Sausage is one of the most versatile foods in the world. It could contain pork, beef, chicken, or even vegetables; the possibilities are endless. Here are five interesting recipe ideas that you can try at home or in your restaurant that will tantalize taste buds and leave you feeling like a superhero.
#1 – New Orleans-Style Breakfast
If your typical breakfast consists of eggs, toast, and breakfast sausage, you can spice things up in no time – and get some Cajun flavor – by swapping out your usual links or patties for some delicious Andouille sausage, instead. It’s a Louisiana classic that everyone is sure to love. For even more Cajun flair, try a little blackened seasoning on your eggs instead of the traditional salt and pepper.
#2 – Meaty Baked Beans
Just about everyone has their own favorite recipe for baked beans. Most involve a variety of canned beans, some meat for seasoning purposes, barbeque sauce, and even sugar. If you’re interested in taking your homemade baked beans to the next level, ground sausage is the answer. You can use traditional breakfast sausage if you choose, but other options, including chorizo, can also add tremendous flavor and texture.
#3 – The Meatball Burger
Everyone loves a good meatball slathered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, so imagine what would happen if you could transform that meatball into a delicious burger! To make this recipe, mix equal parts of ground chuck or sirloin and ground Italian sausage, then season it up with your favorite Italian seasonings like oregano, marjoram, or savory. Form into burgers and cook as usual, but instead of the usual toppings, go for mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce on a toasted bun.
#4 – Sausage Carbonara
Spaghetti carbonara is a go-to dish for many families. It’s incredibly easy to prepare with just a handful of ingredients. Sausage carbonara follows that same trend, but brings with it a new flavor profile that will have everyone going back for seconds. Instead of the crumbled bacon you’d normally use, break up some Italian sausage and form it into delicious meatballs. By adding some parmesan cheese to your creamy carbonara, you’ll have a flavor that complements the sausage perfectly.
#5 – Philly Cheese Dogs
The Philly Cheesesteak sandwich is an iconic American staple. It combines meat, cheese, peppers, and onions in perfect harmony. If you’re interested in a new twist on that flavor profile, consider Philly Cheese Dogs instead. Swap out your steak for chipolatas, which are small, thin sausages that contain seasonings like pimento, thyme, nutmeg, or even sage, depending on the brand or type. Top your dogs with caramelized vegetables (green peppers and onions mixed with garlic), and then add a slice of provolone while the sausages and vegetables are still piping hot.
When you think of sausage, you might think of the links you eat for breakfast or the bratwurst you put on the grill for game day. However, sausage is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your cooking that will have everyone singing your praises.