27 Delicious Sausage Dishes to Master (2023)

Whether it's stuffed into fried olives, stirred into gravy, or braised with fennel, sausage makes for a tasty meal. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes here, including Roasted Merguez Sausage with Apples and Onions — an easy sheet-pan dinner — and a quick cassoulet that features smoked sausage. Read on for even more of our favorite sausage dishes to try.

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Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach

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Using sausage in burgers is a smart shortcut, because the meat is already seasoned. Here, the sausage flavor is further heightened by layers of garlicky spinach, sun-dried tomato pesto, and melted provolone.

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Sautéed German Sausages with Bacon and Apple Sauerkraut

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In Germany's Pfalz region, cooks braise sauerkraut with onions, apples, seasonings, a touch of sugar, and a little of the region's Riesling wine, creating an irresistible accompaniment for juicy weisswurst or bratwurst.

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Shrimp and Sausage Stew

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Even though chef Linton Hopkins' stew is full of shrimp and sausage, the best part is the delicate lima beans, a Southern staple.

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Chicory

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Chef Michael White uses dandelion greens to give his slightly spicy sausage pasta a bitter edge, but chicory or escarole makes a great stand-in.

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Sausage and Cheddar Muffins

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Former Food & Wine editor Kay Chun's savory muffins are studded with breakfast sausage and shredded sharp cheddar. Make them ahead and reheat in the morning for a quick breakfast.

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Chicken and Smoked-Sausage Gumbo

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The flavor of browned roux is essential to the traditional taste of Louisiana gumbo. Here, the roux is combined with aromatics and broth for a savory base in which to cook the smoked sausage and chicken.

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Lazy Chicken and Sausage Cassoulet

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Smoked sausage (such as kielbasa) stars in this quick cassoulet. To save time day-of, prepare the dish through step three the day beforehand, cover it, and refrigerate it overnight. Then, all that's left to do is bake and serve.

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Braised Sausage and Fennel with Toasted Spices

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Use a fresh, spicy sausage here to complement the creamy bean puree and sweet fennel. Pair the finished dish with an earthy Mediterranean red.

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Sausage-Stuffed Fried Olives

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Buttery, mild Castelvetrano olives add just enough salt and tang to these fried sausage snacks, which pair beautifully with a crisp Martini or chilled glass of wine. Use a high-quality Italian sausage for the best texture and flavor.

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Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Italian Sausage

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Ripe tomatoes and roasted eggplant come together to yield a hearty filling, made even better with the addition of Italian sausage. Combined with a bright, lemony breadcrumb topping and a quick-fix tomato sauce jazzed up with fresh herbs, this makes a stunning summer main dish.

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Buttermilk Biscuits and Pat LaFrieda's Sausage Gravy

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Dry white wine helps cut through the richness in the gravy, bringing a balanced acidity to this hearty dish. Homemade sausage is well-seasoned and not overly sweet, so choose a savory or spicy blend if swapping in store-bought sausage.

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Sausage, Kale, and Potato Skillet Supper

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"The brilliant thing about this recipe is that you can cook it all in one skillet," cookbook author and For the Culture founder/editor Klancy Miller says. "The key is adding each ingredient at the right time so that everything cooks without burning. You start by cooking the potatoes and sausage (I recommend small red potatoes and spicy Italian sausage, but you can use your favorite) and then once those start to brown, you add the sliced onions and then the kale. The bonus to using fresh sausage is that you get some of the delicious rendered fat as it cooks, which flavors the potatoes, onions, and kale."

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Roasted Merguez Sausage with Apples and Onions

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For this sheet-pan dinner, use Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples, which hold their shape better during roasting than other varieties. Bonus: Their gentle sweetness balances the intensely spiced merguez sausage.

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Fabada (Spanish Bean Stew with Chorizo and Blood Sausage)

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Fabada asturiana is a deliciously rich and hearty bean stew from Asturia, Spain, made with fabes (creamy white beans) as well as chorizo and blood sausage.

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Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey

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This crostata layers fennel-spiced sausage, chile, delicata squash, and honey for a dinner that pairs well with a northern Italian Dolcetto.

