Link or patty, savory sausages are part of the global flavor palate lending flavor to everything from soups to sandwiches to dumplings.
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Ground for Good FlavorSausage adds bold and spicy flavor to the breakfast table, so why not try it for lunch or dinner? Use ground pork, chicken, or turkey sausage to add a kick to casseroles, burgers, sauces, and side dishes.
Sausage and PeppersThis Italian style dinner for six can be on the table in less time than it takes to boil the water for and cook a pot of pasta. The secret: bottled marinara sauce and Italian turkey sausage links that sauté quickly with multicolored bell peppers.
Make-Ahead Pork DumplingsSavory little dumplings spiked with Asian flavors are kept light with a combination of ground pork loin and 50 percent less fat pork sausage. Store bought wonton wrappers keep the assembly process easy but the recipe feeds a huge crowd so freeze them in batches.
Pigs in a BlanketBreakfast, brunch, or snack, these crispy goodies come together in minutes with crescent rolls and cooked breakfast sausage. You'll love the special mustard dipping sauce. It's a simple combo of grainy mustard, mayonnaise, and a squeeze of honey.
Hash Brown Breakfast CasseroleLaced with hash browns, hot ground pork sausage, custard, cheddar cheese, and baking mix, this easy casserole is a sure-fire hit at pot lucks, holidays, or family gatherings. Make it the night before since it needs to chill for 8 hours before baking.
Spicy Baked BeansIn a league of their own when it comes to flavor, these contest-winning baked beans are a snap to assemble using various canned beans, ground pork sausage, barbecue sauce, and seasonings. Serve them as a side with roasted meats or burgers.
Italian Meatball BurgersWho knew that combining turkey Italian sausage and ground sirloin would make for a made-in-heaven kind of match that keeps you hooked bite after bite. Serve this on a bun or over spaghetti. Either way, you won't be able to get enough.
Shrimp and Sausage GumboThis authentic little recipe uses the king of all sausages, spicy andouille sausage, with shrimp and traditional gumbo fixings. Simmering the shrimp shells in the broth adds distinct flavor, but you can skip this step and start with peeled shrimp.