Clearing up sausage confusion


Unless you’re a real sausage fan, it’s likely that at some time you’ve faced a  recipe quandary – sausage types. How do you tell a bratwurst from a kielbasa? Here’s a handy guide from Eatocracy  (check out the article for further details, buying suggestions from the Test Kitchen, as well as possible substitutes and uses):

  • Frankfurter, aka Hot Dog: Beef (sometimes combined with pork), which is cured, smoked, cooked, and seasoned with coriander, garlic, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, sugar, and white pepper. 
  • Knackwurst, aka knockwurst: Plumper and more sophisticated than a hot dog.
  • Pepperoni, aka the pizza sausage: Ground, dried pork (usually) combined with black and cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, and paprika and cured for several weeks. 
  • Bratwurst: Milder than hot dog,  made from ground pork and veal gently seasoned with caraway, coriander, ginger, and nutmeg.
  • Genoa salami Cured pork sausage with visible pockets of fat.
  • Banger: British slang for generic sausage.
  • Kielbasa: Beef, pork, or turkey sausage made with  garlic, marjoram, and smoke.
  • Italian sausage: Coarsely ground fresh pork flavored with garlic and fennel seed and, for the hot variety, red pepper flakes.
  • Spanish Chorizo (not Mexican chorizo): Cured, fully cooked. Made from chopped pork and pork fat and seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic, and herbs.
  • Mexican Chorizo: Raw, sold in links or bulk packs. Includes paprika, garlic, and especially chili powder, which provides a spicy  flavor. 
  • Andouille: Originally from Louisiana, made from  ground pork, salt, garlic, and lots of black pepper,  smoked over pecan wood and sugarcane.
  • Linguiça: A peppery, smoked sausage made with an herbal  blend of paprika, garlic, pepper, cumin, and, sometimes, allspice or cinnamon, which is then combined with pork butt and brined in vinegar and salt before smoking.

And now that’s clear, here are a few popular recipes from the EYB Library to try them out:


Photo of Choucroute courtesy of Epicurious

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  • boardingace  on  January 30, 2014

    Very helpful. I've made a few recipes for bulk sausage from The Mixer Bible, but now I'm wondering if the Andouille recipe could possibly be as good, if it's normally smoked. (I don't have a grill). I did love the sausage recipes I've tried so far from this cookbook, though: Chinese Pork Sausage with Five-Spice Powder, Chicken and Apple Sausage, and Country Pork Sausage. They were all SO delicious!

  • Kalyn  on  February 2, 2014

    Great post! I learned a lot from this. And thanks for featuring one of my sausage recipes!

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