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Andouille Bread Pudding

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For each Thanksgiving since he opened his Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, chef Marcus Samuelsson has historically served this savory, sausage-studded bread pudding, which is a favorite among guests.

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Hunter's Sausage and Sauerkraut Stew

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This Polish "hunter's stew" typically combines at least three different meats, from wild game to pork ribs, sausages, and veal. Chef Andrew Zimmern uses lightly smoked bacon, chicken thighs, and kielbasa in his version.

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Pasta with Sausage, Basil, and Mustard

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In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater created a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors, perfect for a cool fall or winter evening.

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Lentils with Butternut Squash and Merguez Sausage

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In this dish from chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza in San Francisco, baked merguez sausage is served atop a spiced lentil and butternut squash mixture. The recipe is ready in just 45 minutes.

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Sautéed Italian Sausage with Onions and Peppers

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Searing sweet Italian sausage in a dry skillet renders the fat, resulting in a deliciously crispy sausage. Tender bell peppers add a welcome vegetal sweetness to this one-pan dinner while they cook down in a blend of savory chicken broth and tangy vinegar perfect for sopping up with crusty bread.

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Sausage and Ricotta Pizza with Castelvetrano Olives

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The combination of the meaty, briny, vegetal flavors in this pizza hits so many satisfying notes that it is sure to be a hit at your table. The olives, peppers, sausage, and ricotta combine to bring sweet, savory, salty, and creamy notes to this pretty pizza.

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Jambalaya with Andouille Sausage, Chicken, and Shrimp

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Smoky, gently spiced andouille sausage and a spoonful of Creole seasoning give deep flavor and mild heat to this jambalaya, while the trinity of onion, green pepper, and celery provide a classic aromatic base to the dish.

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Sausage and Red Onion Sheet Pan Quiche

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At Convivial in Washington, D.C., Cedric Maupillier's foot-long quiche takes this breakfast classic to the next level. This version, prepared in a rimmed baking sheet, makes plenty for the whole family.

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Spicy Sausage Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash

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Added just minutes before serving, thinly sliced squash melts into the pasta without losing its shape and texture. Use a mandoline to achieve wafer-thin slices. A spicy Southern Italian red wine pairs nicely with the spicy sausage.

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Carrot and Spring Onion Toad in the Hole

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The traditional toad in the hole consists of whole sausages cooked in an egg-and-flour batter. This recipe delivers a taste of the British classic but stars tender baby carrots and spring onions for a flavorful, vegetable-forward spring twist.

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Cataplana (Portuguese Fish Stew)

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This Cataplana from F&W's Culinary Director-at-Large Justin Chapple is his version of a savory feast of shellfish and smoky linguiça hailing from the Algarve in Portugal. Named for the vessel it is traditionally cooked and served in, the stew gets lots of flavor from the Portuguese linguiça included, but you can substitute Spanish-style chorizo or even kielbasa in a pinch.

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Stuffed Clams with Linguiça and Arugula

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Littleneck clams are blended with breadcrumbs, jalapeño, celery, arugula, and linguiça­—a Portuguese smoke-cured pork sausage—before they are stuffed back into their shells and baked until piping hot and lightly browned. Portuguese rolls are light and airy with a crisp crust, making them ideal for this stuffing: the crumb readily absorbs flavor. Save time by stuffing the clams in advance and then refrigerating them overnight. Bring the stuffed clams to room temperature before baking.

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What is the best meat to make sausage? ›

The best cuts of meat for making sausages
  • Pork. Butt/Shoulder: Boneless pork butt is very common for making sausages. ...
  • Beef. Most beef cuts are perfectly fine for sausage making. ...
  • Venison. ...
  • Lamb. ...
  • Goat. ...
  • Chicken. ...
  • Rabbit.

What is the most popular sausage? ›

Top 50 Scanned: Pork Sausage beta
#1Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Johnsonville1 link
#2Pork Sausage Patties, Fully Cooked Jimmy Dean2 patties
#3Original Pork Sausage Links, Fully Cooked Jimmy Dean3 links
#4Premium Pork Sausage, Regular Jimmy Dean2 oz cooked portion
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What's the best sausage for gumbo? ›

Smoked Sausage – Typically smoked andouille sausage is the go-to sausage for gumbo, but any sausage that's been smoked will taste great. Unsalted Butter and Flour – A good roux is vital for this recipe because it gives gumbo its classic thick texture.

