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.

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    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.

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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.


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    #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.

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    #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.

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    #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.  

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    #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.

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    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.

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    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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