10 Surprising Things to Do with Sausage

Think outside the bun! Italian, kielbasa, andouille, salami, pepperoni, chorizo -- the possibilities for sausage go beyond bratwurst. We've rounded up 10 unexpected (and totally scrumptious) ways to serve sausage, including sausage chips, burgers, and kabobs.

Sausage, Revisited

Ever tried sausage in a bread recipe? Skewered it with shrimp on a kabob? Added it to plain-Jane potato salad? Prepare to be amazed at just how many ways there are to enjoy sausage.

#1: Crisp into Crunchy Salami Chips

You'll never crave a potato chip again. These baked salami slices are perfectly crispy and delicious when dunked in a grainy mustard dip.

#2: Transform a Ballpark Favorite into Breakfast

If classic ballpark hot dogs are a base hit, this recipe's a home run. Warm French toast slices cradle sausage, provolone cheese, and red pear slices for a recipe that hits breakfast out of the ballpark.

#3: Add Protein to Mac 'n' Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, that ooey-gooey comfort food, is mouthwatering alone, but it's even more satisfying with hunks of juicy sausage. Transform the kid favorite into a Cajun masterpiece with spicy Andouille sausage or a south-of-the-border sensation with chorizo.

#4: Switch Up Game-Day Sliders

Mini burgers are already undeniable, but there's a way to make the pint-size sliders even more tantalizing. Stack sausage, apple slices, and gooey maple syrup between crumbly corn muffins; one bite and you're hooked.

#5: Bake into Bread

Stuffing is so yesterday. Swirl sausage, golden raisins, and cheese into a quick bread mix for a sweet and savory alternative to the Thanksgiving classic.

#6: Mix Into Juicy Hamburger Patties

Keep a beer handy when eating this spicy chorizo burger -- it's a bit of a kicker! The sausage and poblano spread add next-level heat, keeping your taste buds tingling down to the last bite.


#7: Amp Up Traditional Fair Food

Battered, deep-fried, and dunked in sauce: Keep all the beloved qualities of classic corn dogs, but swap the dogs for Italian sausage links. The golden brown fair-food favorite has never tasted better.

#8: Top a Mexican-Style Pizza

Combine pizza and taco night into one delicious meal! Pile all your favorite taco fixings, including spicy chorizo and Oaxaca cheese, onto a crispy flour-tortilla crust for a Southwestern take on traditional pizza pie.

#9: Build a Better Potato Salad

This is not your mother's potato salad. Thick cuts of your favorite sausage are just the beginning -- Anjou pears, baby kale, and pickled mustard seeds put the potluck classic into gourmet territory.  

#10: Prepare a Party-Ready Fondue

Give fondue a facelift! Skip the sweet and opt for a pizza-inspired appetizer instead. Italian sausage, bacon, and veggies fill this marinara dip; tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and bread chunks are tasty dippers.

BONUS: Skewer with Shrimp for Easy Surf 'n' Turf

Boosting your backyard barbecue is as easy as 1-2-3: Stack, skewer, and sear juicy slices of smoked chorizo sausage and fresh shrimp for quick coastal cuisine.

Sausage Savvy

Did You Know? A Guide to Sausages Sausage comes in a number of varieties. Here's a guide to the most common grocery store options.

Fresh Bulk Sausage: Pork, beef, poultry, or a meat blend seasoned with garlic, herbs, and spices. Italian, breakfast, country, and Mexican-style chorizo.

Dry-Cured Sausage: Seasoned pork or beef air-cured for weeks or months for distinctive flavor; often studded with peppercorns and flavored with spices. Sopressata, pepperoni, salami, and Spanish-style chorizo.

Smoked Sausage: Fresh or dried, usually boldly seasoned. Eastern-European-style kielbasa, andouille, and mettwurst.

Fresh Link Sausage: Made with a variety of seasonings and meat blends. Bratwurst, kielbasa, and Italian sausage.

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