What is America's favorite sausage? ›

Choosing a favorite type, however, is far more divisive. Italian sausage (20 percent) and breakfast patties (20 percent) are the two most popular styles of sausage followed by breakfast links (15 percent) and bratwurst (12 percent).

What brand of sausage does Cracker Barrel use? ›

Our sausage patties come from the Purnell family, who still make sausage the whole hog way, using only premium cuts, just like their Grandpa Fred did when he started back in 1932.

What is the most important ingredient in sausage? ›

Balance Salt and Nutrition

So there you go, a sausage can be made using nearly anything, but there is one essential ingredient. And it is right in the name, salt! Plain old sodium chloride. First and foremost, salt is essential when making a reconstructed product using animal proteins.

What kind of sausage does chick fil a use? ›

A tasty pork sausage patty along with a folded egg and cheese served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

What is the number one selling sausage in America? ›

The data has been calculated by Statista based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS). According to this statistic, 59.92 million Americans consumed Jimmy Dean sausages in 2020.

What is the healthiest type of sausage? ›

If you want to eat sausage often, however, consider choosing healthier types of sausage, such as those made with chicken or turkey. You can also make your own to get the freshest variety with none of the harmful additives or high-fat meat.

What are the 2 rules of gumbo? ›

Check out this list ,compiled by Jude Walker, to ensure you never make a faux pas, on the ten commandments of gumbo.
  • I - Thou Shalt Never Use Tomatoes If we've learned anything from the Disney folks, it's this. ...
  • II - Thou Shalt Not Use Un-Cajun Sausage Sausage in your gumbo can only come from authorized vendors.
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What is a secret spice of gumbo? ›

Ted Daigle says the secret to really tasty gumbo is granulated garlic. As a fan of garlic, I couldn't agree more. I love garlic, and I find it's flavor gives a punch to any dish.

What onion is best for gumbo? ›

Most often using yellow or white onions, this base is a staple in nearly every dish the world associates with Cajun and Creole cuisine such as gumbo, red beans and rice, and other soups and stews of the region. The proper ratio of onions to celery to green peppers seems to be up to the cook and the specific recipe.

What kind of sausage does Jimmy Dean use? ›

What are Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage Patties? Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage patties include ground pork flavored with a mixture of delicious signature seasonings. You can buy the patties in boxes or buy a flavored sausage mixture in rolls if you don't want patties.

What country is most famous for sausage? ›

Some of the most famous sausages in the world are European sausage, such as those from Germany, France and the UK. These sausages are popular for good reason, as they're delicious, versatile and are easy to use in a variety of dishes.

Why is Jimmy Dean sausage so good? ›

They have a nice texture and they're not too rubbery (which is a problem with a lot of varieties of frozen breakfast sausage — turkey sausage is often the worst offender). They have a nice snap when you bite into them, and they taste pretty good. However, they're a bit less spicy than a lot of other breakfast sausages.

What brand of sausage does Costco use? ›

First thing first: Costco uses Kirkland Signature Beef Wieners. Kirkland is their signature brand. When Costco started serving hot dogs in their food courts they used Hebrew National dogs and continued using them until 2008 when they made the switch to Kirkland (you can buy the exact same dogs in bulk in their stores).

What sausage is made from alligator? ›

Looking for a different type of sausage from your norm. Look no further than Crescent City's Alligator & Pork Sausage. Their combination of alligator, pork, and Cajun seasonings will make this sausage the talk of the party.

What kind of sausage does Papa John's use? ›

Italian Sausage

Pork, seasoning, water, salt.

What is Burger King sausage made of? ›

SAUSAGE (Fried):Pork, Salt, Spices, Corn Syrup Solids, Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Flavor [Maltodextrin, Grill Flavor (from Soybean Oil), Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup Solids].

