"Italian sausage" or "Polish sausage" or any of the other dozensof ethnic varieties sold in most supermarkets. Certain
of sausages owe allegiance to various countries or regions but"Italian sausage" may be Italian to one person but pure bolognato another.By definition (mine), sausage is a mixture of ground meat lacedwith herbs and spices. That doesn't begin to describe the virtually limitless varieties of sausage.All sausages fall into one of two groups. Fresh sausages mustbe cooked before being eaten. They must be treated like otherfresh meat — kept cold when stored. Cured sausages arepreserved with certain ingredients such as salt and/or they havebeen dried to prevent spoilage. (See chapter five for a discussionof methods of preservation.) Cured sausages can be eaten as is orwith only enough cooking to heat them through.
Let's take a look at the various kinds of sausages we'll be making. First the fresh ones ....
is a German-style sausage made from veal or vealand pork. It is usually flavored with onions, parsley, and cloves.
is another German-style sausage made from pork and veal. It looks like a fat hot dog and is delicately flavored withallspice, caraway and marjoram.
is one of the most common kinds of sausagefound in this country. It can be made into patties or small linksand is spiced predominantly with sage.
or your plain old-fashioned hot dog, is the most widelyconsumed sausage in the world, thanks primarily to the in-dustriousness of American meat packers. Americans consumed17
hot dogs in 1979. Though the commercial variety frank sometimes deserves its lowly reputation, consisting as it does of mostly water and fat, the homemade variety belongs on the samepedestal as all the other homemade sausages because it is just aswholesome and delicious.
is, next to the hot dog, the most famous of the German-style sausages.
sausage consists primarily of pork and beef, but vealcan be added to give it a milder flavor. Onions, mace, and cori- -ander are the predominant flavors.
is an Italian-style sausage that is best made fromfresh, uncured ham. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves combine withParmesan cheese to give it its unique flavor.
is a very mild Italian-style sausage. It is unique inthat it is flavored with freshly grated orange and lemon zest.