Sausage is seasoned ground pork that is often enclosed in a casing. The ground pork used for sausage can come from a variety of cuts of pork including the shoulder butt and the loin. Sausage may be fresh, smoked or cured.

Sausage is a highly versatile type of ground pork. Supermarkets offer a variety of pre-seasoned and ready-to-cook options that are perfect for breakfast or the grill. Adventurous home cooks also may choose to prepare homemade sausage by combining ground pork with their choice of seasonings.

Pre-seasoned ground pork can come fresh, smoked, or cured and available in links, patties or fresh bulk. There is also a wide range of ethnic varieties. Sausage has the capacity to blend well with a variety of herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables. Different ingredient combinations also yield ethnic sausage varieties, including Andouille (French/Cajun), Bratwurst (German) and Chorizo (Mexican and Spanish).

Cooking Tip

To prevent the meat from sticking on the grill, use clean racks and coat them with vegetable oil or a nonstick vegetable oil spray.

Cooking Sausage

Popular cooking methods for Pork Sausage include grilling, roasting, sautéing, and stewing.

Popular Sausage Recipes

Cheesy Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

This pizza practically makes itself when you cook and crumble your favorite Italian sausage ahead of time and store in the frig. The rest of the ingredients come straight from the cupboard. Serve wedges of pizza with apple wedges, sliced cucumbers, carrot and celery sticks.

Italian Sausage and Pepper Heroes

These hearty and simple sandwiches are a street fair favorite, which can be enjoyed at home. Serve with creamy coleslaw, assortment of sweet, hot and dill pickles, chips and watermelon wedges.

Pork Tenderloin and Sausage Flatbread

This is a great recipe to make if you have leftover pork tenderloin from another meal, like the Pork Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Balsamic. Try combining sliced pork tenderloin with all your favorite pizza toppings—pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, ham and pineapple. On the side, serve a crunchy green salad with Italian dressing.