Is McDonald's beef real meat? ›

Asked generally about the quality of its meat, McDonald's USA says "Our burgers are made only with 100% USDA inspected beef. There are no preservatives or fillers in our patties and the only thing ever added is a touch of salt and pepper on the grill.

How do McDonald's cook eggs? ›

Eggs from McMuffins are steamed in a large device with circular rings. If you complain, your name will be added to a list and you'll get a free meal next time you visit. To get free food, ask for customisations or no salt. The McFlurry spoon is used to mix the ice cream - not for drinking your McFlurry.

Why do you put vinegar in sausage? ›

Vinegar is included in the manufacture of many varied sausages and charcuterie. Functions include tenderizing the meat as well as contributing a fermented sour-like taste. Artisans will often soak natural animal casings in a weak vinegar solution, as the vinegar contributes to a more tender eating experience.

Why do you put ice water in sausage? ›

DL: What does the liquid do? RF: Liquid helps the protein suspend the fat in the sausage. You want to think of sausage as an emulsified product. Water really helps that protein hold that fat and suspend that fat.

Why do you add water to sausage when cooking? ›

Using water to cook to cook your sausage will allow it to cook more evenly, as the hot water will more thoroughly penetrate the interior of the sausage.

What kind of sausage is used in Texas BBQ? ›

Texas-Czech sausages all contain garlic in one form or another, but Texas-German sausages are simpler: beef (primarily) coarsely ground and seasoned with salt, black pepper, and maybe some cayenne, stuffed into natural hog casings and smoked.

What type of sausage Do Texans smoke? ›

Czech Sausages (also known as Klobase or Klobasa): These are the dominant sausages in Texas barbecue. Similar to hot guts but with more pork and garlic, Czech sausages often have banal names that reflect the main ingredients, such as “spicy beef and pork”.

Why is Chick-fil-A cow instead of a chicken? ›

The chicken chain introduced cows and the message 'Eat mor Chikin' on a billboard in 1995. It's been so successful that Chick-fil-A has stuck with the campaign ever since. The cow campaign plays off the idea that cows want people to eat more chicken so they will in turn not be eaten.

What is the sausage capital of the world? ›

With more than 1,500 varieties, you could say Germany is the sausage capital of the world. One of the most common German sausages, bratwurst, dates back to the 1300s. Made with veal, beef and pork, this type is seasoned with a combination of different spices depending on which region it comes from.

What is Germany's favorite sausage? ›

Bratwurst. Bratwurst is likely the most popular German wurst and is made from pork, beef, marjoram, caraway, garlic, and many other spices.

What sausage is popular in Louisiana? ›

Walk into any party in southwest Louisiana—from birthdays to weddings to baby showers—and you'll find a culinary staple central to the region: boudin sausage. Actually, you don't even need to go to a party to find it.

Is it healthier to fry or grill sausages? ›

Sausages should reach 155–165°F (68–74°C). Alternatively, boiling them before cooking in a pan or on a grill can ensure that they're thoroughly cooked and remain moist. Boiling and baking are the healthiest ways to cook sausage, whereas deep frying is the least healthy due to the added fats and calories it involves.

Which hot dogs are the healthiest? ›

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Is it healthier to grill or bake sausages? ›

In summary, it is important to cook raw — or even pre-cooked — sausages completely before you eat them. This can be done in many ways. The healthiest way to cook them is by boiling or baking.

What pork makes the best sausage? ›

The ideal cut of pork for sausage making comes from the shoulder area of the hog because it will generally offer you that ideal meat to fat ratio of 80/20.

What gives breakfast sausage that distinct taste? ›

Breakfast sausage (or country sausage) is a type of fresh pork sausage usually served at breakfast in the United States. In the United States, the predominant flavorings used for seasoning are black pepper and sage. There are also varieties seasoned with maple syrup or cayenne pepper.

Why don't you put tomatoes in gumbo? ›

Both start with a roux and might incorporate okra or filé powder, but Cajun gumbo usually includes chicken or sausage, while Creole gumbo often uses shellfish. The acidity of tomatoes complements seafood, which might be why tomatoes were initially used in shellfish gumbo but skipped in chicken-and-sausage gumbo.

