24 Go-To Sausage Recipes
Sausage-and-Fennel Parm Heroes
Instead of using peppers in her sausage heroes, F&W’s Kay Chun opts for sweet sautéed fennel.
Sausages with Grilled-Onion Chowchow
Chowchow is a sweet-and-sour relish. The chowchow here is studded with pieces of charred and crunchy onions, which have a smoky flavor that’s delicious with grilled sausage. The chowchow is perfect with all types of grilled meat or poultry or as a hot dog relish.
Italian-Sausage Burgers with Garlicky Spinach
Using sausage in burgers is a smart shortcut, because the meat is already seasoned.
Jess Jackson asks for this ersatz gumbo every time he visits his Kentucky farm. “He always says, ‘We should have this once a week,’” Amber Huffman says. Then, when he’s about halfway through the bowl—‘OK, twice a week.’ It’s not authentic gumbo, but Creole flavors have crept up to Kentucky.”
These sandwiches pair well with a smoky, intense California Syrah.
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers
Use mild or hot Italian sausage, according to your preference, in this updated classic. We call for red bell peppers but you can use green or one of each color. Plain spaghetti can replace the whole-wheat, too.
Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots
A good-quality, at least slightly hot mustard from France, Germany, or England is the perfect accompaniment for this. Put a dollop on your plate and dip each forkful into it.
Sautéed German Sausages with Bacon and Apple Sauerkraut
In Germany’s Pfalz region, cooks braise sauerkraut with onions, apples, seasonings, a touch of sugar and a little of the region’s Riesling wine, creating an addictive accompaniment for juicy weisswurst or bratwurst.
Italian Sausage-and-Fontina Biscuit Sandwiches
Pan-Seared Sausages with Apples
Daniel Orr sells a number of Midwestern sausages, including bratwurst. Non-Hoosier sweet Italian sausages will work in this recipe, too. Be sure to use cooking apples that will hold their shape, like Granny Smiths, Winesaps or Rome Beauties.
Sausage Mixed Grill with Balsamic Vinaigrette
This colorful mixed grill could not be easier.
Hmong Spicy Pork Sausage
Hank Shaw first tried sausages made by the Hmong—an ethnic group from Southeast Asia and China—while living in Stockton, California, and St. Paul, two cities with large Hmong communities. This recipe is based on a version by Hmong cookbook author Sheng Yang.
Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale
This recipe for lecsó (LEH-tcho), a traditional sausage, tomato and bell pepper stew from Hungary, is made with beer for a deep, rich flavor.
Even though Linton Hopkins’s stew is full of shrimp and sausage, the best part is the delicate lima beans, a Southern staple.
Pasta Salad with Grilled Sausages and Peppers
This filling pasta salad makes the perfect make-ahead side dish.
Sausage Potato Puffs
Maria Helm Sinskey has a strategy for parties: there should be a mix of baked, fried and fresh hors d’oeuvres. Besides ensuring that guests don’t overload on one kind of appetizer, she also avoids too much last-minute cooking. These tender potato puffs spiked with spicy sausages are one of her favorite oven-baked starters.
“Sautéed mushrooms can make almost any inexpensive red wine taste better,” says sommelier Jake Kosseff.
Orecchiette with Sausage and Chicory
Michael White uses dandelion greens to give his slightly spicy sausage pasta a bitter edge, but chicory or escarole makes a great stand-in.
Kale and White-Bean Stew
Combining two Portuguese favorites—kale-and-sausage soup and a bean, sausage, and tomato stew—makes a simple, sensational one-pot meal. To keep the focus on the vegetables, we’ve used just a tiny amount of fresh sausage; you can add more, if you like, or substitute dried chorizo or pepperoni.
Lasagna with Mushrooms and Lamb Sausage
Marcia Kiesel’s earthy, meaty lasagna features two types of mushrooms, rich mushroom stock, truffled pecorino cheese and spicy merguez lamb sausage.
In this classic Italian dish, sausages are poached in a rich broth until deeply flavored and meltingly tender.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s mother, Tamara, makes Stove Top stuffing every Thanksgiving, and he proudly admits loving it. Its simplicity inspired this recipe by F&W’s Grace Parisi. Using homemade turkey stock gives it a rich flavor, but for a shortcut, use chicken broth instead.
F&W's Kay Chun makes her shortcut choucroute with only five ingredients, not counting salt and pepper.
F&W's Kay Chun likes making these savory muffins for breakfast instead of the more typical sweet muffin.