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If an American Recipe calls for "Italian sausage".......

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chipmonkey Fri 26-May-06 23:07:54

What's the nearest thing over here? Is it like Salami or more like pork sausage with added herbs or what?

JanH Fri 26-May-06 23:08:36

pepperoni I would guess (or pepperami or whatever the thing that isn't a snack is called!)

JanH Fri 26-May-06 23:12:43

Nope, wrong again:

Italian sausage

This is a pork sausage that's often added to pasta sauces. Varieties include sweet Italian sausage - mild Italian sausage, which is flavoured with garlic and fennel seed, and hot Italian sausage, which also has a shake or two of crushed chile peppers. It's sold either as links or in bulk. Cook thoroughly before serving.


This spicy sausage is made with beef and pork. It's hard and chewy, and makes a terrific topping for pizza. You don't need to cook it before eating.

Closest substitutes: salami or lap cheong (sweeter) or Spanish chorizo or Canadian bacon (Works well as a pizza topping).

HTH. Try a deli counter!

chipmonkey Fri 26-May-06 23:17:11

Think the first one sounds about right JanH, it is for a pasta dish! Maybe a good quality sausage then? Will ask my nice butcher!

Californifrau Fri 26-May-06 23:18:48

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chipmonkey Fri 26-May-06 23:25:19

Like from that country you just left, Californiafrau?

Californifrau Sat 27-May-06 04:35:09

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scienceteacher Sat 27-May-06 06:27:48

Plump and moist, not cured like salami.

There are different flavours, usually slightly spicy. You can get hot and mild varieties, which refers to the amount of spice.

Some sausages here have more flavourings than the standard breakfast banger, so they would be good. Or you could use ordinary sausages and add the spicy bits separate in your sauce.

Costco sells Italian sausage.

Pruni Sat 27-May-06 07:20:31

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jabberwocky Tue 30-May-06 09:35:58

Hiya chipmonkey! I haven't been around as much lately, but saw this and decided to add my two cents in, if it's not too late. You want a stuffed sausage vs. one like salami or pepperoni, IYKWIM. Italian sausage has lots of spices and is really, really yummy in a red sauce over pasta.

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