goetta!

12 November, 13

Note: This is a very timely re-post from November 2012. Enjoy!

A few years ago, my friend Matt Grimes, the owner of the Colonial Cottage Inn Restaurant in Erlanger KY created this wonderful Goetta Stuffing recipe. As I indicated to Matt, this is the best tasting stuffing I have ever had. The Cottage serves this delicious treat for a limited-time during the holidays. With Matt’s permission, I am posting the recipe. Queen City goetta is actually about 60% less fat than the competition yet delivers the full goetta flavor and experience. No MSG. Try this recipe for yourself. Better yet, stop by the historic Colonial Cottage Inn Restaurant and taste for yourself. Yum! Happy Thanksgiving! Mark Balasa Goetta

  • Stuffing Recipe 1 ¼ lbs. of Queen City Goetta
  • 7 ½ oz. Breadcrumbs 2 Cups White Onions (Chopped)
  • 2-3 Cups of Water 2 Cups Celery (Chopped)
  • ½ Tsp. Poultry Seasoning
  • ½ Tsp. White Pepper ½ Tsp. Sage
  • ½ Tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ Lb. Butter
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic (Granulated)
  • 2 Tbsp. Turkey Base (Optional)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat crumble and brown the goetta. 
  2. Remove from skillet to cool. Do not drain.
  3. Chop onions and celery. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl adding water last.
  4. Stuff mixture into a prepared fresh turkey and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes per pound of turkey.



New Queen City Sausage Co. Video Pays Tribute to Founder, Elmer J. Hensler

30 July, 13

Queen City Sausage Company released its first video showcasing great local sausage making today.  The video, Queen City Sausage Brand Story pays tribute to founder and president Elmer J. Hensler and the company he founded over 48 years ago in Cincinnati.  In the video, Elmer recalls his early years starting in the local Porkopolis slaughterhouses at age 11 and his childhood home on York Street in the West End of Cincinnati. In 1965, Elmer struck out on his own with 2 partners and $13,000 and started Queen City Sausage Company.


Video Highlights

  • The video gives a rare inside view of how Queen City makes their signature, high quality sausage, calling particular attention to Elmer’s non-negotiable motto, ”Never cheapen the product!
  • Elmer speaks about, that since he started Queen City Sausage in 1965, over 40 sausage-meat companies have gone out of business, leaving Queen City, as the largest independent sausage making company in Cincinnati.
  • Queen City Sausage is local, so it was only natural that the company sought out and found a recent local UC graduate of CCM, Alex Arkeilpane to produce the video. Additionally, video background music was provided by local musicians Chris Sutton and Christman Hersha. Chris and Christman by the way, are partners in the new Noble Denim Company, Cincinnati.


Visit, and scroll down on the Home Page. Also visit YouTube, and/or Vimeo to see the new Queen City Sausage Brand Story video.  Only 2:40 minutes, yet a powerhouse view of Cincinnati’s very own iconic, Queen City Sausage and its founder Elmer J. Hensler!


Mark Balasa

Director of Marketing

Queen City Sausage Co.

1136 Straight Street

Cincinnati, OH 45214





Queen City Sausage is Hometown Cincinnati Proud

10 January, 13


 Elmer Hensler, president and founder of Queen City Sausage Company pictured with Rosie Red!


Elmer Hensler is a very proud man.  Not only has his company, the local Queen City Sausage Company grown to be the City’s largest independent producer of sausages, he has also cultivated a long standing relationship with the Cincinnati Reds.

Hensler is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati.  He believes in supporting local causes and the hometown team, Cincinnati Reds.  Queen City sausages are grilled fresh throughout the Great American Ball Park.

Queen City Sausage produces authentic German sausages.  Real hickory wood smoke, best ingredients-no fillers, hand mixed spices, and small batch production are all hallmarks of the company.  “We will never, ever, cheapen our sausages,” states Elmer Hensler.

Queen City Sausages can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Sam’s, Walmart, Remke/biggs, Findley Market and many more.

Mark Balasa

How to Cook the Perfect Goetta Patty

4 January, 13



Greater Cincinnati and Northern KY people are blessed with a great variety of authentic German sausages and a regional specialty sausage called goetta! Goetta is found only in this area and was brought here way back in the late 1800’s by German immigrants.

What is goetta? Goetta is a German breakfast sausage made from pork, beef, steel-cut oats, fresh onions, and spices.

How to cook the perfect goetta patty: Slice into ½” patties. Use a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Brown the patties thoroughly on one side for about 3 minutes. Take a peek, turn if completely browned and finish.

Ketchup or syrup? That’s right syrup! Many loyal goetta eaters seem to prefer one or the other or simply plain.

The Queen City Sausage Company in Cincinnati has been making goetta for many years. The advantages of Queen City goetta is that the recipe uses the best cuts of meat (no mystery meats), fresh onions and a great mix of spices that create a delicious goetta. Queen City goetta is about 50% less fat and calories than traditional pork sausage.

Find Queen City goetta in Greater Kroger, Meijer, Remke, Walmart, Findley Market, Jungle Jim’s, and mail order Visit Queen City Sausage Company

Mark Balasa


7 Things I Love About Cincinnati December 6, 2012

6 December, 12

I have been thinking a lot lately about Greater Cincinnati, a place where I work and call home. So often the local news is filled with issues, challenges, and what is wrong in this region. Today I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the good stuff. Here goes.

  1. There is an intense change in the air in Cincinnati. The Banks project, including the Moerlein Lager House, has brightened up the river front. The new casino has cleaned up and will energize a critical area. The new Smale Park along the river is beautiful. Washington Park is extraordinary! 
  2. Cincinnati & NKY have these great words and phrases. My favorite is “Please?” Meaning I did not hear you, or I do not understand. Pop is our word for a soft drink, and a 3-Way is a Cincinnati chili term. Big Mac is a bridge and OTR (Over the Rhine) is a downtown neighborhood. How about the Cut in the Hill for an l-75 reference. All great local terms.
  3. We have our local foods such as goetta (German breakfast sausage with pork, beef, and oats, think Queen City Sausage Co. brand), Cincinnati style chili made fresh daily at Camp Washington Chili, French Pot ice cream made famous by Graeters, and 2 incredible bakeries, Busken and Servati’s. Frisch’s began here. Cincinnati style German brats (white), and smoked sausages we call metts. These sausages are the closest, most authentic German sausages you can find anywhere except in Germany. Queen City Sausage Co. produces these daily and is the region’s leading, local independent.
  4. Few places have so many great outdoor festivals celebrating culture, authentic foods, and yes, beer! Oktoberfest Cincinnati is the largest and The Queen City Sausage Festival, now in its 3rd year planning is perhaps the fastest growing event.
  5. How about local people and personalities? Carl Linder was Mr. Cincinnati! Bob Castellini has given the Cincinnati Reds renewed vigor. Jeff Ruby takes food to the next level. Elmer Hensler founded Queen City Sausage Co. in 1965. Elmer continues at the helm to this day, making world class-craft sausages!
  6. The region is home to all of the great businesses mentioned above and is also home to such giants as Kroger, P & G, UC, Health Alliance, American Financial, 5/3, and Macy’s. Very impressive list as these are just a few of the diverse companies here.
  7. Scenic view! How about the Ohio River and the tree lined hills filling up the Ohio valley? Beautiful in the summer, breathtaking in the fall. There are so many green spaces and parks designed to keep the region’s heart and soul in place for eternity. Well done Cincinnati and NKY!

These are my regional favorites. What are yours? By the way, full disclosure. I have the privilege to work for one of Cincinnati’s iconic companies; Queen City Sausage.

Mark Balasa



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