Mmmm … sausage. Whether it’s Jimmy Dean at Sunday brunch, juicy ballpark franks at the game, or spicy merguez hot off the backyard grill, there’s no denying the delicious-ness of sausages.
Sure, there’s a bit of a “mystery meat” aura about sausages, because they are often made of leftovers, including organ parts and fat. The key to buying good sausage is to go for high meat content (70 per cent or higher) and all-natural varieties (which contain no fillers or artificial ingredients). If you’re buying hot dogs, go for the all-beef varieties.
There’s still the question of what kind of sausage to buy: Some sausages are cooked as part of their preparation, while others are raw, like most Italian sausage. Some are smoked, some are cooked and smoked, like kielbasa. While most sausage comes in a casing, American breakfast sausage is prepared in a patty format. Hey, these days there are even vegetarian and vegan sausages. To help figure out what’s what, here’s a handy guide to sausages from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
The bottom line is, there’s a sausage out there to suit your fancy! And there are many ways to prepare them. This sausage link (pun intended) is from a British sausage site that gives the basic cooking instructions on boiled, fried, baked, barbecued or poached sausage.
Now for some great recipes:
To make a regular American hot dog in the microwave, just follow my simple instructions.
My Sausage and Egg Casserole (video) is great to serve to company. With its make-ahead steps, you can get it ready tonight for tomorrow’s big brunch!
Roasted Vegetables and Sausage is a great way to take advantage of deliciously fresh summer produce. Plus it smells fabulous when it is cooking!
For the heartiest of hearty soups, try this split pea soup with kielbasa in it!
Cheesy sausage balls (show at the very top of this post) would make a great appetizer or snack for game night (whether board games or football) with your friends.
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