Why do you add cold water to gumbo? ›

Derouen theorizes that adding cold water at the end of the cooking process shocks the fresh gumbo into mimicking the superior flavor of leftover gumbo.

Should you cook shrimp before adding to gumbo? ›

Authentic Creole flavors and so easy to make! I used pre-cooked/Cajun-seasoned shrimp which made this gumbo with okra that much easier, but you can just use raw shrimp. Adjust the spice to make it as hot or mild as you'd like.

Do you brown sausage before putting in gumbo? ›

While simmering, saute sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Add sausage to gumbo. Taste gumbo and season lightly with salt. Simmer for 2 hours.

Should I put tomatoes in gumbo? ›

Creole gumbos most often include tomatoes, shellfish and dark roux and often okra and filé powder, an herb made from ground leaves of sassafras trees. Cajun gumbo doesn't have tomatoes and usually also contains chicken. It's not uncommon for both Creole and Cajun gumbo to include meats such as ham or sausage as well.

Do you use stock or broth for gumbo? ›

For the most flavor, use stock or broth in your gumbo instead of water. Whether you use chicken or vegetable stock, homemade or boxed, the stock will give your gumbo more depth and complexity.

What is the best oil for gumbo? ›

The best type of oil would peanut, vegetable or canola. Stay away from olive oil. If you prefer using animal fats, like we do, you can choose from lard or bacon grease. Butter is only good for a very light colored roux, and it's not recommended for the dark colored one that's needed for gumbo.

Does gumbo get better the longer it cooks? ›

Cooking the gumbo for a good three to four hours on simmer is imperative. "The long cooking time adds time for flavors to develop and ensures a burst of flavor," says Biffar. Make sure to give it time to let everything mesh together, this is not a dish to be rushed!

Do you put eggs in gumbo? ›

Crack eggs, one at a time, and put in gumbo. Cook about 15 more minutes. Sprinkle green onions, or parsley, when cooked. Serve over rice.

What country has the best sausages in the world? ›

Some of the most famous sausages in the world are European sausage, such as those from Germany, France and the UK. These sausages are popular for good reason, as they're delicious, versatile and are easy to use in a variety of dishes. You've probably tried your fair share of British or German sausages.

What country eats the most sausage? ›

in 2021, 18.12 million Germans consumed fresh sausage several times a week.

Is Mcdonald's sausage beef or chicken? ›

279.00 Cal. Simple and delicious. Just a savoury chicken sausage with a slice of melted cheese between toasted wholegrain muffins.

What are German hot dogs called? ›

Frankfurter Würstchen

Chances are you know frankfurter würstechen by its other monikers: Vienna sausages, wieners or franks. Or quite simply, hot dog. Yes, the ubiquitous New York street food snack is actually German.

What is the number 1 food in Germany? ›

Sauerbraten is regarded as one Germany's national dishes and there are several regional variations in Franconia, Thuringia, Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia and Swabia. This pot roast takes quite a while to prepare, but the results, often served as Sunday family dinner, are truly worth the work.

What sausage do Germans eat for breakfast? ›

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most anticipated meals in southern Germany is the “Weisswurstfruehstueck,” or white sausage breakfast. Eating Weisswurst, or white sausage, is one of the many traditions a person can partake in when coming to Bavaria.

Which is better andouille or kielbasa? ›

Andouille sausage is another popular form of smoked sausage often flavored in Cajun or Creole dishes for its spicy flavor, though kielbasa makes an excellent substitution for those who prefer their foods well-seasoned but milder.

What do Germans eat sausages with? ›

Nürnberger (Nuremberger)

Historical documents already mentioned this wurst back in 1313. These sausages are traditionally grilled over flames, served six at a time, and accompanied by sauerkraut and potatoes with horseradish or mustard on the side.

Why is andouille sausage so good? ›

While normal sausages are made from a minced meat stuffing, andouille differs in that the stuffing is chopped or sliced, giving it a chunkier texture. The flavour of andouille is also sharper and smokier than other sausage varieties, giving it a distinct flavour and odour.


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